Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love.
With sorrow and true repentance
Forgive me, Lord Jesus, for the things I have done that make me feel uncomfortable in your presence. All the front, that I polish so carefully for people to see, does not deceive you. For you know every thought that has left its shadow on my memory. You have marked every motive that curdled something sweet within me.
I acknowledge, with sorrow and true repentance, that
Make me willing to be changed, even though it requires surgery of the soul, and the therapy of discipline. Make my heart warm and soft, that I may receive and accept now the blessing of your forgiveness, the benediction of your "depart in peace … and sin no more." In Jesus’ name.
Cleanse me, O God
Father, over and over again I have fallen into the same temptations. It does seem as if I'm slow to learn your ways and your laws. I blush to recall my vows to you: never again to do what I have just come from doing, not again to stain myself in the same mud holes.
Yet our Lord, stained as I am, and conscious of my own weakness, I have no choice but to pick myself up again, to ask you to forgive me once more and make me clean again. I thank you, O Lord Jesus, for the glory of the Gospel of the Second Chance. I would claim from you that chance to begin all over again.
You have heard my prayer of confession. Now I claim your promise to forgive me and to cleanse me. From this moment I accept that forgiveness and that cleansing by faith, because I believe that your promise is the "word of a Gentleman of the most strict and sacred honour."
And now I ask for your Spirit to come into me like a cool fresh air, to revitalise me, to shock me into a new discipleship, to invigorate me for a new life in Christ Jesus, my Lord.
—The Prayers of Peter Marshall, edited by Catherine Marshall. London: Peter Davies, 1955.
J.S. Bach. O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn [O help, Christ, O Son of God]; chorale no. 10 from the St. John Passion (BWV 245, 1724). The Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque Soloists, dir. John Eliot Gardiner.
|O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn,
Durch dein bitter Leiden,
Dass wir dir stets untertan
All Untugend meiden,
Deinen Tod und sein Ursach
Dafür, wiewohl arm und schwach,
Dir Dankopfer schenken!
(Michael Weiße, 1531)
O help, Christ, O Son of God,|
Through thy bitter passion,
That we, who thee ever serve,
May avoid all error,
May thy death and its true cause
For which, although poor and weak,
Thee our thanks we offer!
May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love. Amen.