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Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
audio : “Idumea”, Tune: Ananias Davisson (1816); Words: Charles Wesley (1763)
image : The Woods at Marly (French, 1871), Camille Pissarro
The sin of our first parent destroyed, hell plundered, resurrection bestowed, the power given us to despise the things of this world, even death itself,
the road back to the former blessedness made smooth, the gates of paradise opened, our nature seated at the right hand of God,
and we made children and heirs of God.
John of Damascus, 8th century