Friday March 7 :: Contrite Heart

Hide your face from my sins,
    and blot out all my iniquities.
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.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
    O God of my salvation,
    and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
    you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 51:9-17

sound  ::  Miserere Mei, Deus, Gregorio Allegri (c.1630)

image  ::  The Agnew Clinic,Thomas Eakins (1889, American)
The Agnew Clinic,Thomas Eakins (1889, American)

Support us, O Lord, with Your gracious favor
through the fast we have begun;
that as we observe it by bodily self-denial,
so we may fulfill it with inner sincerity of heart;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer

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