ash wednesday.

(from “The Book of Common Prayer”)
Most holy and merciful Father:
We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
HAVE MERCY ON US, LORD

We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.
HAVE MERCY ON US, LORD

We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,
WE CONFESS TO YOU, LORD

Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people,
WE CONFESS TO YOU, LORD

Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,
WE CONFESS TO YOU, LORD

Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work,
WE CONFESS TO YOU, LORD

Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,
WE CONFESS TO YOU, LORD

Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,
ACCEPT OUR REPENTANCE, LORD

For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,
ACCEPT OUR REPENTANCE, LORD

For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,
ACCEPT OUR REPENTANCE, LORD

Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;
FAVORABLY HEAR US, FOR YOUR MERCY IS GREAT

Accomplish in us the work of your Salvation,
THAT WE MAY SHOW FORTH YOUR GLORY IN THE WORLD.

By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,
BRING US WITH ALL YOUR SAINTS TO THE JOY OF HIS RESURRECTION

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