Favorite Prayers

During Lent we are called to prayer, fast and give alms.  During Lent I will share some of my favorite prayers on our blog.  Some prayers are Psalms, or little pieces of scripture, some are traditional Catholic prayers, some are long, some are short.   See which ones you might like – try them on for size if you will.

Since today is Ash Wednesday, I will start with one of my favorite Psalms from the Liturgy of the Hours:

Ps. 51 – the Miserere.

Have Mercy on my, God, in your kindness
In your compassion blot out my offense.
O wash me moere and more from my guilt
and cleanse me of my sin

My offenses truly I know them
my sin is always before me.
Against you, you alone have I sinned;
what is evil in your sight I have done.

That you may be justified when you give sentence
and be without reproach when you judge.
O see, in guilt I was born,
a sinner was I conceived.

Indeed you love truth in the heart;
then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.
O purify me, then I shall be clean;
O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me hear rejoicing and gladness,
that the bones you have crushed may revive.
From my sins run away your face
and blot out all my guilt.

A pure heart create for me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

Give me again the joy of your help;
with a spirit of fervor sustain me,
that I may teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners may return to you.

O rescue me, God, my helper,
and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall declare your praise.

For in sacrifice you take no delight,
burnt offering from me you would refuse,
my sacrifice, a contrite spirit.
A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

In your goodness, show favor to Zion;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice,
holocausts offered on your altar.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be fore ever. Amen.

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