prayer for the day.
Most loving Father, whose will it is for us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our cares on you who care for us: Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested to us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (from the liberti Lent & Easter 2012 prayerbook & the Book of Common Prayer)
God Be Merciful to Me
(Lyrics, Psalm 51 & 1912 Psalter)
God, be merciful to me; On your grace I rest my plea.
My transgressions I confess; Grief and guilt my soul oppress.
Wash me, make me pure within; Cleanse, O cleanse me from my sin.
I have sinned against your grace And provoked you to your face.
I confess your judgment just; Speechless, I your mercy trust.
Let my contrite heart rejoice and in gladness hear your voice.
Gracious God, my heart renew, Make my spirit right and true.
Do not case me from your sight Nor remove your Spirit’s light.
Your salvation’s joy restore, Make me steadfast evermore.
Contrite spirit, pleading cries You, O God, will not despise.
Sinful ways I will reprove, And my tongue shall sing of your love.
Let my righteous sacrifice then delight your holy eyes.
more on the why and how of Lent here.