"Dear Lord, I give you my hands to do Your work;
I give You my feet to go Your way;
I give You my eyes to see as You see;
I give You my tongue to speak Your words;
I give You my mind that You may think in me;
I give You my spirit that You may pray in me.
Above all, I give You my heart that You may love in me
- love the Father and love all humankind.
I give You my whole self, Lord, that You may grow in me,
so that it is You who lives, works and prays in me. Amen."
Forgive us, Lord . . . for the things we have done
that make us feel uncomfortable in Your presence.
All the front that we polish so carefully for men to see does not deceive You.
For you know every thought that has left its shadow on our memory.
You have marked every motive that curdled something sweet within us.
We acknowledge–with bitterness and true repentance
–that cross and selfish thoughts have entered our minds;
we acknowledge that we have permitted our minds
to wander through unclean and forbidden ways;
we have toyed with that which we knew was not for us;
we have desired that which we should not have.
We acknowledge that often we have deceived ourselves where our plain duty lay.
We confess before You that our ears are often deaf to the whisper of Thy call,
our eyes often blind to the signs of your guidance,
Make us willing to be changed,
even though it requires surgery of the soul and the therapy of discipline.
Make our hearts warm and soft,
that we may receive now the blessing of Your forgiveness,
the benediction of Your "Depart in peace . . and sin no more."
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Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection;
A prayer from an early Church father Irenaeus (died 202 C.E.) link
Give growing maturity to beginners, O Father;
Give intelligence to the little ones;
Give aid to those who are running their course.
Give sorrow to the negligent;
Give fervor of spirit to the lukewarm.
Give to the mature a good end;
For the sake of Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.”
The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
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