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Lenten Reflection – Day 29

My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray;
take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!

May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart,
my zeal inspire;
as thou hast died for me,
O may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!

While life’s dark maze I tread
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide;
bid darkness turn to day;
wipe sorrow’s tears away;
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.

When ends life’s transient dream,
when death’s cold, sullen stream
shall o’er me roll;
blest Savior, then, in love,
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul!

–Words: Ray Palmer (1808-1887)
–Music: OLIVET, by Lowell Manson (1792-1872)


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Lenten Reflection – Day 4

That it may please thee to give us true repentance; to forgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances; and to endue us with the grace of thy Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to thy holy Word, We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

This is an excerpt from The Great Litany, one of the longest and, in my opinion, most beautiful prayers in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. This litany is often chanted on the first Sunday of Lent…and every year, I find myself in awe of the innumerable ways in which we as humans fail to earn God’s grace. We really are sinful, helpless creatures. I’m not trying to sound depressing or anything…it’s just truly amazing if you think about it. Our very existence relies on God. And yet we continuously fail to live up to the example of God in Jesus Christ. We are blessed creatures that God has already forgiven. Think about that! It’s pretty awesome! Be thankful that we do not have to earn grace! Otherwise, none of us would earn it!

If you are interested in the full text of the Great Litany, read it here. For a brief history, visit this website. And you can hear the entire litany chanted in the clip below.

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Where have I been sleeping?

O Lord, my God, where have I been sleeping? What have I been doing? How slowly I awaken once again to the barrenness of my life and its confusion. You will forgive me if it is often that way—I do not mean it to be. How little faith there has been in me—how inert have been my hours of solitude, how my time has been wasted. You will forgive me if next week, too, my time is all wasted and I am once again in confusion. But at least this afternoon, sitting on a boulder among the birches, I thought with compunction of Your love and Your kingdom. And again tonight, by the gatehouse, I thought of the hope You have planted in our hearts and the Kingdom of Heaven that I have done so little to gain for myself and for others.

Forgive me, O Lord, by Your Cross and Passion and Resurrection. Teach me to see what it means that I am saved by Your Church. Teach me how, as a priest, I am to bring others to the knowledge of You and of the Kingdom and to salvation. Teach me to live in You with care for the purity of faith, with the zeal of true hope, and with true and objective charity for my brothers, for the glory of the Father, Amen.

–Excerpt from A Search for Solitude by Thomas Merton, pp. 61-62.

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