A Prayer of Repentance for Lent

Most Holy and Merciful Father: 

We acknowledge and confess in Your presence our sinful nature prone to evil and slothful in good, and all our shortcomings and offenses against You. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from Your ways, in wasting Your gifts, in forgetting Your love.  But You, O Lord, have pity upon us, who are ashamed and sorry for all wherein we have displeased You.  Teach us to hate our errors, cleanse us from our secret faults, and for the sake of Your dear Son our Savior forgive our sins. And O most holy and loving Father, send Your purifying grace into our hearts that we may henceforth live in Your light and walk in Your ways, according to the commandments of Jesus Christ our Lord, for whose sake we plead to be heard in grace. Amen.

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