O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wash Us O Lord

Show us O Lord Thy mercy and grant us Thy salvation.1 We see how Thou hast forgiven others. We see the miraculous healings and conversions Thou hast worked in others. We now beg Thee for a small share of this same mercy for we have exceedingly degraded our souls, our flesh, and our name in the most foul and scandalous sins. We know that when Thou dost absolve sins in confession, Thou dost not only destroy them from the present, but also the past. They are destroyed completely. They never happened. The memory thereof which remains is in effect only a nightmare, for the sin never took place. It no longer used to exist. It is no longer in our past and cannot be used against us. Any claim then that the sins exist, even as only a part of the past, is a delusion and a lie for the sins have at that time been destroyed in confession, for Thou art the Lord of Time through the ages of ages. Amen.

1Ps 84:8