Daily Prayer in the Season of Penitence


the Dead Vlei, Namib Desert. Keith Martin's travelblog




The Lord is full of compassion and mercy:

Come, let us worship.


Give praise to the Father almighty,

to his Son, Jesus Christ, the Lord,

to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,

both now and for ever. Amen.


Blessed are you, holy God,

holy and strong, holy and immortal.


    [words of thanks and adoration may be said here]


Teach us to live in this passing world

with our hearts set on your eternal kingdom,

where, freed from sin and redeemed by your saving power,

we may praise and worship you for ever.

Blessed be God for ever!


Psalm 90

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling-place*
   in all generations.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
   or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
   from everlasting to everlasting you are God.


3 You turn us* back to dust,
   and say, ‘Turn back, you mortals.’

4 For a thousand years in your sight
   are like yesterday when it is past,
   or like a watch in the night.


5 You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
   like grass that is renewed in the morning;

6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
   in the evening it fades and withers.


7 For we are consumed by your anger;
   by your wrath we are overwhelmed.

8 You have set our iniquities before you,
   our secret sins in the light of your countenance.


9 For all our days pass away under your wrath;
   our years come to an end*
like a sigh.

10 The days of our life are seventy years,
   or perhaps eighty, if we are strong;
even then their span*
is only toil and trouble;
   they are soon gone, and we fly away.


11 Who considers the power of your anger?
   Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due to you.

12 So teach us to count our days
   that we may gain a wise heart.


13 Turn, O Lord! How long?
   Have compassion on your servants!

14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
   so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
   and for as many years as we have seen evil.

16 Let your work be manifest to your servants,
   and your glorious power to their children.

17 Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us,
   and prosper for us the work of our hands—
   O prosper the work of our hands!


Give praise to the Father almighty,

to his Son, Jesus Christ, the Lord,

to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,

both now and for ever. Amen.


A Song of the Servant

[Isaiah 53.3-6]


He was despised, he was rejected,

a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.

As one from whom people hide their faces

he was despised, and we did not esteem him.


He bore our sufferings,

he endured our torments,

while we thought he was being punished

and struck by God, brought low.


He was pierced for our sins,

bruised for no fault but our own.

His punishment has won our peace,

and by his wounds we are healed.


We have all strayed like sheep

each taking their own way.

But the Lord has laid on him

the guilt of us all.


Give praise to the Father almighty,

to his Son, Jesus Christ, the Lord,

to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,

both now and for ever. Amen.


Romans 5.6-8

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.


a time for reflection on the scriptures …


… completed with:


Wash away my sin, cleanse me from my guilt.

You see me for what I am; cleanse me from my guilt.   [from Psalm 51]


A Song of Salvation (Henry Allon)

Jesus, Saviour of the world,

come to us in your mercy:

we look to you to save and help us.


By your cross and your life laid down,

you set your people free:

we look to you to save and help us.


When they were ready to perish,

you saved your disciples:

we look to you to come to our help.


In the greatness of your mercy,

loose us from our chains:

forgive the sins of all your people.


Make yourself known

as our saviour and mighty deliverer:

save and help us

that we may praise you.


Come now and dwell with us,

Lord Christ Jesus:

hear our prayer and be with us always.


And when you come in your glory,

make us to be one with you

and to share the life of your kingdom.


thanksgiving, petition, intercession


Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.


a time for personal prayer and intercession …


… you may include this ‘Prayer for the Earth’:


God of life, we thank you for the gifts of the land,

and pray your blessing upon the farmers

who make those gifts available to us.

We give thanks for those who respect the earth

and seek to maintain its natural balance.

We pray for a free and open market

for those who produce organic food.


… and sum up your prayers with these responses:


Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance:

govern and uphold them now and always.


Day by day we bless you:

we praise your name for ever.


Keep us today, Lord, from all sin:

have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.


Lord, show us your love and mercy:

for we have put our trust in you.


In you, Lord, is our hope:

let us never be put to shame.


Holy God,

our lives are laid open before you:

rescue us from the chaos of sin

and through the death of your Son

bring us healing and make us whole in Jesus Christ our Lord.


May Christ give us grace to grow in holiness,

to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him. Amen.