Daily Prayer in the Season of Penitence


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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 80

1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
   you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth

2   before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might,
   and come to save us!

3 Restore us, O God;
   let your face shine, that we may be saved.


4 Lord God of hosts,
   how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?

5 You have fed them with the bread of tears,
   and given them tears to drink in full measure.

6 You make us the scorn* of our neighbours;
   our enemies laugh among themselves.

7 Restore us, O God of hosts;
   let your face shine, that we may be saved.


8 You brought a vine out of Egypt;
   you drove out the nations and planted it.

9 You cleared the ground for it;
   it took deep root and filled the land.

10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
   the mighty cedars with its branches;

11 it sent out its branches to the sea,
   and its shoots to the River.

12 Why then have you broken down its walls,
   so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?

13 The boar from the forest ravages it,
   and all that move in the field feed on it.


14 Turn again, O God of hosts;
   look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine,

15   the stock that your right hand planted.*
16 They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down;*
   may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance.

17 But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
   the one whom you made strong for yourself.

18 Then we will never turn back from you;
   give us life, and we will call on your name.

19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
   let your face shine, that we may be saved.


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 Blessed

[Matthew 5.3-12]


Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Blessed are those who mourn,

for they shall be comforted.


Blessed are the gentle,

for they shall be inherit the earth.


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for what is right,

for they shall be satisfied.


Blessed are the merciful,

for mercy shall be shown to them.


Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they shall see God.


Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they shall be called the children of God.


Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of right,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you

and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake.


Rejoice and be glad

for your reward is great in heaven.


1 Corinthians 1.18,20-25

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.


a time for reflection on the scriptures …


… completed with:


Shut your eyes to my sin, make my guilt disappear.

Fill me with happy songs, make my guilt disappear.     [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.

She bathed his feet with her tears. 

Come now and dwell with us,                                                           Luke 7.38

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’:


Our Father, teach us wisdom in our use of the earth’s resources.

Grant us inspiration in our search for alternatives to fossil fuels.

Give guidance to those involved in the development of biofuels.

Help us to find the right balance

between the need for food and the need for fuel.


… 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.



God of compassion,

through your Son Jesus Christ

you have reconciled

your people to yourself.

As we follow his example

of prayer and fasting,

may we obey you

with willing hearts

and serve one another

in holy love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 



May Christ give us grace

to grow in holiness,

to deny ourselves, take up our cross,

and follow him. Amen.