in whose hands lies the destiny of men and nations,
Let not the hopes of men perish,
nor the sacrifices of men be in vain.
O holy and life-giving Spirit,
enable us by thy grace
to root out from our common life
the bitterness of ancient wrongs
and the thirst to avenge the betrayals of long ago.
Save us from the tyranny of history
and set us free in a new obedience
to serve each other in the present hour.
Accepting the redemption
wrought for us,
we believe that all our sins of yesterday are covered by thy mercy;
Grant us therefore grace
to give and to receive the forgiveness
which alone can heal today's wounds.
Draw us, O Lord, towards loving kindness
and guide us into the way of peace.
Merciful Father, I am guilty of sin. I confess my sins before you and I am sorry for them. Your promises are just; therefore I trust that you will forgive me my sins and cleanse me from every stain of sin. Jesus himself is the proposition for my sins and those of the whole world. I put my hope in his ... continue reading
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