From the Eucharistic lectionary for today, a verse from Psalm 51: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; in your great compassion blot out my offenses.”
Psalm 51: 1-10
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; *
in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions, *
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you only have I sinned *
and done what is evil in your sight.
And so you are justified when you speak *
and upright in your judgment.
Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *
a sinner from my mother’s womb.
For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *
and will make me understand wisdom secretly.
Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *
wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.
Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
that the body you have broken may rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins *
and blot out all my iniquities.
Let us pray.
Almighty God, grant us grace that we may confess our faults and turn to you. Make us new. Through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Photo: Detail from a Byzantine mosaic in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul by yours truly.