Thursday, March 24, 2011

Current and Forthcoming: 3rd Sunday of Lent


Father, you have taught us to overcome our sins
by prayer, fasting, and works of mercy.
When we are discouraged by our weakness,
give us confidence in your love.

O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness,
who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving
have shown us a remedy for sin,
look graciously on this confession of our lowliness,
that we, who are bowed down by our conscience,
may always be lifted up by your mercy.


Lord, in sharing this sacrament
may we receive your forgiveness
and be brought together in unity and peace.

As we receive the pledge
of things yet hidden in heaven
and are nourished while still on earth
with the Bread that comes from on high,
we humbly entreat you, O Lord,
that what is being brought about in us in mystery
may come to true completion.

COMMENT: The first collect has psychological focus; the second a spiritual one. The prayer after communion in the first version has a social focus; the second is deeply personal.
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