have mercy on me

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The Prodigal Son, by John Macallan Swan, 1888, via Wikimedia Commons

I am clad in a garment
  that is defiled and shamefully bloodstained
  by a life of passion and self-indulgence.

   Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

I have stained the garment of my flesh, O Savior
  and defiled that which was made
  in Thine image and likeness.

   Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

I have fallen beneath the painful burden
  of the passions and the corruptions of material things;
  and I am hard pressed by the enemy.

   Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Instead of freedom from possessions, O Savior,
  I have pursued a life in love with material things;
  and now I wear a heavy yoke.

   Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

I have adorned the idol of my flesh
  with the many-colored coat of shameful thoughts,
  and I am condemned.

   Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

I have cared only for the outward adornment,
  and neglected that which in within –
  the tabernacle fashioned by God.

   Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

With my lustful desires I have formed within myself
  the deformity of passions
  and disfigured the beauty of my mind.

   Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

I have discolored with the passions
  the first beauty of the image, O Savior.
But seek me, as once Thou hast sought
  the lost coin, and find me.

   Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Frederica MathewesGreen, American Orthodox author 

__________________

All of us also lived among them at one time,
  gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts.
Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—
  it is by grace you have been saved.

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