make us clean, make us whole

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You Lord, brought into being the everlasting fabric of the universe;
   you wove the tapestry of life.
From one generation to another you are constant and righteous in your laws,
   wise and prudent in your actions.
To look round is to see your goodness;
   to trust you us to know your generosity;
   to confess to you is to receive your forgiveness.

Make us clean with the strong soap of your truth.
 Make us whole with the powerful medicine of your grace.
  Show us the light of your smile.
   Protect us with your mighty arm.
   Save us from all wrong-doing by your outstretched arm.
    Deliver us from all those that hate us without cause.
And to us and all mankind grant peace and concord.

To you, who alone can grant to us those and all good things.
   we offer up our praise through Jesus Christ,
   the high priest and guardian of our souls.

Clement of Rome, c.30- 99  Bishop, the first Apostolic Father

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Therefore, since we have been justified through faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
   through whom we have gained access by faith
   into this grace in which we now stand.
And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

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