have mercy on me

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Throne of Grace by Orcagna, 14th century, via Wikimedia Commons

Christ my true God have mercy on me.
In iniquity I was conceived.
And so, my Savior, have mercy on me.
Do not cast me aside. But have mercy on me.
By heartfelt sighing the tax collector was heard
And received forgiveness in the temple.
Using his words I too cry out:
Lord, my God have mercy on me.
The thief cried out upon his cross: “Remember me Lord.”
Using his words I too cry out:
Lord, my God, have mercy on me.
The prodigal son beseeched you with the words:
“Father I have sinned before heaven and before you.”
Using his words I too cry out:
Lord, my God, have mercy on me.

St Mesrob Mashtots, 362 – 440, Armenian theologian, linguist and hymnologist


______________________

Since, then, we have a great high priest
   who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God,
   let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
   who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
   but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are,
   yet without sin.
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness,
   so that we may receive mercy
   and find grace to help in time of need.

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