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O Lord God Almighty,
who knows the thoughts of all people,
who searches our hearts and our motivations,
and who has called me to this holy ministry as I am,
Do not loathe me,
do not turn your face away from me,
but wipe away all my transgressions,
wash away all the filth of my body,
wash away the defilement of my soul,
and thoroughly sanctify me,
so that while praying for your goodness to grant forgiveness to others,
I myself will not be cast away.
O Lord: Do not turn me away, lowly as I am, ashamed!
Send upon me the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Make me worthy to stand before your holy altar.
St. Gregory Nazianzus, c.330-389, Archbishop of Constantinople
The Macmillan Book of Earliest Christian Prayers freely modified
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.