O Lord, I am you clay. You are my potter and skilled master. Because you pronounce me a sinner, I accept your word. I sincerely acknowledge and confess the godless condition which shows itself in my flesh and my entire nature. I do so that you may be glorified and I humiliated. As with all others, I am sin and death; you are life and righteousness. Together with all people I am the worst evil; you are and remain the highest good. I acknowledge and confess all this. I am led to this confession not by my reason, which would rather cover up and disguise this godless condition, but through your law and promises, I want your honor to stay and increase.
Lord, I am your sin; you are my righteousness. Therefore I am glad and have victory without fear. For my sin cannot outweigh or overpower your righteousness. Neither will your righteousness permit me to be or remain a sinner. Your Spirit, O Lord, must make and keep me alive. Blessed are you, O faithful God, my merciful Redeemer. In you alone do I trust. Amen.
Martin Luther, 1483 – 1546, German Reformer
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
O Lord; O King, resplendent in the citadel of heaven, all hail continually;
and of your clemency upon your people still have mercy.
Lord, whom the hosts of cherubim in songs and hymns
with praise continually proclaim, upon us eternally have mercy.
The armies aloft, O Lord, sing praise to you;
those to whom the seraphim reply, ‘have mercy.’
O Christ, enthroned as king above,
whom the nine orders of angels in their beauty
praise without ceasing,
upon us, your servants, ever have mercy.
O Christ, hymned by your one and only church throughout the world,
to whom the sun, and moon, and stars, the land and sea,
ever do service, have mercy.
O Christ, those holy ones, the heirs of the eternal country,
one and all with utter joy proclaim you in a must worthy strain:
have mercy upon us.
O Lord, O gentle son of Mary free;
O King of kings, blessed redeemer;
upon those who have been ransomed from the power of death,
by your own blood, even have mercy.
O noblest unbegotten, yet begotten Son, having no beginning,
yet without effort (in the weakness of God) excelling all things,
upon this your people in your pity, Lord have mercy.
O sun of righteousness, in all unclouded glory,
supreme dispenser of justice,
in that great day when you strictly judge all nations,
we earnestly beseech you, upon this your people,
who here stand before your presence,
in your pity, Lord, then have mercy on us.
Dunstan, c. 909 – 988, English monastic and bishop
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy
and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Grant, O God, of your mercy, that we may come to everlasting life,
and there beholding your glory as it is, may equally say:
Glory to the Father who created us,
Glory to the Son who redeemed us,
Glory to the Holy Spirit who sanctified us.
Glory to the most high and undivided Trinity,
whose works are inseparable,
whose kingdom without end abides,
from age to age forever.
St. Augustine of Hippo, 354 – 430
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Lord Jesus Christ,
I approach your banquet table
in fear and trembling,
for I am a sinner,
and dare not rely on my own worth
but only on your goodness and mercy. . . .
Praise to you, saving sacrifice,
offered on the wood of the cross for me and for all mankind.
Praise to the noble and precious blood,
flowing from the wounds of my crucified Lord Jesus Christ
and washing away the sins of the whole world.
Remember, Lord, your creature,
whom you have redeemed with your blood.
John of Fecamp, 1028-1078, Benedictine spiritual writer
And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ,
he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son
while we were still his enemies,
we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.