Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Blow the trumpet in
sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants
of the land tremble,
for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near--
a day of darkness and
a day of clouds and thick darkness!
Like blackness spread
upon the mountains
a great and powerful army comes;
their like has never
been from of old,
nor will be again after them
in ages to come.
Yet even now, says
return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with
weeping, and with mourning;
rend your hearts and not your clothing.
the Lord, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and
abounding in steadfast love,
and relents from punishing.
Who knows whether he
will not turn and relent,
and leave a blessing behind him,
a grain offering and a
for the Lord, your God?
Blow the trumpet in
sanctify a fast;
call a solemn
gather the people.
assemble the aged;
even infants at the breast.
Let the bridegroom leave
and the bride her canopy.
Between the vestibule
and the altar
let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep.
Let them say, "Spare
your people, O Lord,
and do not make your heritage a mockery,
a byword among the nations.
Why should it be said
among the peoples,
`Where is their God?'"
Shout out, do not hold
Lift up your voice like a trumpet!
Announce to my people
to the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet day after day they
and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation
that practiced righteousness
and did not forsake the ordinance of their God;
they ask of me righteous
they delight to draw near to God.
"Why do we fast, but you
do not see?
Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?"
Look, you serve your own
interest on your fast day,
and oppress all your workers.
Look, you fast only to
quarrel and to fight
and to strike with a wicked fist.
Such fasting as you do
will not make your voice heard on high.
Is such the fast that I
a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the
head like a bulrush,
and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a
a day acceptable to the Lord?
Is not this the fast
that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your
bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked,
to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall
break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and
the Lord will answer;
you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.
If you remove the yoke
from among you,
the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
if you offer your food
to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall
rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually,
and satisfy your needs in parched places,
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a
like a spring of water,
whose waters never fail.
Your ancient ruins shall
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the
repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to live in.
Psalm 103 or 103:8-14
the Lord, O my soul, *
and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
the Lord, O my soul, *
and forget not all his benefits.
He forgives all your
and heals all your infirmities;
He redeems your life
from the grave *
and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
He satisfies you with
good things, *
and your youth is renewed like an eagle's.
The Lord executes righteousness *
and judgment for all who are oppressed.
He made his ways
known to Moses *
and his works to the children of Israel.]
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.
He will not always
accuse us, *
nor will he keep his anger for ever.
He has not dealt with us
according to our sins, *
nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
For as the heavens are
high above the earth, *
so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.
As far as the east is
from the west, *
so far has he removed our sins from us.
As a father cares for
his children, *
so does the Lord care for those who fear him.
For he himself knows
whereof we are made; *
he remembers that we are but dust.
[Our days are like the
we flourish like a flower of the field;
When the wind goes over
it, it is gone, *
and its place shall know it no more.
But the merciful
goodness of the Lord endures for ever on those who fear him, *
and his righteousness on children's children;
On those who keep his
and remember his commandments and do them.
The Lord has set his throne in heaven, *
and his kingship has dominion over all.
the Lord, you angels of his,
you mighty ones who do his bidding, *
and hearken to the voice of his word.
the Lord, all you his hosts, *
you ministers of his who do his will.
the Lord, all you works of his,
in all places of his dominion; *
bless the Lord, O my soul.]
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
We entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says,
"At an acceptable time I
have listened to you,
and on a day of salvation I have helped you."
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see-- we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
Jesus said, "Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
"So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
"And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
"And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."