Ash Wednesday: A favorite prayer from St. Augustine

I’ve posted this prayer in the past, but I find that once again it expresses what I need to tell the Lord about my heart as we begin Lent.  My soul needs housecleaning.  My heart needs enlarging that I may receive and share the Lord’s love and grace more fully:

O Lord,
The house of my soul is narrow;
enlarge it that you may enter in.
It is ruinous, O repair it!
It displeases Your sight.
I confess it, I know.
But who shall cleanse it,
to whom shall I cry but to you?
Cleanse me from my secret faults, O Lord,
and spare Your servant from strange sins.

–St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430)
Source: Churchyear.net

For the traditional Ash Wednesday Prayers from the 1928 BCP, see here.

Here’s the link For all Lent-themed prayers posted here at Lent & Beyond over the years.

For Daily Lenten Prayers and Readings, this is a very good site.

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2 Responses to Ash Wednesday: A favorite prayer from St. Augustine

  1. MW says:

    Blessings to you during this season of Lent!

  2. […] Ash Wednesday: A favorite prayer from St. Augustine […]

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