Lent Prayers: A Communal Prayer of Confession

I found this on a blog called Fire, Clouds and Wanderings on the second day of Lent.  It was written for Ash Wednesday.  Many communal confessions seemed forced.  I’m being asked to confess things I’ve not done or thought.  I could relate to pretty much every line of this confession, however.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

We come before you, unworthy of your grace,

Unworthy of your love, unworthy of you.

We are sinners. Have mercy on us, O Lord.

Too often have we chosen the fruit over the garden.

Too often have we bowed down to the golden calf.

Too often have we begged for a sign.

Too often have we declared Caesar to be Lord.

Too often have we demanded to see the wounds in your hands.

Too often have we substituted our image of you, for you.

Too often have we neglected your call to be salt and light.

Too often have we mutilated the body of Christ to individual parts.

Too often have we reduced Christianity to a moral code.

Too often have we forgotten Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

Too often have we acted on sight and not on faith.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

(Silent Prayers of Confession)

Heal us now of our sinfulness and of the hatred that divides us.

Take away our hardness of heart.

Open our eyes which are often blind to the needs of others.

Remove our selfishness and our greed.

Give us self-control at all times, and fill our hearts with your eternal love.

O Jesus, we ask you now to heal and bless us, and fill us with your peace.

Amen.

3 Responses to Lent Prayers: A Communal Prayer of Confession

  1. Wilson Jones says:

    The idea of corporate confession is not that each of us may have committed each sin. There is a sense in which as a part of the body of Christ, we are all guilty of the sins of community. And the often, if we are honest, there is at least a little truth in each “sin” for each of us. That aside, thanks for sharing the prayer. I will keep it and use it.

  2. mrs bieber says:

    what is a communal prayer

  3. Kellyo says:

    A communal prayer is one said together in community. This as opposed to individual prayer.

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