St. Leonard’s Prayer before Confession

April 6, 2009

From our archives – this prayer ties in very well with my earlier post today re: our need for Christ’s cleansing:

St. Leonard’s Prayer Before Confession

O most loving Trinity, and most worthy of all love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, my God, I adore Thee. Behold this wretched creature at Thy feet, who desires to make his peace with Thee by means of a good Confession. But since, O my God, without Thy help I can do nothing but evil, I beseech of Thee, by the bowels of Thy compassion, to grant me light, that I may recollect all my sins; make me to perceive the hideousness and the enormity of sin, so that I may abhor and detest it with all my heart.

O my Jesus, Fountain of pity, I draw near to Thee that Thou mayest wash and cleanse me of my filth. O Sun of justice, illuminate this poor blind creature. O Divine Physician, heal this poor sick man. O infinite Love, inflame this soul with Thy love, so that it may break down and dissolve in tears of grief. And may this my confession be such that I may now in earnest change my life, and never again find myself separated from Thee, my God my hope, my love, the salvation, life, and peace of my poor soul!

The Cyber Hymnal – An Essential Holy Week and Easter Resource

April 6, 2009

Our site log is showing a lot of folks are showing up here looking for links to the Cyber Hymnal.  Due to a domain name conflict, the site had to move a few months ago.  We posted the new link back in February.

Here it is:  The new link to the CyberHymnal is:

The topical index is here

A few relevant topics:

Christ, the Lamb, The Cross, Christ’s Blood,   Good Friday

Christ, the Redeemer,   Easter

Spread the news of the new link.

I’ve already been to the Cyber Hymnal three times in the past four days for my own devotions.  Some of the old hymns we no longer sing make wonderful devotional reading and great prayers.

I’ll be posting at least a few old hymns here this week, never fear!  (I know I’ve shocked some folks with my link to Mylon LeFevre earlier today! 😉 I need to restore my Anglican street cred.)

Music and Prayer for Monday in Holy Week: Turn the Tables on Me

April 6, 2009

Music links updated 2014

The Gospel reading in today’s Eucharistic lectionary focuses on Mary’s anointing of Jesus’ feet with perfume. However, today I want to focus  on Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple. Tomorrow I’ll return to the story of Mary’s anointing of Jesus.

cleansing_templeWhen I decided to post music here at Lent & Beyond during Holy Week, I knew immediately what song would accompany a reflection on Jesus’ cleansing the temple. It may be a surprise to some of our readers who associate Anglican orthodoxy with classical music, but for me the obvious song choice was Christian rocker Mylon LeFevre’s “Turn the Tables on Me” from his 1989 album Big World. (Unfortunately it’s not available on iTunes, the link is to Mylon’s myspace page where you can listen to the song for free. I’ve also included the song in the embedded playlist below.)

The refrain is a prayer:

Buyers, sellers, cheaters, liars have had their way too long inside of me.  Jesus, Master, take this temple, set me free – Turn the tables on me!

This Holy Week, I’m very conscious of one particular area of sin in my life, of how I need the Lord’s “violent grace.” I’ve let sin have a hold in my heart in recent weeks, I’ve tolerated compromise and I need the Lord’s power to cleanse me so that I can be the holy temple He desires.  Lord help me open the door to the temple of my heart today and allow You to clean all the dark places where I’ve let sin rule just as the money changers ruled in the temple courts.

How appropriate that Psalm 51 is included in today’s daily office reading!

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right  spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Even without knowing that Ps. 51 was included in today’s Daily office reading, I’d been praying the words and listening to several songs based on this Psalm in the past 24 hours:

  • John Michael Talbot & Terry Talbot: Create in Me a Clean Heart (from the 1980 album, the Painter) Listen Online, iTunes link
  • Keith Green:  Create in Me a Clean Heart (originally on the 1984 album Jesus Commands us to Go, but also included on several other compilations of Keith Green’s songs) Listen Online, iTunes link

Lord help us long for clean hearts. Help us humble ourselves to confess and repent of our sins as David did so that we can receive the cleansing and restoration, renewal and transformation that You offer!


In closing, here’s today’s Collect:

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Note: I’ve provided each iTunes link for each song I’ve posted when the song is available for online purchase. Please respect copyrights.

Philippians 3:1-14

April 6, 2009

Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. (Philippians 3:1)
      Jesus, you are my joy, my well-spring.

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! (Philippians 3:2)
      Holy Spirit, help us be wary of all those who preach salvation by works. Help us do the work you have called us to do, but place our confidence in Jesus rather than in the works.

For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, (Philippians 3:3)
      Father, thank you for giving me a circumcised heart.

though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. (Philippians 3:4-7)
      Father, please help me let go of everything that hinders me from coming to Jesus.

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ (Philippians 3:8 )
      Jesus, please help me lay everything at your feet.

and be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; (Philippians 3:9)
      Holy Spirit, please bring all of us in this diocese to the righteousness which comes through faith in Christ and is a gift of the Father to those who trust in Jesus.

that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, (Philippians 3:10)
      Jesus, help me know you more.

if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:11)
      Father, I know that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see him for myself, and my eyes shall behold him, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me for that day! Father, thank you for this great gift!

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. (Philippians 3:12)
      Jesus, please help me daily press on to run the race you have set before me.

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)
      Jesus, help me press on today — letting go of the things behind and striving toward that which is ahead. Thank you.

Monday: 51:1-18(19-20); Jeremiah 12:1-16; Philippians 3:1-14; John 12:9-19
Tuesday: 6, 12; Jeremiah 15:10-21; Philippians 3:15-21; John 12:20-26

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