Forgive, Correct, Subdue, Free

O Lord our God,
forgive our sins
and correct our errors.
Direct our actions,
and inspire us
with thoughts that please you.
Cleanse our consciences,
and sanctify our hearts.
Subdue the old man in us to the new,
and the new man to yourself,
so that, triumphing over all vices,
we may, with increasing freedom,
serve you, our Lord and God;
who lives and reigns,
one God,
forever and ever.

Source: Mozarabic Rite

Source of this version: Modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 95 #1

In the translation from Leffingwell, “Subdue the old man… reads “subduing the flesh to the spirit, and the spirit to Thyself.”


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Lutheran pastor and musician serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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