you do not desire the death of sinners,
but you want them to turn to you and live.
Look with pity on the weakness of our mortal nature.
We confess that we are but ashes,
and for our wickedness we deserve to return to the dust.
Forgive all our sins,
and give us the blessings that come with true repentance;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Hale, New York, 1881, p. 22 #1
“you do not desire the death of sinners” is a reference to Ezekiel 33:11
“We confess that we are but ashes” is a reference to Genesis 18:27
“for our wickedness we deserve to return to the dust” is a reference to Genesis 3:19, Job 10:9, Job 34:15, Psalm 90:3, Psalm 104:29, Ecclesiastes 3:20, Ecclesiastes 12:7
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