For Freedom from Sin

O Lord, my Savior,
you have the power to remit sins.
Say to me, “Be loosed from your chains,
come out of the bonds of your sins.”
When you say it,
loosen those cords of my errors that ensnare me.
I am the most wicked of all people,
and should be despised because of continuing in sins,
but when you command,
I will be free from them. Amen.

Source: Ambrose, d. 397

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953



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

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