Forgive Us, Cleanse Our Hearts, that We May Love Your Word

Lord God, heavenly Father,
we confess that we are poor, wretched sinners
and that there is no good in us,
since our hearts, flesh and blood
are so corrupted by sin
that we can never be without sinful desire in this life.
Therefore dear Father,
forgive us these sins
and let your Holy Spirit cleanse our hearts
that we may desire and love your Word,
abide by it
and by your grace be forever saved;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.

Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 6

Source of this version: The Collects of Veit Dietrich in Contemporary English © 2016 Paul C. Stratman

This revision/translation of The Collects of Veit Dietrich is licensed by Paul C. Stratman under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International LicensePlease contact for permission for any commercial use.


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

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