The Hymnal 1982 S240
A Song of Penitence
- [o lord and ruler of the hosts of heaven]
- Ned Rorem, b. 1923
Antiphon: Your merciful promise is beyond all measure; it surpasses all that our minds can fathom.
1. O Lord and Ruler of the hosts of heaven, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of all their righteous offspring:
2. You made the heavens and the earth, with all their vast array.
3. All things quake with fear at your presence; they tremble because of your power.
4. But your merciful promise is beyond all measure; it surpasses all that our minds can fathom.
5. O Lord, you are full of compassion, long-suffering, and abounding in mercy.
6. You hold back your hand; you do not punish as we deserve.
7. In your great goodness, Lord, you have promised forgiveness to sinners, that they may repent of their sin and be saved.
8. And now, O Lord, I bend the knee of my heart, and make my appeal, sure of your gracious goodness.
9. I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and I know my wickedness only too well.
10. Therefore I make this prayer to you: Forgive me, Lord, forgive me.
11. Do not let me perish in my sin, nor condemn me to the depths of the earth.
12. For you, O Lord, are the God of those who repent, and in me you will show forth your goodness.
13. Unworthy as I am, you will save me, in accordance with your great mercy, and I will praise you without ceasing all the days of my life.
14. For all the powers of heaven sing your praises, and yours is the glory to ages of ages. Amen. [Ant.]