A Poor Brother's Hymnal
Friday, March 03, 2006
  Kind Maker of the World
Kind Maker of the world, O hear
The fervent prayer, with many'a tear
Poured forth by all the penitent
Who keep this holy fast of Lent!

Each heart is manifest to Thee;
Thou knowest our infirmity;
Now we repent, and seek Thy face;
Grant unto us Thy pardoning grace.

Spare us, O Lord, who now confess
Our sins and all our wickedness,
And, for the flory of Thy Name,
Our weakened souls to health reclaim.

Give us the discipline that springs
From abstinence in outward things
With inward fasting, so that we
In heart and soul may dwell with Thee.

Grant, O Thou blessed Trinity;
Grant, O unchanging Unity;
That this our fast of forty days
May work our profit and Thy praise.

- Gregory the Great, 6th c.

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