Prayer of Confession – by John Calvin

Lord God, eternal and almighty Father: We acknowledge before your holy majesty that we are poor sinners, conceived and born in guilt and in corruption, prone to do evil, unable of our own power to do good.  Because of our sin, we endlessly violate your holy commandments.  But, O Lord, with heartfelt sorrow we repent and turn away from all our offenses.  We condemn ourselves and our evil ways, with true sorrow asking that your grace will relieve our distress.  Have compassion on us, most gracious God, Father of mercies, for the sake of your son Jesus Christ our Lord.  And in removing our guilt, also grant us daily increase of the grace of your Holy Spirit, and produce in us the fruits of holiness and of righteousness pleasing in your sight: Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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