Sometimes nothing speaks more to the heart of the experience of faith than the prayers of the Psalms. Every Friday morning throughout the year the Church prayers Psalm 51 during Morning Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours. It is one of my favorite Psalms because it speaks to the heart of the human experience of sin, suffering and God’s mercy. It serves as something of an examination and act of contrition all at once. This morning, Good Friday, the Church continues with the tradition of praying this penitential psalm and instead of rambling on and on here with my own thoughts and words, I simply present this Psalm for your prayer and reflection. May the Lord give you peace.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse…
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