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A prayer of confession

Daniel 9:15–19

Now, Lord our God, 
who brought your people 
out of Egypt with a mighty hand 
and who made for yourself 
a name that endures to this day, 
we have sinned, 
we have done wrong.

Lord, in keeping 
with all your righteous acts, 
turn away your anger 
and your wrath from Jerusalem, 
your city, your holy hill. 
Our sins and the iniquities 
of our ancestors 
have made Jerusalem 
and your people 
an object of scorn 
to all those around us.

Now, our God, 
hear the prayers 
and petitions of your servant. 
For your sake, Lord, 
look with favour 
on your desolate sanctuary. 
Give ear, our God, and hear; 
open your eyes and see 
the desolation 
of the city that bears your Name.

We do not make requests of you 
because we are righteous, 
but because of your great mercy.

Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! 
Lord, hear and act! 
For your sake, my God, do not delay, 
because your city and your people 
bear your Name.

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