HOLY IS HE

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Opening Prayer

O God, who makest us glad with the yearly remembrance of our redemption, grant that, as we joyfully receive thine only-begotten Son as our redeemer, we may also see him without fear when he cometh as our judge; even our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth, one God, world without end. Amen.

-(GS, 5th Century)

 

TEXT

Psalm 99 NRSV

The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!

The Lord is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.

Let them praise your great and awesome name.
Holy is he!

Mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity;
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

Extol the Lord our God;
worship at his footstool. Holy is he!

Moses and Aaron were among his priests;
Samuel also was among those who called on his name.
They cried to the Lord, and he answered them.

He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
they kept his decrees,
and the statutes that he gave them.

O Lord our God, you answered them;
you were a forgiving God to them,
but an avenger of their wrongdoings.

Extol the Lord our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for the Lord our God is holy.

 

Prayer of Confession

O my crucified God, behold me at Your feet; do not cast me out, now that I appear before You as a sinner. I have offended You exceedingly in the past, my Jesus, but it shall be so no longer.

Before You, O Lord, I place all my sins; I have now considered Your own sufferings and see how great is the worth of that Precious Blood that flows from Your veins.

O my God, at this hour close Your eyes to my want of merit, and since You have been pleased to die for my sins, grant me forgiveness for them all, that I may no longer feel the burden of my sins, for this burden, Dear Jesus, oppresses me beyond measure.

Assist me, my Jesus, for I desire to become good whatsoever it may cost; take away, destroy, utterly root out all that You find in me contrary to Your holy will. At the same time, I pray You, Lord Jesus, to enlighten me that I may be able to walk in Your holy light. Amen.
—Saint Gemma Galgani, 1878-1903

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