Give us Grace and Strength to Overcome

O Lord,
give us all grace and strength
to overcome every sin.
Sins of aggression, purpose,
surprise, negligence, omission,
sins against you,
our neighbors,
sins great, small,
remembered, forgotten.

Source: Christina G. Rosetti

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 81 #2

“Sins of aggression, purpose,” in the original is “sins of besetment, deliberation”


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Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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