For Those Who Have Forgotten You

O God,
no one can escape your Spirit,
and none may flee from your presence.
We pray for those who have forgotten you
and have wandered  in disobedience to your will
and neglected your holy Word and Sacraments.
May your Holy Spirit continue to strive with them,
may your exceeding great love still plead with them,
to bring them home to yourself again,
that they may rejoice in your salvation
and glorify your blessed name.

Source: Freely modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 54

Original has: “and neglected your holy Church and Sacraments.”

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”