Joy and Gladness

girolamo_savonarolaLet me hear joy and gladness
when I hear what the sinful woman heard.
And what did she hear?
I speak of her who wept at your feet.
What, then, did she hear?
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
And I will hear what the robber heard:
“Today you will be with me in paradise.”
I will have joy in the forgiveness of sins;
gladness for the promise of blessings.
And will I not rejoice,
and will I not be glad,
when you grant pardon for all my sins ?
Then I will begin to taste of joy,
for you, Lord, are good.
Then will I learn to dwell in heavenly places.
Then will I say with the prophet,
“How abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you.”
Then will I rejoice and be glad.

Source: Girolamo Savonarola

Source of this version: Freely modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 57 #2

“Let me hear…” is a reference to Psalm 51:8

“…what the woman heard… go in peace” is a reference to Luke 7:38-50 (Savonarola connects the sinful woman with Mary Magdalene, which is a traditional connection. It is not specifically stated in the Bible that Mary Magdalene is the “sinful woman.”)

“robber… paradise” is a reference to Luke 23:43

“taste of joy” may be a reference to Psalm 34:8

“since you are good…” may be a reference to Psalm 25:7

“How abundant… fear you” is a reference to Psalm 31:19

Restore to Me the Joy

girolamo_savonarola“Restore to me the joy of your salvation.”
I recall what great peace,
what great tranquility of soul I enjoyed
when I rejoiced in the Lord,
and found delight in God my Savior.
Yes, now I grieve even more
because I know what I have lost.
I know what very great benefits I have lost.
Yes, I cry frantically,
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation.”
Restore what you have taken away from me because of my sins.
Restore what I have lost through my own fault.
Restore through Jesus’ merits,
who always stands at your right hand
and makes intercession for us,
that through him I may know
that you are reconciled to me,
that the seal is set on my heart,
that I may say with the apostle—
“I have been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live,
but Christ who lives in me.”

Source: Girolamo Savonarola

Source of this version: Freely modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 44 #1

This prayer quotes Psalm 51:12Song of Solomon 8:6,  Galatians 2:20

Create in Me a Clean Heart

girolamo_savonarolaCreate a clean heart in me, O God:
a humble heart,
a meek heart,
a peaceful heart,
a benevolent heart,
a devout heart
which does evil to no one,
which does not repay evil for evil,
but overcomes evil with good,
which loves you above all things,
thinks always about you,
speaks about you,
gives you thanks,
delights in hymns and spiritual songs,
and has its citizenship in heaven.
Amen.

Source: Girolamo Savonarola

Source of this version: Freely modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Ed. Charles Leffingwell, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 44 #1