My Lord, What a Morning

December 5, 2017 9:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

          

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.  And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.” Mark 13: 24-26

Woe! Woe is me! Crush me with these unspeakable offences; for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the sea, and I am stooped with them as with many iron chains. I do not dare to raise my eyes to the glory of heaven. To whom then shall I turn but to Thee, Most Kind, Most Merciful? Have mercy on me, 0 God, according to Thy great mercy; and according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my iniquities. Wash me yet more from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sins. For I know my iniquity, and my sin is always before me. To Thee only have I sinned, and have done before Thee (Ps. 1). Since therefore I have sinned, to Thee do I come because of Thy great mercy. I have provoked Thee to wrath, and because of Thy clemency to Thee do I fly. I have spurned Thee, yet because of Thy supreme goodness and kindness to Thee do I return; and beseeching Thee I cry: Turn away Thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities, for Thy name’s sake alone. I have nothing I may offer Thee; no good work, nor a clean heart. Relying solely on Thy mercies, I cast myself upon them, that Thou may create a clean heart in me, and strengthen me with a perfect spirit lest I speedily fall back into sin. From this day I shall serve Thee, in holiness and justice all the days of my life. Therefore, let all the Powers of heaven praise Thee. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Majesty, for ever and ever. Amen

Sermon for the first Sunday of Advent, St. Ephream C. 350

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