Book of Daniel 9:4b-10.
I prayed to the LORD, my God, and confessed, "Ah, Lord, great and awesome God, you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love you and observe your commandments!
We have sinned, been wicked and done evil; we have rebelled and departed from your
commandments and your laws. We have not obeyed your servants the prophets, who spoke in your
name to our kings, our princes, our fathers, and all the people of the land.
Justice, O Lord, is
on your side; we are shamefaced even to this day: the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem, and
all Israel, near and far, in all the countries to which you have scattered them because of their
treachery toward you.
O LORD, we are shamefaced, like our kings, our princes, and our fathers, for having sinned against you. But yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness! Yet we rebelled against you and paid no heed to your command, O LORD, our God, to live by the law you gave us through your servants the prophets.
Do not hold past iniquities against us;
may your compassion come quickly,
for we have been brought very low.
Help us, God our savior,
for the glory of your name.
Deliver us, pardon our sins
for your name's sake.
Let the groans of prisoners come before you;
by your great power free those doomed to death.
Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will give thanks to you forever;
through all ages we will declare your praise.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6:36-38.
Jesus said to his disciples: "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you."
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