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April 5, 2011

From the Dominican Liturgy of the Hours

Psalm 51

Have mercy, tender God,
forget that I defied you.
Wash away my sin,
cleanse me from my guilt.

I know my evil well,
it stares me in the face,
evil done to you alone
before your very eyes.

How right your condemnation!
Your verdict clearly just.
You see me for what I am
a sinner before my birth.

You love those centered in truth;
in wisdom center me.
Wash me with fresh water;
wash me bright as snow.

Fill me with happy songs;
let my bruised bones dance.
Shut your eyes to my sin;
make my guilt disappear.

Creator, reshape my heart.
God, steady my spirit.
Do not cast me aside
stripped of your holy spirit.

Save me, bring back my joy,
support me, strengthen my will.
Then I will teach your way
and sinners will turn to you.

Help me, stop my tears,
and I will sing your goodness.
Lord, give me words
and I will shout your praise.

When I offer a holocaust,
the gift does not please you.
So I offer my shattered spirit;
a changed heart you welcome.

In your love make Zion lovely.
Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then sacrifice will please you,
young bulls upon your altar.


  1. I love this and am going to save it! I just taught a class on Psalms 51 and wish I could have had this earlier to read to the ladies. Thank you!

  2. This is so lovely!

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