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Our Cry To The Father In Heaven
O Lord, deal not with us, &c.
Neither reward us, &c.
belongs to the Prayer of the Contrite Heart, and is a summary of it.
It is taken from Psalm ciii. 10. It offers no excuse but owns that we
have sinned and are in wretched plight, as does the prayer which
follows. This prayer was taken from the Sarum Missal, where it stands
in a Mass for Tribulation of heart.
Ps. li. 17 supplies the thought of, that despisest not--the contrite
heart, which is interwoven with, sorrowful sighing, from Psalm
We base our claim upon our forlorn condition, and appeal to God's mercy.
Note the repetition merciful--mercifully--graciously--goodness. The
temper of the prayer is of kin to Psalm lxix. which--especially in verses
13 to 21, and in its final thankfulness, as sure of God's help--may have
inspired its words and thoughts.
Psalm xliv. 1st and last verses. Doubtless an abbreviation of the
whole psalm, which stood at the beginning of the 3rd Rogation Litany.
If it be thought that the Gloria Patri occurs as a surprise in the
midst of these entreaties, we may notice (1) that all entreaties are
more real when they recognise truly the Majesty of God; and (2) that S.
Augustine's processional Litany when he came to Canterbury (A.D. 596)
concluded with Alleluia. "We beseech thee, O Lord, in all Thy mercy,
that Thy wrath and Thine anger may be removed from this city and from
Thy holy house, for we have sinned. Alleluia." (Taken from the 2nd
Rogation Litany), (3) the Gloria Patri is always said after a Psalm
in the Services, and sometimes after parts of a Psalm.
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