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God of Mercy and Compassion
God of mercy and compassion,
Look with pity upon me,
Father, let me call Thee Father,
'Tis Thy child returns to Thee.
Jesus, Lord, I ask for mercy;
Let me not implore in vain;
All my sins, I now detest them,
Never will I sin again.
By my sins, I have deserved
Death and endless misery,
Hell with all its pains and torments,
And for all eternity.
By my sins, I have abandoned
Right and claim to heav'n above.
Where the saints rejoice forever
In a boundless sea of love.
See our Savior, bleeding, dying,
On the cross of Calvary;
To that cross my sins have nail'd Him,
Yet He bleeds and dies for me.
The sisters singing the song are from Our Lady of Ephesus in Gower Missouri.
I have had the opportunity of visiting the sisters on several occasions and I’ve had the chance of hearing them sing in person which is quite an honor as they sing so angelically.
The sisters are quite unique in that their vocation is contemplative so they spend all of their time in the convent, praying for others and living a life of silence and work, and prayer, and of course play.
For these sisters, one of their ministries is the song and they spend many hours rehearsing and composing and they recorded music which I have found to be an excellent instrument in a tool for meditation and relaxation.
The song that has been chosen for today, God of Mercy and Compassion, is a Lenten tune that has notes of reality, in the sense of the reality of our sin and weight that we carry because of it, and then on the other hand the savior who has come to save us, offers on his blood for the redemption of our sins. And that all we have to do is to come to him and bringing our sins and implore his mercy and he will grant it to us.
The music that the sisters sang speaks so well of the emotion if you will, or the movement of the time of Lent where we feel kind of this, more of dryness and then things moved into and I’m imploring of Lord:
Lord, Jesus, I ask for mercy.
Let me not implore in vain.
All my sins I now detest them.
Never will I sin again.
So bringing with confidence, our sins and failings to the Father to Jesus and knowing that he will forgive us and then also with that firm resolution out of love to never offend him again. This is our goal for this Holy Week.
My brothers and sisters, I pray that this might be a grace given to all of us this week.
Lyrics：Edmund Vaughan (1827-1908)
Composer: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)
Singers: The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
Narrator: Kristin Boutross
Host: Malia Ma
Designer: Rafaela Zhang (from the Album Cover)
Producer & Copyright: Deeratdawn 2021