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First Reading for the Monday of the 2nd Week of Lent

Daniel 9:4b-10

Summary: We acknowledge our boundless wrongdoing and rebellion against your commands, having ignored the prophetic words sent for our guidance. Our sins have brought shame upon us and led to our dispersion. Yet, in your boundless compassion and forgiveness, O Lord, we seek your mercy, recognizing our failure to heed your laws and prophets.

Confession and Plea for Mercy

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: we, 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.

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