Prayer for Saturday (Yom Kippur)

The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur ends at sundown today. The Zoroastrian festival of Ghambar Paitishem and the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi continue today.

The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity.
~ Lord Byron

Our God and God of our fathers, may our prayers come before You, and do not turn away from our supplication, for we are not so impudent and obdurate as to declare before You, Lord our God and God of our fathers, that we are righteous and have not sinned. Indeed, we and our fathers have sinned.

We have transgressed, we have acted perfidiously, we have robbed, we have slandered. We have acted perversely and wickedly, we have willfully sinned, we have done violence, we have imputed falsely. We have given evil counsel, we have lied, we have scoffed, we have rebelled, we have provoked, we have been disobedient, we have committed iniquity, we have wantonly transgressed, we have oppressed, we have been obstinate. We have committed evil, we have acted perniciously, we have acted abominably, we have gone astray, we have led others astray. We have strayed from Your good precepts and ordinances, and it has not profited us. Indeed, You are just in all that has come upon us, for You have acted truthfully, and it is we who have acted wickedly.

(traditional Yom Kippur prayers)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I will live in the Now.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

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