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O Lord Jesus,

because, being full of foolishness,

we often sin and have to ask pardon,

help us to forgive as we would be forgiven;

neither mentioning old offences committed against us,

nor dwelling upon them in thought,

nor being influenced by them in heart;

but loving our sisters and brothers freely,

as you freely loved us.

For your name’s sake. Amen.

Adapted by me from a prayer by Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894)

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