Scripture Verse

Thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. Psalm 86:15

Introduction

Words: Ed­mund Vaugh­an, in Hymns for the Con­fra­ter­ni­ty of the Ho­ly Fa­mi­ly (Burns & Lam­bert, 1854). Act of Con­tri­tion.

Music: Tar­ry­town B.M.J., in the Am­er­i­can Ca­tho­lic Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by the Mar­ist Bro­thers (New York: P. J. Ke­ne­dy & Sons, 1913), num­ber 203 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

God of mercy and compassion,
Look with pity upon me.
Father, let me call Thee Father,
’Tis Thy child returns to Thee.

Refrain

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 deservèd
Death and endless misery;
Hell, with all its pains and torments,
And for all eternity.

Refrain

By my sins I have abandoned
Right and claim to Heav’n above,
Where the saints rejoice forever,
In a boundless sea of love.

Refrain

See our Savior, bleeding, dying,
On the cross of Calvary;
To that cross my sins have nailed Him,
Yet He bleeds and dies for me.

Refrain