I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplication, with fasting. Daniel 9:3
Words: Unknown author, before the 12th Century (Ecce tempus idoneum). Translated from Latin to English by Thomas A. Lacey in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 67.
Now is the healing time decreed
For sins of heart, of word or deed,
When we in humble fear record
The wrong that we have done the Lord.
Who, always merciful and good,
Has borne so long our wayward mood,
Nor cut us off unsparingly
In our so great iniquity.
Therefore with fasting and with prayer,
Our secret sorrow we declare;
With all good striving seek His face,
And lowly hearted plead for grace.
Cleanse us, O Lord, from every stain,
Help us the meed of praise to gain,
Till with the angels linked in love
Joyful we tread Thy courts above.
Father and Son and Spirit blest,
To Thee be every prayer addrest,
Who art in threefold name adored,
From age to age, the only Lord.