O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have
shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are
bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up by your mercy. Through our Lord Jesus
Christ, our Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.