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Preces Sacrae 10

The first (and only) prayer in Vermigli’s Preces Sacrae from Psalm 5.


From Psalm 5.

We flee to you daily, Almighty God, with our prayers, and we lay our vows before you in the morning–not ignorant that you hate our iniquity and exceedingly detest our sins.

We do not deny that we are held fast by them (for we perceive that they weigh us down beyond measure); nevertheless, relying on the abundance of your most generous goodness, we come to you.

We beseech you to be willing to forgive us in whatever sins we have committed against you, and to lead us henceforth in your righteousness and innocence, in order that the adversaries of our salvation–in whom there is nothing healthful, but all is full of vice–may not prevail against us. May their plans be made vain, [and] may their violence and strivings be brought to ruin, so that we, trusting in you, may enjoy steadfast gladness, while you protect, nourish, and surround us with your kindness as with a shield, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.1

  1. The translation is my own. 

By E.J. Hutchinson

E.J. Hutchinson is Assistant Professor of Classics at Hillsdale College.