Saturday, February 18, 2006

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

O Good Father, I have withdrawn from thee. Do not forsake me nor cast me out from thy kingdom. The most evil enemy hath stripped me naked and robbed me of my fortune; and I have wasted the gifts of the soul in riotous living. Wherefore, I will rise and return to thee, crying, Make me as one of thy hired servants, O thou who for my sake didst stretch thy pure hands on the Cross to snatch me from the wicked beast and clothe me with the first robe, since thou art most compassionate.