Emendemus in melius

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Matins Responsory for Lent I & Distribution of Ashes on Ash Wednesday.

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Latin.png Latin text

Emendemus in melius quae ignoranter peccavimus;
ne subito praeoccupati die mortis,
quaeramus spatium poenitentiae, et invenire non possimus.
Attende, Domine, et miserere; quia peccavimus tibi. (cf. Bar. 3:2)

Adjuva nos, Deus salutaris noster, et propter honorem[gloriam] nominis tui libera nos. (Ps. 78:9a)

Donato & Manchicourt: Peccavimus cum patribus nostris, iniuste egimus, iniquitatem fecimus. (Ps. 105:6)
Morales: Memento, homo, quia pulvis es et in pulverem reverteris. (Ps. 3:19)

English.png English translation

Let us amend for the better in those things in which we have sinned through ignorance;
lest suddenly overtaken by the day of death,
 we seek space for repentance, and be not able to find it.
Hearken, O Lord, and have mercy: for we have sinned against thee.

Help us, O God of our salvation, and for the honour[glory] of thy name deliver us. (Psalm 79:9a)

Alternate verses:
We have sinned like our fathers, we have acted unjustly and done wrong. (Psalm 106:6)
Remember, O man, that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return. (Psalm 3:19)

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