From out of the depths

The Responsorial Psalm from the Mass for Friday of the First Week of Lent is a great prayer to use during one’s nightly examination of conscience or just before Confession. It is a lament, and a plea for God’s mercy.

Psalm 130: “Out of the depths I call to you, LORD;

Lord, hear my cry! May your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.

If you, LORD, mark our sins, Lord, who can stand?

But with you is forgiveness and so you are revered.

I wait with longing for the LORD, my soul waits for his word.

My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak. More than sentinels for daybreak,

let Israel look for the LORD, For with the LORD is kindness, with him is full redemption,

And God will redeem Israel from all their sins.”


Our sins are many, and this prayer speaks to the depths of despair over our consequential separation from God and our dependency on His ability to rescue us. Without Him, we can do nothing; with Him, we are reconciled.

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"The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts"

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