Psalm 50

Psalm 50

Performed by Fr Seraphim Bit-Haribi and Thirteen Assyrian Fathers Monastery Choir

Unto the end: A PSALM of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, when he had gone in to Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah.

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy great mercy; and according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgression.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgression, and my sin is ever before me.

Against Thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight; that Thou mightest be justified in Thy words, and overcome when Thou art judged.

For behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins did my mother bear me.

For behold, Thou hast loved truth; the hidden and secret things of Thy wisdom hast Thou revealed to me.

Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed;

Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.

Thou shalt make me to hear joy and gladness; the bones that are humbled shall rejoice.

Turn away Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and stablish me with Thy sovereign Spirit.

I will teach transgressors Thy ways, and the ungodly shall turn again to Thee.

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation; my tongue shall rejoice in Thy righteousness.

O Lord, Thou shalt open my lips, and my mouth shall shew forth Thy praise.

For hadst Thou desired sacrifice, I would have given it; Thou delightest not in whole burnt offerings.

A sacrifice to God is a contrite spirit; a contrite and humbled heart God will not despise.

Do good, O Lord, in Thy good pleasure unto Zion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be builded.

Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, oblation and whole burnt offerings.

Then shall they offer calves upon Thine altar.

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Senseless passion of anger

Now let us say something about the senseless passion of anger, which ravages, confuses and darkens every soul and, when it is active, makes those in whom it is easily and quickly aroused behave like beasts.

This passion is strengthened particularly by pride, and so long as it is so strengthened it cannot be destroyed.

While the diabolical tree of bitterness, anger and wrath has its roots kept moist by the foul water of pride, it blossoms and thrives and produces quantities of rotten fruit.

Judge not

Fire and water are incompatible; and so is judging others in one who wants to repent.
If you see someone falling into sin at the very moment of his death, even then do not judge him, because the Divine judgment is hidden from men. Some have fallen openly into great sins, but they have done greater good deeds in secret; so their critics were tricked, getting smoke instead of the sun.

+ The Ladder of Divine Ascent

Judge not, that you be not judged.
For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye?
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

+ Matthew 7:1-5

Do not cast me away from Your presence

O God, my God, I plead with You for many and great things: do not disregard me. Do not cast me away from Your presence because of my presumption and boldness, but by the power of Your love lead me in the path of Your will. Grant me to love You as You have commanded, with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind, and with all my strength: with my whole being. Amen

+ From a prayer by Elder Sophronius Sakharov


"As the Prophets saw, as the Apostles taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers express in dogma, as the inhabited world understands together with them, as grace illumines, as the truth makes clear, as error has been banished, as wisdom makes bold to declare, as Christ has assured, so we think, so we speak, so we preach, honoring Christ our true God, and his Saints, in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in icons, worshiping and revering the One as God and Lord, and honoring them because of their common Lord as those who are close to him and serve him, and making to them relative veneration. This is the faith of the Apostles; this is the faith of the Fathers; this is the faith of the Orthodox; this faith makes fast the inhabited world."
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