Most holy and merciful Father; we acknowledge and confess before You our sinful nature - prone to evil and slothful in good - and all our shortcomings and offenses. You alone know how often we have sinned in our wandering from Your way, in wasting Your gifts, in forgetting Your love. But You, O Lord, have mercy on us, who are ashamed and sorry for all wherein we have displeased You. Teach us to hate our errors, cleanse us from our secret faults, and forgive our sins for the sake of Your dear Son. O most holy and loving Father, help us, we beseech You, to live in Your light and walk in Your ways, according to Your commandments. Amen.