February 2012

Litany of Penitence

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/23/2012 - 08:28

Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, church-goers recited the “Litany of Penitence.”  One petition struck me in particular, “Accept our repentance, Lord, …. For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us.”  (Italics mine)

Wouldn’t this be an example of prejudice and contempt?  We hear it read aloud on the third Sunday in Lent every third year: