Judith prayer
  • Before communion

'I am unworthy, O Lord, to receive Thee for many and many a time have I angered
Thee by my sins, and have not yet mourned all my wicked deeds. I am unworthy, O
attachments to what is not pleasing to Thee. I am unworthy, O Lord, to receive
Thee, for I have not yet surrendered in all sincerity to Thy love, Thy will and
obedience to Thee. O my God, all-powerful and infinitely good! In Thy merciful loving-
kindness, do Thou Thyself make me worthy of receiving Thee, for I run to Thee with
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thigh to her shame, and polluted her virginity to her reproach; for thou saidst, It
shall not be so; and yet they did so:
3 Wherefore thou gavest their rulers to be slain, so that they dyed their bed in
blood, being deceived, and smotest the servants with their lords, and the lords
upon their thrones;
4 And hast given their wives for a prey, and their daughters to be captives, and all
their spoils to be divided among thy dear children; which were moved with thy zeal,
and abhorred the pollution of their blood, and called upon thee for aid: O God, O my
God, hear me also a widow.
5 For thou hast wrought not only those things, but also the things which fell out
before, and which ensued after; thou hast thought upon the things which are now,
and which are to come.
6 Yea, what things thou didst determine were ready at hand, and said, Lo, we are
here: for all thy ways are prepared, and thy judgments are in thy foreknowledge.
7 For, behold, the Assyrians are multiplied in their power; they are exalted with
horse and man; they glory in the strength of their footmen; they trust in shield, and
spear, and bow, and sling; and know not that thou art the Lord that breakest the
battles: the Lord is thy name.
8 Throw down their strength in thy power, and bring down their force in thy wrath:
for they have purposed to defile thy sanctuary, and to pollute the tabernacle where
thy glorious name resteth and to cast down with sword the horn of thy altar.
9 Behold their pride, and send thy wrath upon their heads: give into mine hand,
which am a widow, the power that I have conceived.
10 Smite by the deceit of my lips the servant with the prince, and the prince with
the servant: break down their stateliness by the hand of a woman.
11 For thy power standeth not in multitude nor thy might in strong men: for thou art
a God of the afflicted, an helper of the oppressed, an upholder of the weak, a
protector of the forlorn, a saviour of them that are without hope.
12 I pray thee, I pray thee, O God of my father, and God of the inheritance of
Israel, Lord of the heavens and earth, Creator of the waters, king of every creature,
hear thou my prayer:
13 And make my speech and deceit to be their wound and stripe, who have
purposed cruel things against thy covenant, and thy hallowed house, and against
the top of Sion, and against the house of the possession of thy children.
14 And make every nation and tribe to acknowledge that thou art the God of all
power and might, and that there is none other that protecteth the people of Israel
but thou.