– Lent –
Hear, O thou bounteous Maker, hear,
Our humble vows with gracious ear:
Turn not thy saving face away
Whilst on this solemn fast we pray.
Great searcher of our hearts, to thee
We here deplore our misery;
Behold, we to thy mercies fly,
Do thou thy healing grace apply.
– St Gregory the Great: Audi, Benigne Conditor (6th century)