1st Sunday of Lent (Year A)

Psalm text (Ps 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14+17)

Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Be merciful on me, O God, in Your goodness,
in the greatness of Your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.

For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
"Against You only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in Your sight."

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from Your presence,
and Your Holy Spirit take not from me.

Give me back the joy of Your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

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Gospel Verse (Mt 4:4b)

One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

The English translation of the Psalm Response(s) and Gospel verse(s) from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.