Have mercy on me a sinner
by St. Nonnus.
Lord God, have mercy on me a
I am not worthy to stand before Thee, seeing that I have never tried to embellish my soul for Thy
What that prostitute accomplished in a single day in
beautifying herself surpasses everything I have ever achieved during all the years of my life. How can I have the face to look upon Thee,
I do not know what words to use in the attempt to justify
myself in Thy presence, Lord. What excuse have I before Thee, seeing that all my hidden secrets are laid open before Thee?
No, alas for me the sinner who, as I enter the threshold of Thy sacred temple and
appear before Thy glorious altar, have failed to offer the beauty in my soul that Thou