For we have sinfully and lawlessly departed from thee,[Hat tip to Fr. Perrone's "Pastor's Descant" for August 18, 2013]
and have sinned in all things and have not
obeyed thy commandments;
 we have not observed them or done them,
as thou hast commanded us that it might go well with us.
 So all that thou hast brought upon us,
and all that thou hast done to us,
thou hast done in true judgment.
 Thou hast given us into the hands of lawless
enemies, most hateful rebels,
and to an unjust king, the most wicked in all the world.
 And now we cannot open our mouths;
shame and disgrace have befallen thy servants and worshipers.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
God's just judgment upon us
From the Prayer of Azariah [deuterocanonical text following Daniel 3:23 in Catholic Bibles]: