Prayer of Humble Access


Merciful Christ,
your love compels us to enter the stable,
though our hands are unclean
and our hearts unprepared.
We, who refused you a room in the inn,
are not fit to kneel before your manger.
We, who denied you a seat at the banquet,
are not worthy to eat the crumbs
that fall from your table.
But you, Lord, are our Salvation.
You take on the flesh of the created
and share your bread with sinners.
So cleanse us,
and feed us with your precious body and blood,
that you may live in us and we in you;
and that we, with your whole church,
may partake of the heavenly feast
which has been prepared for us. Amen.