The season of Lent, which began a few days ago on Ash Wednesday, commemorates the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness.
Today's hymn at Bread upon the Waters is a Roman Catholic hymn of penitence, Attende Domini, beautifully presented in Gregorian chant:
Chorus: Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against You.
To You, highest King, Redeemer of all,
do we lift up our eyes in weeping:
Hear, O Christ, the prayers of your servants.
Right hand of the Father, Corner-Stone,
Way of Salvation, Gate of Heaven,
Wash away our stains of sin.
We beseech You, God, in Your Great Majesty:
Hear our groans with Your Holy Ears:
Calmly forgive our crimes.
To You we confess our sins, admitted with a contrite heart
We reveal the sins we have kept hidden.
With Your kindness, O Redeemer, overlook them.
You were led away captive, guiltless, unresisting,
Condemned by false witnesses to save sinners.
O Christ, keep safe those whom You have redeemed.