Heavenly Father, we confess the sins of the Church, both individually and collectively, for as Your Body we have not loved You as we ought nor have we followed You as faithfully as You desire.
We have sinned and done so many wrongs and often acted in prideful and rebellious ways, and have not paid heed to Your righteous instruction. Lord, as Your Body on earth and as ambassadors of heaven we have not kept our garments spotless, but have gone our own way and followed our own desires and impulses, there is no health in us, and we are ashamed of the filthy garments that, as Your Bride we are wearing.
Look down on us in compassion and forgiveness we pray, and purify our hearts and cleanse us of all our faults, both individually and collectively.
You have promised that the good work that You have started in each of Your children will be completed in the day of Christ, and ask that in Your grace You would wash us and cleanse us and purify each one of us so that as Your people we may become without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, so that at the appointed time we may be presented to Jesus as a pure and radiant church, to His praise and glory. This we ask in His precious name,