It is truly right and just
that we should always give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
For you do not cease to spur us on to possess a more abundant life and,
being rich in mercy, you constantly offer pardon
and call on sinners to trust in your forgiveness alone.
Never did you turn away from us, and,
though time and again we have broken your covenant,
you have bound the human family
to yourself through Jesus your Son, our Redeemer,
with a new bond of love so tight that it can never be undone.
Even now you set before your people
a time of grace and reconciliation, and,
as they turn back to you in spirit,
you grant them hope in Christ Jesus
and a desire to be of service to all,
while they entrust themselves more fully to the Holy Spirit.
And so, filled with wonder,
we extol the power of your love,
and, proclaiming our joy
at the salvation that comes from you,
we join in the heavenly hymn of countless hosts,
as without end we acclaim: