Lord, please help me by your grace to be like the penitent thief;
I ask that I might be able to recognize the depth of my sins and,
turning to You in the humble repentance of the broken-hearted,
be granted by Your great mercy entry into the Gate of Paradise.
Note: The penitent thief from the Gospel is traditionally known in both Eastern Orthodox and Catholic circles as St. Dismas (and other variants on that name).
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