“Nations and peoples of every language…

…when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, zither, dulcimer, harp, double-flute, and all the other musical instruments, you must fall down and worship the golden statue which King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship shall be instantly cast into a white-hot furnace.”

The canticle from this morning’s Divine Office includes part of Azariah’s Prayer in the furnace from the third chapter of Daniel, expanded here:

For we have sinned and transgressed
by departing from you,
and we have done every kind of evil.

Your commandments we have not heeded or observed,
nor have we done as you ordered us for our good.

For we are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation,
brought low everywhere in the world this day
because of our sins.

We have in our day no prince, prophet, or leader,
no burnt offering, sacrifice, oblation, or incense,
no place to offer first fruits, to find favor with you.

But with contrite heart and humble spirit
let us be received;
As though it were burnt offerings of rams and bulls,
or tens of thousands of fat lambs,

So let our sacrifice be in your presence today
and find favor before you;
for those who trust in you cannot be put to shame.

And now we follow you with our whole heart,
we fear you and we seek your face.

Do not put us to shame,
but deal with us in your kindness and great mercy.

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