For all the sins of men I repent before You, Most Merciful Lord. Indeed, the seed of all sins flows in my blood! ... For all the history of mankind from Adam to me, a I sinner, I repent; for all history is in my blood. For I am in Adam and Adam is in me. - Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich. Prayers by the Lake
In Adam we have all been one,
One huge rebellious man,
We all have fled that evening voice
That sought us as ran.
We fled Thee and in losing Thee
We lost our brother too.
Each singly sought and claimed his own;
Each man his brother slew.
By Thy strong love it sought us still
And sent Thine only Son,
That we might hear His shepherd's voice
And hearing Him be one.
O Thou, who when we loved Thee not,
Didst love and save us all,
Thou great good Shepherd of mankind,
O hear us, when we call.
Grant us Thy Spirit, teach us truth,
Thou, Son, O set us free
From fancied wisdom, self-sought ways,
To make us one in Thee.
Then shall our song united rise
To Thine eternal throne
Where with the Father evermore
And Spirit Thou art one. Amen. (Martin Franzmann)