There is something magisterial and rather comforting about the following prayer of forgiveness. I don’t mean to stress the way it lingers on our “wretchedness” but I do love the sense of God’s love of all creation and willingness to forgive.
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent: create and make in us new and contrite hearts that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may receive from you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
From the liturgy of the Scottish Episcopal Church