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Yom Kippur: Praying for Repentance and Forgiveness

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(chanting in a foreign language)

- [Chris] It's called the Viddui,

a prayer of repentance anda plea for forgiveness.

- The Viddui is the centralprayer of confession

and for forgiveness of theJewish people on Yom Kippur,

and it's a prayer that they pray,

not only on behalf of themselves,

but on behalf of all theJewish people around the world.

- [Chris] Reverend DavidPileggi serves as the rector of

Christ Church in the heartof Jerusalem's Old City.

He studied the Jewish roots of

Christianity for nearly 30 years.

(chanting)He says the Viddui

recognizes, as Jeremiah the prophet wrote,

that the heart isdeceitful above all things

and that deeds need to follow repentance.

- One thing that we learnfrom the Jewish people,

something quite important,especially about Yom Kippur,

that it's not enough to say you're sorry.

You have to confess, say you're sorry,

and then, at the sametime, take practical steps

to change your behavior.

- [Chris] The Viddui contains sections

to be said both corporatelyand prayed by the individual.

The group repeats confessionslike we sinned before you.

We betrayed you.

We spoke falsely.

Now we want to repentand ask your forgiveness.

The individual prays, inpart, oh God and father,

maker of heaven and Earth,I penitently acknowledge

my sins, desiring to learnwhat is your will concerning me

and resolving to devote myself

more faithfully to your holy service.

Pileggi says Christianscan find a parallel

between Yom Kippur andthe teachings of Jesus.

- Now we have a saying of Jesus, don't we?

It says, "if you bringyour gift to the altar,

"and your brother hassomething against you,

"leave your gift at the altar

"and go be reconciled with your brother."

Jewish tradition says goget your relationship right

with your neighbor, with your brother,

with your family member,forgive and be reconciled,

and then, on the day of atonement,

when you begin to fastand pray and to confess,

God will hear your prayer and forgive you

as you have forgiven others.

(chanting)It's the teaching of Jesus,

and it's also something that's part

and parcel of Jewish tradition,

and here the two line up very nicely.

- [Chris] Chris Mitchell,CBN News, Jerusalem.

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