The new version of this piece in now basically done, including harmonisation. I have, in fact retained the chorus from the old version in its entirety. This starts in the minor (which suits the pleading for mercy and that prayers will be heard) but moves to end in the major, representing confidence that our prayers will, indeed, be heard by God. I have used a link phrase move into the chorus.
I am much happier with the overall “feel” of this new version. It seems to me to retain a feeling of thankfulness – thankfulness that God sent his Son as the Lamb of God to take away our sins – rather than wallow, as it were, in sorrow and regret at the necessity of the act!