Friday, April 14, 2006

Seven Prayers For Seven Words

"Father forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:32-34)

Almighty God, to whom your crucified Son prayed for the forgiveness of those who did not know what they were doing, grant that we, too, may be included in that prayer. Whether we sin out of ignorance or intention, be merciful to us and grant us your acceptance and peace.

"I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:35-43)

O Lord Jesus, you who promised to the repentant thief the joy of paradise, remember us. Enable us by the Holy Spirit to repent and to receive your grace in this world and in the world to come.

"Dear woman here is your son...Here is your mother" (John 19:25-27)

Blessed Savior, in your hours of greatest suffering you expressed compassion for your mother and made arrangements for her care. Now grant that we who seek to follow your example, may show our concern for the needs of others, reaching out to provide for those who suffer in our human family.

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:39-46)

Almighty God, you who forsook your Son upon the cross showing the world your judgment upon human sin and guilt, grant us, upon hearing his cry, the grace to know and believe that we will never be forsaken, that he is present with us even to the end of the age.

"I am thirsty" (John 19:28-29)

Blessed Savior, whose lips were dry and whose throat was parched, grant us the water of life that we who thirst after righteousness may find it quenched by your love and mercy, leading us to bring the same relief to others.

"It is finished!" (John 19:30)

Lord Jesus Christ, who finished the work that you were sent to do, enable us by your Holy Spirit to be faithful to our call. Grant us strength to bear our crosses, and endure our sufferings, even unto death. Enable us to live and love so faithfully that we also become good news to the world, joining your witness.

"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit" (Luke 43:44-46)

Father, into whose hands your Son Jesus Christ commended his spirit, grant that we too, following his example, may all of life and at the moment of death entrust our lives into your faithful hands of love.

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