Saturday, April 7, 2012

In this 'in between time' we once again invite you to pray with us the intercessions and closing prayer taken for our evening Liturgy of the Hours for Holy Saturday. (from People's Companion to the Breviary, Vol. 1, Carmelites of Indianapolis)

Let us pray:

Jesus, son of God, come to set us free, lies bound in the earth. All who hoped in him await a new day, and so we pray:
     O Christ, deliver us.

Jesus, you died to set us free;
     - give true freedom to those bound because of race, sex, creed, or way of life.

You died that we might have life to the full;
     - inspire and encourage women in their quest for equality.

You died revealing God's love for us;
     - enlighten those who have no love for themselves; befriend and heal them.

You died leaving your mother in the care of another;
     - bless those who leave all to serve you in their respective ways of life; encourage and comfort their families.

Death released you from the agony of the cross;
     - be present to all who are ill; have pity on the elderly and the dying.

O God, by his life and his death on the cross, Jesus has revealed the depth of your love for us. One in our flesh, he became one in our dying and burial. Have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and once again call us to life that we may be on e with him in his resurrection. This we ask through Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever.  Amen!

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