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Thursday, April 05, 2012

One Prayer a Day for HOLY WEEK

Last week, I was searching for simple prayers which I can use for the Holy Week. As I was searching online I encountered this website composed of too many powerful prayers for the season of Lent. This season is widely practiced by Christians worldwide. It is a time to reflect, to heal the wounds, to fast and abstain from certain types of food and physical pleasure  and most especially to be one with Christ. Join me as we pray solemnly the following prayers each day for the Holy Week. 

Palm Sunday

Loving God, 
I am just beginning to realize how much you love me. 
Your son, Jesus was humble and obedient. 
He fulfilled your will for him by becoming human and suffering with us. 
I ask you for the desire to become more humble 

so that my own life might also bear witness to you. 
I want to use the small sufferings I have in this world 
to give you glory.

Please, Lord, guide my mind with your truth. 
Strengthen my life by the example of Jesus. 
Help me to be with Jesus in this week 
as he demonstrates again his total love for me. 
He died so that I would no longer 
be separated from you. 
Help me to feel how close you are 
and to live in union with you.

Holy Monday             

God of love, 
My prayer is simple: 
Your son, Jesus, suffered and died for me. 
I know only 
that I cannot have real strength 
unless I rely on you. 
I cannot feel protected 
from my many weaknesses 
until I turn to you 
for forgiveness and your unalterable love. 
Help me to share this 
strength, protection and love with others.

Holy Tuesday

God of such unwavering love, 
how do I "celebrate" 
the passion and death of Jesus? 
I often want to look the other way 
and not watch, 
not stay with Jesus in his suffering. 
Give me the strength 
to see his love with honesty and compassion 
and to feel deeply 
your own forgiveness and mercy for me. 
Help me to understand 
how to "celebrate" this week. 
I want be able to bring 
my weaknesses and imperfections with me 
as I journey with Jesus this week, 
so aware of his love.

Holy Wednesday

My savior, 
do you invite me to share 
in the glory of the resurrection? 
Please stay with me 
as I struggle to see 
how accepting the crosses of my life 
will free me from the power 
of the one who wants only 
to destroy my love and trust in you. 
Help me to be humble and accepting 
like your son, Jesus. 
I want to turn to you 
with the same trust he had in your love. 
Save me, Lord. Only you can save me.

Maundy Thursday

Loving Provider,
you gather me in this upper room with your son,
to be fed by your love.
At that supper, Jesus told us to "love one another"
and I know that is the heart of his gift,
his sacrifice for me.
I ask that I might find the source of my own heart,
the meaning for my own life,
in that Eucharist.
Guide me to the fullness of your love and life.

Good Friday

My Lord,
your son has suffered so much, shed so much blood.
I was born with so many faults
and my nature is so full of weakness,
and yet your son Jesus has died on the cross.
For me.
I know your grace has the power
to cleanse me of my many sins
and to make me more like your Son.
Thank you for your goodness and love for me.
I ask you, Father, to watch over me - always