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Christ Crowned with Thorns / Van Dyck, Anthony, Sir, 1599-1641 / 1620 (Click the picture for more information)
Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the prayers is available though Augsburg Fortress [link].
  • Thematic
  • God of wilderness and water,
    your Son was baptized and tempted as we are.
    Guide us through this season,
    that we may not avoid struggle,
    but open ourselves to blessing,
    through the cleansing depths of repentance
    and the heaven-rending words of the Spirit. Amen.


    Artist of souls,
    you sculpted a people for yourself
    out of the rocks of wilderness and fasting.
    Help us as we take up your invitation to prayer and simplicity,
    that the discipline of these forty days
    may sharpen our hunger for the feast of your holy friendship,
    and whet our thirst for the living water you offer
    through Jesus Christ. Amen.


    God of the covenant,
    in the glory of the cross
    your Son embraced the power of death
    and broke its hold over your people.
    In this time of repentance,
    draw all people to yourself,
    that we who confess Jesus as Lord
    may put aside the deeds of death
    and accept the life of your kingdom. Amen.


    God of the living,
    through baptism we pass from the shadow of death
    to the light of the resurrection.
    Remain with us and give us hope
    that, rejoicing in the gift of the Spirit
    who gives life to our mortal flesh,
    we may be clothed with the garment of immortality,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • Intercessory
  • Caught between joy and despair,
    we yearn for the fulfillment of God's desire
    beyond the brokenness and neediness of this life.
    We offer thanksgiving for God's presence with us
    and petitions for the transformation
    of the church and the world.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Life-giver, Pain-bearer, Love-maker,
    day by day you sustain the weary with your word
    and gently encourage us to place our trust in you.
    Awaken us to the suffering of those around us;
    save us from hiding in denials or taunts that deepen the hurt;
    give us grace to share one another's burdens in humble service. Amen.
  • Scripture
  • Compassionate God,
    your love finds full expression
    in the gift of Jesus Christ your Son,
    who willingly met betrayal and death
    to set us free from sin.
    Give us courage to live obediently in these days
    until we greet the glory of our risen Savior. Amen.
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