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Jesus Christ on the Cross / late 17th century (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
  • Almighty God,
    Your name is glorified
    even in the anguish of your Son's death.
    Grant us the courage
    to receive your anointed servant
    who embodies a wisdom and love
    that is foolishness to the world.
    empower us in witness
    so that all the world may recognize
    in the scandal of the cross the mystery of reconciliation. Amen.


    Faithful Midwife,
    as you delivered the Hebrews safely
    out of the long labor of slavery,
    so, morning by morning,
    you draw us forth into the new day.
    Surround us with a cloud of witnesses,
    and sustain us by your powerful word,
    that, in the night of loneliness and fear,
    we, being weary, may not lost heart
    but push toward the joy that is to come,
    laboring with Christ
    to give birth to your promised kingdom. Amen.


    Creator of the universe,
    you made the world in beauty,
    and restore all things in glory
    through the victory of Jesus Christ.
    We pray that, wherever your image is still disfigured
    by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war, and greed,
    the new creation in Jesus Christ may appear in justice, love, and peace,
    to the glory of your name. Amen.


    Christ our God,
    your love is poured out in death for our sakes.
    Hold us in your embrace
    as we wait for Easter's dawn.
    Comfort us with the promise that no power on earth, not even death itself,
    can separate us from your love;
    and strengthen us to wait
    until you are revealed to us
    in all your risen glory. Amen.
  • Intercessory
  • God our strength,
    we lift to you the deepest prayers of our hearts
    that you will save us from the time of trial
    and comfort us in tribulation.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Reveal your glory to the nations,
    that your cross may stand
    as a sign of the power
    that conquers human pride
    and confounds the wisdom of this world. Amen.
  • Scripture
  • Holy and immortal God,
    from earliest times
    you have named us
    and called us into discipleship.
    Teach us to follow the One
    whose light scatters the darkness of our world,
    that we may walk as children of the light. Amen.
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