Friday, April 22, 2011

Seven Words

First Word- "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34
*Almighty God, our redeemer, in our weakness we have failed to be your messengers of forgiveness and hope in the world. Renew us by your Holy Spirit that we may follow your commands and proclaim your reign of love. Amen.

Second Word- "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:34
*Lord Jesus, you have called us to follow you. Grant that our love may not grow cold in your service and that we may not fail or deny you in the hour of trial. Amen.

Third Word- "Dear woman, here is your son." "Here is your mother." John 19:26-27
*Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, you have sent your Son to show us your love and the way of life. Make us sincerely thankful for this gift and for your patience with our sins and sorrow. Amen.

Fourth Word- "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matthew 26:46
*Lord god, our strength, the battle of good and evil rages within and around us, and our ancient foe tempts us with deceits and empty promises. Keep us steadfast in your Word and, when we fall, raise us again and restore us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fifth Word- "I am thirsty." John 19:28
*Merciful Lord, you sent your Son to be our peace. Help all who suffer pain or grief to find in him strength and peace, so that their trust in your promises may be renewed, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sixth Word- "It is finished." John 19:30
*O God, your Son chose the path which let to pain before joy and the cross before glory. Plant his cross in our hearts, so that in its power and love we come to the final joy and glory, through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Seventh Word- "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." Luke 23:46
*Lord Jesus, you carried our sins in your own body on the tree so that we might have life. May we and all who remember this day find new life in you now and in the world to come, where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

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