When I am afraid, I will trust in you, O God, whose word I praise. In you I have put my trust. I will not fear; what can mere mortals do to me?
Prayer of the Bible
Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Almighty Father who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give me grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that I may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
-The Divine Hours
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true—that you may also believe
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to You.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen
-Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)