In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in your righteousness. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for your name’s sake lead me and guide me. Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me. O Lord God of truth.
-Psalm 31: 1, 3, 5
Prayer of the Bible
This is love: that I walk in obedience to your commandments, O God. And this is the commandment that I have heard from the beginning: I am to walk in love.
-2 John 6
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
The hour has come for me to wake up form the sleep, for my salvation is nearer now than when I first believed. The night is nearly over, the day is almost here. Therefore may I cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”
-John 12 3-9
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Take, Lord, all my liberty. Receive my memory, my understanding, and my whole will. Whatever I have and possess, you have given me; to you I restore it completely, and to your will I utterly surrender it for my direction. Give me the love of you only, with your grace, and I am rich enough; nor do I ask anything besides.
-Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)