Grant me to recognize in others, Lord God, the radiance of your own face.
-Teilhard de Chardin, SJ (1881-1955)
Prayer of the Bible
The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O Lord, forevermore.
-Psalm 93: 1-2, 5
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Jesus, you have promised that sin shall no longer be my master, because I am not under the law, but under grace. Thank you for setting me free from the power of sin
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved[e] in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
From all my lame defeats and oh much more, from all the victories that I seemed to score;
From cleverness shot forth on Thy behalf at which, while angels weep, the audience laugh;
From all my proofs of Thy divinity, Thou, who wouldst give no sign, deliver me.
Thoughts are but coins. Let me not trust, instead of Thee, their thin-worn image of Thy head.
From all my thoughts, even from my thoughts of Thee, O thou fair Silence, fall, and set me free.
Lord of the narrow gate and the needle’s eye, Take from me all my trumpery lest I die
-C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)