We open this most Holy Week continuing the theme of the cost of faithful obedience and the reality of suffering. It is easy to be enamored with the concept of love, but the truth is that love is costly. Revelation is the story of God’s great love for us. Today, we remember the cost of that love in Jesus’ passion and death, and we ask ourselves where we fit in all of this. The answer is profoundly humbling, no matter who we are.
- Lord Jesus, you became the suffering servant for each of us: Lord, have mercy.
- Christ Jesus, you freely embraced your suffering and death: Christ, have mercy.
- Lord Jesus, you emptied yourself upon the cross: Lord, have mercy.
- Is 50:4-7 The Lord’s servant describes his suffering
- Ps 22 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
- Phil 2:6-11 Jesus is both humiliated and exalted
- Mk 14:1—15-47 In his suffering and death, Jesus is the suffering Messiah
Prayer of the Faithful
Presider As we enter into this Holy Week, we pray humbly for what we need and gratefully for God’s love for us.
Minister For the church: that we may be faithful witnesses to the depth and meaning of God’s unconditional love … with humble hearts, we pray,
- For those throughout the world who are suffering through no fault of their own; and for the redemption of those who cause their suffering … with humble hearts, we pray,
- For all who feel abandoned or humiliated; for those suffering from abuse or bullying, physical or mental illness, or any kind of debilitating burden … with humble hearts, we pray,
- For the courage and persistence to follow the way of Jesus Christ even when it leads to suffering, humiliation or death, that we may remain faithful disciples … with humble hearts, we pray,
- For the courage to engage in uncomfortable, risky or costly actions on behalf of others … with humble hearts, we pray,
- For those in this community who need our prayers and support, especially those unable to be present with us during this Holy Week … with humble hearts, we pray,
Presider Holy God, we enter into this week with deep respect and silence, conscious of the depth of Jesus’ faithfulness. Help us to follow in his footsteps — wherever that may lead. We make this prayer in the name of one who emptied himself for us. Amen.