Used with permission of Creighton University Online Ministries
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
O God, who have made all those reborn in Christ a chosen race and a royal priesthood, grant us, we pray, the grace to will and to do what you command, that the people called to eternal life may be one in the faith of their hearts and the homage of their deeds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Ezekiel 37:21-28; Jeremiah 31; John 11:45-56
Now we rejoice in your great love. Our journey has brought us here. It is as though we, too, are gathering in Jerusalem to celebrate our Passover week. We are ready to enter into the Passion drama, and to celebrate the Paschal Mystery, with mind and heart renewed. We are ready to rejoice that the death of Jesus is “for me” and that it is the ultimate victory over sin and death – my sin and my death.
Christ was sacrificed so that he could gather together the scattered children of God. – John 11:52
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, clothe us with compassion, kindness and humility, – make us want to be patient with everyone.
Teach us to be true neighbors to all in trouble and distress, – and so imitate you, the Good Samaritan.
May the Blessed Virgin, your Mother, pray for all those vowed to a life of virginity, – that they may deepen their dedication to you and to the Church.
Grant us the gift of your mercy, – forgive our sins and remit their punishment.
Loving God, Your eternal watchfulness keeps me safe from harm. I am filled with a great happiness when I feel your endless love for me. Thank you for your care for me, one of your children. I ask you to protect from harm those who will soon be your children, joined in the joy of your church. Please continue to pour out your blessings on all of us who have been given the lifegiving waters of baptism.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.