Used with permission of Creighton University Online Ministries
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
Almighty ever-living God, look with compassion on our weakness and ensure us your protection by stretching forth the right hand of your majesty. 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.
Isaiah 58: 1-9a; Psalm 51: 3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19; Matthew 9: 14-15
On every Friday of Lent we abstain from meat as a sign of our common penance. It represents our efforts to abstain from – do without – so many other patterns that get in the way of our happiness and wholeness.
You went up to Jerusalem to suffer and so enter into your glory, – bring your Church to the Passover feast of heaven.
You were lifted high on the cross and pierced by the soldier’s lance, – heal our wounds.
You made the cross the tree of life, – give its fruit to those reborn in baptism.
On the cross you forgave the repentant thief, – forgive us our sins.
Lord, I know how much you love me. It’s hard for me to feel it sometimes, but I know your love is always with me.
Help me to use your love as a way to persevere in my Lenten intentions. I am weak, but I know with your help, I can use these small sacrifices in my life to draw closer to you.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.