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“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
Pardon the offenses of your peoples, we pray, O Lord, and in your goodness set us free from the bonds of the sins we have committed in our weakness. 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.
Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalm 18:2-7; John 10:31-42
Set us free.
On this Friday before Good Friday, it might be most appropriate to make the Stations. Our desire is becoming more focused and more intense. After our weeks of reflection, we know that our selfishness has placed us in ruts, has made us slaves to some very unhappy and sometimes death-dealing patterns. The celebration of our freedom and healing is close at hand.
Jesus carried our sins in his own body on the cross so that we could die to sin and live in holiness; by his wounds we have been healed. – The Communion Antiphon – 1 Peter 2:24
Teacher and Savior, you have shown us your fidelity and made us a new creation by your passion, – keep us from falling again into sin.
Help us to deny ourselves today, – and not deny those in need.
May we receive this day of penance as your gift, – and give it back to you through works of mercy.
Master our rebellious hearts, – and teach us generosity.
Most forgiving Lord, again and again you welcome me back into your loving arms. Grant me freedom from the heavy burdens of sin that weigh me down and keep me so far from you.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.