• Act of Contrition

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    O my God,
    I am sorry with all my heart for
    having offended Thee,
    and I detest all my sins,
    because I dread the loss of heaven,
    and the pains of hell;
    but most of all because
    they offend Thee, my God,
    Who are all good and
    deserving of all my love.
    I firmly resolve,
    with the help of Thy grace,
    to confess my sins,
    to do penance,
    and to amend my life.

  • Angelus

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    V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

    R. And she conceived by the power of Holy Spirit.

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.

    Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
    R. Be it done unto me according to your Word.

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.

    Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    V. And the Word was made flesh.
    R. And dwelt among us.

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.

    Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
    R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    Let us pray:

    Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts,
    that we to whom the incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by
    the message of an angel, may we by His Passion and Cross be brought
    to the glory of His resurrection; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Glory be...
  • Apostle’s Creed

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    I believe in God, the Father almighty, 

    Creator of heaven and earth.
    And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, 
    who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, 
    born of the Virgin Mary, 
    suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
     was crucified, died, and was buried. 
     He descended into hell; 
    the third day He arose again from the dead. 
     He ascended into heaven, 
    sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty; 
    from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
    I believe in the Holy Spirit, 
    the Holy Catholic Church, 
    the communion of saints, 
    the forgiveness of sins, 
    the resurrection of the body, 
    and life everlasting. 
  • Divine Mercy

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    What is Divine Mercy?

    The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion

    The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us — all of us.
    And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins,
    so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others.
    Thus, all will come to share His joy.

    The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:

    A - Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly,
    repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

    B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others.
    He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

    C - Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust.

    The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

    This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska,
    an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director,
    wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy.
    Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.

    The message and devotional practices proposed in the Diary of Saint Faustina 
    and set forth in this
    web site and other publications of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception
    are completely in accordance with the teachings of Church and are
    firmly rooted in the Gospel message of our Merciful Savior.
    Properly understood and implemented, they will help us grow as genuine followers of Christ.

  • Glory be …

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    Glory be to the Father,
    and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Spirit.
    As it was in the beginning,
    is now,
    and ever shall be,
    world without end.

    For the Divine Office:
    Glory to the Father,
    and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Spirit.
    As it was in the beginning,
    is now,
    and will be forever.

  • Hail Mary

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    Hail Mary,

    Full of Grace,
    The Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou among women,
    and blessed is the fruit
    of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary,
    Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners now,
    and at the hour of death.


  • Hail Holy Queen

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    Hail, Holy Queen,

    Mother of Mercy,
    our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
    To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
    to you do we send up our sighs,
    mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
    Turn then, most gracious advocate,
    your eyes of mercy toward us;
    and after this our exile,
    show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
    O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
    Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
    that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

  • Litany of Humility

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    O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
    From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.

    From the desire of being loved …
    From the desire of being extolled …
    From the desire of being honored …
    From the desire of being praised …
    From the desire of being preferred to others …
    From the desire of being consulted …
    From the desire of being approved …
    From the fear of being humiliated …
    From the fear of being despised …
    From the fear of suffering rebukes …
    From the fear of being calumniated …
    From the fear of being forgotten …
    From the fear of being ridiculed …
    From the fear of being wronged …
    From the fear of being suspected …

    That others may be loved more than I,
    Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

    That others may be esteemed more than I …
    That, in the opinion of the world,
    others may increase and I may decrease …
    That others may be chosen and I set aside …
    That others may be praised and I unnoticed …
    That others may be preferred to me in everything …
    That others may become holier than I,
    provided that I may become as holy as I should …
    Rafael Cardinal Merry del Va
    (1865 - 1930)
    Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X
  • Memorare

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    Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, 
    that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, 
    implored thy help, 
    or sought thy intercession was left unaided. 
    Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, 
    O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; 
    to thee do I come; 
    before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. 
    O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
     despise not my petitions, 
    but in thy mercy hear and answer me. 

  • Nicene Creed

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    believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

    I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
    (bow next 2 lines) 
    and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
    and became man. 

    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

    I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. 
  • Prayer after Meals

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    We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits,
    O Almighty God,
    who lives and reigns world without end.
    May the souls of the faithful departed,
    through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  • Prayer for Priests

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    The Beautiful Hands of a Priest

    We need them in life’s early morning,
    We need them again at its close;
    We feel their warm clasp of true friendship,
    We seek them when tasting life’s woes.
    At the altar each day we behold them,
    And the hands of a king on his throne
    Are not equal to them in their greatness;
    Their dignity stands all alone;
    And when we are tempted and wander,
    To pathways of shame and of sin,
    It’s the hand of a priest that will absolve us,
    Not once, but again and again.
    And when we are taking life’s partner,
    Other hands may prepare us a feast,
    But the hand that will bless and unite us
    Is the beautiful hands of a priest.
    God bless them and keep them all holy,
    For the Host which their fingers caress;
    When can a poor sinner do better
    Than to ask Him to guide thee and bless?
    When the hour of death comes upon us,
    May our courage and strength be increased,
    By seeking raised over us in blessing
    The beautiful hands of a priest.

  • Prayer for the People of the Middle East

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    Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion, the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope. Hear the cries of the people of the Middle East; bring healing to those suffering from the violence, and comfort to those mourning the dead. Empower and encourage their neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees. Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms, and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.
    O God of hope and Father of mercy, your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs. Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies. Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of the Middle East, and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

    For the people of the Middle East, that God may strengthen the resolve of leaders to end
    the fighting and choose a future of peace.
    We pray to the Lord…

  • St. Michael

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    Saint Michael the Archangel,
    defend us in battle;
    be our protection (safeguard) against 
      the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray:
    and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust (cast) into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
    who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

  • Stations of the Cross

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    Opening Prayer

    Leader:  Jesus came with his disciples to a country place called Gethsemani, and he said to them, "Sit down here, while I go over yonder and pray." Then he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and he began to be saddened and exceedingly troubled. He said to them, "My soul is sad, even unto death. Wait here and watch with me." He went forward a little, and falling prostrate he prayed, saying, "Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; yet not as I will but as you will."
    All:  Almighty and eternal God | accept our prayer of thanksgiving for your Beloved Son, our Savior and Lord. | As we recall his Sacred Passion | send the Spirit of Christ into our hearts, | we beg You, | so that whether we pray or work we might do all in union with Christ our Redeemer. | Amen.

    Sing:  Jesus, Lord, condemned, defiled, 
    May we too be meek and mild 
    As we tread your holy way.

    May we feel no bitter hatred,
    When we too are persecuted,
    Left alone to walk with You.


    First Station:

    Jesus is Condemned to death

    Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and praise You. All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. Leader: Again, the high priest began to ask him, and said to him,"Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?" And Jesus said to him, "I am." And you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven." But the high priest tore his garments and said, "What further need have we of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?" And they all condemned his as liable to death.
    All: The kings of the earth rise up | and the princes conspire together against the Lord and against his Anointed. | I will proclaim the decree of the Lord; | the Lord said to me: | "You are my Son; this day I have begotten you. | Ask of me and I will give you the nations for an inheritance | and the ends of the earth for your possession."
    Leader: Let us pray. All-powerful and eternal God, for proclaiming the truth you Son, Jesus Christ, is condemned to death by crucifixion. Stir up your love in our hearts so that we might be ever faithful to all that You have told us and fear nothing more than the loss of your friendship through sin.
    All: Amen.

    Now the Cross as Jesus bore it,
    Has become for us who share it,
    The jeweled Cross of Victory.


    Second Station:

    Jesus Carries His cross

    Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and praise You.
    All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. Leader: And Pilate said to the Jews, "Behold, your king!" But they cried out, "Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!" Pilate said the them, "Shall I crucify your king?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar." Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. And so they took Jesus and led him away, bearing the cross for himself.
    All: Who would believe what we have heard? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? | He grew up like a sapling before him, like a shoot from the parched earth; | there was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him, | no appearance that would attract him to him. | He was rejected and avoided by men, | a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, | one of those from whom men turn away, | and we held him in no esteem.
    Leader: Let us pray. Father, in heaven, your Son, Jesus Christ, still carries his Cross in his persecuted brothers and sisters through the world. Make us feel the needs of all persons so that we might as readily help them as we would help Jesus himself.
    All: Amen.

    Weakened, prodded, cursed, and fallen,
    His whole Body bruised and swollen,
    Jesus tripped and lay in pain.


    Third Station: 

    Jesus falls the first time

    Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and praise You. All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

    Leader: If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before you. If you were of the world, the world would love what is its own. Because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world has hated you. Remember the word that I have spoken to you: No servant is greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also.
    All: Why are your clothes red, | and your garments like those of the wine presser? | "The wine press I have trodden alone, | and of my people there was no one with me. | I trod them in my anger, and trampled them down in my wrath; | their blood spurted on my garments and I stained all my clothes. | I looked about, but there was no one to help, | I was appalled that there was no one to lend support; | so my arm brought about the victory."
    Leader: Let us pray. O God, to free us from sin and weakness you Son, Jesus Christ, embraced his fearful passion and crucifixion. Strengthen us in our baptismal resolutions by which we renounce sin and Satan, so that through the passion of this life's sufferings we might rise to a new life of joyful service free from all selfishness.
    All: Amen.

    Jesus met his grieving Mother,
    She who made the Lord our Brother;
    Now the sword her heart has pierced.


    Fourth Station: 

    Jesus meets his mother

    Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and praise You. All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
    Leader: Now there were standing by the cross of Jesus his mother and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus, therefore, saw his mother and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, you son." Then he said to his disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
    All: To what can I compare you, O daughter Jerusalem? | What example can I show you for your comfort, virgin daughter Sion? | For great as the sea is your distress; | who can heal you?
    Leader: Let us pray. O blessed Lord, at your passion a sword of sorrow pierced the loving heart of your mother as Simeon had foretold. Grant that we who look back on her sorrows with compassion might receive the healing fruits of your sufferings.
    All: Amen.

    Simon stopped is hesitation,
    Not foreseeing his proud station,
    Called to bear the Cross of Christ.


    Fifth Station: 

    Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross

    Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and praise You. All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
    Leader: And when they had mocked Jesus, they took the purple cloak off and put his own clothes on him, and they led him out to be crucified. Then they forced a certain passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, to take up his cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, a name meaning 'the place of the skull'.
    All: With a loud voice I cry out tot he Lord; | with a loud voice I beseech the Lord. | My complaint I pour out before him; before him I lay bare my distress. | When my spirit is faint within me, you know my path. | In the way along which I walk they have hid a trap for me. | I look to the right to see, but there is no one who pays me heed. | I have lost all means of escape; | there is no one who cares for my life.
    Leader: Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, help us to see in the sufferings and shortcomings of our lives a share in Your Cross; strengthen and console us in the belief that we bear all things in union with You, who have taken upon Yourself even our guilt.
    All: Amen.

    Brave but trembling came the woman,
    None but she would flaunt the Roman,
    Moved by love beyond her fear.


    Sixth Station: 

    Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

    Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and praise You. All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
    Leader: "Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?" And answering the king will say to the them, "Amen, I say to you, as long as you did it for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it for me."
    All: A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; | he who finds one finds a treasure. | A faithful friend is a beyond price, no sum can balance his worth. | A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds; | for he who fears God behaves accordingly, | and his friend will be like himself.
    Leader: Let us pray. Almighty and ever-living God, we feel our love and understanding in the consolation and support we receive from one another. Give us, we beg You, the courage and dedication to sacrifice and suffer with those who are in need, the least of your people.
    All: Amen.

    Prostrate on the dust He crumbled,
    Flogged in Body He resembled
    All our brothers poor and scorned.


    Seventh Station: 

    Jesus falls the second time

    Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and praise You. All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
    Leader: It was our weaknesses that he carried, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one struck by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the punishment that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. We have all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but he Lord laid upon him the guilt of us all.
    All: Though he was harshly treated, | he submitted and opened not his mouth; | like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers, | he was silent and uttered no cry. | When he was cut off from the land of the living, and smitten for the sin of his people, | a grave was assigned him among the wicked and a burial place with evildoers, | though he had done no wrong nor spoken any falsehood.
    Leader: Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, You shared in our weaknesses and accepted our guilt. Grant us the favor of rejoicing ove our human weaknesses, so that in all we do, Your strength, dwelling in us, may be shown to all others.
    All: Amen.

    May our sympathy for Jesus
    Turn to those who here now need us,
    May we see Christ bruised in them.


    Eighth Station: 

    Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

    Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
    All: Because by your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.
    Leader: There was following Jesus a great crowd of people, and among them were some women who were bewailing and lamenting him. Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children."
    All: Come, all you who pass by the way, | look and see whether there is any suffering like my suffering, | suffering with which the Lord has afflicted me on the day of his blazing wrath. | At this I weep, my eyes run with tears: | far from me are all who could console me, | far away are any who might revive me.
    Leader: Let us pray. Beloved Jesus, with tears of pity these women of Jerusalem responded to You, broken, bruised, and beaten, on the road to Calvary. Deepen our faith, we beg You, so that we may see You in our brothers and sisters, bruised by our envy, beaten down by injustice, and broken by our greed and our indifference.
    All: Amen.

    Jesus fell again in weakness,
    Stumbling as we do, to lead us
    Through our sorrow and our pain.


    Ninth Station: 

    Jesus falls a third time

    Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
    All: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.
    Leader: I lie prostrate in the dust; give me life according to your word. I declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me your commands. Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds. My soul weeps for sorrow; strengthen me with our words.
    All:  The Lord is my light and my salvation; | whom shall I fear?  The Lord is my life's refuge; | of whom should I be afraid? | When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh, | my foes and my enemies themselves stumble and fall. | Though an army encamp against me, | my heart will not fear; | though war be waged upon me, even then will I trust.
    Leader: Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, You permitted your Son to be weakened, crushed, and profaned so that He might rise from the dead freed from the ravages of sin. Help us to accept our weaknesses and failings as forerunners of our glorious resurrection in union with your Son.
    All: Amen.

    Stripped and jeered by his own nation,
    Jesus stood in desolation,
    Giving all He had to give.


    Tenth Station: 

    Jesus is stripped of his clothes

    Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you.
    All: Because by your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.
    Leader: They gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall; but when he had tasted it, he would not drink. Then after they had crucified him, they divided his clothes, casting lots, to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet, "They divided my clothes among them, and upon my garments they cast lots."
    All: Happy the man whom God chastises! | Do not reject the punishment of the almighty. | For he wounds but he binds up; he emits, but his hands give healing. | Insult has broken my heart, and I am weak; | I looked for comforters, and I found none. | Rather they put gall in my food, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
    Leader: Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, stripped of everything, You stood exposed to the jeers and contempt of the people whom You loved. Clothe us with genuine love of others, so that nothing we suffer may ever fill our hearts with hatred or bitterness.
    All: Amen.

    Pierced the hands that blessed and cured us,
    Pierced the feet that walked to free us,
    Walked the hill of Calvary.


    Eleventh Station: 

    Jesus is nailed to the cross

    Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
    All: Because by your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
    Leader: When they came to Golgotha, the place called the Skull, they crucified Jesus and the robbers, one on his right and the other on his left. And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
    All: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me, | far from my prayer, far from the words of my cry? | O my God, I cry out by day, and you answer not; | I cry out by night, and there is not relief for me. | All my bones are racked. | My heart has become like wax melting away within my chest. | My throat is dried up like baked clay, my tongue cleaves to my jaws; | they have pierced my hands and my feet; | I can count all my bones.
    Leader: Let us pray. Lord and Savior, You have told us that we too must accept crucifixion if we are to accept resurrection with You. Help us to rejoice in the sufferings that come with the fulfillment of our daily duties, seeing in them the royal road to the resurrection.
    All: Amen.

    Life eternal, death defiant,
    Bowed his head -- the world was silent,
    Through his death came life anew.


    Twelfth Station: 

    Jesus dies on the cross

    Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
    All: Because by your holy Cross You have have redeemed the world.
    Leader: It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the curtain of the temple was torn in the middle. Jesus cried out with a loud voice and said, "It is finished. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Then, bowing his head, he died.
    All: My people, what have I done to you? | or in what have I offended you? | Answer me. | What more should I have done, and did not do? | I led you out of the land of Egypt, and you prepared a cross for me. | I opened the Red Sea before you, and you opened my side with a lance. | I gave you a royal sceptre, and you have given me a crown of thorns. | With great power I lifted you up, and you have hung me upon a cross. | My people, what have I done to you, or in what have I offended you? | Answer me.
    All: Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. | Thy kingdom come, | Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. | Give us this day our daily bread, | and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. | And lead us not into temptation, | but deliver us from evil. | Amen.

    Stunned and stricken, Mary, Mother
    In your arms was placed our Brother,
    "Full of grace" now filled with grief.


    Thirteenth Station: 

    The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross

    Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
    All: Because by your holy Cross You have have redeemed the world.
    Leader: When the soldiers came to Jesus they saw that he was already dead so that they did not break his legs, but one of them opened his side with a lance, and immediately there came out blood and water. Joseph of Arimathea, because he was disciple of Jesus (although a secret one for fear of the Jews), besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave permission.
    All: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, | and I will bring you back to your land. | Then you shall know that I am the Lord. | O my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may live. | You shall know then that I am the Lord. | I have promised it, | and I will do it , says the Lord.
    Leader: Let us pray. Beloved Savior, You returned to the Father all that He had given You, so that He might restore all to You a hundred-fold in the glorious resurrection. Help us, we beg You, to give generously of ourselves in all that we do for You, so that like You we might be made perfect in a new resurrection.
    All: Amen.

    Jesus, Lord, your gift accepted,
    In three days You resurrected,
    You did first what we shall do.


    Fourteenth Station: 

    Jesus is laid in the tomb

    Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
    All: Because by your holy Cross You have have redeemed the world.
    Leader: Joseph of Arimathea took the body of Jesus, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth he laid it in his new tomb, which he had hewn out of rock. Then he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and departed.
    All: I will praise you, O Lord, for you drew me clear and did not let my enemies rejoice over me. | O Lord, my God, I cried out to you and you healed me. | O Lord, you brought me up from the lower world; | you preserved me from among those going down into the pit. | Sing praise to the Lord, you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name. | For his anger lasts but a moment; his good will is for a lifetime. | At nightfall, weeping enters in, but in the dawn comes rejoicing.
    Leader: Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, on the edge of sadness when all seemed lost, You restored to us the Savior we thought defeated and conquered. Help us, we beg You, so to empty ourselves of self concern that we might see your hand in every failure and your victory in every defeat. These things we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
    All: Amen.

    Jesus, Risen, be our lover
    In your Food and in our brother.
    Lead us home to heaven with You.

    The Resurrection of Jesus

    Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and praise You. All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
    Leader: When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, brought spices that they might go and anoint Jesus. Very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had just risen, they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another, "Who will roll the stone back from the entrance of the tomb for us?", for it was very large. But looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back, and upon entering the tomb they were amazed to see a young man sitting at the right side and clothed in a white robe. He said to them, "Do not be terrified. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him."
    AllI believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; | and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, | who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, | suffered under Pontius Pilate, | was crucified, died and was buried. | He descended into hell; the third day He arose from the dead. He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, | from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. | I believe in the Holy Spirit, | the Holy Catholic Church, | the communion of saints, | the forgiveness of sins, | the resurrection of the body | and the life everlasting. | Amen.  

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    Bless us, O Lord,
    and these Thy gifts
    which we are about to receive
    from Thy bounty
    through Christ our Lord.