Week of 3rd Sunday of Lent
March 19 - March 25
God of wilderness and water,
your Son was baptized and tempted as we are.
Guide us through this season,
that we may not avoid struggle,
but open ourselves to blessing,
through the cleansing depths of repentance
and the heaven-rending words of the Spirit. Amen.
Faithful God of love,
you blessed us with your servant Son
so that we might know how to serve your people
with justice and with mercy.
We gather the needs of ourselves and others,
and offer them to you in faith and love,
seeking to be strengthened to meet them.
Prayers of the People, concluding with:
Shape us and transform us by your grace,
that we may grow in wisdom and in confidence,
never faltering until we have done all that you desire
to bring your realm of shalom to fulfillment. Amen.
Stations of the Cross
Station Seven: Jesus takes up His Cross. (John 19:16-24)
Station Eight: Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene (Luke 23:26-27)
Saint Ignatius believed God could speak to us as clearly through our imaginations
as through our thoughts. Imaginative prayer is a very active way of engaging
your feelings, emotions, and senses by placing yourself in the scenes
goal and guide,
you go before and await our coming.
Only our thirst compels us
beyond complaint to conversation,
beyond rejection to relationship.
Pour your love into our hearts,
that, refreshed and renewed,
we may invite others to the living water
given to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen