Week of 1st Sunday of Lent
March 5 - 11
During this season of Lent, we desire to focus on Christ’s great atoning sacrifice through the Cross. These scripture readings and prayers are meant to walk us through Lent via the 14 Stations of The Cross. Each week include prayers and meditations found in the Revised Common Lectionary, which is a beautiful guide to daily bring us back to Christ and His blessings for us.
God of the covenant,
in the glory of the cross
your Son embraced the power of death
and broke its hold over your people.
In this time of repentance,
draw all people to yourself,
that we who confess Jesus as Lord
may put aside the deeds of death
and accept the life of your kingdom. Amen.
Beloved friends, in this season of repentance and healing,
we accept God's invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others,
offering our prayers on behalf of God's community in the church and the world.
Prayers of the People, concluding with:
Fill us with your strength
to resist the seductions of our foolish desires
and the tempter's vain delights,
that we may walk in obedience and righteousness,
rejoicing in you with an upright heart. Amen.
Stations of the Cross
Station Three: Jesus condemned by The Sanhedrin: Matthew 26v57-68
Station Four: Jesus denied by Peter: Matthew 26:69-75
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 described above.
God of mercy, your word was the sure defense of Jesus in his time of testing.
Minister to us in the wilderness of our temptation,
that we who have been set free from sin by Christ
may serve you well into life everlasting. Amen.