Before the Altar
Leader: In the name of the Father, and + of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
L: Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)
L: Christ has humbled himself and become obedient to death:
All: Even to death on a cross.
L: Mercifully assist us:
All: O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts whereby you have given us life everlasting; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
(Opening Prayer for Passion Sunday)
L: Let us follow the way of the cross:
All: In the name of our Lord. Amen
(Stand and move to the first station, while singing the following to the tune “Stabat Mater”)
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.