As part of our parish’s Lenten observance and as a way of gathering thoughtful and spiritual input from parishioners on our processional crucifix project, we have a “liturgical meditation on the symbol of sacrifice and faith” this evening. Here is the order of service:
Song: Take Up Your Cross #698
Sign of the Cross
Let us pray
O God, we pray,
by so great a cloud of witnesses,
rid us of every burden and sin that clings to us,
and strengthen us to run the race that lies before us.
Help us fix our eyes on Jesus, your Son,
the leader and perfecter of faith,
who endured the cross,
and now has taken his seat at your right hand.
Through this wood, lift us up with Christ,
and inspire us, your people,
to follow in his footsteps,
now and forever.
Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:17-18
Song: Tree of Life #397
Reading: Philippians 2:6-11
Music: Theme from Schindler’s List
Gospel: Luke 9:18-23
Veneration of the Cross
Music: Behold the Wood #420
The Lord is the point of reference. He is the rising sun of history. That is why there can be a cross of the Passion, which represents the Suffering Lord who for us let His side be pierced, from which flowed blood and water (Eucharist and Baptism), as well as a cross of triumph, which expresses the idea of Our Lord’s Second Coming and guides our eyes towards it. For it is always the One Lord: Christ yesterday, today, and for ever. (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger)
Music: Litany of the Holy Cross
Let us pray
Inspire our hearts, O God,
to follow where Christ walked,
for Christ has marked us as his own.
Let us all take new willingness
to carry our cross
and be led through sacrifice and suffering,
but also to the glory and triumph
of the Risen Life of the Savior.
Grant us all your good graces,
through Christ our Lord
Hymn: Lift High The Cross #791