Christ our teacher,
for us you were obedient, even to death:
Teach us to obey God’s will in all things.
Christ our life,
by dying on the cross
you destroyed the power of evil and death:
Enable us to die with you, and to rise with you in glory.
Christ our strength,
you were despised,
and humiliated as a condemned criminal:
Teach us the humility by which you saved the world.
Christ our salvation,
you gave your life out of love for us:
Help us to love one another.
Christ our Savior,
on the cross you embraced all time
with your outstretched arms:
Gather all the scattered children of God into your realm.
whose word silences the shouts of the mighty:
Quiet within us every voice but your own.
Speak to us through the suffering and death of Jesus Christ
that by the power of your Holy Spirit
we may receive grace to show Christ’s love
in lives given to your service. Amen.
Standing at the foot of the cross,
let us pray as our Savior taught us:
– St. Bridget of Sweden