Holy Week Prayers

Palm SundayPalm Sunday image

Gracious God, you have heard the cries of your suffering people. You have sent Jesus to us to be our Redeemer and brother. Open our eyes to see the immensity of your love for us and the wonder of what you have done for us. Give us the courage to be your hands and heart for those who are in pain. Give us the wisdom to speak out for justice and righteousness. May your will be done in us today and always. Amen.




Holy ThursdayHoly Thursday image

Faithful God, Jesus gave us the gift of his own
Body and Blood that we might have food to
sustain us. As we share the Eucharist of Jesus
Christ, let us become eucharist for one another. May our lives be blessed, broken and given that your people may live. This we ask in the name of Jesus, our living Bread. Amen.




Good Friday image - cross and thorns


Good Friday

Christ Jesus, your love is made visible through
the mystery of your death and resurrection.
Make us one in you. Transform us into people
of mercy who reach out to embrace you in the suffering ones in our midst. We ask this, as a people reconciled to God through the blood of your cross. Amen.





Holy Saturday

Saving God, all creation waits with groaning
and longing for the salvation promised to our
ancestors and revealed in the resurrectionHoly Saturday image - grass and cross
of your Son Jesus. Teach us how to wait for the bursting forth of your saving power when all will be reconciled to you in Christ Jesus. We wait in hope, O God. We wait in the company of all the angels and saints of heaven. Through their intercession may we have the power to say: Holy,
Holy, Holy is our God. Amen.




Easter Sunday crossEaster Sunday

Jesus, we stand in awe at the mystery of your
death and resurrection. We wonder at the depths of your love for us. May all peoples of the earth receive the good news of your gospel. As your people we ask this day for the power to live in the joy of your rising. May we sing with all creation: Hail, O Light of Christ! Welcome, Risen Lord. Amen. 




-All prayers are from the 'Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy.'