Prayer for the week beginning 23rd March

Passiontide

Lord,

As we are drawn to the cross

We see the full depth of your mercy and love

In your submission to whip and thorn and nail and spear.

As you enter fully into our human suffering and pain

You bring hope into even the darkest of places and most troubled of times.

As we hear your call to take up our cross

And follow your way of sacrifice,

We pray that we may have the courage not to cling onto what we regard as valuable

But to offer all things to you as a sacrifice freely given

In thankfulness and praise.

As we live the cruciform pattern of life

With its pain and unanswered questions,

Fill us with the hope of resurrection and lead us to eternal joy. Amen