Prayer for Palm Sunday and Holy Week
(This prayer is designed to be said
within the family before a Crucifix
on Palm Sunday and during Holy
Week.) Mother or a child: (Taken
from the words of Pope Pius XII On
the Sacred Liturgy.) Dearly beloved,
in Holy Week, when the most bitter
sufferings of Jesus Christ are put
before us by the liturgy, the Church
invites us to come to Calvary and
follow in the blood-stained footsteps
of the Divine Redeemer, to carry the Cross willingly with Him,
to reproduce in our hearts His spirit of expiation and atonement,
and to die together with Him.
Father: We ought to glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ
Family: in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection.
Father: Let us pray. All-powerful, eternal God, You have
chosen to give mankind a model of humility; our Savior took
on our flesh, and subjected Himself to the Cross. Grant us the
grace to preserve faithfully the lessons He has given us in his
Passion and to have a share in His resurrection. This we ask
of You through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.
Family: Amen. Favour this dwelling, Lord, with Your presence.
Far from it repulse all the wiles of Satan. Your holy angels, let
them live here, to keep us in peace. And may your blessing
remain always upon us. This we ask of You through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son.
Father: Let us bless the Lord. Family: Thanks be to God.
Father: May the almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit, bless and keep us. Family: