A DEVOTION ON THE SEVEN WORDS FROM THE CROSS 

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.                                                                                                                                             AMEN.

Is it nothing to you, all you that pass by? Behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow with which the Lord has afflicted me. I, IF I BE LIFTED UP FROM THE EARTH, WILL DRAW ALL PEOPLE TO MYSELF.

The Lord be with you.                                                                                                                                                                                                   AND ALSO WITH YOU.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father and Savior of the world, hear us as with humble and adoring hearts we remember your seven words of love spoken on this day from the cross. Draw us, we pray, into closer communion with you, that the mind which was in you might also be found in us.                                         AMEN.

We remember that, as they crucified you, you said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Silence for reflection.

Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                               If you, Lord, should mark our guilt, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, therefore we revere you. You bore our sins in your own body on the Tree that we, being dead to sin, should live in righteousness. Wherefore we worship and adore your holy name. AMEN.

Reading: Psalm 130

We remember your promise to the penitent thief, Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.

Silence for reflection.

Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With you, O Lord, is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light. O Shepherd of the flock of God, you guide those who know your voice in green pastures and beside waters of comfort. When we awake we shall be satisfied with your likeness. Wherefore, we worship and adore your holy name. AMEN.

Reading: Psalm 23

We remember your word to your blessed mother, and to the disciple whom you loved, Woman, behold your son! Son, behold your mother!

Silence for reflection.

Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                             O Son of God and son of Mary, you came to revive the spirit of the humble, and to bind up the broken hearted. Your loving-kindness is better than life, therefore my lips will praise you. My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Wherefore we worship and adore your holy name. AMEN.

Reading: St. Luke 1:46-55

We remember the loneliness of that loud cry which burst from your overburdened heart, while the dread darkness lay upon the land, My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?

Silence for reflection.

Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                             O Son of Man, beloved of the Father, was there ever sorrow like your sorrow? You were despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. For our transgressions you were wounded; for our sins you were bruised; the chastisement of our peace was laid on you and with your stripes we are healed. All we, like sheep, had gone astray. We had turned everyone to his own way, and God has laid upon you the sin of us all. By our sin you were cut off from God, in whom alone is life, so that we might live. Wherefore we worship and adore your holy name. AMEN.

Reading: Isaiah 42:1-9

We remember how, in fulfillment of the scriptures you said, I thirst.

Silence for reflection.

Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Was it not written of you, “My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to the roof of my mouth and you have brought me into the dust of death.” And yet your word endures: “If anyone thirsts, let them come to me and drink.” O Fount of Life, who thirsts for our souls, we thirst also for you in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Wherefore we worship and adore your holy name. AMEN.

Reading: Psalm 22:1-26

We remember that word which from your lips alone was truth eternal, It is finished.

Silence for reflection.

Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                             O Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, source and fulfillment of all life, Author and Finisher of the faith; for the joy that was set before you, you endured the cross, ignoring the shame, and now are seated at the right hand of the throne on high. Wherefore we worship and adore your holy name. AMEN.

Reading: Revelation 1:4b-8

We remember that when you had cried with a loud voice, you said Father, into your hands I commend my spirit, and then bowing your head, you gave up your spirit.

Silence for reflection.

Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                             O Savior of the world, whom have we in heaven but you? And there is none on earth that we desire beside you. Flesh and heart fail, but you are the strength of our hearts and our portion forever. Into your hands we commend our spirits, for you have redeemed us, O God of truth. Wherefore we worship and adore holy name. AMEN.

Reading: Psalm 31:1-8

Christ became obedient unto death;                                                                                                                                                                                     EVEN DEATH ON A CROSS.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Let us pray.                                                                                                                                                                                                               HAVE MERCY UPON US, O GOD, ACCORDING TO YOUR LOVING-KINDNESS; ACCORDING TO THE MULTITUDE OF YOUR TENDER MERCIES BLOT OUT OUR TRANSGRESSIONS. WASH US THROUGHLY FROM OUR INIQUITY AND CLEANSE US FROM OUR SIN. RESTORE TO US THE JOY OF YOUR SALVATION AND UPHOLD US WITH A WILLING SPIRIT.                                                                                                                                                                             The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not turn away. AMEN.

Lord’s Prayer

Christ bore our sins in his body on the cross that we might be dead to sin and alive to righteousness.                                                                                         THANKS BE TO GOD

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