This post is unique; it is different than anything else on this website. Thus far, all of my posts have been blogs. This post, however, is a Lenten liturgy. I crafted this liturgy as an offering to Christ and his bride, the Church. It is a liturgical prayer that I hope helps to center and edify the Body during this season of preparation. I pray that these words are a blessing to individuals, congregations, and communities throughout this season (I have formatted it so that it can be implemented within corporate context).
As we observe Lent
help us to understand the meaning of your Son’s self-giving love,
in his death and resurrection.
Empower us to embody and reflect this love in our lives.
In Your great mercy, you sent your beloved Son to dwell among us.
He prioritized what this world considers weak and lowly.
He proclaimed Good News to the poor,
set captives free,
gave sight to the blind,
and worked to free the oppressed, as he announced the year of the Lord’s favor.
Jesus’ faith, expressed in love, threatened the status quo and caused the Roman Empire to crucify him.
Jesus faithfully endured the cross.
As a suffering servant, your son, like a sheep, was led to slaughter on account of his faithful witness.
In humility, he bore the shame, humiliation, and torture of the death penalty;
and did so, on our behalf, to conquer death and free us from our captivity to sin,
and he did so without saying a mumbling word.
We confess that we are incapable, in our own strength,
so we ask you today to create space in our life where we may ponder Jesus’ suffering
and heed your summons to suffer with him.
Acknowledging that suffering and death are part of the cost of discipleship,
and the newness of life offered.
We pray that you transform us, during this Lenten season,
when we are driven to denial –
not to notice the suffering,
not to engage it,
not to acknowledge it.
Be that way of truth among us
that we should not deceive ourselves:
we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
May we suffer with Christ in the world today,
so that we may also be glorified with him and bear witness to our true citizenship.
Reveal to us what it presently means to be crucified with Christ, within the U.S. Empire.
Remind us that our loss is indeed our gain.
We give you thanks for the mystery in which we live and the grace which you bestow upon us.
We pray all of this in Jesus’ name, your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.