Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
All: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!
Leader: A wayward soul, searching for meaning, enters the church and kneels. Like the Israelites – who looked to Moses’ staff and bronze serpent for hope and healing – the searcher looks upon the image of the crucified. The image comforts, as if to say that life’s present sufferings are not in vain. It mysteriously yet eternally points to a God who heals, redeems, and brings life in the midst of death. In the Cross we find not only life, but hope in life eternal.
All: Jesus, the physical torment you endure is excruciating, but perhaps more painful for you was having to see the anguished face of your mother. In that moment, you united your hearts in love and sorrow as you offer your mutual sufferings for our redemption.
Lord Jesus, when swords of suffering and loneliness pierce our hearts, may we have the eyes of faith to see you and your mother gazing upon us compassionately. Unite your Sacred and Sorrowful Hearts with ours. Help us embrace the crosses we bear with your response of love and acceptance.
Leader: Hail the Cross,
All: Our Only Hope.