Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
All: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!
Leader: There was no way, really, to prepare for the arrival of their first child. Pregnancy was just the beginning. How could someone so small turn everything completely around? Sometimes she could feel so tired and drained. When he had no more to give, more was demanded. Yet when the young parents looked at the eyes and smile of their little one, they knew what the Lord had entrusted to them. There would be no limit to love.
All: Lord Jesus, you call us to carry our crosses; and you teach us how by having done so yourself. You chose the Cross. You embraced it. You tell us to believe in you and choose with you the way of finding new opportunity in challenge; love and hope in suffering; and even new life in death. Work in our lives to transform dead wood into the new tree of life. Give us your grace and strength so we too may say, “Your will be done.” Re-create our hearts through the ¨yes¨ we offer you each day.
Leader: Hail the Cross,
All: Our only hope.