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Suffering God,
open our hearts to the many abuses
of human life, liberty, and dignity.
We believe that in each person is found the Creator’s image
and that everyone who tramples it offends God.
As holy defender of God’s rights and of his images,
the Church is called to cry out.
It endures as spittle in its face,
as lashes on its back,
as the cross in its passion,
all that human beings suffer, even unbelievers.
Whoever tortures a human being,
whoever outrages a human being,
abuses God’s image.
The Church takes as its own that cross, that martyrdom.
Give us the courage to accompany those who suffer, speak truth,
and fight injustice in the name of Jesus, the suffering Messiah.
Amen.
[Based on Saint Oscar Romero’s words from December 31, 1977, in the compendium
The Violence of Love]

 
Adapted from RENEW International’s LIVE LENT! Year C by Sr. Terry Rickard, OP and Deacon Charles Paolino.

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My Lord and my God,
you who are slow to anger and
abounding in kindness and compassion,
pour forth your mercy upon me.
Help me to drop the stones of
self-righteous judgment,
and the stones of retribution.
Let me always look with compassion and empathy
on the actions of others.
May I always leave judgment to you.
May I learn to choose forgiveness and love.
Thank you for quietly inviting me
to drop the stones I cling to.
Give me the grace to be held in your abundant love
so I may unclench my fists and be free.
Amen.

 
Adapted from RENEW International’s LIVE LENT! Year C by Sr. Terry Rickard, OP and Deacon Charles Paolino.

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Merciful and Waiting Father,
we thank you for your extravagant and reckless love for us.
You are patient with our wanderings,
understanding of our lapses of fidelity,
and desirous of our return.
Give us the graces we need
to reach out to those who are alienated
from our families, our church and from you.
Teach us to be as welcoming and accepting of others
as we are always welcomed by you.
We pray this trusting in your love for us,
in the name of Jesus, the compassion of God
and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

 
Adapted from RENEW International’s LIVE LENT! Year C by Sr. Terry Rickard, OP and Deacon Charles Paolino.

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Lord, thank you for your great mercy
and the urgency of your call to live as your disciple.
Thank you because, even when I mess up,
you give me another chance.
Help me to bring the good news of your love to others
so that they, too, may turn back to your love.
Give me the courage to shake off my complacency
and choose this Lent to live more fully in your love and grace.
I pray this knowing that you desire the fullness of life for all.
Amen.

 
Adapted from RENEW International’s LIVE LENT! Year C by Sr. Terry Rickard, OP and Deacon Charles Paolino.

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Loving God,
we put our trust in your abiding presence in our lives.
Strengthen our faith in times of adversity and suffering.
Give us a new awareness of God moments
in our everyday lives,
and help us gain
from these experiences
a deepened desire to follow your will and way.
Give us the grace to share with others
how you are working in our lives.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, the risen Lord.
Amen.

 
Adapted from RENEW International’s LIVE LENT! Year C by Sr. Terry Rickard, OP and Deacon Charles Paolino.

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God of mercy and compassion,
forgive me for the times I fall into temptation,
release and free me from the trap of sin.
Give me the grace to be a more aware
and self-reflective person,
a person who takes responsibility
for my actions and emotions
and does not project those painful emotions on others.
Help me to let go of the false gods that I cling to and
give me a deep trust in your desire
to fill the needs of my heart.
I ask this in the name of God who is a loving Father,
in Jesus, the compassion of God,
and through the Holy Spirit,
the One who makes all things new.
Amen.

 
Adapted from RENEW International’s LIVE LENT! Year C by Sr. Terry Rickard, OP and Deacon Charles Paolino.

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Lord Jesus,
your life on earth was a model of humility.
Help me to imitate you in that virtue,
showing my devotion not through
extravagant displays,
but rather through quiet
and heart-felt prayer.
Amen.

 
Adapted from RENEW International’s LIVE LENT! Year C by Sr. Terry Rickard, OP and Deacon Charles Paolino.

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Jesus,
it’s hard to comprehend just how privileged we are.
You have chosen us as your students, your disciples,
and you want us to fully mature
as teachers of your Word and Way.
No matter what our job, our career,
and the daily tasks we embrace,
you want us to follow your Way
and represent you in every encounter we have.
Please help me to spend
some of my best time each day
getting to know you better.
Help me learn how to love as you loved
and be an instrument of your love to others.
This I ask in your name,
you who live and reign with the Father,
and the Holy Spirit,
world without end forever and ever.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Jesus,
your witness of unconditional love and forgiveness
is really difficult to follow.
Please help me as I struggle.
Don’t let me become discouraged.
Help me to get back up each time I fail,
and to resolve more firmly
to be merciful and forgiving, as you were.
Help me to realize each day
that you have sent your Spirit of Love
to inhabit my heart
and to call on that Holy Spirit
each time I feel the fire of resentment and retaliation
building up inside.
Transform my hostile heart.
Transform our hostile society.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
for they will be satisfied.
Generous God, bless those who are zealous
in their quest for justice and keep them
on a path that is always directed toward you.
Fill them and us with a desire to
see your “little ones” cared for
and treated with dignity and respect.
 
Blessed are the merciful
for they will be shown mercy.
Merciful God, bless those
who recognize your steadfast love
in all aspects of their lives and
who extend themselves to others
in gentle acts of mercy and compassion.
Bring them and us comfort
when we feel most desperate and alone.
 
Blessed are the clean of heart
for they will see God.
All-powerful God, bless those
who are fervent in their faith.
Reveal yourself to them and to us
through every aspect of our lives.
 
We offer these prayers with confidence
through the Holy Spirit and
in the name of our Lord, Jesus.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Jesus, brother and Lord,
your call to Peter
is echoed in my own call to discipleship.
At times I feel unsure
of how you could possibly desire me for this service.
Yet, I know you can do great things with my life
if only I consent.
Take my hesitancy and my reticence
and transform them into courage and confidence in you.
Teach me how to respond wholeheartedly to your invitation
and move more deeply
into intimate relationship with you.
I say yes to serving you and your people
in truth, justice, and mercy.
I pray this in your name.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Holy One of Israel,
You, who were rebuffed by your loved ones
who would not receive the prophet’s call through you.
I ache with your rejection.
I want to hear the challenges of the prophets today
and respond wholeheartedly,
despite my fears of what this call may require.
I place myself at your disposal.
Direct me to the needs
you would have me address
so that your kingdom may come into being,
now and forevermore.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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God of our hopes and our dreams,
you have planted the hunger for glad tidings within us.
Make your joy more complete
as we participate in proclaiming this Good News;
the blind will see
the prisoner will be released.
Give us the courage
to reach out to the incarcerated
and bring into reality
this promise of freedom.
Help us to diffuse our fears
and know how to realize our call
so that a year of favor
may be celebrated in your name.
I pray this,
holding my reservations and anxiety up to you,
and I ask for your blessing and grace,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord
and through your Holy Spirit.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Lord God, we gather together in your name.
We acknowledge your loving presence among us.
We ask you to help us to recognize
the many gifts we have received from you.
We thank you, in particular,
for inviting us to serve you.
Guide us
as we seek to use our own gifts more fully
and to empower others to use theirs.
Be with us
as we deepen our understanding
of all that you call us to be.
We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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God of love, in the Jordan River you revealed Jesus
as your beloved Son.
We praise you for the gift of Christ,
our salvation and our peace.
You anointed Jesus for the service of the world.
Strengthen the Church’s witness
to this mission in our world today.
You brought us to new life and made us
members of Christ’s Body in baptism.
May the gift of your Holy Spirit keep us
ready to meet the demands of our baptism.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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