Prayer Before the Crucified Lord

From the collection of SVD Prayers, VADEMECUM

Lord Jesus, as I gaze at you, dear crucified Lord and Savior, I proclaim you and your cross to be my salvation and hope.

I pray to grant me the grace to recognize your unconditional love and divinity which was hidden in your flesh. Teach me as you did on the cross to believe in the presence of your Father when his absence is deeply felt.

Lord, you allowed your body to be nailed and pierced, your person to be ridiculed and scoffed at, your life to be taken away as that of a criminal.

Your life seemed an utter failure and many people rejoiced that at last you were done away with.

Yet it was in the agony of your death on the cross that you willed to reveal yourself as truly the Son of God.

When I meet with failure and disappointment, pain and meaninglessness, fear and a desire to escape from hardships and duty, may you be my guide and support, the meaning and salvation of my life. Amen.

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