From the Irish Bishops
Lord God, You sent your Son into the world, And before his hour had come, He washed his disciples’ feet.
You had given all things into his hands. He had come from you, and was going to you, And what did he do? He knelt down on the floor, And washed his friends’ feet.
He was their teacher and their Lord, Yet he washed their feet. Lord God, help us learn from his example; Help us to do as he has done for us.
The world will know we are his disciples If we love one another. Strengthen our hands and our wills for love And for service.
Keep before our eyes the image of your Son, Who, being God, became a Servant for our sake. All glory be to him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.
Prayer at 3 o’clock on Good Friday
Jesus, you are my Lord and my God, you endured such pain and suffering for me, you died for love of me. I kneel beneath your cross and beg for mercy. Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner. O blood and water flowing from your side, sanctify and cleanse me. Lord, I love you with all my heart and place all my trust in you.