The Second Sunday of Lent

photo by Rodrigo M. on

photo by Rodrigo M. on


We are called to the altar and we fear what we may be asked to do.
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

One has walked this way up the mountain before and he illumines the path, dazzling white.
Christ have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

“Listen to him,” comes a voice that speaks to our hearts and befuddles our minds.
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

Opening Prayer/Collect

You who speak to us through the veil of mystery,
who raise your beloved from the grip of death,
you call us up the mountain
to bear witness to a wisdom that cannot be seen with ordinary eyes.

“It is good that we are here!”
As we contemplate what it means to rise from the dead
we ask that our hearts may be open
to the unexpected ways Life comes
to those who follow the Way.

We pray this through Christ Jesus, your beloved son,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
now and forever.


Prayer of Thanksgiving

God be with you!
And also with you!
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up the Lord.
Let us give thanks to our loving God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

The ancestors join their voices with ours
praising the One who knows our struggle and does not leave us alone.
On a frightening mountaintop with Isaac or in a valley with the perplexed disciples
Your grace breaks through the cloud declaring, “My beloved!”
Though grief and death circle our heads like smoke from the sacrificial fire
You sent Christ Jesus to shine hope into the world
and speak to the heart of our lives.
Loving God,
We give you thanks and praise!

Please, use or modify these prayers! That’s why they’re here. If you use them in corporate worship settings, though, please give a girl credit and include the address of this blog ((c)Jessica Gazzola, in your program, bulletin or liturgical text.

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