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Catholic Prayer: Prayer for the Third Week of Lent


This prayer is designed to be said within the family before a Crucifix during the third week of Lent.


Mother or a child: From the words of the Divine Office.

This time of fasting has opened to us the gates of paradise. Let us accept it praying and beseeching that on the day of resurrection we may be glorified in the Lord. In all circumstances we must conduct ourselves as God's ministers, in much patience.
Father: Hail, O Cross! You are hallowed by the body of Christ;

Family: his members adorn you as pearls.

Father: Let us pray. Lord, God all-powerful, accept our poor prayers and stretch out your powerful hand to defend us. This we ask of you through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.

Family: Amen. Favor this dwelling, Lord, with your presence. Far from it repulse all the wiles of Satan. Your holy angels — let them live here, to keep us in peace. And may your blessing remain always upon us. This we ask of you through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.

Father: Let us bless the Lord.

Family: Thanks be to God.

Father: May the almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless and keep us.

Family: Amen.

Prayer Source: Holy Lent by Eileen O'Callaghan, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1975
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