September 8, 2017

Prayer for All Who Carry Their Cross

Christ carrying His cross

O my God, I thank you for this cross you have allowed me to carry. Please give me the strength and faith to persevere so that I may bring glory to Your name while withstanding the burden of its weight. Thank you for offering me a share in your suffering. I know that you have always been, are now, and ever will be, at my side every step of the way. Thank You also for every "Simon" that You have sent to help me bear this cross. I have prayed so often that this thorn is my flesh would be removed, but I trust that your grace is sufficient. Change my heart's troubled cry of: "How long, O lord?", into words of trust: "However Long, O Lord". May I seek only to do your Will and to unite my sufferings with Your passion.  Help me to not get lost in my own self concerns, but may I find in these trials a way to greater virtue, a call to prayer and a path to trust in You alone.

Permit me not to waste my pain, but to make of these struggles a sacrificial offering for others. Lord, when I am weary and I fall, exhausted under the weight of this cross, please give me the courage to press on as You did.  Lord Jesus, I embrace with love my cross as a share in Your own. By Your grace, may I carry it all the way to the vision of Your glory. I abandon myself totally to Your will. Christ Jesus, I trust in You. Amen.

Prayer in Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Almighty God, who willed that your Only Begotten Son should undergo the Cross to save the human race, grant, we pray, that we, who have known his mystery on earth, may merit the grace of his redemption in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

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