Sunday Prayer: Palm/Passion Sunday

God of all hopefulness, God of my life
On this holy day of Palms and Passions
and through this
the holiest of weeks,
when our Lenten journey
finds its completion
through pain
sorrow
despair
illness
losses of all kinds,
through fear
anger
hatred
vitriol
and finger pointing.

Through a self-examination of
all the ways we work against you –
against your hopes and dreams
for creation
against your love poured out
in flesh and blood –
we hang our heads and bow our hearts
seeking your forgiveness
yearning for your guidance
desiring your compassion.

Fill us we pray, with the ability to
turn to you, kneeling before your grace
open our spirit that we may take you in
let you in
receive you in
taking You in..

Into our hearts and minds and souls
Let you in
that we might turn to you,
return to you,
be transformed in you,
through you, by you,
for you.

Transformed
once more,
this day, this week,
into a new self,
me, you.

May we become a new people,
a gentle people,
a people of
love and compassion,
born anew from our
deepest sorrow
through the breadth of your
forgiveness
and love.

And then, may we do likewise.
Forgive.
And, love.
Amen.

Crossposted on RevGalBlog Pals and RevGal Prayer Pals

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About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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5 Responses to Sunday Prayer: Palm/Passion Sunday

  1. Gabriele says:

    Ah Mompriest, your prayers are so gentle as to be almost misleading. Here the harsh truth of myself is faced in great, great love. Thank you.

  2. Robin says:

    This is a beautiful prayer. It even seems so to me, someone for whom this week will be incredibly difficult and who thinks of the joy of the resurrection as something probably decades away. Thank you for offering me words to pray with this week.

  3. Sherry says:

    this is simply exquisite. So deeply feeling. Thank you so much for publishing it.

  4. Nancy says:

    authentic voice, indeed.Thank you for this prayer I will carry in my heart this week. A Holy Week blessing.

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