As it says in 1 Cor. 15:20-27, “Christ has been raised from the dead…. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be given life.”
Pray the “Our Father” consciously, listening to and meaning each word. Give special emphasis to “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We admit that because of our sinfulness, we inherit death from Adam and we need God’s forgiveness. But we enter into Christ’s resurrection and receive eternal life as we forgive others, for it is in giving that we receive. Did Mary forgive those who tortured and killed her Son? She held no grudges as she wept at the foot of the cross and then as she held the lifeless body of Jesus in her arms. Her soul proclaimed the resurrection glory of God as she made the decision to forgive.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen!
|Together we pray:|
Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell;
lead all souls to Heaven,
especially those most in need of Your Mercy.
(Note: This song is an excerpt from the "Hail Mary" by Elyse O'Kane, used by permission,
and can be enjoyed in its entirety by ordering her CD "With All My Heart".)