NIGHT PRAYER: Sunday 3/26

On Sundays, Night Prayer will focus on an element from the day's celebration of Mass. Tonight we'll pray from the day's gospel, the story of Jesus coming to mourn the death of his friend Lazarus - including what's often referred to as the shortest verse in the bible, "And Jesus wept." 

You cried, too, Jesus,
just like us when we're touched by grief,
    burdened, stunned and stung by loss;
you wept at the death of Lazarus, 
    the friend you loved so much...
    Jesus Wept by Dr. Linda Rozelle-Shannon


You grieve, like us, in a flow of tears
streaming hard from deep within,
a river coursing, never running dry...
Like us, you draw from a well of tears
    aching, deep and dark,
a well we tap in sorrow
    to bathe and soothe our wounded hearts...
You wept for your love of Lazarus, Lord:
    would you, do you, weep for me?
Weep with longing for my love
    when my words and deeds fail yours? 
Weep with healing consolation
    when I'm torn apart by grief?
Weep and wash away my sadness
    until joy reclaims my soul?
Let one tear from your eyes, Lord,
    fall soft upon my cheek,
anointing me with gladness
    and the peace my heart cries out for,
        the joy your healing brings...
From the well of all our tears, Lord,
    draw up some joy for me
and fill with overflowing grace
    my thirsty, sorrowing soul...
You wept for love of Lazarus 
    and so I pray tonight, Lord,
look kindly on my broken heart
    and spare a tear for me... 

Protect me, Lord, while I'm awake
and watch over me while I sleep
that awake, I might keep watch with you
and asleep, rest in your peace...

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