4.06.2011

Lenten Devotional: Week Five

Welcome to the fifth week of this Lenten journey! For this Lenten season I have put together a weekly series of devotionals from the Songs and Prayers of the Taizé community. Each devotional in the series will include a Psalm, Songs from Taizé, a picture of the cross that I hoped will aid in your reflection time, Intercessions and a prayer.   If you have just joined us and want to start from the beginning here's week one followed by week two, week three & week four.

So take a minute to reflect on this week's message.

Psalm   from Psalm 90

O Lord, you have been our refuge
from one generation to the next.

Before the mountains were born
or the earth or the world brought forth,
you are God, without beginning or end.

You turn us back into dust.
To your eyes a thousand years
are like yesterday, come and gone,
no more than a watch in the night.

Make us know the shortness of our life
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
In the morning, fill us with your love;
we shall exult and rejoice all our days.

Show forth your work to your servants;
let your glory shine on their children.
Let the favor of the Lord be upon us.

Song

"The Kingdom of God", The Community of Taizé



Silence

Intercessions

O Christ, by remaining faithful till death, you show us the road to greater love.
O Christ, by taking the burden of sin upon yourself, you reveal to us the way of generosity.
O Christ, by praying for those who crucified you, you lead us to forgive without counting the cost.
O Christ, by opening paradise to the repentant thief, you awaken hope in us.
O Christ, come and help our weak faith.
O Christ, create a pure heart in us; renew and strengthen our spirit.
O Christ, your Word is near, may it live within us and protect us always.


Prayer

Christ Jesus, even when we can feel nothing of your presence, you are always there. Your Holy Spirit remains continually active in us, opening little ways forward to escape from our dead ends and to move towards the essential of faith, of trust.  Amen

Song

"Dominus Spiritus Est", The Community of Taizé






*Special thanks to these online resources who helped me pull this together.

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