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Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Last 24: Gethsemane to the Grave ... Station 1

1. Jesus in the Garden of Gethesemane
(Mark 14:32-42)

((Directions for use
* Indicates a change of reader.
Bold indicates said together.
Bold Italic indicates said one after another.))

* Lord, you brought along your
closest friends to a place of prayer …

"My soul
is overwhelmed
with sorrow
to the point of death,"

"Stay here.
Keep watch."

* In agony
Before the One who sent you,
Your life,
Your source,
Your only help,
Your father,
and ours.

"Abba, Father,
everything is possible for you.
Take this cup from me.
Yet not what I will,
but what you will."

* We know not fully your agony.
Knowing the father’s love,
Knowing his power,
Knowing that everything is possible,
Yet even as you say “not my will,”
In the silence …

((Long pause, for silent prayer))

* In all that we have experienced
Few have sweat great tears of blood.
Yet, at times, we have sensed
Messengers of heaven strengthening.
They strengthen you now
For this lonely way
Of our salvation.

”Simon, are you asleep?
Could you not keep watch for one hour?
Watch and pray
so that you will not
fall into temptation.
The spirit is willing,
but the body is weak."

* We like Simon are
But shifting sand.
We desire to be strong
But we are weak.
We desire to be alert
But we slumber.

* Awaken us
To the pain around us.
Awaken us
To the call of angels.
Awaken us
With strength to answer
When you call.

((After a pause for silent prayer. Then one by one pray.))

Your will be done.

* Rise we must.

* Wake us from our slumber.

* Call us to action.

* The hour has come.

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