Lord, our God,
as we begin this journey to follow your Son through his passion, death and Resurrection,
may you open our hearts to ponder the mystery of your love for us,
may you open our minds to ponder the deeper mysteries of these saving events,
may you open our souls to receive the graces that flow from the Cross.
May we imitate your Son in his patient suffering and hope,
and may we watch with attentive eyes the movements of your Son.
May these most sacred three days be a time of profound encounter with you, the God who gave his life for our sake.
We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.