Almighty God, we wait in the darkness
before the dawn of your Son,
remembering and blessing him, now and forever.
In stillness the earth pauses,
and awaits the resurrection:
hear our prayers, O Comforter.
We turn our faces toward hope,
awaiting the coming of the third day:
we know You share our sorrows and pain.
Help us renounce the evils that chain us, O Lord:
roll away the stone of our hearts, we pray.
Lord Christ, you prayed forgiveness for your enemies
even upon the cross:
help us so renounce vengeance and strife.
Bless those for whom we pray, O Merciful One,
and pour your comfort like a balm over them.
Image: Andrea Mantegna, Lamentation Over Christ, ca. 1475-1478