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Free us O Lord


(Introductory Prayers)
 



THE GOSPEL
Matthew 16:13-19

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

The
Lord
asked,
“And who do
you say that I am? ...

... not just whatever churches say,
not what the others say,
but what you say
within your
heart.”

Christ Jesus,
show us
the
depth
of the wisdom
 and knowledge of God.

Give us grace to be your disciples.
And let us say with Peter,
 in wonder and
awe,
you
are the Christ,
the Son of the living God.


THE FIRST READING
Acts 12:1-11

Peter, secured by double chains, was sleeping between two soldiers.

As often as we are locked
in double chains,
send us your
angels.

As often as we cannot
find the way,
escort
us.

As often as we lock
ourselves
in

please

break down our
tight-gated
hearts
and

free us,
Lord.


THE SECOND READING

2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18

Paul said, "May it not be held against them."

Father,

when the time comes
for our departure,
let us too
say,

"I have competed well,
finished the race,
kept the
faith.”

Bring
us safely
to your kingdom.

Let us
have the
mind that is
in Christ Jesus.


Anne Osdieck


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