Sunday was the 4th Sunday of Lent, and Laetare Sunday. It invited us to a joyful celebration of the faithfulness of God and encouraged us to renew our trust in God.
Two of the prayers proper to the day give particular expression to this and asks God for continued help and care in these final days of Lent.
First is the Collect prayer which concluded the Introductory Rites.
O God, who through your Word
reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way,
grant, we pray,
that with prompt devotion and eager faith
the Christian people may hasten
toward the solemn celebrations to come.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
The second was the (optional) concluding Prayer over the People, asking for God’s continued support.
Look upon those who call to you, O Lord,
and sustain the weak;
give life by your unfailing light
to those who walk in the shadow of death,
and bring those rescued by your mercy from every evil
to reach the highest good.
Through Christ our Lord.
These prayers rehearse us in the sometimes resisted attitudes of asking for help, of expressing our neediness, and placing our trust in God.
- For what in particular do you want to ask for help?
- What are your particular needs (that maybe as yet you have not asked for help with)
- If you can, why can you put your trust in God? And, if you can”t, what makes you hesitate?
Path and bench. Lynton. (c) 2013, Allen Morris