Our Morning Offering – 13 September – Friday of the Twenty third week in Ordinary Time, Year C
Catholic Time – Friday: Day of The Passion – Jesus was scourged, mocked and crucified on a Friday. Because of this, the Church has always set aside Fridays of days of penance and sacrifice. Many countries still practise what has become known as “Fish Fridays” whilst in others, another form of sacrifice has been instituted. In most places, the Stations of the Cross, are prayed on Fridays, as a standard devotion.
Prayer Before The Crucifix
By St Vincent Strambi CP (1745-1824)
Jesus, by this saving sign,
bless this listless soul of mine.
Jesus, by Your feet nailed fast,
mend the missteps of my past.
Jesus, with Your riven hands,
bend my will to love’s demands.
Jesus, in Your Heart laid bare,
warm my inner coldness there.
Jesus, by Your thorn-crowned head,
still my pride till it is dead.
Jesus, by Your muted tongue,
stay my words that hurt someone.
Jesus, by Your tired eyes,
open mine to faith’s surprise.
Jesus, by Your fading breath,
keep me faithful until death.
Yes, Lord, by this saving sign,
save this wayward soul of mine.