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“O Cross of Christ”: Pope Francis’ Prayer for Good Friday

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Pope Francis prays face down, on the floor of St. Peter's Basilica during the Celebration of Lord's Passion on Good Friday on April 3, 2015 in Vatican. Christians around the world are marking the Holy Week, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, leading up to his resurrection on Easter. AFP PHOTO POOL / GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP / POOL / GABRIEL BOUYS

Aleteia - published on 03/25/16

Stations of the cross, 2016

The texts of the meditations and prayers of the stations of the cross for 2016, found here, were assembled by the Archbishop of Perugia, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti. “God is mercy.”

The prayer “O Cross of Christ,” composed by the Holy Father, proclaimed by Pope Francis.

O Cross of Christ!

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O Cross of Christ, symbol of divine love and of human injustice, icon of the supreme sacrifice for love and of boundless selfishness even unto madness, instrument of death and the way of resurrection, sign of obedience and emblem of betrayal, the gallows of persecution and the banner of victory.

O Cross of Christ, today too we see you raised up in our sisters and brothers killed, burned alive, throats slit and decapitated by barbarous blades amid cowardly silence.

O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in the faces of children, of women and people, worn out and fearful, who flee from war and violence and who often only find death and many Pilates who wash their hands.

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