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

GABRIEL BOUYS / POOL / AFP

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

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In you, Holy Cross, we see God who loves even to the end, and we see the hatred of those who want to dominate, that hatred which blinds the minds and hearts of those who prefer darkness to light.

O Cross of Christ, arc of Noah that saved humanity from the flood of sin, save us from evil and from the Evil One. O throne of David and seal of the divine and eternal covenant, awaken us from the seduction of vanity! O cry of love, inspire in us a desire for God, for goodness and for light.

O Cross of Christ, teach us that the rising of the sun is more powerful than the darkness of night.

O Cross of Christ, teach us that the apparent victory of evil vanishes before the empty tomb and before the certainty of the resurrection and the love of God, which nothing can defeat, obscure or weaken. Amen!

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