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In preparation for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
A prayer from the Valley of Vision book.

BLESSED LORD JESUS,

Before the cross I kneel and see

the heinousness of my sin,

my iniquity that caused you to be ‘made a curse’,

the evil that excites the severity of divine wrath.

Show me the enormity of my guilt by

the crowns of the thorns,

the pierced hands and feet,

the bruised body,

the dying cries.

The blood is the blood of the incarnate God,

its worth infinite, its value beyond all thought.

Infinite must be the evil and the guilt that demands such a price.

Sin is my disease, my monster, my foe, my viper,

born in my birth,

alive in my life,

strong in my character,

dominating my faculties,

following me as a shadow,

intermingling with my every thought,

my chain that holds me captive in the empire of my soul.

Sinner that I am, why should the sun give me light,

the air supply breath,

the earth holds my tread,

its fruit nourish me,

its creatures subserve my ends?

Yet your compassion yearns over me,

your heart hastens to my rescue,

your love endured my curse,

your mercy bore my deserved stripes.

Let me walk humbly in the lowest depths of humiliation,

bathed in your blood,

tender of conscience,

triumphing gloriously as an heir of salvation.

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