Saturday of the Light is the last day of Lent. A beautiful ceremony is to be celebrated during that day: “the Prayer of Forgiveness”. It is an old prayer of the Maronite Church that celebrate the forgiveness won by the death of Jesus Christ.
O Lord, Grant that we may enjoy the fruits of your sacrifice and bury the old man that the new man may live.
Second prayer, Saturday of the Light Morning, Maronite Liturgy.
O Incarnate Word,
Son of Mary and Son of the Father,
on this day, the greatest of all history,
you appeared before Pilate,
you, who are seated at the right hand of the Father.
You, remained silent before the judges,
you, through whose word everything exists.
You walked the path to Golgotha carrying the wood of the cross, you, who were seated on a chariot of cherubim,
draped in brilliant jewels.
On your head is entwined a crown of thorns,
you, whose head the heavens decorate with stars.
On the cross you are given vinegar and gall to drink, you, who gave us your blood, the source of life.
You die on the cross at the hand of your executioners, you, who give life to all the living.
Therefore, O God made man,
we ask to share in your humanity and divinity,
your death and your life,
your scorn and your glory
in this world and the next,
so that we may glorify you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, for ever. Amen.
Sedro, Great Friday Morning, Maronite Liturgy.
O Christ, Before supper, you washed the feet of your disciples, who except for one, were pure. This action was at once a sign of your love,
a law of your gospel, a call for humility in one who leads, an example of service, and a commandment to love.
Sedro, Thursday of Mysteries Evening Prayer, Maronite Liturgy.
Image by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.
Holy Thursday or Thursday of the Holy Mysteries is the first day of the Easter Triduum. On that day Jesus had His Last Supper with His disciples and founded the sacraments, especially the Sacrament of the Eucharist and the Priesthood.
O Lord, you invited us to share in this Passover by giving us your body and blood. May we share in your passion and death so that we may one day be reborn with you in glory.
Second Prayer, Thursday of Mysteries Morning, Maronite Liturgy.
Image by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.
May we see your blessed hand in times of misfortune, your purification in times of trial, the path of Golgotha in the difficulties of life, and the cross of redemption in suffering.
First Prayer, Wednesday Morning of Passion Week, Maronite Liturgy.
Wednesday of the Passion Week is also called Wednesday of Ayoub (Job). Job suffered a lot, but never cursed God and was known for his patience. He represents Christ who willingly received suffering and death, and committed himself into his Father’s hands.
O Christ, may our sufferings be a path of glory to the Father as were yours.
Third Prayer, Tuesday Morning of Passion Week, Maronite Liturgy.
Through your passion, may we be fortified against temptations. Guide us on our way, grant us victory over the enemy, and make us worthy of the kingdom.
Opening Prayer, Tuesday Morning of Passion Week, Maronite Liturgy.
We are entering the most important week of the liturgical year, the week that prepares us to live intensely the Christian Mystery of the Death and the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ: The Passion Week.
O Lord, this morning may we contemplate your passion which saves us; implant it in our hearts and help us understand your immense love for us.
Opening Prayer, Monday Morning of Passion Week, Maronite Liturgy.
As we prepare for the great week of the Lord's passion and death, and as we follow the Lord on the way to the cross, may we remain ever faithful to Him who is our Savior and Lord.
In our hands we carry olive branches and with love sing along with the children: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Hosanna Sunday Morning, second prayer, Maronite Liturgy.
Image: Hosanna Sunday Maronite icon.
O Lord, we recall your wonderful sign, when you opened the eyes of the blind man.
May we praise you with eyes full of light and a believing conscience.
Sunday Morning Bartimeus the Blind, Maronite Liturgy
Image: Detail from Maronite icon "The Healing of The Blind Man".