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by: St. Christopher's Youth
Wow! Today's Gospel message speaks LOUD and CLEAR that it is all about taking up the cross beside Jesus (action!!) rather than just simply using our words to make proclamations about Jesus's true identity as the Holy Other in flesh.
We believe that this prayer, from our own Book of Common Prayer (1979), illustrates this point beautifully!
because of your tender mercy toward all people,
you sent your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ,
to take upon himself our flesh,
and to suffer death upon the cross,
that all should follow the example of his great humility.
Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of his patience
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, U.S.A., 1979, p. 166., ALT.)