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Welcoming Ritual 

Reading of the beatitudes: Mt 5:6

Bread and wine are shared in silence

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

 

Display of some forms of Injustice in the world and sharing

 

Some newspaper images are put at the center of the circle. Each of the participants chooses one of them and shares a concrete personal experience with the others. After everyone has shared his/her experience, a small candle can be freely lighted and put on the chosen image to call upon the Holy Spirit to intercede.

 

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Final Prayer

From the Pope’s address on Good Friday 

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.

O Cross of Christ, today too, we see you in those filled with knowledge and not with the spirit, scholars of death and not of life, who instead of teaching mercy and life, threaten with punishment and death, and who condemn the just.

O Cross of Christ, today too, we see you in unfaithful ministers who, instead of stripping themselves of their own vain ambitions, divest even the innocent of their dignity.

O Cross of Christ, today too, we see you in the destroyers of our “common home”, who by their selfishness ruin the future of coming generations.

O Cross of Christ, image of love without end and way of the Resurrection, today too we see you in noble and upright persons who do good without seeking praise or admiration from others.

O Cross of Christ, today too, we see you in the faces of consecrated women and men – good Samaritans – who have left everything to bind up, in evangelical silence, the wounds of poverty and injustice.

O Cross of Christ, today too, we see you in the merciful who have found in mercy the greatest expression of justice and faith.

O Cross of Christ, today too, we see you in simple men and women who live their faith joyfully day in and day out, in filial observance of your commandments.

Cross of Christ, today too, we see you in the blessed and the saints who know how to cross the dark night of faith without ever losing trust in you and without claiming to understand your mysterious silence.

 

Our Father

Recited each in their own language

 

Final Song: Signor fammi strumento

Spontaneously in all the languages spoken by the participants