“Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy…”: Palm Sunday Prayer

 

My Father, enlarge my heart, warm my affections, open my
lips to proclaim “Love shines at Calvary.”
There grace removes my burdens and heaps them on thy
Son, made a transgressor, a curse, and sin for me;
there an infinite atonement was made; there infinite
punishment was endured.

Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
cast off that I might be brought in,
beaten down as an enemy that I might be
welcomed as a friend,
stripped that I might be clothed,
wounded that I might be healed,
tormented that I might be comforted,
made a shame that I might have eternal life.

My Savior wept that all tears might be wiped from my eyes,
bore a thorny crown that I might have a glory diadem,
bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
closed his eyes in death that I might live forever.

O Father, who spared not thine only Son that thou
might spare me, help me to adore thee by lips
and life.

Amen.

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