Tonight is the night we celebrate 'The Last Supper', and we do this in remembrance of Christ on the night before he is arrested, prosecuted, sentenced and crucified.
For those who live in a place where they are free to practice Christianity in relative peace and safety, let us give thanks that they are free to worship.
Yet, as we reflect this Easter-tide, may we also be acutely aware of and remember Christians in parts of the world where they are persecuted, tortured, reviled and literally crucified, themselves, to this day.
And so we pray:
Dear Heavenly Father:
We come to you this Holy Thursday with heavy hearts, as we remember what befell our beloved Jesus.
Yet we can't help wondering how different our lives would be, had you not allowed your Son to be sacrificed for us. Who would 'lead' us? Who would sustain us and give us hope in the world today?
We thank you, Father and are very grateful for this day of remembrance and humility, even though this night anoints us with great sadness.
Please reconcile this for us, Lord, so that we can best serve you.
Please give our hearts more courage and understanding as we celebrate today's Last Supper in remembrance of our Lord.
It grieves us that in this day and age, there are those who are yet so very persecuted for worshiping our Savior and that Christians are still being crucified.
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Thus, we pray for all Christians, near and far. God, shield them and frustrate their tormentors. Remembering that our brother Jesus will return, we are at peace as we await upon this.
We pray these things in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Brothers & Sisters:
I believe that those who die at the hands of Christianophobes all over the globe shall receive a special place in Heaven.
They shall be close to our Heavenly Father, Jesus, Mary, and all the Saints and with kith and kin through the ages who, also, fought and died for that 'carpenter's boy'.
So let us be fearless today and ever more, as we await the final return and a joyous reunion.
Be of good cheer this holy night, dear ones, even in the darkness of this night.
With Love in Christ,
Rev. Barbara Sexton