Fifth Sunday of Lent – Opening Prayer (Cycle A)

(Based upon the raising of Lazarus)

Merciful God,

you showed your glory to our fallen race

by sending your Son

to confound the powers of death.

Call us forth from sin’s dark tomb.

Break the bonds which hold us,

that we may believe and proclaim Christ,

the cause of our freedom

and the source of life,

who lives and reign with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

holy and mighty God for ever and ever.