The last two weeks of Lent provide for us an opportunity to turn our attention to Jesus’ Passion and death.
In the Roman Catholic Church, the last two weeks of Lent are known as “Passiontide,” and formerly started with Passion Sunday, which is now known as the 5th Sunday of Lent.
It is a time when the Church urges us to be more attentive to Jesus’Ppassion and the immense love he has for us.
Here is a prayer from the Liturgical Year that is based on the Triodion of the Greek Church.
Cleanse me, O merciful Savior,
by the fire of thy commandments,
and grant I may contemplate thy saving Passion
and lovingly adore it,
having the Cross for my protection and defense.
Having our hearts purified the waters of our fast,
let us with faith embrace the wood of the Cross
on which Jesus was crucified and gave us the water of immortality.