Let us Pray:
God, who by the Precious Blood of Thy only-begotten Son
didst sanctify the standard of the Cross, grant, we beseech Thee,
that we who rejoice in the glory of the same Holy Cross may
at all times and places rejoice in Thy protection, through the same Christ, our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, in your burial you have taken on the death of the grain of wheat.
You have become the lifeless grain of wheat
which produces abundant fruit for every age and for all eternity.
From the tomb shines forth in every generation the promise of the grain of wheat
which gives rise to the true manna, the Bread of Life,
in which you offer us your very self.
The eternal Word, through his Incarnation and death,
has become a Word which is close to us:
you put yourself into our hands and into our hearts,
so that your word can grow within us and bear fruit.
Through the death of the grain of wheat you give us yourself,
so that we too can dare to lose our life in order to find it,
so that we too can trust the promise of the grain of wheat.
Help us grow in love and veneration for your Eucharistic mystery
– to make you, the Bread of heaven, the source of our life.