At the foot of the cross
Betrayed by Judas and deserted by Peter and by almost all the rest of his disciples, Jesus died.
Two people who stood with him were his mother, Mary, and the apostle John. Three in the afternoon, the time associated with the death of Jesus, is commemorated in the Three O’Clock Prayer, long a part of Marianist tradition.
Gathered in the presence of Jesus, we ask forgiveness, we offer gratitude, we seek grace, we glorify God.
Lord Jesus, we gather in spirit at the foot of the Cross with your Mother and the disciple whom you loved. We ask your pardon for our sins, which are the cause of your death.
We thank you for remembering us in that hour of salvation and for giving us Mary as our Mother.
Holy Virgin, take us under your protection and open us to the action of the Holy Spirit.
Saint John, obtain for us the grace of taking Mary into our lives as you did, and of assisting her in her mission.
May the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Amen.