Monday, September 24, 2007

Prayer for Condemned Prisoners

Saint Dismas, you were once a criminal,
Executed for a life lived in robbery.
As you died, you were converted,
Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ,
And you gained His promised salvation.
We ask that you petition our Lord,
First for those who are to be executed,
That they may yet be converted,
And in Christ escape eternal death.
Pray also that they gain mercy from death,
And that their victims may find consolation,
And also the courage to forgive them.
Finally, pray for each of us,
That our hearts be turned to mercy,
And our souls to the glory of God.

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