For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, there have been times when I have allowed myself to be manipulated into doing or saying the wrong thing simply because I wanted to be impressive to others. I also recognize that this was my choice by my own free will and I did not have to take the bait, but I did. Your Son Jesus warned that those who tempt Your children to do bad things will suffer the consequences but still, I need to come clean and admit that I participated and agreed to it when I knew better. Father, I ask for Your forgiveness when I ____________________ . Thank You for this awareness to come clean with You and clear the air and make things right between You and me.
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark
14 King Herod heard about it, for his fame had become widespread, and people were saying, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him."
15 Others were saying, "He is Elijah"; still others, "He is a prophet like any of the prophets."
16 But when Herod learned of it, he said, "It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up."
17 Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.
18 John had said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
19 Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
20 Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him.
21 She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee.
22 Herodias's own daughter came in and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you."
23 He even swore (many things) to her, "I will grant you whatever you ask of me, even to half of my kingdom."
24 She went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" She replied, "The head of John the Baptist."
25 The girl hurried back to the king's presence and made her request, "I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist."
26 The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her.
27 So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
28 He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother.
29 When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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