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	(The special prayer either before or after the Monday evening meal 
	is a selection from Psalm 21, in which we see through the eyes of 
	David the picture of Christ suffering for us on the Cross.)

Psalm 21:1-12 

My God, my God, why have You forsaken me, 
far from my prayer, 
from the words of my cry? 
O my God, I cry out by day, and You answer not; 
by night, and there is no relief for me. 
Yet You are enthroned in the holy place, 
O glory of Israel! 
In You our fathers trusted; 
they trusted, and You delivered them. 
To You they cried, and they escaped; 
in You they trusted, and they were not put to shame. 
But I am a worm, not a man; 
the scorn of men, despised by the people. 
All who see me scoff at me; 
they mock me with parted lips, 
they wag their heads: 
"He relied on the Lord; let him deliver him, 
let him rescue him, if he loves him."
You have been my guide since I was first formed, 
my security at my mother's breast. 
To you I was committed at birth, 
from my mother's womb you are my God. 
Be not far from me, for I am in distress; 
be near, for I have no one to help me. 

(Source: Lent and Holy Week in the Home by Emerson and Arlene Hynes, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1977.)

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