A Holy Week Collect for Forgiveness

Beloved Jesus, who, knowing you would suffer, still went forward for our sake, we beg for your mercy for the times we have betrayed you and forsaken you. Forgive our fearful, sinful hearts that we would yet in your grace to become like you, holy and ready to do the Father’s will, through you who died and rose and ascended to the Father in the Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.”‘ – John 13:21