Collect of the Holy Cross

Clonmacnois, County Offaly, Ireland

Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption: Give us courage to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

(BCP 252)

(the BCP notes that this prayer is especially appropriate for Fridays)