Readings & Prayers for Holy Week

Sunday – 28th March

(known as Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday)

 

Liturgy of the Palms

Readings:

Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29

Luke 19: 28-40

 

Prayer:

Giver of light, your steadfast love endures forever.  Open our hearts to the Blessed One who comes so humbly, on a borrowed colt.  Open before us the gates of your justice, that we may enter, confessing in heaven and on earth that Jesus is Lord.  Amen.

 

Liturgy of the Passion

Readings:

Isaiah 50: 4-9a

Psalm 31: 9-16

Philippians 2: 5-11

Luke 22: 14-23: 56

 

Prayer:

Compassionate God, your love finds full expression in the gift of Jesus Christ your Son, who willingly met betrayal and death to set us free from sin.  Give us courage to live obediently in these days until we greet the glory of our risen Saviour.  Amen.

 

Monday – 29th March

Readings:

Isaiah 42: 1-10

Psalm 36: 5-11

Hebrews 9: 11-15

John 12: 1-11

 

Prayer:

God of steadfast love, light of the blind and liberator of the oppressed, we see your holy purpose in the tender compassion of Jesus, who calls us into new and living friendship with you.  May we, who take shelter in the shadow of your wings, be filled with the grace of his tender caring; may we, who stumble in selfish darkness, see your glory In the light of his self-giving.  We ask this through him whose suffering is victorious, Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen.

 

 

 

Tuesday – 30th March

 

Readings:

Isaiah 49: 1-7

Psalm 71: 1-14

1 Corinthians 1: 18-31

John 12: 20-36

 

Prayer:

Holy and immortal God, from earliest times you have named us and called us into discipleship.  Teach us to follow the One whose light scatters the darkness of our world, that we may walk as children of the light.  Amen

 

Wednesday – 31st March

 

Readings:

Isaiah 50: 4-9a

Psalm 70

Hebrews 12: 1-3

John 13: 21-32

 

Prayer:

Troubled God, in every generation you call your people to contend against the brutality of sin and betrayal.  Keep us steadfast even in our fear and uncertainty, that we may follow where Jesus has led the way.  Amen.

 

 

 

Maundy Thursday – 1st April

 

Readings:

Exodus 12: 1-4, (5-10), 11-14

Psalm 116: 1-2, 12-19

1 Corinthians 11: 23-26

John 13: 1-17, 31b-35

 

Prayer:

Eternal God in the sharing of a meal your son established a new covenant for all people, and in the washing of feet he showed us the dignity of service.  Grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these signs of our life in faith may speak again to our hearts, feed our spirits, and refresh our bodies.  Amen.

 

 

Good Friday – 2nd April

 

Readings:

Isaiah 52: 13 – 53: 12

Psalm 22

Hebrews 10: 16-25

John 18: 1- 19: 42

 

Prayer:

Grieving God, on the cross your Son embraced death even as he had embraced life: faithfully and with good courage.  Grant that we who have been born out of his wounded side may hold fast to our faith in him exalted and may find mercy in all times of need.  Amen.

 

 

Holy Saturday – 3rd April

 

Readings:

Job 14: 1-14

Psalm 31: 1-4, 15-16

1 Peter 4: 1-8

Matthew 27: 57-66

 

Prayer:

Eternal God, rock and refuge: with roots grown old in the earth, river beds run dry, and flower withered in the field, we wait for revival and release.  Abide with us until we come alive in the sunrise of your glory.  Amen.

 

 

Easter Sunday – 4th April

 

Readings:

Acts 10: 34-43

Isaiah 65: 17-25

Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24

1 Corinthians 15: 19-26

John 20: 1-18

 

Prayer:

We exult in your love, O God of the living, for you made the tomb of death the womb from which you bring forth your Son, the first-born of a new creation, and you anointed the universe with the fragrant Spirit of his resurrection.  Make us joyful witnesses to this good news, that all humanity may one day gather at the feast of new life in the kingdom where you reign for ever and ever.  Amen.


 

 

 

Prayers are reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission.


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