Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Category Archives: Resurrection Sunday
Prayer for Maundy Thursday
Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you andContinue reading “Prayer for Maundy Thursday”
Ignorance of the Word
Reading for Today: Psalm 55, 74 Lam 2:1-9 2 Cor. 1:23-2:11 Mark 12:1-11 In his march to the Cross, Jesus goes straight at the religious leaders. When spiritual authority is gone, all that is left is theological wordplay, manipulation, and outright intimidation. It still happens today.
When spiritual authority is lost
Reading for today: Psalm 6, 12, 94 Lam. 1:17-22 2 Cor. 1:8-22 Mark 11:27-33 The closer Jesus gets to the work of the cross, the more the spiritual leaders press to trap Jesus. They sense their power base fading and they are desperate.
Heal us of our blindness
Reading for today: Psalm 51; 69:1-23 Lam. 1:1-12 2 Cor. 1:1-7 Mark 11:12-25 Lam. 1:5 Her foes have become her masters; her enemies are at ease. The Lord has brought her grief because of her many sins… Prayer: Lord, we are blind and our blindness is simply stunning. All the advantages have been afforded usContinue reading “Heal us of our blindness”
The King Comes Into His House
Reading for Today: Psalm 24, 29, 103 Zech. 9:9-12; 12:9-13:9 1 Tim. 6:12-16 Luke 19:41-48 We celebrate Palm Sunday. We enter into Holy Week. Oh… and the King has entered his house and isn’t really all that happy.
A prayer for the church on Palm Sunday
Gracious Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide forContinue reading “A prayer for the church on Palm Sunday”
This Day the Revolution Began
“The New Testament insists, in book after book, that when Jesus of Nazareth died on the cross, something happened as a result of which the world is a different place…”
Holy Week — The Surrender
I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. (John 17:4-5, NIV)
Holy Week — What sums it all up?
As we are looking at the climax to the Gospels, as Jesus is moving with incredible purpose toward the arrest, the suffering, and the crucifixion, what are the things he would say to keep preparing his disciples?