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Readings & Prayers for Holy Week March 26th-April 1st

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This week of Good Friday and Easter is traditionally called Holy Week because we enter into the stories of the last week of Jesus life (the Passion) culminating in the crucifixion and resurrection. This week we’ll walk with Jesus and the disciples on the road to the cross remembering the Last Supper on what’s called Maundy Thursday, sitting at the foot of the cross on Good Friday, experiencing some of the disorienting loss on Holy Saturday, and finally revel in the resurrection on Easter Sunday. 

Monday  Psalm 149 | Lamentations 1.1-12 | 2 Cor. 1.1-7 | Mark 11.12-25

All-powerful God, by the suffering and death of your Son, strengthen and protect us in our weakness. 

Tuesday  Psalm 150 | Lamentations 1.17-22 | 2 Cor. 1.8-22 | Mark 11.27-33

Father, may we receive your forgiveness and mercy as we celebrate the passion & death of the Lord.

Wednesday  Psalm 1 | Lamentations 2.1-9 | 2 Cor. 1.23-2.11 | Mark 12.1-11

Father, in your plan of salvation your Son Jesus Christ accepted the cross and freed us from the power of the enemy. 

Maundy Thursday   Psalm 2 | Lamentations 2.10-18 | 1 Cor. 10.14-17, 11.27-32 | Mark 14.12-25

Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit you anointed your only Son Messiah and Lord of creation; you have given us a share in his consecration to priestly service in your Church. Help us to be faithful witnesses in the world to the salvation Christ won for all mankind.

Good Friday  Psalm 3 | Lamentations 3.1-33 | 1 Peter 1.10-20 | John 13.36-38

Lord, by shedding his blood for us your Son, Jesus Christ, established the paschal mystery. In your goodness, make us holy and watch over us always. 

Saturday Psalm 4 | Lamentations 3.37-58 | Hebrews 4.1-16 | Romans 8.1-11

Almighty and eternal God, you created all things in wonderful beauty and order. Help us now to perceive how still more wonderful is the new creation by which in the fullness of time you redeemed your people through the sacrifice of our passover, Jesus Christ.

Easter Sunday  Psalm 5 | Exodus 12.1-14 | John 1.1-18 | Luke 24.13-35

Almighty, ever-living God, you have given the human race Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility. He fulfilled your will by becoming man and giving his life on the cross. Help us to bear witness to you by following his example of suffering and make us worthy to share in his resurrection.

*These readings and prayers are collected & adapted from For All the Saints: A Prayer Book For and By the Church


Q30: What is faith in Jesus Christ? 

A: Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel. 



Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!

Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!

Lo, your king comes to you;

triumphant and victorious is he,

humble and riding on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest!

(Zechariah 9.9 & Psalm 118.26)


Lord Jesus, we shout hosannas to praise you. With eager hands we place our cloaks and palms on the path before you. Yet Lord, we confess that our mouths that seek to praise you often deny and defy you. We confess that the hands that seek to serve you often become fists to do your people harm. Lord, hear us as we confess.  

Our Lord Jesus Christ, when you rode into Jerusalem upon a donkey, you came in peace and humility, truly, you came to save. Yet, such a salvation was not what we expected.

We confess that we have wanted salvation on our own terms. We are proud, presumptuous, resistant, and unrepentant. Forgive us, O Lord, for all the ways we have kept our distance from you. We recognize our need for your merciful invitation and your saving grace.

We pray, once again with a desire to worship and to understand:

‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”


Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. In Christ, God answers us and sets us free! In Christ, we are forgiven! (based on Psalm 118)

Thanks be to God!

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6.20-23)

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