O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
My trust is in you, O Lord.
I have said, ‘You are my God.’
True and humble king,
hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you
on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory.
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep;
you save both human and beast, O Lord.
How priceless is your love, O God!
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
They feast upon the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the well of life,
and in your light we see light.
Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you,
and your favour to those who are true of heart.
Let not the foot of the proud come near me,
nor the hand of the wicked push me aside.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, ‘Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)
Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.’
When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.John 12:1-11 (NRSV)
Jesus, facing plots of murder and treachery, Mary anointed you with fragrant oil. May its sweet perfume fill your Church with your grace in the face of all adversity. As your love reaches to the heavens so may we rise to sing your praises.
Jesus, servant Lord, bring in your justice to the nations of the earth. Lighten our path for the good of all. Bring peace to all troubled places and wisdom to all in positions of authority and leadership.
Jesus, as Judas sneered at Mary’s gift, restore the dignity and self-worth of all who are eaten by bitterness and hatred. Do not let wickedness push any aside.
Jesus, you are tender and gentle with the bruised and the frail. Be with any nearing exhaustion and enduring severe strain. Take them by your hand and keep them.
Jesus, you raised Lazarus to life and promised new life to all who trust in you. Remember for good your servants departed this life. Pour out your live-giving Spirit on all.
O gracious and holy Father,Benedict of Nursia (c.550)
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the Spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
May Christ, who bore our sins on the cross,
set us free to serve him with joy.