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Prayer for Wednesday of Holy Week, 8 April

Listen to or read a short service of prayer for Wednesday of Holy Week, 8 April 2020

Preparation

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.’

Praise

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.
Amen.

Psalm 70

Be pleased, O God, to deliver me;
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Let those who seek my life be ashamed and altogether dismayed;
let those who take pleasure in my misfortune draw back and be disgraced.

Let those who say to me ‘Aha!’ and gloat over me turn back,
because they are ashamed.

Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;
let those who love your salvation say for ever, ‘Great is the Lord!’

But as for me, I am poor and needy;
come to me speedily, O God.

You are my helper and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not tarry.

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.

Reading

Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, ‘Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.’  The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking.  One of his disciples – the one whom Jesus loved – was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking.

So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, ‘Lord, who is it?’  Jesus answered, ‘It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.’ So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him.  

Jesus said to him, ‘Do quickly what you are going to do.’  Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.  Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, ‘Buy what we need for the festival’; or, that he should give something to the poor.  So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out.  And it was night.  

When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.  If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.’

John 13:21-32 (NRSV)

Prayers

Lord, your Son persevered and endured the cross for our redemption.  As we prepare to commemorate again the events of his saving passion, keep your Church steadfast in its faith.  Preserve us, O Lord, from losing heart.

Lord, your Son knew the darkness at work in Judas’ heart.  Forgive the sins that will betray and condemn some for others’ gain.  Draw us back from taking pleasure in the misfortunes of any.

Lord, your Son shared table fellowship with his friends and those closest to him.  Draw us closer to one another and to you as we break bread together.  Restore us in your image, O God.

Lord, your Son was troubled in spirit and knew the anguish of facing human mortality.  Be with all who cry to you and make haste to help them.  Sustain us, O Lord, with your Word of life.

Lord, your Son proclaimed your glory in the face of death.  Deliver us at the hour of our death.  Bring us to say: ‘Great is the Lord’.

O gracious and holy Father,
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.
Amen.
                                       Benedict of Nursia (c.550)

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.
Amen.

Conclusion

May Christ, who bore our sins on the cross,
set us free to serve him with joy.
Amen.