Time in the Word
Father, Into Thy Hands I commend My Spirit
Readings & Prayers for Holy Week
April 2-7, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012 – Monday of Holy Week – Isaiah 50:5-10 - My sin and the Savior’s obedience
The Antiphon: Continue Your love to those who know you, Your righteousness to the upright in heart. – Psalm 36:10
Prayer for Monday – Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we, who amid so many adversities do fail through our own infirmities, may be restored through the Passion and intercession of Thine only-begotten Son.
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ chose to suffer pain before going up to joy, and crucifixion before entering into glory, mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find this path to be the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 – Tuesday of Holy Week – Jeremiah 11:18-20 – The plot against the Lord’s anointed
The Antiphon: In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. – Psalm 71:1
Prayer for Tuesday – Almighty and everlasting God, grant us grace to pass through this holy time of our Lord’s Passion that we may obtain the pardon of our sins.
Almighty and everlasting God, grant us grace so to pass through this holy time of our Lord’s Passion that we may receive the pardon of our sins; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 – Wednesday of Holy Week – Isaiah 62:11; 63:1-7 – God’s day of vengeance and redemption
The Antiphon: Hasten, O God, to save me, O Lord, come quickly to help me. – Psalm 70:1
Prayer for Wednesday – Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds are continually afflicted may mercifully be relieved by the Passion of Thine only – begotten Son.
Merciful and everlasting God the Father, who did not spare Your only Son but delivered Him up for us all that He might bear our sins on the cross, grant that our hearts may be so fixed with steadfast faith in our Savior that we may not fear the power of any adversaries; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Thursday, April 5, 2012 – Maundy Thursday – 1 Corinthians 11:23-32 – A new covenant
The Antiphon: I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. – Psalm 116:13
Prayer for Maundy Thursday – O Lord God, who hast left unto us in a wonderful Sacrament a memorial of Thy Passion, grant, we beseech Thee, that we may so use this Sacrament of Thy body and blood that the fruits of Thy redemption may continually be manifest in us.
Friday, April 6, 2012 – Good Friday – Isaiah 52:13 to 53:12 – The suffering and glory of the servant Christ
The Antiphon: O Lord, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me. – Psalm 22:19
Prayer for Good Friday – Almighty God, we beseech Thee, graciously to behold this Thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed and given up into the hands of wicked men and to suffer death upon the cross.
Saturday, April 7, 2012 – Holy Saturday, Easter Eve – 1 Peter 3:17-22 – The victory lap through Hell
The Antiphon: From the depths of the grace I called for help, and You listened to my cry. – Jonah 2:2b
Prayer for Easter Eve – O God, who didst enlighten this most holy night with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection, preserve in all Thy people the spirit of adoption which Thou hast given so that, renewed in body and soul, they may perform unto Thee a pure service.
Abide with us, Lord, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. Abide with Your whole Church. Abide with us in the end of the day, in the end of our life, in the end of the world. Abide with Your grace and goodness, with You holy Word and Sacrament, with Your strength and blessing. Abide with us when the night of affliction and temptation comes upon us, the night of fear and despair when death shall come. Abide with us all the faithful through time and eternity.
Sources: THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL © 1940 Concordia Publishing House,
St. Louis, MO
LUTHERAN WORSHIP © 1982 Concordia Publishing House,
LUTHERAN SEVICE BOOK LECTIONARY © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO
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