Readings for Holy Week: 4/11

April 11, 2022

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

PSALM 119:113-120 (Samekh ס) 

Let me not be put to shame in my hope. 

I hate crooked people, 

but your teaching I love. 

You are my refuge and shield; 

I hope for your word. 

Turn away from | me, you wicked, 

so I can keep the commandments of my God. 

Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live, 

and do not thwart my hope. 

Hold me up, and I shall be safe, 

and I shall always pay heed to your statutes. 

You spurn all who stray from your statutes; 

their deceitfulness is in vain. 

You clear away all the wicked of the earth like dross; 

therefore I love your decrees. 

My flesh trembles with dread of you; 

I am afraid of your judgments. 

Let me not be put to shame in my hope.

PSALM 36:5-11 

All people take refuge under the shadow of your wings. 

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 humankind and animals, O Lord.
How priceless is your love, O God!
All 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 lovingkindness to those who know you,
  and your favor 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.

All people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.

ISAIAH 42:1-9 

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
 my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
 he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry or lift up his voice,
 or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
 and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
 he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be crushed
 until he has established justice in the earth;
 and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Thus says God, the Lord,
 who created the heavens and stretched them out,
 who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
 and spirit to those who walk in it:
I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
 I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,
 a light to the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
 to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
 from the prison those who sit in darkness.
I am the Lord, that is my name;
 my glory I give to no other,
 nor my praise to idols.
See, the former things have come to pass,
 and new things I now declare;
 before they spring forth,
I tell you of them. 

HEBREWS 9:11-15 

When Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God! 

For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, because a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant. 

SAINT JOHN 12:1-11 

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.



Thanks be to God. 


Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. 

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. 


Our Father in heaven, 

hallowed be your name, 

your kingdom come, 

your will be done, 

on earth as in heaven. 

Give us today our daily bread. 

Forgive us our sins 

as we forgive those 

who sin against us. 

Save us from the time of trial 

and deliver us from evil. 

For the kingdom, the power, 

and the glory are yours, 

now and forever. Amen. 

O Lord, hear our prayer;
And let our cry come before you.

Let us pray. 

O gracious Jesus, who at this hour bore our sins in your body on the tree that we, being dead to sin, might live in righteousness, have mercy on us, we pray you, both now and at the hour of our death, and grant us a godly and peaceful life in this present time and through your grace eternal life in the world to come, where, with the Father and Holy Spirit, you live and reign, one God, now and forever. Amen 

O God, your Son chose the path that led to pain before joy and to the cross before glory. Plant his cross in our hearts, so that in its power and love we may come at last to joy and glory, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen 


Let us bless the Lord. 

Thanks be to God. 

The peace of God which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, now and forever. Amen