Readings for Holy Week: 4/12

April 12, 2022
TUESDAY IN HOLY WEEK
NOONDAY LITURGY  

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 71:1-14 

From my mother’s womb you have been my strength. 

In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free;
 incline your ear to me and save me.
Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe;
you are my crag and my stronghold.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
 from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.
For you are my hope, O Lord God,
my confidence since I was young.
I have been sustained by you ever since I was born; from my mother’s womb you have been my strength;
 my praise shall be always of you.
I have become a portent to many;
but you are my refuge and my strength.
Let my mouth be full of your praise
 and your glory all the day long.
Do not cast me off in my old age;
forsake me not when my strength fails.
For my enemies are talking against me,
 and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together.
They say, “Pursue and seize that one whom God has forsaken;
because there is none who will save.”
O God, be not far from me;
 come quickly to help me, O my God.
May my accusers be put to shame and waste away;
let those who seek my misfortune be engulfed by scorn and reproach.
But I shall always wait in patience,
 and shall praise you more and more.

From my mother’s womb you have been my strength. 

READINGS 

ISAIAH 49: 1-7 

Listen to me, O coastlands,
 pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The Lord called me before I was born,
 while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
 in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow,
 in his quiver he hid me away.
And he said to me, “You are my servant,
 Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
But I said, “I have labored in vain,
 I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
 yet surely my cause is with the Lord,
 and my reward with my God.”

And now the Lord says,
 who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
 to bring Jacob back to him,
 and that Israel might be gathered to him,
 for I am honored in the sight of the Lord,
 and my God has become my strength—
he says,
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
 to raise up the tribes of Jacob
 and to restore the survivors of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
 that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Thus says the Lord,
 the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
 to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations,
 the slave of rulers,
“Kings shall see and stand up,
 princes, and they shall prostrate themselves,
 because of the Lord, who is faithful,
 the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.” 

1 Corinthians 1: 18-31 

The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
 “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
  and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. 

Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 

SAINT JOHN 12:20-36 

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say — ”Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”

After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them. 

RESPONSE 

Thanks be to God. 

 

PRAYERS 

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. 

 Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. 

 

OUR FATHER 

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 

Lord Jesus, you have called us to follow you. Grant that our love may not grow cold in your service, and that we may not fail or deny you in the time of trial, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen 

BLESSING 

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