Readings for Holy Week: 4/13

April 13, 2022
WEDNESDAY 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 70 

Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. 

Be pleased, O God, to deliver me;
 O Lord, make haste to help me.
Let those who seek my life be put to shame and confounded;
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 of their shame.
Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;
 let those who love your salvation say forever,  

   “Great is the Lord!” 
But as for me, I am poor and needy; come to me quickly, O God.
  You are my helper and my deliverer; O Lord, do not tarry. 

Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. 

READINGS 

Isaiah 50: 4-9a 

 The Lord God has given me
  the tongue of a teacher,
 that I may know how to sustain
  the weary with a word.
 Morning by morning he wakens—
  wakens my ear
  to listen as those who are taught.
 The Lord God has opened my ear,
  and I was not rebellious,
  I did not turn backward.
 I gave my back to those who struck me,
  and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
 I did not hide my face
  from insult and spitting.

 The Lord God helps me;
  therefore I have not been disgraced;
 therefore I have set my face like flint,
  and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
  he who vindicates me is near.
 Who will contend with me?
  Let us stand up together.
 Who are my adversaries?
  Let them confront me.
 It is the Lord God who helps me;
  who will declare me guilty? 

Hebrews 12:1-3 

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. 

Saint John 13:21-32 

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.” 

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 

Almighty God, your Son our Savior suffered at human hands and endured the shame of the cross. Grant that we may walk in the way of his cross and find it the way of life and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you 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