Readings for Lent: Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent 4/9/2022

April 9, 2022
Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent 

Today is the final day of Lent 2022; Holy Week begins with Passion Sunday tomorrow.  After today, the third prayer of the day, “Almighty and ever-living God” ceases to be prayed until Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2023. 

PRAYERS OF THE DAY 

Grant, O Lord, that 
 in your wounds I may find my safety; 
 in your stripes, my cure; 
 in your pain, my peace;
 in your Cross, my victory;
 in your resurrection, my triumph;
and a crown of righteousness the glories of your eternal kingdom. Amen 

Creator God, you prepare a new way in the wilderness, and your grace waters our desert. Open our hearts to be transformed by the new thing you are doing, that our lives may proclaim the extravagance of your love given to all through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

Almighty and ever-living God, you hate nothing you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and honest hearts, so that, truly repenting of our sins, we may receive from you, the God of all mercy, full pardon and forgiveness through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen 

READING:  Ezekiel 37: 21-28 

Thus says the Lord GOD:
I will take the children of Israel from among the nations
    to which they have come,
    and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land.
I will make them one nation upon the land,
    in the mountains of Israel,
    and there shall be one prince for them all. 
Never again shall they be two nations,
    and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. 

No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols,
    their abominations, and all their transgressions. 
I will deliver them from all their sins of apostasy,
    and cleanse them so that they may be my people
    and I may be their God.
My servant David shall be prince over them,
    and there shall be one shepherd for them all;
    they shall live by my statutes and carefully observe my decrees.
They shall live on the land that I gave to my servant Jacob,
    the land where their fathers lived;
    they shall live on it forever,
    they, and their children, and their children’s children,
    with my servant David their prince forever.
I will make with them a covenant of peace;
    it shall be an everlasting covenant with them,
    and I will multiply them, and put my sanctuary among them forever.
My dwelling shall be with them;
    I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Thus the nations shall know that it is I, the LORD,
    who make Israel holy,
    when my sanctuary shall be set up among them forever. 

CANTICLE:  Jeremiah 31: 10-13 

The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
    proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
    he guards them as a shepherd his flock.
The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
    he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
    they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings:
The grain, the wine, and the oil,
    the sheep and the oxen.
The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
    and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
    I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.
 

VERSE 

Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD,
and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

THE HOLY GOSPEL:  Saint John 11: 45-56 

Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.  

So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said,
“What are we going to do?  This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation.” 

But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them,
“You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people so that the whole nation may not perish.”
He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation,
but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.

So from that day on they planned to kill him. 

So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews, but he left for the region near the desert, to a town called Ephraim, and there he remained with his disciples. 

Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before Passover to purify themselves. They looked for Jesus and said to one another as they were in the temple area, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?”