As the Passion Plays Out

Author’s note: for Holy Week this year, I have taken a little liberty with the revised common lectionary readings.  For your Holy Week study and reflection, please read the Gospel of John chapters 12-19.  Take them at your pace, the reflection questions and prayers that follow are for your use, taken from Feasting on the Word Worship Companion; Liturgies for Year A, Volume 1; Kimberly Bracken Long, editor.  Thank you for reading; may your spiritual journey be renewed.  ~ stc

Questions for Reflection – Palm/Passion Sunday

As this week unfolds, spend some time each day pondering the mind
of Christ. What is the shape of his compassion? Describe the image of
such great love. Finally, what does it feel like, physically, to be so utterly cared for?

Household Prayer: Morning

I rise, O God, awakened by your Word, to live another day.  Lead me in your path.  Show me the steps to take toward greater faith.  Hold me in your care as I move through this Holy Week where the shadows deepen even in the daylight.  Hosanna! Save me now, dear God! Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

I come to the darkness of night, O God, tired and ready for a sweet respite in your care.  Keep me safe from all harm, and bring me to the morning light with renewed strength.  In Jesus’ holy name, I pray. Amen.

Questions for Reflection – Maundy Thursday

The lectionary readings for Holy Thursday are full of sacramental themes and imagery: (1) the institution of the Passover meal in Exodus 12:1–14, just before the crossing of the sea; (2) the gift of the Lord’s Supper described in 1 Corinthians 11:23–26; and (3) the imagery of bathing and washing in John 13:1–17, 31b–35. Reflect on the understanding and practice of the sacraments in your congregation. How are these biblical themes and images reflected? Think about the relationship between the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper in your congregation. How is that relationship communicated, negotiated, or lived out?

Household Prayer: Morning

O Lord, as I live for you this day, keep me faithful.  Let my living and my dying be precious in your sight, so that I may live for you forever; I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

O Lord, as I rest in you this night, keep me faithful.  Let my dying and my living be precious in your sight so that I may rest in you forever; I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Questions for Reflection – Good Friday

The cross is the central symbol of our faith. Why do you think that is?  Has its meaning changed for you over time? Jesus was willing to die for his cause, but not kill for it. How does that inform you on your Christian journey?

Household Prayer: Morning

God, on this most challenging day, be with me.  Open my eyes to see moments of pain and suffering around me into which I may carry your loving presence. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Holy One, into your hands I commit this day that I have lived.  Salvage what needs saving in me.  Strengthen what is good in me.  And in all things bind me closer to you through Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

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