A Devotional Guide For Holy Week – Apr 9 – Apr 16

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How to Use This Guide

Begin your devotions with a prayer that helps you recognize that you are in the presence of God. You may wish to use the Lord’s Prayer to begin your devotional time. A Prayer of Confession is also included. It can be used after the readings from Psalms.

Read the assigned scriptures slowly and carefully. When you finish, choose one or all the passages for that day and ask yourself these questions: (1) What did I learn about God? (2) What did I learn about myself and the human condition? (3) What did my readings tell me about the relationship between God and God’s people? (4) In what way was I comforted by what I read? (5) In what way was I challenged? (6) What was asked of me during my reading of Scripture today? (7) How will I respond to what I’ve read? .

Keep a notebook or journal to record your responses. You might want to jot down any questions you have about what you read. Conclude your time alone with God by praying the appropriate morning or evening prayer printed below.

Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God, I confess to you before the whole company of heaven that I have sinned through my own fault in what I have thought, said and done, and in what I have failed to do. In particular I confess….

Gracious and merciful God, I am truly sorry and repent of all my sins. Forgive me all that is past, help me to amend what I am, and direct what I shall be, that I may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the praise and glory of your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Morning Prayer

Lord God, Almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Evening Prayer

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Bible Readings for Holy Week

Palm Sunday

Morning Readings

Psalms 24 & 29
Zechariah 9:9-12
1 Timothy 6:12-16

Evening Readings

Psalm 103
Zechariah 12:9-11, 13:1, 7-9
Matthew 21:12-17

Monday, April 10, 2017

Morning Readings

Psalm 51:1-18(19-20)
Jeremiah 12:1-16
Philippians 3:1-14
John 12:9-19

Evening Psalm

Psalm 69:1-23

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Morning Readings

Psalms 6 & 12
Jeremiah 15:10-21
Philippians 3:15-21
John 12:20-26

Evening Psalm

Psalm 94

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Morning Readings

Psalm 55
Jeremiah 17:5-10, 14-17
Philippians 4:1-13
John 12:27-36

Evening Psalm

Psalm 74

Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017

Morning Readings

Psalm 102
Jeremiah 20:7-11
1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-32
John 17:1-11(12-26)

Evening Psalms

Psalms 142 & 143

Good Friday, April 14, 2017

Morning Readings

Psalms 95* & 22
Genesis 22:1-14
1 Peter 1:10-20
John 13:36-38

Evening Readings

Psalms 40:1-14(15-19) & 54
John 19:38-42

Holy Saturday, April 15, 2017

Morning Readings

Psalms 95* & 88
Job 19:21-27a
Hebrews 4:1-16

Evening Readings

Psalm 27
Romans 8:1-11

Easter Sunday

Morning Readings

Psalms 148, 149 & 150
Exodus 12:1-14
John 1:1-18

Evening Readings

Psalms 113, 114, or 118
Isaiah 51:9-11
Luke 24:13-35 or John 20:19-23

The Hebrew words “Miktam,” “Maskil,” “Shiggaion,” “Higgaion,” and “Selah” appear in the Psalms and their meanings are lost us. The first three words may provide musical instructions to the choirmaster. “Higgaion” may refer to a type of meditation or melody. “Selah” possibly indicates an instrumental interlude between stanzas.

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