Holy Week prayers

Palm Sunday Prayer

Matthew 21:1-11

Lord God,
I give you thanks, for you are good, and your mercy is endless.  Here I stand, at the start of this holy week, this week in which your church remembers Jesus’ passion and death.

I turn my eyes now to the One who comes in your name.  The one who opens the gates of righteousness.  The one who answers when we call. Thank you Lord for sending your son to us, in human frailty.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen

Monday – Holy Week Prayer

John 12:1-8

Lord God,
Six days before the Passover, your son sat and ate dinner with his friends.  Your gospel tells us, that once again Martha served; And Mary knelt at Jesus’ feet to anoint them with costly perfume.  The disciple who was about to betray him said that it was a waste.  He didn’t care about the poor, really – he just wanted to fill his own pockets.

Lord God, often we cannot discern what is best: when to be busy serving, and when to rest at your Son’s feet and learn.  Give us ears to hear you and eyes to see.  For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

Tuesday – Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 26:36-46

Lord God,
The message of the cross is difficult to take.
How can death give way to life? How can weakness be strength?  Yet your word says that Jesus, being God,
took on human flesh and suffered the worst kind of death.

God of love, your son Jesus, suffered and died for me.  I know only that I cannot feel protected from my many weaknesses until I turn to you for forgiveness and your unalterable love.  Help me to share this strength, protection and love with others. Amen

Wednesday – Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 26:27-56 

Lord God,
We tremble to think that it was one of Jesus’ own friends who betrayed him.  One who sat by him, who broke bread with him.

Give us strength, we pray, to walk faithfully with Jesus,
even when the road we walk is rocky.  You, Lord, are always faithful.  We stumble, we become lost, but you are steady and sure.  Give us the grace to endure our troubles, and reveal to us the glory of your kingdom, through your son, Jesus Christ, who lives, and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Thursday (Maundy Thursday) – Holy Week Prayer

John 13:1-17John 13:34-35

Lord God,
You sent your Son into the world, and before his hour had come, he washed his disciples’ feet.

You had given all things into his hands.  He had come from you, and was going to you.  And what did he do?
He knelt down on the floor, and washed his friends’ feet.

He was their teacher and their Lord, yet he washed their feet.  Lord God, help us learn from his example; Help us to do as he has done for us.  Strengthen our hands and our wills for love and for service.  Keep before our eyes the image of your Son, who, being God, became a Servant for our sake.  All glory be

to him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One

God, now and forever. Amen.

Friday (Good Friday) – Holy Week Prayer

John 18:1-40John 19:1-42

Lord God,
Jesus cried out to you on the cross, “Why have you forsaken me?”  You seemed so far from his cry and from his distress. Those who stood at the foot of the cross wondered where you were, as they saw Jesus mocked and shamed and killed.

Lord God,
We, too, ask where you are, when there is trouble and suffering and death, and we cry out to you for help.  Sometimes our

lives seem a succession of Friday’s and we cannot see what is “Good.”  Teach us to call your name as Jesus did and help us to trust in you like little children.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Saturday (Holy Saturday) – Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 17:1-6

Lord God,
On the Sabbath, Jesus rested. He was in the grave.  He had finished his work.  To most people’s eyes, it looked as if it were all over.  He was dead and buried. But only as a seed dies when it is planted in the earth, not to decay, but to spring to new life.

Teach us to take refuge in you when we are afraid.
Teach us that death is not our end.  Teach us to hope always in you and in the resurrection, the making of all things
new.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Sunday – (Easter/Resurrection Sunday) – Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 28

Lord God,
You loved this world so much, that you gave your one and only Son, that we might be called your children too.  Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace of Easter Sunday, every day. 

Let us have hearts of thankfulness for your sacrifice.

Let us have eyes that look upon your grace and rejoice in our salvation.  Help us to walk in that mighty grace
and tell your good news to the world.  All for your glory do we pray, Lord, Amen.

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