This week we remember the final week of Jesus’s life. Too often we can go from the shouts of praise of Palm Sunday to the triumph of the resurrection with little reflection, consideration, or involvement of the seven days that fall between these major events. The prayers that follow below are intended to help us be conscious of and enter into Jesus’s final week leading up to his betrayal, suffering, crucifixion, death, and burial.
God, as we walk through Holy Week, may we remember that beyond sin there is love inexhaustible, beyond death there is life unimaginable, beyond brokenness there is forgiveness incomprehensible, beyond betrayal there is grace poured out eternally. May we remember and give thanks. Amen.
Dawn to Dark, p. 244
God, as we walk through this week we recognize it is not life as usual. This week we remember your last week on earth, which ended with your death on a cross and your being laid dead in a tomb. As we walk with you through this final week may we grow in holiness; may we deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow you. We long to grow in our trust in, love for, and devotion to you, our one true and living God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dawn to Dark, p. 245
*The first prayer is an opening prayer. It is suitable for you to pray first thing in the morning, as a prayer of blessing over a meal, or as a call to worship in a public setting. The second prayer is intended to be prayed throughout the day as a way to join your heart with your sisters and brothers who make up the body of Christ.