Week 19: Monday of Holy Week

Six days before his final Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus lived, and at dinner Mary anointed his feet with expensive ointment, wiping his feet with her hair. While Judas protested that such ointment could have been sold and the proceeds given to the poor, Jesus affirmed her gracious act, for he said that she kept the ointment for the day of his burial. For while they might always do alms for the poor who would continually be with them, they would not always have him in their midst.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

O Lord God, whose dear and blessed Son was anointed by his disciple Mary for the day of his burial, grant us a similar heart to sacrifice our best and most costly gifts and possessions for the sake of his name. For Christ’s sake, amen.

Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, amen.

Te Deum Laudamus 
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.

Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)

Gloria Patri
Glory be to the Father,
And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning,
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, amen.

Chronological Holy Week Readings

Because the current church year has 53 weeks instead of the usual 52, we will focus on the chronological Holy Week readings this week, and resume the chronological Bible readings next week.

Monday of Holy Week: Matt. 21.18-19; Mark 11.12-19

Lectionary Readings for the Day
Psalm: Ps. 36.5-11
OT: Isa. 42.1-9
Gospel: John 12.1-11
NT: Heb. 9.11-15

(Click here for all readings)

Reflection: Silence and/or Journaling

The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).

Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.

Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.

Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

~ Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)

Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.


Lord Jesus, conform us to your image, granting to us the same kind of heart, obedience, and submission to your Father’s will as you demonstrated in your quiet yet resolute commitment to endure the Cross for the sake of humankind. In your name we pray, amen.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Lord, may we, in humility and devotion, sacrifice our best for you even as Mary did, anointing your feet with the ointment.

We are born with the need to be seen and approved. And God wants to give us His divine approval. When we worship Him, He will do this wholeheartedly by blessing us.

~ Vernon Whaley, Called to Worship: The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God’s Call. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2009. p. 8.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
But If It Dies, John 12.20-36

Book Reading
Whaley, Called to Worship

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