Reading and Prayer – April 2

The Readings this week are taken from our Stations of the Cross service, which will be held on Friday. May this journey lead us not only to the cross, but to the Empty Tomb.

Reading:

11. Jesus speaks to his mother and disciple -John 19:25-27

               Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 

               When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” 

               And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

12. Jesus dies on the cross – Mark 15:33-39

               When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 

               When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 

               Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 

               Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

Prayer:

Our Lord God

On this Good Friday we remember with remorse

               and with gratitude

               the agony and shame, the darkness and desolation, 

               which you endured on Calvary for us

               and for the redemption of humanity.

As we meet under the shadow of your cross 

               we ask you to help us

               to understand something more of what it cost you, 

               the Holy One, to bear away our sin.

As we learn, may we love and serve you better,

               our only Mediator and most merciful Redeemer, 

               to whom be glory forever.

Lord Jesus, we praise you for your redeeming love

               and all that you have done for us.

As we bow in remorse and repentance before the cross 

               we gratefully acknowledge the debt we owe. 

For ours was the sin you bore, ours the ransom you paid, 

               ours the salvation you won.

It was your love, Lord Jesus, 

               that caused you to be nailed to the cross.

It was your love that held you there 

               when you might have called for legions of angels.

It was your love that pleaded for your murderers 

               and prayed “Father, forgive them.”

And it is confident of your love, that we pray for forgiveness.

Hear our silent prayers of confession, O Lord.