It Is Well with My Soul: The Sacred Roots Annual 2022-2023


T he O bservance of H oly W eek

M aundy T hursday April 6, 2023


Holy Week recalls the events of our Lord’s suffering and death. We recall his triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, his giving of the commandments on Maundy Thursday, his crucifixion and burial on Good Friday, and the solemn vigil of Saturday night before Easter Sunday.

TODAY’S THEME A New Commandment, John 13.1-17, 31-35

Knowing that his time to die had finally come – for him to leave the world and return to the Father’s throne – Jesus knew his death and resurrection were close by. At the Passover evening meal gathering, Jesus knew at that moment that the Father had given all things to him, that he had come from God and would return to God. At this time, he arose from supper, laid aside his outer garments, took a towel, and tied it around his waist. He poured water into a basin and started to wash his disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel wrapped around him. This would serve as a model of care and humility that every disciple should show others. A new command was given: to love each other as Jesus himself had loved them. This love demonstrated authentic spiritual rebirth, and would be a sign that a person truly knew God as Lord. Love for one another is now the commandment of Christ to his own. D aily D evotional G uide P reparing O ur H earts Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him

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