Our Sacred Roots: The Priesthood of All Believers


T he O bservance of H oly W eek

Good Friday April 15, 2022


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 Wounded for Our Transgression, Isaiah 52.13-53.12

Jesus of Nazareth is the suffering Servant who is rejected and despised, but is destined to be exalted and glorified. He will be rejected by his own, chastised for their transgressions, and suffer harm for the sin the nation has committed. He will lay down his life voluntarily, and many will be appalled and astonished at his sacrifice, but he will carry out his sacrifice for the Lord. He will act wisely, win redemption for those who cling to him, and be highly exalted by God for his willing sacrifice for sin.

Daily Devotional Guide Preparing Our Hearts

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation Merciful and Everlasting God, who hast not spared thine only Son, but delivered him up for us all that he might bear our sins upon the Cross, grant that our hearts may be so fixed with steadfast faith in him that we may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

~ The Book of English Collects, 1549, in Roger Geffen, The Handbook of Public Prayer . NewYork, NY: The Macmillan Company, 1963. p. 81.

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