Monday, March 26, 2018 — Hearing the Passion

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Weekday Devotional Guides - Love Leads the Way Series over photo of hand writing in a journal

Monday through Wednesday resources are designed to help you and those with whom you choose to gather to spend time with the scriptures for each day, particularly the gospel reading, and to get deeply in touch with the events of that day through a particular sensory mode. Monday will be about hearing. Tuesday will be about seeing. Wednesday will be about physical sensation, including touch.

Prayer for Monday in Holy Week             Book of Common Prayer (Public Domain)

Almighty God, whose dear Son went not up to joy but
first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he
was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way
of the cross, may find it none other that the way of life and
peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.

The Gospel                                                 John 12:1-11

The First Reflection

There are many kinds of sensory details in this story: the texture of the alabaster jar, the smell of the ointment, the touch of Mary applying it to Jesus.

But today, focus deeply on the sounds, those named, and those you can imagine you would hear if you were in the scene: the sound of the alabaster jar opening, the sound of the ointment as it was applied, not just the words but the sounds of the echoes in the room as Jesus and Judas spoke, and the sounds of the chief priests planning to put Jesus to death. Become aware of how all the sounds speak, how they orient you and others present in space and time. Give yourself time to write down all you heard, then share what you heard with those with whom you are sharing this time of reflection.

The Prophet                                              Isaiah 42:1-9

The Second Reflection

After reading or hearing the words of the prophet, what else do you now hear in the gospel reading? Give yourself time to write down your additional reflections, then share what you heard with those with whom you are sharing this time of reflection. 

The Intercessions                                     Prayers of the People at Morning Prayer (BOW, alt)

Together, let us pray
    for the people of this congregation… Hear us, and help us hear and love.
    for those who suffer and those in trouble…  Hear us, and help us hear and love.
    for the concerns of this local community... Hear us, and help us hear and love.
    for the world, its peoples, and its leaders…  Hear us, and help us hear and love.
    for the earth you have given to our care…  Hear us, and help us hear and love.
    for the Church universal—its leaders, its members, and its mission… Hear us, and help us hear and love.
    in communion with the saints… Hear us, and help us hear and love.

In the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray:
The Lord’s Prayer

Prayer for Monday in Holy Week            Book of Common Prayer (Public Domain)

Almighty God, whose dear Son went not up to joy but
first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he
was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way
of the cross, may find it none other that the way of life and
peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen. 

Offer signs of peace to one another, and part in silence.