The following are readings and devotional homilies for each day in Holy Week. You may use the orders of Matins, Morning Prayer, Vespers, Evening Prayer, Compline, Daily Prayer (LSB p. 294ff) from your hymnal, or the Priesthood at Prayer .
Holy Monday – 6 April 2020
Readings: Isaiah 50:5-10; Hebrews 9:11-16; John 12:1-23
Holy Tuesday – 7 April 2020
Readings: Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 12:23-50
Holy Wednesday – 8 April 2020
Readings: Isaiah 62:11-63:7; Romans 5:6-11; John 13:16-38
Holy Thursday – 9 April 2020
Readings: Exodus 12:1-14; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32; John 13:1-17
Good Friday – 10 April 2020
Readings: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42
Holy Saturday – 11 April 2020
Readings: Daniel 6:1-24; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66
The following service order is intend for use in the home at this time when the coangregation cannot gather. It may be lead by a family member, or if you live alone, you may use it by yourself, in which case, simply say all parts. This is not intended as a substitute for the Divine Service of the gathered church, but as a provision for household devotion and prayer. You may also use the orders of Matins, Morning Prayer, Vespers, Evening Prayer, or Compline depending on the time of day. For a simple service order, see Daily Prayer (LSB p. 294ff) .
Leader: This is the day which the Lord has made; Response: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
L: From the rising of the sun to its setting, R: the name of the Lord is to be praised. L: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord R: We bless you from the house of the Lord. L: Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, R: That the King of glory may come in. L: Who is this King of glory? R: The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD , mighty in battle. L: Who is this King of glory? R: The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! L: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! R: W bless you from the house of the Lord. L: From the rising of the sun to its setting, R: the name of the Lord is to be praised.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.
L: Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your son, our SAvior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humlity and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. R: Amen.
READINGS FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE
Isaiah 50:4-9a – The beaten and despised Servant of the Lord Philippians 2:5-11 – Christ’s emptying, humbling, and exaltation Matthew 21:1-11 – Jesus’ messianic entry into Jersualem
L: Christ entered once for all into the holy places, by means of His own blood, R: thus securing an eternal redemption. L: Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, R: so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance. L: He sent redemption to his people; R: he has commanded his covenant forever.
HYMN – All Glory, Laud, and Honor (LSB 442)
SERMON – “Hosanna! – What Does This Mean?”
The Apostles’ Creed (confessed together)
L: In peace, let us pray to the Lord, R: Lord, have mercy. L: For the gift of divine peace and of pardon, with all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord, R: Lord, have mercy. For the holy Church, here and scattered throughout the world, and for the proclamation of the Gospel and the calling of all to faith, let us pray to the Lord; R: Lord, have mercy. L: For this nation, for our cities and communities, and for the common welfare of us all, let us pray to the Lord; R: Lord, have mercy. L: For seasonable weather and for the fruitfulness of the earth, let us pray to the Lord; R: Lord, have mercy. L: For those who labor, for those whose work is difficult or dangerous, and for all who travel, let us pray to the Lord; R: Lord, have mercy. L: For all those in need, for the hungry and homeless, for the widowed and orphaned, and for all those in prison, let us pray to the Lord; R: Lord, have mercy. L: For the sick and the dying, and for all those who care for them, let us pray to the Lord; R: Lord, have mercy. L: For [insert any additional bids, others may also contribute their own bids in the same form for all manner of people, needs, and circunstances] … let us pray to the Lord; R: Lord, have mercy. L: Finally, for these and all our needs of body and soul, let us pray to the Lord; R: Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
The Our Father (prayed together)
L: Blessed Lord, You have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning. Grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and take them to heart that, by the patience and comfort of Your holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. R: Amen
(Morning) I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.
(Evening) I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.
L: Let us bless the Lord. R: Thanks be to God.
L: The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the +Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve us. R: Amen.
WORSHIP IN A TIME OF DIASPORA (Scattering) Lutheran Service Book, p. 151
In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we havce left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy Name. Amen.
In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for His sake God forgives us all our sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit. May the Lord, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
INTROIT THE GREAT LITANY (LSB, 288) THE COLLECT OF THE DAY (p. 156)
OLD TESTAMENT READING: Isaiah 42:14-21 Gradual EPISTLE READING: Ephesians 5:8-14 “Return to the Lord” THE HOLY GOSPEL: John 9:1-41
[HYMN OF THE DAY #571 God Loved the World So That He Gave]
SERMON – So Who Sinned? THE NICENE CREED (p. 158) THE PRAYERS THE OUR FATHER BENEDICTION