The Priesthood at Prayer

For the Week of 6 Easter 2020

The following order is offered as a guide for your daily devotions.  Other suitable liturgical orders are Responsive Prayer I and II (LSB pp. 282ff) and Daily Prayer (LSB, pp. 294ff).  This may be prayed alone or with other members of your household, one person serving as leader (L), the rest as the congregation (C).

1.  In remembrance of your Baptism, trace the sign of the holy cross (forehead, heart, left shoulder, right shoulder) and say: 
L:  In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.   
C:  Amen.

2.  Pray the Apostles’ Creed and the Our Father together.

3.  Speak or chant the appointed Psalm 66:8-20

4.  Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest one or more of the readings from Holy Scripture. 

May 17Numbers 3:1-16,39-48Luke 14:25-15:10
May 18Numbers 8:5-26Luke 15:11-32
May 19Numbers 9:1-23Luke 16:1-18
May 20Numbers 10:11-36Luke 16:19-31
May 21Numbers 11:1-23,31-35Luke 17:1-19
May 22Numbers 11:24-29; 12:1-16Luke 17:20-37
May 23Numbers 13:1-3,17-33Luke 18:1-17

5.  Recite and learn by heart the following portion of the Small Catechism. 

The Sacrament of the Altar IV

Who receives this sacrament worthily?
Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine outward training.  But that person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words:  “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” But anyone who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words “for you” require all hearts to believe.  

6.  Sing the Hymn of the Week or another hymn appropriate for the day or season.

7.  Pray. Begin with the Collect from Sunday:

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 humility 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. Amen.

Continue with whatever cares you wish to address.  Themes for daily prayer are helpful to establish a pattern of intercessory prayer for others and for ourselves.

Sunday: For the joy of the resurrection; for godly worship, faithful preaching and hearing
Monday: For a living faith in vocation, for good government, for our  community
Tuesday: For deliverance from temptation; for the addicted, depressed, and despairing
Wednesday: For the sanctity of holy marriage, for families, for the unborn, the elderly
Thursday: For the right use of Christ’s Body and Blood; for humility in service
Friday: For the preaching of the cross of Christ, for the dying, and for a blessed death
Saturday: For faithfulness to God’s Word, for receptive hearts and minds

(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.

8.  Conclude with this blessing:
L:  Let us bless the Lord. C:  Thanks be to God.

L:  The Lord Almighty order our days and our deeds in His peace.  Amen.

L:  The Lord bless us, defend us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.


READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Acts 1:12-26; 1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11; John 17:1-11

Our Lord Jesus Is with Us in the Upper Room of His Church on Earth

On the night when He was betrayed, our Lord Jesus prayed for His apostles and His Church on earth. “The hour” had come when the Father would glorify His Son by the cross (John 17:1). Through the shedding of His blood, He would bring forgiveness for the sins of the world, and in His resurrection and ascension He would unite all Christians with the Father “that they may be one” with God (John 17:11). He manifested His name to the apostles and gave them the words of the Father to speak in His name. The apostolic witness of His cross and resurrection (Acts 1:21–22) gathers disciples together “with one accord” into the one Body of Christ (Acts 1:14). “Devoting themselves to prayer,” they wait upon the Lord in “the upper room” (Acts 1:13–14), the place of His Holy Supper. Strengthened by the Gospel, Christians bear the cross of Christ in patience and peace, rejoicing to share in His suffering, in order that they “may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:13).