The Priesthood at Prayer

For Holy Week 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 into Jesus Christ, 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.

3.  Speak or chant the appointed Psalm: Psalm 130

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

April 5Exodus 8:1-32Hebrews 1:1-14
April 6Exodus 9:1-25Hebrews 2:1-18
April 7Exodus 9:29-10:20Hebrews 3:1-19
April 8Exodus 10:21-11:10Hebrews 4:1-16
April 9Exodus 12:1-28Hebrews 5:1-14
April 10Exodus 12:29-32;13:1-16Hebrews 6:1-20
April 11Exodus 13:17-14:9Hebrews 7:1-22

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

Confession and Absolution

What sins should we confess?
Before God we should plead guilty of all sins, even those we are not aware of, as we do in the Lord’s Prayer; but before the pastor (confessor) we should confess only those sins which we know and feel in our hearts.

Which are these?
Consider your place in life according to the Ten Commandments:  Are you a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife or worker?  Have you been disobedient, unfaithful, or lazy?  Have you been hot-tempered, rude, or quarrelsome?  Have you hurt someone by your words or deeds?  Have you stolen, been negligent, wasted anything, or done any harm?

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 aged, the weak

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 the fallen, erring and lapsed, for receptive hearts and minds, for your pastor as he prepares to preach and preside

(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.

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

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

Next Sunday

READINGS: Acts 10:34-43; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10

The Victory of Christ Crucified Is Given to You in the Preaching of His Resurrection

Every Sunday is the Lord’s day, the day of His resurrection, “after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week” (Matt. 28:1). In the Divine Service, the Church enters upon the eternal “eighth day.” The Lord Jesus, “who was crucified,” who “has risen, as he said” (Matt. 28:5–6), is the firstborn from the dead and the firstfruits of the new creation. Because “you have died” with Him in Holy Baptism, “you have been raised with Christ” and “your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:1, 3). The Lord Jesus has become our God, as surely as He is “the God of all the clans of Israel,” and we now belong to His people (Jer. 31:1). In this, He “shows no partiality” (Acts 10:34), but “everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name” (Acts 10:43). As “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power” and “raised him on the third day,” He also raises us up and pours out His Spirit upon us through the Gospel (Acts 10:38, 40).