Holy Monday Devotion

To assist you in your meditations on Christ’s passion this Holy Week we will post this short order for private and family devotion each day. They will include Introit, Collect, and Readings for the day. You can listen to the audio for the linked readings if you click on the “play” button at the top left-hand corner of the ESV online webpage.

Introit
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am | in distress;*
my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body | also.

For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with | sighing;*
my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones | waste away.

Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my ac- | quaintances;*
those who see me in the street | flee from me.

For I hear the whispering of many—terror on | every side!—*
as they scheme together against me, as they plot to | take my life.

But I trust in you, | O LORD;*
I say, “You | are my God.”

My times are | in your hand;*
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my perse- | cutors!

Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am | in distress;*
my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body | also.

COLLECT
Almighty God, grant that in the midst of our failures and weaknesses we may be restored through the passion and intercession of Your only-begotten Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

PSALM
Psalm 36:5-10 (ESV)

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 50:5-10 (ESV)

EPISTLE
Hebrews 9:11-15

GOSPEL
Matthew 26:1-27:66 (ESV)

LORD’S PRAYER

PRAYERS FOR OTHERS AND OURSELVES
Suggested additional prayer for Monday: Pray for faith to live this week in the promises of Holy Baptism; for one’s vocations and daily work; for the unemployed; for the salvation and well-being of our neighbors; for schools, colleges, and seminaries; for good government and for peace.

LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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.

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LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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.

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