Holy Wednesday 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
In God I trust; I shall not | be afraid.*
What can man | do to me?

Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples | on me;*
all day long an attacker op- | presses me;

my enemies trample on me | all day long,*
for many attack me | proudly.

When I | am afraid,*
I put my | trust in you.

In God, whose word I praise, in | God I trust;
I shall not | be afraid.*

In God I trust; I shall not | be afraid.*
What can man | do to me?

COLLECT
Merciful and everlasting God, You did not spare Your only Son but delivered Him up for us all to bear our sins on the cross. Grant that our hearts may be so fixed with steadfast faith in Him that we fear not the power of sin, death, and the devil; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

PSALM
Psalm 70:1-5 (ESV)

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 62:11-63:7 (ESV)

EPISTLE
Romans 5:6-11 (ESV)

GOSPEL
Luke 22:1-23:56 (ESV)

LORD’S PRAYER

PRAYERS FOR OTHERS AND OURSELVES
Suggested additional prayer for Wednesday: For marriage and for family, that husbands and wives, parents and children live in ordered harmony according to the Word of God; for parents who must raise children alone; for our communities and our neighborhoods.

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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