Below is a short meditation for Holy Monday followed by the Collects and Readings for this day. The Scriptures and Prayers are those appointed by the ACNA 2019 Prayer Book Texts on-line, except for the Closing Scripture, which has been added because of its appropriateness for the day.
Short Meditation: Holy Monday is traditionally known as the day we remember and observe Jesus being anointed with oil by Mary of Bethany. Jesus commends what she has done and said she did it “in preparation of his burial.”
Jesus has set his mind toward the cross, and he is preparing himself to endure it. As Christians called to be his disciples, let us prepare our hearts to give ourselves to the Father’s will, as we endure this life of trails and pains which leads to the glory that awaits us on that eternal Easter morning.
Scripture to prepare for Prayer:
Lamentations 1:12: Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow, which was brought upon me, which the Lord inflicted on the day of his fierce anger.
Collect for Holy Monday: Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
5 Your mercy, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, and your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness stands like the strong mountains; your judgments are like the great deep; you, LORD, shall save both man and beast.
7 How excellent is your mercy, O God! The children of men shall take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
8 They shall be satisfied with the plenteousness of your house, and you shall give them drink from your pleasures as out of a river.
9 For with you is the well of life, and in your light shall we see light.
10 O continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, and your righteousness to those who are true of heart.
Old Testament Reading:
Isaiah 42:1-9: 1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; 3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. 4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. 5 Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: 6 “I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, 7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. 8 I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. 9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
Hebrews 11:39-12:3: 39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. (12:1 ) Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
John 12:1-11: 1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. 3 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. 8 For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” 9 When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.
Closing Scripture for meditation:
Psalm 45:7-8: You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.