Holy Tuesday prayers and readings

Below is a short meditation for Holy Tuesday 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: Tuesday in Holy Week is traditionally the day when we reflect upon Jesus’s dispute with the religious leaders of Jerusalem. When Jesus entered as king riding upon the lowly donkey, he was quickly rejected by the religious leaders. But Jesus rebukes the Pharisees and declares that he is the light of the world that they must believe in.

Many in the world who are prestigious and leaders among us seem wise. But if they reject the Lord Jesus Christ, they have rejected the light from God. Let us strive this week to become more like the little children who received him so joyfully as they cried out “Hosanna to the Son of David!”

Scripture to Prepare for Prayer:

Isaiah 53:6: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to the his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Collect for Holy Tuesday: O Lord our God, whose blessed Son gave his back to be whipped and did not hide his face from shame and spitting; Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Appointed Psalm: 

Psalm 71:1-12

1 In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; let me never be ashamed.

2 In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; incline your ear to me and save me.

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; you are my crag and my stronghold.

4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.

5 For you are my hope, O LORD God, my confidence since I was young.

6 I have been sustained by you ever since I was born; from my mother’s womb you have been my strength; my praise shall be always of you.

7 I have become a portent to many; but you are my refuge and my strength.

8 Let my mouth be full of your praise and your glory all the day long.

9 Do not cast me off in my old age; forsake me not when my strength fails.

10 For my enemies are talking against me, and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together.

11 They say, “God has forsaken him; go after him and seize him;

12 O God, be not far from me; * come quickly to help me, O my God

Old Testament Reading:

Isaiah 49:1-6: Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. 2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away. 3 And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” 4 But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the LORD, and my recompense with my God.” 5 And now the LORD says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him—for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD, and my God has become my strength— 6 he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Epistle Reading: 

1 Corinthians 1:18-31: 18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Gospel Reading:

John 12:37-38,42-50: 37 Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” 42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. 44 And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have  come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment— what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”

Closing Scripture for Meditation: 

Psalm 2:10-12: Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

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