Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have brought hope to the world.

-From the prayer at the beginning of Holy Week from the Book of Common Prayer


Monday, April 15:

Psalm 36:5-11; Isaiah 42:1-9; Hebrews 9:11-15; John 12:1-11

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.  Amen.

­-The Prayer for the Monday in Holy Week from the Book of Common Prayer.


Tuesday, April 16:

Psalm 71:1-14; Isaiah 49:1-7; I Corinthians 1:18031; John 12:20-36

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world to himself:  Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross daily and follow him.  Amen.

-The Prayer for Holy Cross Day from the Book of Common Prayer.


Wednesday, April 17:

Psalm 70; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Hebrews 12:1-13; John 13:21-32

While we were still your enemies, Lord Jesus Christ, you suffered and died for us and the whole world, winning victory over death.  Give us grace to lift you up as we follow the way of your cross this day, so that all people may be drawn to you and know your reconciling and healing grace, mercy, and love.  Amen.

-Adapted from Common Prayer, by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro


Thursday, April 18 (Maundy Thursday):

Psalm 116:1, 10-17; Exodus 12:1-14; I Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-7, 31b-35

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood:  Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirt, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

-The Prayer for Maundy Thursday from the Book of Common Prayer


Lord Jesus Christ, you knelt to wash our feet.  Teach us to humbly serve one another and our neighbors so that the world may know we are your disciples.  Amen.

-From Common Prayer by Claiborne, Wilson-Hartgrove, and Okora


Friday, April 19 (Good Friday):

Psalm 22; Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18:1-19:42

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set your passion, cross, and death between your judgment and our souls, now and in the hour of our death.  Give mercy and grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; to your holy Church peace and concord; and to us sinners everlasting life and glory; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

-Closing Prayer from the Good Friday Liturgy


Saturday, April 20 (Holy Saturday):

Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16; Job 14:1-14; I Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66

O God, Creator of heaven and earth:  Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

-The Prayer for Holy Saturday from the Book of Common Prayer


Sunday, April 21 (The Feast of the Resurrection; Easter Day):

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34-43; I Corinthians 1519-26; John 20:1-18

Jesus Christ is risen today…Alleluia!

Our Triumphant holy day…Alleluia!

Who did once upon the cross…Alleluia!

Suffer to redeem our loss…Alleluia!

-A Latin hymn of anonymous origin from the 14th-century, first translated into English by John Baptist Walsh in 1708; later amended by Charles Wesley