Morning Prayer: Psalm 16:9-11; 2 Chronicles 30:2-5; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 ~ lamb of God

Morning Prayer

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

Opening sentence

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

You will find the Lord your God, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Morning readings

Psalm 16:9-11 NLT:

No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

lamb of God stained glass2 Chronicles 30:2-5 NLT:

The king, his officials, and all the community of Jerusalem decided to celebrate Passover a month later than usual. They were unable to celebrate it at the prescribed time because not enough priests could be purified by then, and the people had not yet assembled at Jerusalem.

This plan for keeping the Passover seemed right to the king and all the people. So they sent a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north, inviting everyone to come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover of the Lord, the God of Israel. The people had not been celebrating it in great numbers as required in the Law.

1 Corinthians 5:7-8 NLT:

Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.

Reflection/Prayer:

Jesus and His disciples celebrate the Passover meal a full day earlier than they should, since He knows that if they waited it would not be possible, and He has so desired to share the feast with them, and will not be disappointed. (They are only one day out, after all, and in 2 Chronicles we read how God blessed the reinstitution of Passover even when by force of circumstance His people were a whole month out from the correct date.) Jesus would be on trial all night and nailed to the cross around nine the next morning. Six hours later He died at the exact time when the Passover lambs were also killed.

At the sunset the Preparation would be over and the Passover Feast would begin which must be observed as Sabbath (Leviticus 23:4-8) known as the first day of unleavened bread. Any leaven is carefully hunted for and swept out of a Jewish home before these seven days begin. The soldiers are urged to break the legs of crucified men so they will die more quickly and be removed before the Feast Sabbath begins: Jesus is already dead by now.

He is carried hastily to a borrowed tomb, observed by the women. Between the Feast and the usual weekly Sabbath they have time to prepare the spices for His embalming, then early on the first day of the week, when it is already ‘the third day since all this took place’ they hurry to the tomb and find him gone. Death could not hold him.
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Lamb of GodTwila Paris

Your only Son, no sin to hide / But You have sent Him from Your side / To walk upon this guilty sod / And to become the Lamb of God

Oh, Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God / I love the holy Lamb of God / Oh, wash me in His precious blood / My Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God

Your gift of love, they crucified / They laughed and scorned Him as He died / The humble King, they named a fraud / And sacrificed the Lamb of God

Oh, Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God / I love the holy Lamb of God / Oh, wash me in His precious blood / My Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God

I was so lost, I should have died / But You have brought me to Your side / To be led by Your staff and rod / And to be called a lamb of God

Oh, Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God / I love the holy Lamb of God / Oh, wash me in His precious blood / My Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God

Oh, wash me in His precious blood / My Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God

Canticle

Christ, as a light… illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield… overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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Peanut Gallery: The Morning Prayer readings are from the Daily Office of the Northumbrian Community as available online here… and in the book form, Celtic Daily Prayer available on Amazon.com.

The website and prayer book are rich in prayer resources and I commend them to you. For our purpose here, I will limit my selections to the Morning Prayer resources.



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