Morning Prayer: 21 March – John 12:1-11 ~ the anointed King

Monday of Holy Week

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

Opening Sentence

Jesus said: ‘My soul is sorrowful to the point of death. Wait here and keep awake with me.’

Morning Reading: John 12:1-11 (NLT)

Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus — the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.

Mary anoints Jesus' feet

But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor — he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.

Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus.

Morning Prayer

Christ my Savior: you went up to Jerusalem to redeem me by your death and resurrection. Lord, have mercy on me.

+ You endured the passion and entered into glory; lead me by way of the cross into eternal life.
+ Your heart was pierced with a lance; heal the wounds of my human weakness.
+ You made your cross the tree of life; share your victory with me.
+ You gave salvation to the repentant thief; pardon all my sins.

Almighty God, have mercy on me. Grant that I, who am constantly betrayed by my own weaknesses, may draw the breath of new life from the passion and death of your Only-Begotten Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

“Jesus Lover of My Soul” – Hillsong

Closing Sentence

Now sentence is being passed on this world; now the prince of this world is to be overthrown.

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

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