A moment of contemplation for yourself or on behalf of others on everything from the life-altering to the mundane.

Prayer: A conversation with The Higher Other who lives within each of us. An invitation to vent, to re-think, to ask, and to rest.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Prayers for Lent, Thursday in Holy Week

Readings: Ex 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14; Ps 116:1, 10-17; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Jn 13:1-7, 31b-35

              For the Passover, God, through Moses and Aaron, promised protection to all whose homes displayed the blood of a sacrificed lamb and proclaimed it a day of remembrance forever.
         On this night, Jesus knew his earthly life was coming to an end. In his Last Supper with the Disciples, he gave us the mystery of the sacrament of His Body and Blood ~ the Eucharist ~ as a New Covenant with God, a perpetual remembrance of Him as the blood sacrifice for the redemption of us. On this night, Jesus surprised his Disciples by washing their feet, as a servant would do, to show them humility. And on this night, he told them that Judas would betray him, and, that Peter would deny him 3 times.

               The name for this day varies with Christian worship traditions: Holy Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, or even Thursday of Mysteries. The Anglican/Episcopal tradition calls it Maundy Thursday which some think may come from the Latin mendicare for beg or, from mandatum for mandate or command.
              On this night, Jesus said, I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
Jesus, Lamb of God,
         We always remember Your sacrifice when we gather together for the Holy Eucharist. Tonight in our time, we will also remember You in the Garden of Gethsemane with the disciples who could not stay awake with You for even one hour. I do understand them a little. I always get sleepy when I'm afraid and I'm sure I'd have been afraid that night, it all must have seemed so strange and mysterious to them. Even this night after a busy day with all manner of must do now things going on, it's hard to imagine having to find a way to stay awake all night, in fear, outside, to watch someone else pray for something you aren't even sure of. Would I have had the prayer words I'd need?  Do I have them now? Jesus, help me stay awake with you even for a few minutes. Let me find the words to say. I could begin with, "Lord Jesus, my Savior, thank You for all You have done for me and for all of us. Help me to be a reflection of Your love and humility in this world so that I may rightly be known as a disciple, as a Christian." And maybe, for another few minutes, I can just breathe in praying Lord Jesus, Son of God, and breathe out praying, Have mercy on me, a sinner.  amen. 

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