Monday, March 25, 2013

Readings for Holy Week

Hello Everyone,

The week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday is generally known as Holy Week. We often focus attention to just three days of this week: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. There is good reason for this because the Last Supper was on Thursday, the crucifixion was on Friday, and the return of resurrected Jesus happened on Sunday. But let’s not forget the other days. The churches have assigned readings for all of the days of this important week. So, without comment, I offer you all of the readings and pray that you will take some time each day to read from your Bibles.

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

Holy Tuesday
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 71:1-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:20-36

Holy Wednesday
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12:1-3
John 13:21-32

Maundy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10), 11-14
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35

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

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

Easter Eve Vigil (The time between sunset on Saturday and sunrise on Sunday)
Old Testament Readings and Psalms
Genesis 1:1–2:4a; Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26 or Psalm 33
Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13; Psalm 46
Genesis 22:1-18; Psalm 16
Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21; Exodus 15:1b-13, 17-18
Isaiah 55:1-11; Isaiah 12:2-6
Ezekiel 36:24-28; Psalm 42
Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 143

New Testament Reading and Psalm
Romans 6:3-11; Psalm 114

Gospel Reading
Luke 24:1-12

Easter Sunday
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12

I pray that we all may take the time to reflect on the importance of this special week. I pray that the Holy Spirit may blessed this Holy Week for you.

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Gary Taylor

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