This Week: March 25 – 29

This Week: Holy Week 2013



Advising for Fall 2013 begins today, March 25, and continues through Thursday, March 28. Registration begins on Monday, April 1. The School of Divinity’s fall course schedule can be accessed on WIN. A summary of Fall 2013 course offerings and selected list of elective descriptions are now available on the Academic Resources page – any schedule updates will be reflected there and on WIN.


Holy Week Reflections

Yesterday was Palm/Passion Sunday.  Many Christian communities observe Holy Week during this week (March 24-30) that leads up to Easter Sunday.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Today, Monday, is known in some traditions as Holy Monday or Great and Holy Monday. The Revised Common Lectionary assigns readings specific to Holy Monday:

Isaiah 42:1-9

Psalm 36:5-11

Hebrews 9:11-15

John 12:1-11

Jeff Shrowder, a retired Minister of The Word of the Uniting Church in Australia shares these Prayers of the People for daily prayer on Holy Monday:

It was on a Monday that Jesus
demonstrated and spoke out against
oppression, exploitation and corruption.
So today we pray,
Holy source of all that is,
comforter of the oppressed and grieving,
strengthen those who fear the terror of the night,
or daily life;
rescue the distressed;
be present to those who call on your name,
to those we named on our lips,
and in the silence of our hearts,
those whose concerns are known only to you;
in Jesus’ name…


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, Tuesday of Holy Week is called Great and Holy Tuesday.

Lectionary readings for the day:

Isaiah 49:1-7

Psalm 71:1-14

I Corinthians 1:18-31

John 12:20-36

A collect for Tuesday of Holy Week from A New Zealand Prayer Book

When all we are and everything we do
are called into question,
grant us dignity and direction,
grant us patience;
Jesus, be there then.

A prayer from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (Consultation on Common Texts):

Faithful Midwife,
as you delivered the Hebrews safely
out of the long labor of salvery,
so, morning by morning,
you draw us forth into the new day.
Surround us with a cloud of witnesses,
and sustain us by your powerful word,
that, in the night of loneliness and fear,
we, being weary, may not lose heart
but push toward the joy that is come,
laboring with Christ
to give birth to your promised kingdom. Amen. 


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Today is Holy Wednesday. In some Christian traditions, Holy Wednesday is called “Spy Wednesday” in reference to the story of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot. Spy Wednesday, according to these traditions, marks the day Judas first plotted with religious leaders to betray Jesus in exchange for thirty silver coins. 

Lectionary Readings for Spy Wednesday:

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalm 70

Hebrews 12:1-3

John 13:21-32


A Collect for Holy Wednesday based on Hebrews 12:1-13:

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
The One who is present from generation to generation.
Forever remind us of the great journey of those who came before us,
So that we may appreciate and be strengthen by the unseen great cloud of witnesses that surrounds and encourages us daily.
In the name of the One who was, is, and is to come again, Jesus the Christ

written by Justin Thomas (MDiv ’13)



A Reflection for Maundy Thursday (March 28, 2013)

Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries, is the day during Holy Week on which Christian communities remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum or commandment and abbreviates the words of Jesus in John 13: 34:  “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

Lectionary readings for Maundy Thursday:

Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10), 11-14

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

I Corinthians 11:23-26

John 11:1-17, 31b-35

Collect for Maundy Thursday:

Ever-present Christ,
You kissed our ruddy cheeks, massaged our aching feet, and called us ‘little children.’
Envelope us wholly in this warm and pregnant darkness,
So that we will remember your redeeming touch in our intimate moments of pain.
In love eternal,

written by Lindsey Mullen (student in the Introduction to Worship and Liturgical Theology class)


A Reflection for Good Friday (March 29, 2013)

On Good Friday, Christians around the world remember the death of Jesus at Calvary. Some communities pray the Stations of the Cross or mark the day with services of worship based on the “seven last words from the cross.” Others hold a prayer service from midday to 3:00pm, the “Three Hours’ Agony.” Many Moravians hold a Lovefeast on Good Friday. 

Lectionary readings for Good Friday:

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Psalm 22

Hebrews 10:16-25

Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9

John 18:1-19:42

Collects for Good Friday:

Ever-present God,
Who promised to never leave us nor forsake us,
Please hear our cries, and answer our calls in our hour of need,
That we may not be overtaken by the stresses of this world.
In the name of our conquering King, Jesus the Christ,

based on Psalm 22; written by Justin Thomas (student in Introduction to Worship and Liturgical Theology class)

God of unconditional love, advocate for justice, and stronghold in life’s greatest storms 
stand with us in the darkness of this day, 
stand with us when our fears overcome us and we harm others
stand with us when we lose our faith and deny your name
stand with us at the foot of the cross as we cry out within a dark and confusing world
stand with us as we hold and anoint the broken body of our own failures 
May your presence grant us strength and peace within this darkness
In the name of the one who loves us to the point of death, even death on a cross.

written by Abby Pratt (student in Introduction to Worship and Liturgical Theology class) 


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Blessings on the week ahead,

  Jill Crainshaw
  Associate Dean for Academic Affairs