Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Isaiah 42:1-9, Psalm 36:5-11, Hebrews 9:11-15 and John 12:1-11
Holy Week is the most important week of the Christian year. It is the time when we revisit Christ’s suffering and death in preparation for the resurrection.
Today’s passage in John tells the story of Jesus being anointed by Mary, Lazarus’ sister. Judas Iscariot protested. Jesus replied that she was anointing him for his burial. The oil that Mary used on Jesus’ feet was very costly, and giving it to Jesus was a great sacrifice.
Take a moment to reflect on the sacrifice you can offer to God. Worship is a sacrifice. Too many times we think that church is for us – our wants, our blessings, our desires – when actually it’s for God. Ask God to show you what sacrifices you should be making. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Almighty God, whose dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other that the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.