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Silhouettes of Three CrossesScripture

Luke 22: 14-23

When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.  He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves;  for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.  But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!”

Then they began to ask one another, which one of them it could be who would do this.

 

Prayer for the Day

Dear Lord,

Gratitude.  We are filled with gratitude for how you feed and nurture us.  Even though you know that there will be times when we’ll turn away from you, still, you offer us your body, your all.  Today we remember how you gathered your disciples in that upper room.  What if we go through this day mindful that tonight, we will be having dinner with you?  What anticipation!  What joy! What gratitude.

Amen.

palm 1Scripture – Luke 19:35-40

Then they brought [the colt] to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.   As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road.

As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.”

He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”

Prayer for the Day

Dear God,

Forgive us for the times when we are silent when we need to speak.   For the times when we face an injustice but just look the other way.  For the times when a word of faith and comfort is needed, but we are mute instead.   For the times that need a witness to Christ, but it’s just easier or more comfortable to let the occasion pass.  Lord, from the earliest of days, people you have called have at times questioned or doubted their ability to speak in your name.  Give us today the assurance, the faith, the courage, and the delight of speaking out for your love, grace, mercy and truth.

Amen

palm 1Sacred Writing 

“As the eleventh hour draws near, that particular passage from scripture is read in which the children bearing palms and branches came forth to meet the Lord, saying:  “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”  The bishop and all the people rise immediately, and then everyone walks down from the top of the Mount of Olives, with the people preceding the bishop and responding continually with “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord” to the hymns and antiphons.  All the children who are present here, including those who are not yet able to walk because they are too young and therefore are carried on their parents’ shoulders, all of them bear branches, some carrying palms, others, olive branches.  And the bishop is led in the same manner as the Lord once was led.  From the top of the mountain as far as the city, and from there through the entire city as far as the Anastasis, everyone accompanies the bishop the whole way on foot, and this includes distinguished ladies and men of consequence, reciting the responses all the while.”

Egeria, from her journal from the 4th Century, written while in Jerusalem

 

Prayer for the Day

Dear Lord,

As we draw close to Palm Sunday and Holy Week, we give thanks for the centuries upon centuries of Christian witness to our Savior.   We are a part of that thread.  What will we do to pass that witness on?  Will we sing and wave branches this Sunday in remembrance of our Lord?   What might we do today – at work, at school, at home, in our community — to witness to the place that Christ has in our lives?

Amen