Sunday, March 28 – Saturday, April 3
Welcome to your prayer journey for Holy Week.
Our path is a hard one this year. We have our own heaviness, suffering and grief.
Begin at the Labyrinth.
Before beginning, breathe deeply!
Repeat a few times: Psalm 46:10
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know.
Slowly pray the Labyrinth, aware of your breath, the chimes, the breeze, the birds, and the presence of God.
Mark 14:43-46 Immediately, while Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. Then they laid hands on him and arrested him.
Walk slowly to the cross.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
Think about the climb to Calvary shouldering the heavy cross, the pain of each step, the shouting of the crowd, the tears of those that followed from Bethany, the suffering of our Lord for our sake.
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said,
“It is finished.”
Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
Pause at the cross.
If there is a word that you need to leave here on a black rock – feel free to do so.
Close with this or any prayer: Jesus, Help us to face the difficulties of life with honesty about ourselves, the people in our lives, and the conditions of the world. Give us courage to set out into the world anyway. Give us a sense of peace based on the knowledge that we are never alone. Ever. You are always with us. We are always with you! Amen.