Posted by Sheila Thomasson

During the season of Lent, most of us have made an effort to increase our devotional practices because it is the tradition of our church and because we know how valuable any and all time is that we spend in the presence of God through worship, prayer and scriptural reading. I hope and pray this Lenten season has been a time when you have found yourself being renewed in your faith and energized in your devotion. With Lent being a church season lasting forty days, it seems long as we begin it, but by the time it concludes we usually wish for many more days of intentional and prayerful devotion.
Now we enter April, and our Lenten journey is almost over. We are only weeks from Holy Week, and the “Three Days” comprising Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil and Day. Entering Holy Week, the focus of our devotional life could very well change as the activities surrounding our Lord become more intense as he enters Jerusalem. In light of the movement of our Lord from triumphal entry to crucifixion, death, and burial, I would like to offer you a formula for your Holy Week Devotions. I believe that if you will practice this daily devotion, you will find yourself prepared to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord on Easter Day. This devotion will call upon the Seven Last Words of Our Lord from the Cross.
Begin your devotion by finding a quiet space for your moments of reflection. Then pray the Lord’s Prayer. Now open your Bible to the appointed phrase for that day, and read the phrase and perhaps the verses immediately preceding and following the verse. Be still. Close your eyes and picture that moment in the life of our Lord, knowing that he goes to the cross for our sins. Then pray the Lord’s Prayer again. I believe if we can do this, a difference will be made in us and in our preparation to celebrate Easter. Here is the list – God’s blessings:
Palm Sunday, April 13 “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34
Monday in Holy Week, April 14 “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43
Tuesday in Holy Week, April 15 “Woman, behold your son. Behold your mother.” John 19:26-27
Wednesday in Holy Week, April 16 “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46
Maundy Thursday, April 17 “I thirst.” John 19:28
Good Friday, April 18 “It is finished.” John 19:30
Saturday, April 19 “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Luke 23:46
Then, on Easter Sunday, wake up and join all Christians throughout the world as we proclaim the Resurrection of Our Lord. Join with your brothers and sisters in Christ here at St. John’s as together we proclaim, “Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!”
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