Holy Week Shadows || Friday Mid-Day, April 10, 2020

Use this video to guide you through tonight’s devotion and/or use the liturgy below. To do this liturgy on your own, you will need an unadorned candle. Light the candle, then begin the liturgy. If you do not have a candle, you can simple follow along with the video or read the liturgy to yourself. The music at the end of this post is not included in the devotional video so as to abide by proper copyright usage.


Liturgy for Home Devotions

As we continue through Holy Week, shadows lengthen. As we count down the days till the breaking dawn of resurrection morning, we pause to remember Christ’s passion and bear witness to the growing darkness around us.

As the shadows grow around us, may we have courage to never lose hope and to not be afraid of the dark.

May we with the Psalmist declare:

The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Should I fear anyone?
The Lord is a fortress protecting my life.
Should I be frightened of anything?
(Psalm 27:1, Common English Bible)

Today we face the shadow of suffering.

Reading: John 19:28-30

28 After this, knowing that everything was already completed, in order to fulfill the scripture, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was nearby, so the soldiers soaked a sponge in it, placed it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips.30 When he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed.”Bowing his head, he gave up his life.

Prayer

Suffering Savior, 
in all our thirst, in all our sickness, in all our longing, in all our pain, you are there. Come alongside us in the darkness, and walk with us through all our suffering.

Silence
Extinguish Candle
Amen
Hymn: “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen”
Erich Overhultz, piano

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