Over the last three weeks I have posted outlines for Morning and Evening Prayer from the Daily Office Lectionary in the Book of Common Prayer. I will no longer continue to do this. I have been reading a lot about taking on new things and giving things up during this time. For me, re-typing the lectionary is something I do not need to be doing now, when it is available many other places to look up. If you have trouble doing it, I hope you will contact me and I will teach you and answer your questions so that you can look up the readings, too!
The Daily Office Lectionary can be found on page 957 of the Book of Common Prayer– There, you can find readings for each day like I have posted in the past three weeks. When I pray the office this week, I will be using those readings. Read my guide to the Daily Office for more information on how to select the prayerbook readings. Scroll down to the section on “Reading Scripture” and “Psalms (The Psalter).” If you do not have a copy, you can find the Book of Common Prayer online here. (And select Daily Office Lectionary–>Lent and scroll to the bottom to find Holy Week)
For Episcopalians, each day of Holy Week is “a day of special devotion,” and comes with its own collect. Today is Palm Sunday, or The Sunday of the Passion. The second half of the week includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday: the Triduum, three days of preparation for Easter Day. If your church does not have a digital offering, consider reading the liturgies for these days in the Prayer Book, starting on page 274, as part of your daily prayer.
For more about remembering Holy Week in this time, read my last post on grief and Holy Week.
The Collect for Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, 219