Lord Jesus, Son of Man, crucified but raised again, you have swallowed up death forever and have revealed to us the mystery of your resurrection and of our resurrection that is yet to come. Let this good news of your victory over death and the grave drive out all doubt and unbelief and fill us with all eagerness and joy; you are the King of Glory and the Lord of Life, and you live and reign with your Father and the Holy Spirit, worthy of all power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise, now and forever.
In some traditions, the Sunday of Holy Week is called Passion Sunday, and the Sunday service features a reading of the whole passion history from one of the gospels. The following prayers may be used as the Prayer of the Day, or as a prayer before or after the reading of the Passion Sunday Gospel.
Merciful Father, your only Son fulfilled the Scriptures, bore our sins, and was forsaken so that you would not forsake us because of our sins. Turn your ear to us, come quickly to our rescue, and be our rock and our fortress; through Jesus Christ our Lord.*
Lord Almighty, you hear the needy and do not despise your captive people. Your only Son prepared all things so that he could offer himself as a sacrifice for sin by his passion and death. Keep us mindful of your great love that we may live as your free people; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Merciful Father, your only Son endured betrayal, mockery, injustice, suffering and death to deliver us and save us. In your unfailing love hear our cries for mercy and fill us with your love, that we become strong in heart and hope in you in good times and bad; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
*The long termination may be used with these prayers if desired: “through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.”
Jesus, help us
as we work to sing your praise,
not just for beauty,
but for the instruction
and edification of our neighbor
with the message of your holy Gospel.
We give thanks
for the many artists,
musicians and poets
who keep your Word
before our eyes
and in our ears.
Even though many of them
now enjoy the eternal pleasure
of singing your praise
at your right hand,
their songs of praise to you
are still heard here on earth.
When we make music,
help us to put away
all thoughts of competition,
jealousy, and glory for ourselves.
Instead, turn our thoughts to
doing all of our work,
striving for excellence,
bearing your message,
and making all of our music
to the glory of God alone.
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, reveal your glory to us in our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we may lay our sin and guilt and all the burdens of life on him, and find in him our true rest; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Gracious Lord, your holy Word tells us that no trouble or loss can separate your people from your love which is ours in Jesus Christ our Lord.
We pray for those who have suffered losses of home and property, for those whose loved ones are missing, and for those whose loved ones have died in the wildfires of California.
Deliver your people from all evil. Remind us all that the things of this world pass away, but you and your mercy endure forever. Use this disaster to lift the eyes of many from the things of this world, and to look to you as the only provider, protector, and refuge in all trouble; through Jesus Christ our Lord.