Tuesday 7th April

April 7th

 

Luke 22. 39-43    Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

39 Jesus came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 40When he reached the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.’ 41Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 42‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.’  43Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength.

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) writing in prison before his execution by his Nazis capturers

I pray for my living and for my dead.

they are all one for me now, friend and foe.

With them I equally frittered away through the years,

my love and my hate I shared with them.

 

In my evening prayer I gather the dead.

These are they, O Lord, and I too among the graves.

In them were heights and there were downfalls.

A little in each and in all I was whole.

 

Of life’s storms they are empty

And of love, of hate, of it all what has remained?

Only a heart-broken prayer for your mercy, O Master,

forgive them, Lord, I pray you, I too am among the dead.

 

And gathering my living, to your mercy I turn

when the morning glow crowns the earth.

Give them, O Lord, give them with bounteous hand

the belated wisdom of my dusk.

 

 

1/ Praise to the Holiest in the height,                             4/ O generous love! that he who smote

and in the depth be praise, -                                                                 in Man, for man, the foe,

in all his words most wonderful,                                                           the double agony in Man

most sure in all his ways.                                                                      for man should undergo.

 

2/ O loving wisdom of our God,                                                    5/ And in the garden secretly,

when all was sin and shame,                                                             and on the Cross on high,

a second Adam to the fight                                             should teach his brethren, and inspire

and to the rescue came.                                                                              to suffer and to die.

 

3/ O wisest love! that flesh and blood,                              6/ Praise to the Holiest in the height,

which did in Adam fail,                                                                  and in the depth be praise, -        

should strive afresh against the foe,                                         in all his words most wonderful,    

should strive and should prevail.                                                        most sure in all his ways.    

 

John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

 

Comforting words from the Comforter:

Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to his Father.

Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.   (John 13.1)

 

Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me… (John 14. 11)

 

I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you (John  14. 18)

 

The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. (John 14. 26-27)

 

 

A prayer Dietrich Bonhoeffer used in prison awaiting trial

O Holy Spirit,

give me faith that will protect me from despair,

from passions and from vice,

Ggve me such love for God as will blot out all hatred and bitterness,

give me the hope that will deliver me from fear and faint heartedness.

Amen.

 

A prayer of R.M. Benson (1824-1915)

Comfort, we beseech you, most gracious God,

all who are cast down and faint of heart

amidst the sorrows and difficulties of the world

and grant that,

by the energy of your Holy Spirit,

they may be able to go upon their way rejoicing

and give you continual thanks for your sustaining providence,

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Amen.


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