Readings & Prayers • Feb. 24- March 1, 2020

We begin this week in the season of Epiphany but pivot to the liturgical season of Lent on Wednesday, as we observe Ash Wednesday. Lent is a season recalling Jesus’ suffering and atoning death for us and calls us to renewed repentance. Lent lasts for 40 days (not counting Sundays) and leads up to Good Friday, the remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion, and Easter Sunday.

Monday  Psalm 107.1-43 | Proverbs 27.1-12 | Philippians 2.1-13 | John 18.15-27

Father, your love never fails. Hear our call. Keep us from danger and provide for all our needs.

Tuesday  Psalm 108.1-13 | Proverbs 30.1-33 | Philippians 3.1-11 | John 18.28-38

God our Father, teach us to cherish the gifts that surround us. Increase our faith in you and bring our trust to its promised fulfillment in the joy of your kingdom.

Ash Wednesday  Psalm 109.1-31 | Amos 5.6-15 | Hebrews 12.1-14 |  Luke 18.9-14

Lord, protect us in our struggle against evil. As we begin the discipline of Lent, make this season holy by our self-denial.

Thursday  Psalm 110.1-7 | Habakkuk 3.1-18 | Philippians 3.12-21 | John 17.1-8

Lord, may everything we do begin with your inspiration, continue with your help, and reach perfection under your guidance.

Friday  Psalm 111.1-10 | Ezekiel 18.1-32 | Philippians 4.1-9 | John 17.9-19

Lord, with your loving care guide the penance we have begun. Help us to persevere with love and sincerity.

Saturday Psalm 112.1-10 | Ezekiel 39.21-29 | Philippians 4.10-20 | John 17.20-26

Father, look upon our weakness and reach out to help us with your loving power.

Sunday  Psalm 113.1-9 | Daniel 9.3-10 | Hebrews 2.10-18 | John 12.44-50

Father, through our observance of Lent, help us to understand the meaning of your Son’s death and resurrection, and teach us to reflect it in our lives.

New City Catechism

Q26: What else does Christ’s death redeem?

A: Christ’s death is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation, as he powerfully directs all things for his own glory and creation’s good.