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Morning Prayer

Prayer, Bible Reading and Devotional Thoughts

Monday before Easter

Calendar Note:

Only the Epistle and Gospel Lesson change from Palm Sunday

Alternative Name:

There are three names which have been used to refer to the events which occurred this week in the life of our Lord. It is variously called, Holy Week, Passion Week, and the Great Week.

Usage Note:

The Collect for the First Day in Lent (Ash Wednesday) may be used following the weekly Collect throughout Lent.

Design for Worship:

This week's design for worship is the unfolding of God's plan of salvation for mankind. As we gain comprehension and realize the benefits of the price and extent of so great a salvation, we are to practice Christ-like humility and love to those around us.


From time to time Epistle Lesson are drawn from Old Testament passages. Though they are not New Testament Epistles, as the vast majority are, they are nonetheless similar types of communication. The New Testament Epistles are letters written with specific messages to God's people, so too these Old Testament "Epistles" delivered in person by the messenger, rather than sent via post. It is especially fitting that the Scripture Lessons include Old and New Testament selections for this most significant week of Christ's life.

Epistle Lesson:

Isaiah 63: 1-9

Gospel Lesson:

Mark 14

Collect for the Monday before Easter:

The original form of the first following Collect was proposed for inclusion in the American Prayer Book, as far as we know it was never adopted. The second Collect does appear in some versions of the Prayer Book.

Everlasting God giver of all joy, allow us to understand and embrace the mysteries of our Lord's Passion so that obtaining pardon through His precious Blood, we may rejoice at the remembrance of that Sacrifice which has redeemed us; we pray in the name of this same redeemer, Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Almighty God, whose most dear Son was not delivered to joy but first he suffered pain, and did not enter glory before he was crucified; Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through the same Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.