Because we are not able to gather for Holy Week and Easter in the ways that we are used to this year, we’ve prepared some simple prayers for you to offer at home. Our hope is that they will help you contemplate the mystery of God’s saving acts in Jesus this Holy Week and Easter, and that by God’s Spirit we will be gathered together in the offering of these prayers, even while we remain apart.
Where the prayers invite you to pray in the first person plural by saying “we” and “our,” we invite you to imagine saying these prayers alongside your church family at St.Paul’s, even if you are on your own. At least a few of us will be offering these prayers each day, so you can know that you will not be offering them alone.
A Prayer for Holy Week
Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
we give you thanks and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who for our salvation
became obedient unto death.
The tree of defeat
has become the tree of victory:
where life was lost,
life has been restored.
Give us grace and courage
to follow the way of Jesus this Holy Week
and to find he is the source
of all our hope and joy.
Help us to walk with him to Calvary
that we may be raised to life with him in glory
and bring your love to all who suffer,
that with us they may praise you
for all your goodness and your love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus
our Saviour and our Lord.
Prayer at the Start of the Day
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘Behold, I am with you always’.
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself,
and keep me in your care.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me!
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
–from St. Patrick’s Breastplate
Grace for Meals: Holy Week
Father, we spread this table
and remember the loving sacrifice of
Jesus Christ, your Son.
For what we are about to receive and
for every blessing that comes from you, O Lord
make us truly thankful.
Bind your people together in the love of Jesus
and in the love he has commanded us to bring one another; for we ask it in his name.
Prayer at Midday
send your Holy Spirit into our
hearts to comfort us in all our afflictions,
to defend us from all error,
and to lead us into all truth.
At this hour our Blessed Saviour hung upon the
cross, stretching out his loving arms.
Grant that all the peoples of the earth
may look to you and be saved;
for your tender mercies’ sake.
Prayer at Bed-Time
God our Father,
by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness
and returns again to light:
we place in your hands our unfinished tasks,
our unsolved problems, and
our unfulfilled hopes, knowing that
only what you bless will prosper.
To your love and protection
we commit each other and all those we love,
knowing that you alone are our sure defender,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
–Church of South India
A Prayer for Palm Sunday
Hosanna to the Son of David.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Father, your Son Jesus humbled himself and
accepted death on a cross for us.
Assist us mercifully with your help,
that we may enter with joy
into the celebration of those mighty acts
whereby you give us life and immortality;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Suggested Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:1-11
A Prayer for Maundy Thursday
your Son Jesus Christ
has left to us the signs of bread and wine
in which we share his body and his blood.
May we who celebrate these signs of his love
show in our lives the fruits of his redemption;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Suggested Scripture Reading: John 13:1-17, 31b-35
A Prayer for Good Friday
Lord Jesus you said,
“if I am lifted up, I will draw
the whole world to myself.”
Make us able to take up our cross and follow you,
for by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
By your suffering you have brought hope to the whole world
Help us in our trials and be the strength of our human weakness.
We ask this in your holy and life-giving Name.
Suggested Scripture Reading: John 18:1-19:42
A Prayer for Holy Saturday
May the light of Christ in glory rising scatter the
darkness of heart and mind. Alleluia!
O God, the source of light and life,
by the resurrection of your only Son
you have led us out of darkness
into your marvellous light,
from death into life,
from slavery into freedom.
Bring the light of your new creation to us
and to our world, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit for ever.
Suggested Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:57-28:7
A Prayer for Eastertide
“Alléluia! Jesus is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alléluia!”
God of Life,
May this declaration
resound not only in these walls
but touch the lives of all wemeet
and forever be the truth of which we speak.
May your love, once sown within a garden,
tended for your own people,
though neglected and rejected,
now spread its sweet perfume in all our lives,
and wherever it is shown.
Suggested Scripture Reading: John 20:1-18
Grace for Meals: Eastertide
Risen Lord Jesus,
We greet you with joy, this Holy Eastertide,
And we thank you for the gift of new life.
Bless our food, ourfamilies and our friends,
And help us to celebrate
The Springtime of our hearts,
As we rejoice in the Good News
Of your victory over death and evil.