Wednesday of Holy Week

Psalm 102

O Lord, hear my prayer
and let my crying come before you.
Hide not your face from me
in the day of my distress.
Incline your ear to me;
when I call, make haste to answer me,
For my days are consumed in smoke
and my bones burn away as in a furnace.
My heart is smitten down and withered like grass,
so that I forget to eat my bread.
From the sound of my groaning
my bones cleave fast to my skin.
I am become like a vulture in the wilderness,
like an owl that haunts the ruins.
I keep watch and am become like a sparrow
solitary upon the housetop.
My enemies revile me all the day long,
and those who rage at me have sworn together against me.
I have eaten ashes for bread
and mingled my drink with weeping,
Because of your indignation and wrath,
for you have taken me up and cast me down.
My days fade away like a shadow,
and I am withered like grass.
But you, O Lord, shall endure for ever
and your name through all generations.
You will arise and have pity on Zion;
it is time to have mercy upon her;
surely the time has come.
For your servants love her very stones
and feel compassion for her dust.
Then shall the nations fear your name, O Lord,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,
When the Lord has built up Zion
and shown himself in glory;
When he has turned to the prayer of the destitute
and has not despised their plea.
This shall be written for those that come after,
and a people yet unborn shall praise the Lord.
For he has looked down from his holy height;
from the heavens he beheld the earth,
That he might hear the sighings of the prisoner
and set free those condemned to die;
That the name of the Lord may be proclaimed in Zion
and his praises in Jerusalem,
When peoples are gathered together
and kingdoms also, to serve the Lord.
He has brought down my strength in my journey
and has shortened my days.
I pray, ‘O my God, do not take me in the midst of my days;
your years endure throughout all generations.
‘In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
‘They shall perish, but you will endure;
they all shall wear out like a garment.
‘You change them like clothing, and they shall be changed;
but you are the same, and your years will not fail.
‘The children of your servants shall continue,
and their descendants shall be established in your sight.’

Luke 22.54-71

Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance.   When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them.   Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, ‘This man also was with him.’   But he denied it, saying, ‘Woman, I do not know him.’   A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, ‘You also are one of them.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I am not!’   Then about an hour later yet another kept insisting, ‘Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.’   But Peter said, ‘Man, I do not know what you are talking about!’ At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed.   The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.’   And he went out and wept bitterly.

Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him;   they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, ‘Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?’   They kept heaping many other insults on him.

When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council.   They said, ‘If you are the Messiah, tell us.’ He replied, ‘If I tell you, you will not believe;   and if I question you, you will not answer.   But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.’   All of them asked, ‘Are you, then, the Son of God?’ He said to them, ‘You say that I am.’   Then they said, ‘What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!’

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
   sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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