Prayer for the Day – Monday 12 October

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Almighty God,
who called our forebears to the light of the gospel
   by the preaching of your servant Wilfrid:
help us, who keep his life and labour in remembrance,
to glorify your name by following the example
   of his zeal and perseverance;
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

Mark 15.1–15
As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ He answered him, ‘You say so.’ Then the chief priests accused him of many things. Pilate asked him again, ‘Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.’ But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. Then he answered them, ‘Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?’ For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. Pilate spoke to them again, ‘Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?’ They shouted back, ‘Crucify him!’ Pilate asked them, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Crucify him!’ So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

Psalm 85
    Lord, you were gracious to your land;
   you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
    You forgave the offence of your people
   and covered all their sins.
    You laid aside all your fury
   and turned from your wrathful indignation.
    Restore us again, O God our Saviour,
   and let your anger cease from us.
    Will you be displeased with us for ever?
   Will you stretch out your wrath from one generation to another?
    Will you not give us life again,
   that your people may rejoice in you?
    Show us your mercy, O Lord,
   and grant us your salvation.
    I will listen to what the Lord God will say,
   for he shall speak peace to his people and to the faithful,
      that they turn not again to folly.
    Truly, his salvation is near to those who fear him,
   that his glory may dwell in our land.
      Mercy and truth are met together,
   righteousness and peace have kissed each other;
      Truth shall spring up from the earth
   and righteousness look down from heaven.
      The Lord will indeed give all that is good,
   and our land will yield its increase.
      Righteousness shall go before him
   and direct his steps in the way.