Prayer for the Day – Tuesday 13 October

Sovereign God,
who set your servant Edward
   upon the throne of an earthly kingdom
and inspired him with zeal for the kingdom of heaven:
grant that we may so confess the faith of Christ
   by word and deed,
that we may, with all your saints, inherit your eternal glory;
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 15.16–32
Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. And they began saluting him, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.
It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge against him read, ‘The King of the Jews.’ And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left.Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!’ In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.’ Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.

from Psalm 89
      You spoke once in a vision and said to your faithful people:
   ‘I have set a youth above the mighty;
      I have raised a young man over the people.
      ‘I have found David my servant;
   with my holy oil have I anointed him.
      ‘My hand shall hold him fast
   and my arm shall strengthen him.
      ‘No enemy shall deceive him,
   nor any wicked person afflict him.
      ‘I will strike down his foes before his face
   and beat down those that hate him.
      ‘My truth also and my steadfast love shall be with him,
   and in my name shall his head be exalted.
      ‘I will set his dominion upon the sea
   and his right hand upon the rivers.
      ‘He shall call to me, “You are my Father,
   my God, and the rock of my salvation;”
      ‘And I will make him my firstborn,
   the most high above the kings of the earth.
      ‘The love I have pledged to him will I keep for ever,
   and my covenant will stand fast with him.
      ‘His seed also will I make to endure for ever
   and his throne as the days of heaven.
      ‘But if his children forsake my law
   and cease to walk in my judgements,
      ‘If they break my statutes
   and do not keep my commandments,
      ‘I will punish their offences with a rod
   and their sin with scourges.
      ‘But I will not take from him my steadfast love
   nor suffer my truth to fail.
      ‘My covenant will I not break
   nor alter what has gone out of my lips.
      ‘Once for all have I sworn by my holiness
   that I will not prove false to David.
      ‘His seed shall endure for ever
   and his throne as the sun before me;
      ‘It shall stand fast for ever as the moon,
   the enduring witness in the heavens.’
      But you have cast off and rejected your anointed;
   you have shown fierce anger against him.
      You have broken the covenant with your servant,
   and have cast his crown to the dust.
      You have broken down all his walls
   and laid his strongholds in ruins.
      All who pass by despoil him,
   and he has become the scorn of his neighbours.
      You have exalted the right hand of his foes
   and made all his enemies rejoice.
      You have turned back the edge of his sword
   and have not upheld him in battle.
      You have made an end of his radiance
   and cast his throne to the ground.
      You have cut short the days of his youth
   and have covered him with shame.
      How long will you hide yourself so utterly, O Lord?
   How long shall your anger burn like fire?
      Remember how short my time is,
   how frail you have made all mortal flesh.
      Which of the living shall not see death,
   and shall deliver their soul from the power of darkness?
      Where, O Lord, is your steadfast love of old,
   which you swore to David in your faithfulness?
      Remember, O Lord, how your servant is scorned,
   how I bear in my bosom the taunts of many peoples,
      While your enemies mock, O Lord,
   while they mock the footsteps of your anointed.
      Blessed be the Lord for evermore.
   Amen and Amen