Tuesday 30 March

Collect
True and humble king,
hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you
on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory.  Amen.

Luke 22.24–53
A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
 ‘You are those who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
 ‘Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!’ Jesus said, ‘I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you have denied three times that you know me.’
 He said to them, ‘When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?’ They said, ‘No, not a thing.’ He said to them, ‘But now, the one who has a purse must take it, and likewise a bag. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you, this scripture must be fulfilled in me, “And he was counted among the lawless”; and indeed what is written about me is being fulfilled.’ They said, ‘Lord, look, here are two swords.’ He replied, ‘It is enough.’
 He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.’ Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, ‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.’ When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, ‘Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.’
 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?’ When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, ‘Lord, should we strike with the sword?’ Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, ‘No more of this!’ And he touched his ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, ‘Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!’

Psalm 27
  The Lord is my light and my salvation;
      whom then shall I fear?
   The Lord is the strength of my life;
      of whom then shall I be afraid?
  When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes,
      came upon me to eat up my flesh,
   they stumbled and fell.
  Though a host encamp against me,
      my heart shall not be afraid,
   and though there rise up war against me,
      yet will I put my trust in him.
  One thing have I asked of the Lord
      and that alone I seek:
   that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
      all the days of my life,
  To behold the fair beauty of the Lord
   and to seek his will in his temple.
  For in the day of trouble
      he shall hide me in his shelter;
   in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me
      and set me high upon a rock.
  And now shall he lift up my head
   above my enemies round about me;
  Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation
      with great gladness;
   I will sing and make music to the Lord.
  Hear my voice, O Lord, when I call;
   have mercy upon me and answer me.
  My heart tells of your word, ‘Seek my face.’
   Your face, Lord, will I seek.
  Hide not your face from me,
   nor cast your servant away in displeasure.
  You have been my helper;
   leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
  Though my father and my mother forsake me,
   the Lord will take me up.
  Teach me your way, O Lord;
   lead me on a level path,
      because of those who lie in wait for me.
  Deliver me not into the will of my adversaries,
   for false witnesses have risen up against me,
      and those who breathe out violence.
  I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
   in the land of the living.
  Wait for the Lord;
      be strong and he shall comfort your heart;
   wait patiently for the Lord.