Tuesday 5 October

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hid:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.  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.

Psalm 89.1-18
  My song shall be always of the loving-kindness of the Lord:
   with my mouth will I proclaim your faithfulness
      throughout all generations.
  I will declare that your love is established for ever;
   you have set your faithfulness as firm as the heavens.
  For you said: ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
   I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
  ‘ “Your seed will I establish for ever
   and build up your throne for all generations.” ’
  The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
   and your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
  For who among the clouds can be compared to the Lord?
   Who is like the Lord among the host of heaven?
  A God feared in the council of the holy ones,
   great and terrible above all those round about him.
  Who is like you, Lord God of hosts?
   Mighty Lord, your faithfulness is all around you.
  You rule the raging of the sea;
   you still its waves when they arise.
  You crushed Rahab with a deadly wound
   and scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
  Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours;
   you established the world and all that fills it.
  You created the north and the south;
   Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your name.
  You have a mighty arm;
   strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
   steadfast love and faithfulness go before your face.
  Happy are the people who know the shout of triumph:
   they walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance.
  In your name they rejoice all the day long
   and are exalted in your righteousness.
  For you are the glory of their strength,
   and in your favour you lift up our heads.
  Truly the Lord is our shield;
   the Holy One of Israel is our king.