Christine Sine: Reflections on Christ’s Triumphal Procession

April 7, 2009

A great reflection from Christine Sine for Holy Week – it’s not Palm Sunday that was the true or complete triumphal procession:

Jesus entry into Jerusalem was actually only the first part of his procession. Jesus triumphal procession ended on Good Friday when he processed alone bearing his cross to Golgotha. While the Roman troops proudly bore their standards of golden eagles that proclaimed them as imperial troops, Jesus entered Jerusalem without a standard. His standard, the emblem that proclaimed his Messiahship was taken up on Good Friday. His standard was the Cross which would be lifted high with him on it – God’s royal standard which proclaims the victory of God through Christ – the redemption not just of those who looked upon Christ, or on those who believed because they encountered him after his resurrection, but the redemption of the entire world – past, present and future.

Read it all at Christine’s Godspace blog.

John 12:23-28

April 7, 2009

But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.” (John 12:23)
      Jesus, your idea of glory and mine are so different; please conform my way of thinking to yours.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” (John 12:24)
      Holy Spirit, please help us die to ourselves today.

“He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:25)
      Jesus, once again I offer you my life — do with it whatever you want.

“If anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me, him my father will honor.” (John 12:26)
      Father, please help us throughout this diocese to receive the honor that comes from following and serving Jesus.

“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.” (John 12:27)
      Jesus, please help us embrace your father’s will for us as you did; help us go forward step by step in the way of the cross. Your cross is the way to glory.

“Father, glorify your name.” (John 12:28 )

      A word received: Pray for my heritage — my faithful ones who cleave to my ways. Pray for my hand of blessing and protection on them. Pray for new life in my church — my church is withered and barren.

Tuesday: 6, 12; Jeremiah 15:10-21; Philippians 3:15-21; John 12:20-26
Wednesday: 55; Jeremiah 17:5-10, 14-17; Philippians 4:1-13; John 12:27-26

Albany Intercessor

A Prayer for Holy Week

April 7, 2009

From  Eric Swensson’s blog:

Invitatory: “he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and… he bore the sin of many,” Is 53.12

O God, holy and eternal, you permit us to enter into the fellowship of that holy suffering by which your dear Son, our Savior, conquered sin, death and the power of the devil. Grant that we may celebrate his passion with true devotion, accept the cross as his disciples, and thus fulfill your holy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [K.B. Ritter, Gebete fur das Jahr der Kirche, 2nd edition (Kassel: Johannes Stauda-Verlag, 1948), p. 249.]

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