Mar. 26 – Holy Tuesday                                       Read Isaiah 42:1-9

Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.


            O God who tenderly led your people out

            from prisons of bondage and of exile,

            you have now declared a new thing

            through your Servant who comes empowered with gentleness:

                        that you would take us by the hand,

                        that you would keep us and lead us toward the good,

                        that you would free us from our prisons

                        and manifest in us a light for the world to see.


            Now come and save us, Lord.  Free us to follow,

            and to never choose to turn back toward bondage,

            nor to exile ourselves from the lives to which you have called us.


            Let us be your servants.  Take your delight in us!

            And let these days of holy mystery

            reveal your glory among us.

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