Day 36: 4 April : Tuesday in Holy Week

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love.

| Isaiah 49.1-7 | Psalm 71.1-14 | 1 Corinthians 1.18-31 | John 12.20-36 |

Martin Koval

An old icon of Christ the Vine, framed and set by Martin Koval.
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Cleansing the Temple
by Malcolm Guite

Come to your Temple here with liberation
And overturn these tables of exchange,
Restore in me my lost imagination,
Begin in me for good the pure change.
Come as you came, an infant with your mother,
That innocence may cleanse and claim this ground
Come as you came, a boy who sought his father
With questions asked and certain answers found.
Come as you came this day, a man in anger,
Unleash the lash that drives a pathway through,
Face down for me the fear, the shame, the danger,
Teach me again to whom my love is due.
Break down in me the barricades of death
And tear the veil in two with your last breath.

— "Holy Week" in Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2012, p. 34.

Giovanni Croce (1557-1609) In Spiritu Humilitatis Ensemble Stimmung

In spiritu humilitatis et in animo contrito suscipiamur ad te Domine, et sic fiat sacrificium nostrum in conspectu tuo hodie ut placeat tibi Domine Deus.

In the spirit of humility and in a contrite heart may we be accepted to thee, O Lord, and let it thus be done in our sacrifice in thy sight this day that it might please you, O Lord God.

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love. Amen.