Pray without Ceasing

Wednesday of Holy Week, April 4, 2012

Today’s Readings
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Hebrews 12:1-3
John 13:21-32
Psalm 70

For a reflection on the lectionary, read Brother James


A Prayer for Wednesday in Holy Week
Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon:  Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.


Today (or starting today and going through tomorrow) pray the Divine Hours. Traditionally there are seven “hours,” but more modern versions use only three – morning, midday, and evening, sometimes adding compline.  

An online version from Beliefnet prays at morning, midday, and evening.


The below is from Saint Benedict on the Freeway by Corinne Ware, Abingdon Press.

The Hour of Vigils, sometime between midnight and 6 a.m.: If you wake during the night, use the darkness simply to be with God, aware of the Holy Presence in your quiet hours.

The Hour of Lauds, upon wakening.  Wake to thank and praise God. This is the hour to spend some time in prayer and contemplation. Spend 20 minutes if you can.

The hour of Prime, before you begin your day’s work. Take just a moment to look over your day’s calendar, asking God to be in all you attempt to do.

The Hour of Terce, mid-morning. At break time, deeply breathe in God’s spirit before returning to your morning’s tasks.

The Hour of Sext, noon. Take time to consider the whole world and its needs.

The Hour of None, late afternoon. In the afternoon, we close down our work and turn toward home. It is a time for forgiving, asking forgiveness from God, and letting go of the day’s events.

The Hour of Vespers/Compline. Close the day with peacefulness, prayer, and perhaps a bit of bedtime reading. Entrust your life to God until you greet the morning again with thanksgiving.


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3 thoughts on “Pray without Ceasing”

  1. I think what this prayer is saying is that no matter what we face in our lives at this time, no matter what our circumstances are, we can be confident that God is with us in our suffering and that “all things work for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28).
    I think the prayer is also to remind us that no matter how bleak things looked during that first Holy Week, Christ overcame and rose triumphant.
    But I agree that we are called to follow Christ in caring for the needs of the hungry and the sick.- Marjorie

    1. Thank you for your clarification. I appreciate the passages in Romans which in my opinion are some of the most powerful in the New Testament. I believe my confusion came from the wording in the Reflections passage that gave me the impression that we should be joyful in the sufferings of others, not just accepting of God’s will for ourselves. I agree we should be joyful that he is working in all our lives.

  2. I’m not sure the Lord intends for us to accept joyfully the sufferings of today. Doesn’t he encourage us to feed the hungry and heal the sick? Am I missing something here?

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