Thursday, April 2
The Midday Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m

Wednesday of Holy Week


The Call to Prayer
Know this: The LORD himself is God;* he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:2

The Request for Presence
Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry out to you,* when I lift up my hands to your holy of holies.
Psalm 28:2


The Greeting

The eyes of all wait upon you, O LORD.*
Psalm 145:16

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

Tell it out among all the nations: “The LORD is King!* he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved; he will judge all the peoples with equity.”
Psalm 96:10

A Reading

Lord YAHWEH has given me a disciple’s tongue, for me to know how to give a word of comfort to the weary. Morning by morning he makes my ear alert to listen like a disciple. Lord YAHWEH has opened my ear and I have not resisted, I have not turned away. I have offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; I have not turned my face away from insult and spitting. Lord YAHWEH comes to my help, this is why insult has not touched me, this is why I have my face like flint and know that I shall not be put to shame. Which of you fears YAHWEH and listens to his servant’s voice? Which of you walks in darkness and sees no light? Let him trust in the name of YAHWEH and lean on his God!
Isaiah 50:3–7, 10

The Refrain

Tell it out among all the nations: “The LORD is King!* he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved; he will judge all the peoples with equity.”

The Midday Psalm

There Is No End to His Greatness

Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised;* there is no end to his greatness. One generation shall praise your works to another* and shall declare your power. I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty* and all your marvelous works. They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts,* and I will tell of your greatness. They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness;* they shall sing of your righteous deeds.
Psalm 145:3–7

The Refrain

Tell it out among all the nations: “The LORD is King!* he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved; he will judge all the peoples with equity.”

The Small Verse

Happy are the people whose strength is in you!* whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way, For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room,* and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.
Psalm 84:4, 9

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your Name. May your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that I, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. †

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

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