Holy Wednesday Prayers for the World

Apr 8, 2020

It was on Holy Wednesday and all in the morning

That Judas betrayed our dear Heavenly King

And was not this a woeful thing

And sweet Jesus we’ll call him by name.

These words are from a traditional English carol called And All in the Morning. I have sung this song and danced it in a church setting. Today I use it to combine prayers for Holy Week and the world with the Gospel of the day. The recording above is my husband Andy and I singing this morning–before a cup of coffee.

Below is the template I’ll use for this Holy Wednesday prayer. Based on the first line of today’s Gospel reading from John 13: 21-32,  those funny things in the middle of the circle are supposed to be lips  “After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, ‘Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.'” It is often with our mouths and our lips that we betray. Judas betrays with a kiss. I will keep this reading in mind today as I write words and doodle and think about our connection with the world. I’ll post the template HERE.

You can use the template above or trace around a plate, draw shapes or lines, add words, names, or snippets of the Scripture readings and make this your Holy Wednesday prayer.

Here are the lectionary readings for the day:
Isaiah 50: 4-9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12: 1-3
John 13: 21-32