Scripture Readings for April 14, 2019    (New Revised Standard Version)
Year C - PASSION/PALM SUNDAY

LITURGY OF THE PASSION     
Isaiah 50:4-9a  •  Psalm 31:9-16  •  
      Philippians 2:5-11  •  Luke 22:14-23:56 or Luke 23:1-49

Isaiah 50:4-9a
50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens-- wakens my ear to listen as those
who are taught.

50:5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn
backward.

50:6 I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the
beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.

50:7 The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have
set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

50:8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.

50:9a It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

Psalm 31:9-16
31:9 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief,
my soul and body also.

31:10 For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails
because of my misery, and my bones waste away.

31:11 I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread
to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.

31:12 I have passed out of mind like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.

31:13 For I hear the whispering of many-- terror all around!-- as they scheme together
against me, as they plot to take my life.

31:14 But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God."

31:15 My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and
persecutors.

31:16 Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.

Philippians 2:5-11
2:5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

2:6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something
to be exploited,

2:7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And
being found in human form,

2:8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-- even death on a
cross.

2:9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every
name,

2:10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and
under the earth,

2:11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
Father.

Luke 22:14-23:56
22:14 When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.

22:15 He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I
suffer;

22:16 for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."

22:17 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, "Take this and divide it among
yourselves;

22:18 for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the
kingdom of God comes."

22:19 Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it
to them, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

22:20 And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, "This cup that is poured
out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

22:21 But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table.

22:22 For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by
whom he is betrayed!"

22:23 Then they began to ask one another, which one of them it could be who would do
this.

22:24 A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as
the greatest.

22:25 But he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in
authority over them are called benefactors.

22:26 But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the
youngest, and the leader like one who serves.

22:27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not
the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

22:28 "You are those who have stood by me in my trials;

22:29 and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom,

22:30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

22:31 "Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat,

22:32 but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you
have turned back, strengthen your brothers."

22:33 And he said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!"

22:34 Jesus said, "I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you have denied
three times that you know me."

22:35 He said to them, "When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you
lack anything?" They said, "No, not a thing."

22:36 He said to them, "But now, the one who has a purse must take it, and likewise a
bag. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one.

22:37 For I tell you, this scripture must be fulfilled in me, 'And he was counted among
the lawless'; and indeed what is written about me is being fulfilled."

22:38 They said, "Lord, look, here are two swords." He replied, "It is enough."

22:39 He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples
followed him.

22:40 When he reached the place, he said to them, "Pray that you may not come into the
time of trial."

22:41 Then he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and prayed,

22:42 "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be
done."

22:43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength.

22:44 In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of
blood falling down on the ground.

22:45 When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping
because of grief,

22:46 and he said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not
come into the time of trial."

22:47 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one
of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him;

22:48 but Jesus said to him, "Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of
Man?"

22:49 When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, "Lord, should
we strike with the sword?"

22:50 Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

22:51 But Jesus said, "No more of this!" And he touched his ear and healed him.

22:52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the
elders who had come for him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a
bandit?

22:53 When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But
this is your hour, and the power of darkness!"

22:54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house.
But Peter was following at a distance.

22:55 When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down
together, Peter sat among them.

22:56 Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, "This man
also was with him."

22:57 But he denied it, saying, "Woman, I do not know him."

22:58 A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, "You also are one of them." But
Peter said, "Man, I am not!"

22:59 Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, "Surely this man also was with
him; for he is a Galilean."

22:60 But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are talking about!" At that moment,
while he was still speaking, the cock crowed.

22:61 The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the
Lord, how he had said to him, "Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three
times."

22:62 And he went out and wept bitterly.

22:63 Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him;

22:64 they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, "Prophesy! Who is it that struck
you?"

22:65 They kept heaping many other insults on him.

22:66 When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and
scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council.

22:67 They said, "If you are the Messiah, tell us." He replied, "If I tell you, you will not
believe;

22:68 and if I question you, you will not answer.

22:69 But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of
God."

22:70 All of them asked, "Are you, then, the Son of God?" He said to them, "You say
that I am."

22:71 Then they said, "What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves
from his own lips!"

23:1 Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate.

23:2 They began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man perverting our nation,
forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a
king."

23:3 Then Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He answered, "You say so."

23:4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, "I find no basis for an
accusation against this man."

23:5 But they were insistent and said, "He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all
Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place."

23:6 When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean.

23:7 And when he learned that he was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him off to
Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time.

23:8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had been wanting to see him for a
long time, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform some sign.

23:9 He questioned him at some length, but Jesus gave him no answer.

23:10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him.

23:11 Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him; then he
put an elegant robe on him, and sent him back to Pilate.

23:12 That same day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; before this they
had been enemies.

23:13 Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people,

23:14 and said to them, "You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people;
and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found this man guilty of any
of your charges against him.

23:15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to
deserve death.

23:16 I will therefore have him flogged and release him."

23:18 Then they all shouted out together, "Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for
us!"

23:19 (This was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had taken place
in the city, and for murder.)

23:20 Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again;

23:21 but they kept shouting, "Crucify, crucify him!"

23:22 A third time he said to them, "Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no
ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release
him."

23:23 But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified;
and their voices prevailed.

23:24 So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted.

23:25 He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for
insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.

23:26 As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from
the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus.

23:27 A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who
were beating their breasts and wailing for him.

23:28 But Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for
me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.

23:29 For the days are surely coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and
the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.'

23:30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us'; and to the hills, 'Cover
us.'

23:31 For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?"

23:32 Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.

23:33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there
with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.

23:34 Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are
doing." And they cast lots to divide his clothing.

23:35 And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, "He
saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!"

23:36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine,

23:37 and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!"

23:38 There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."

23:39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, "Are
you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!"

23:40 But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the
same sentence of condemnation?

23:41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve
for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong."

23:42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."

23:43 He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

23:44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the
afternoon,

23:45 while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

23:46 Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commend my
spirit." Having said this, he breathed his last.

23:47 When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, "Certainly
this man was innocent."

23:48 And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had
taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts.

23:49 But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee,
stood at a distance, watching these things.

23:50 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of
the council,

23:51 had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of
Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God.

23:52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

23:53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb
where no one had ever been laid.

23:54 It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning.

23:55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb
and how his body was laid.

23:56 Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the sabbath they
rested according to the commandment.

Luke 23:1-49
23:1 Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate.

23:2 They began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man perverting our nation,
forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a
king."

23:3 Then Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He answered, "You say so."

23:4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, "I find no basis for an
accusation against this man."

23:5 But they were insistent and said, "He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all
Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place."

23:6 When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean.

23:7 And when he learned that he was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him off to
Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time.

23:8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had been wanting to see him for a
long time, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform some sign.

23:9 He questioned him at some length, but Jesus gave him no answer.

23:10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him.

23:11 Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him; then he
put an elegant robe on him, and sent him back to Pilate.

23:12 That same day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; before this they
had been enemies.

23:13 Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people,

23:14 and said to them, "You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people;
and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found this man guilty of any
of your charges against him.

23:15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to
deserve death.

23:16 I will therefore have him flogged and release him."

23:18 Then they all shouted out together, "Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for
us!"

23:19 (This was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had taken place
in the city, and for murder.)

23:20 Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again;

23:21 but they kept shouting, "Crucify, crucify him!"

23:22 A third time he said to them, "Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no
ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release
him."

23:23 But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified;
and their voices prevailed.

23:24 So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted.

23:25 He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for
insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.

23:26 As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from
the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus.

23:27 A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who
were beating their breasts and wailing for him.

23:28 But Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for
me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.

23:29 For the days are surely coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and
the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.'

23:30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us'; and to the hills, 'Cover
us.'

23:31 For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?"

23:32 Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.

23:33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there
with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.

23:34 Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are
doing." And they cast lots to divide his clothing.

23:35 And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, "He
saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!"

23:36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine,

23:37 and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!"

23:38 There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."

23:39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, "Are
you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!"

23:40 But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the
same sentence of condemnation?

23:41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve
for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong."

23:42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."

23:43 He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

23:44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the
afternoon,

23:45 while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

23:46 Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commend my
spirit." Having said this, he breathed his last.

23:47 When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, "Certainly
this man was innocent."

23:48 And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had
taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts.

23:49 But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee,
stood at a distance, watching these things.