Driving of the merchants from the temple
between 1580 and 1585
Capitoline Museums, Rome, Italy
Public Domain

The Collects

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the epistle – Isaiah 56:1-8

THUS saith the Lord,
Keep ye judgment, and do justice:
for my salvation is near to come,
and my righteousness to be revealed.
Blessed is the man that doeth this,
and the son of man that layeth hold on it;
that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it,
and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

Neither let the son of the stranger,
that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying,
The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people:
neither let the eunuch say,
Behold, I am a dry tree.
For thus saith the Lord
unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths,
and choose the things that please me,
and take hold of my covenant;
Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls
a place and a name
better than of sons and of daughters:
I will give them an everlasting name,
that shall not be cut off.

Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord,
to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord,
to be his servants,
every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it,
and taketh hold of my covenant;
Even them will I bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer:
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
shall be accepted upon mine altar;
for mine house shall be called an house of prayer
for all people.
The Lord God,
which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith,
Yet will I gather others to him,
beside those that are gathered unto him.

The Psalm – Psalm 69

The Gospel – Mark 11:12-19

AND on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: and seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; and would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. And when even was come, he went out of the city.

The Historic Lessons for this Day

This site provides readings for Holy Week from the Gospel according to Saint Mark that correspond with the final week leading up to the Crucifixion, with a corresponding Psalm or lesson from elsewhere in Scripture, rather than from the historic One-Year Lectionary. Those wanting to read those lessons may do so by clicking the link embedded in the heading to this section.