Prayer On Tuesday of Holy Week


The special prayer either before or after the Tuesday evening meal is a selection from Psalm 21:13-22, in which we see through the eyes of David the picture of Christ suffering for us on the Cross. 

Many bullocks surround me; the strong bulls of Basan encircle me.

They open their mouths against me like ravening and roaring lions.

I am like water poured out; all my bones are racked.

My heart has become like wax melting away within my bosom.

My throat is dried up like baked clay, my tongue cleaves to my jaws; to the dust of death you have brought me down.

Indeed, many dogs surround me, a pack of evildoers closes in upon me; They have pierced my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.

They look on and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my vesture they cast lots.

But you, O Lord, be not far from me; O my help, hasten to aid me.

Rescue my soul from the sword, my loneliness from the grip of the dog.

Save me from the lion's mouth; from the horns of the wild bulls, my wretched life.