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Getting Ready for Lent 4



Introduction to the Word for Worship


Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, *

for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.

-Psalm 23:4


“Your rod and your staff comforted me”: with one he supports my weakness, with the other he guides toward the right way. You would not be wrong, however, to apply this to the saving cross: by its seal and remembrance we are rid of the hostile demons and guided to the true path. This is the meaning of “your rod and your staff comforted me”: the cross is assembled from two rods, with the upright staff confirming and directing those who believe in him and strengthening those who are weak, and using the crossbar as a rod against the demons. -Theodoret of Cyr

The Collect of the Day


Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The Word:

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Psalm 23


1 The Lord is my shepherd; *

therefore I can lack nothing.

2 He shall feed me in green pastures *

and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.

3 He shall refresh my soul *

and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness for his Name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, *

for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.

5 You shall prepare a table before me,

in the presence of those who trouble me; *

you have anointed my head with oil,

and my cup shall be full.

6 Surely your goodness and mercy

shall follow me all the days of my life, *

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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