August 15, 2022     7:45 am
110. Week of Third Sunday in Lent - Thursday
Taken to the High Priest in chains
          Took Jesus and bound Him.   John 18:12
          The band and the captain and the officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound Him, and led Him away to Annas. Annas was father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year, and who gave counsel to the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people. Annas had formerly been high priest, and still had great authority with the Jews. He, like Caiaphas, was a Sadducee and a bitter enemy of the Saviour. Annas occupied a part of the palace of the high priest. To him, then, they led Jesus first, in the middle of the night, while Caiaphas was assembling the Chief Council. And Annas, no doubt in one of the porches toward the inner courts, ordered that Jesus be brought before him, and questioned Him regarding His disciples and His doctrine. Jesus answered: "I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in the Temple, where the Jews always go; and in secret I have said nothing. Why do you ask me? Ask them that heard me what I have said to them; behold, they know what I said." When He had thus spoken to Annas, one of the officers that stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying: "Do You answer the high priest like that?" Jesus answered: "If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if not, why do you strike Me? Now the Lord was held by Annas until everything was ready for trial before the Chief Council.
          Here you see the Saviour in chains and in disgrace. This He suffered that you, the guilty, might have blessed liberty and the supreme honour of a child of God and the glory of heaven. All that the Saviour suffered makes for your salvation.
          PRAYER: - I thank You, dear innocent Saviour, that You were bound for me, the guilty offender, that I might be free forever. I thank You, O Lord of Glory, that You suffered Your face to be struck for me, a base sinner, that I might be welcomed and highly honoured by God and all the holy angels. Grant me, my Saviour, I beseech You, that I may at all times in true faith acknowledge You the Author of salvation. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:45 am