Skip Content

Listen To God: Hear the Poor | Cardinal Vincent Nichols on John 13

Sunday 6th April 2014

On the first day of Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols's week of prayer for the church's work serving the poor, watch Cardinal Nichols reflecting on today's prayer (Psalm 72) and Bible reading (John 13:2b-5, 12-15)

Download the full week's prayers and Bible readings 

Here are today's prayer and Bible reading: 

Sunday 13th April 2014

Psalm 72 (Common Worship Psalter)

1 Give the king your judgements, O God, •

and your righteousness to the son of a king.

2 Then shall he judge your people righteously •

and your poor with justice.

3 May the mountains bring forth peace, •

and the little hills righteousness for the people.

4 May he defend the poor among the people, •

deliver the children of the needy and crush the oppressor.

5 May he live as long as the sun and moon endure, •

from one generation to another.

6 May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, •

like the showers that water the earth.

7 In his time shall righteousness flourish, •

and abundance of peace

till the moon shall be no more.

8 May his dominion extend from sea to sea •

and from the River to the ends of the earth.


John 13:2b-5, 12-15, (NRSV)

And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.


Copyright notice:

Grail Psalter Psalms are taken from The Psalms: A New Translation © 1963 The Grail (England) published by HarperCollins.

Readings from the New Jerusalem Bible are taken from The New Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1985 byDarton, Longman & Todd Ltd and Les Editions du Cerf, and used by permission of the publishers.

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000) (including the Psalter as published with Common Worship), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000

NRSV readings are from The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches in the USA. Used by permission. All Rights Reserved


Back · Back to top