look graciously, we pray, on this your family,
for whom our Lord Jesus Christ
was willing to be betrayed
and given into the hands of sinners,
and to suffer death upon the cross;
who now lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH
See, my servant shall
prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very
high. Just as there were many who were astonished at him - so
marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form
beyond that of mortals - so he shall startle many nations; kings
shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not
been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard
they shall contemplate. Who has believed what we have heard? And
to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up
before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in
his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and
rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with
infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was
despised, and we held him of no account. Surely he has borne our
infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him
stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded
for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was
the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are
healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to
our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his
mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep
that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have
imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the
living, stricken for the transgression of my people. They made his
grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had
done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was
the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you make his
life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall
prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction
through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make
many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I
will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the
spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and
was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
REFRAIN My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
God, my God, why have you forsaken me? and are so far from my cry
and from the words of my distress?
my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; by night as
well, but I find no rest. R
you are the Holy One, enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
forefathers put their trust in you; they trusted, and you
delivered them. R
cried out to you and were delivered; they trusted in you and were
not put to shame.
as for me, I am a worm and no man, scorned by all and despised by
the people. R
who see me laugh me to scorn; they curl their lips and wag their
trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, if
he delights in him." R
you are he who took me out of the womb, and kept me safe upon my
have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; you were my God
when I was still in my mother's
not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.
young bulls encircle me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
open wide their jaws at me, like a ravening and a roaring lion. R
am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; my heart
within my breast is melting wax.
mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof
of my mouth; and you have laid me in the dust of the grave. R
of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me; they
pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.
stare and gloat over me; R
READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS
Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed
through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to
our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to
sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every
respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us
therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we
may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. In the
days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications,
with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him
from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he
suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of
eternal salvation for all who obey him.
HEBREWS 4:14-16, 5:7-9
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO JOHN
After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his
disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a
garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who
betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there
with his disciples. So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers
together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and
they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus,
knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked
them, "Whom are you looking for?" They answered,
"Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus replied, "I am he."
Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said
to them, "I am he," they stepped back and fell to the
ground. Again he asked them, "Whom are you looking for?"
And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus answered,
"I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let
these men go." This was to fufil the word that he had spoken,
"I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me."
Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high
priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was
Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword back into its
sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given
me?" So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police
arrested Jesus and bound him. First they took him to Annas, who
was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year.
Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better
to have one person die for the people. Simon Peter and another
disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high
priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest,
but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple,
who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who
guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. The woman said to Peter,
"You are not also one of this man's disciples, are you?"
He said, "I am not." Now the slaves and the police had
made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing
around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with
them and warming himself. Then the high priest questioned Jesus
about his disciples and about his teaching. Jesus answered,
"I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in
synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I
have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who
heard what I said to them; they know what I said." When he
had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on
the face, saying, "Is that how you answer the high
priest?" Jesus answered, "If I have spoken wrongly,
testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you
strike me?" Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high
priest. Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They
asked him, "You are not also one of his disciples, are
you?" He denied it and said, "I am not." One of the
slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter
had cut off, asked, "Did I not see you in the garden with
him?" Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock
crowed. Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate's
headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not
enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be
able to eat the Passover. So Pilate went out to them and said,
"What accusation do you bring against this man?" They
answered, "If this man were not a criminal, we would not have
handed him over to you." Pilate said to them, "Take him
yourselves and judge him according to your law." The Jews
replied, "We are not permitted to put anyone to death."
(This was to fufil what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind
of death he was to die.) Then Pilate entered the headquarters
again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the King of
the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you ask this on your own,
or did others tell you about me?" Pilate replied, "I am
not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed
you over to me. What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My
kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this
world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed
over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here."
Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered,
"You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this
I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who
belongs to the truth listens to my voice." Pilate asked him,
"What is truth?" After he had said this, he went out to
the Jews again and told them, "I find no case against him.
But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the
Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the
Jews?" They shouted in reply, "Not this man, but
Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a bandit. Then Pilate took Jesus
and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and
put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They
kept coming up to him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
and striking him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to
them, "Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know
that I find no case against him." So Jesus came out, wearing
the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them,
"Here is the man!" When the chief priests and the police
saw him, they shouted, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"
Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and crucify him; I
find no case against him." The Jews answered him, "We
have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he
has claimed to be the Son of God." Now when Pilate heard
this, he was more afraid than ever. He entered his headquarters
again and asked Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus
gave him no answer. Pilate therefore said to him, "Do you
refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to
release you, and power to crucify you?" Jesus answered him,
"You would have no power over me unless it had been given you
from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty
of a greater sin." From then on Pilate tried to release him,
but the Jews cried out, "If you release this man, you are no
friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king sets
himself against the emperor." When Pilate heard these words,
he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge's bench at a place
called The Stone Pavement, or in Hebrew Gabbatha. Now it was the
day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He
said to the Jews, "Here is your King!" They cried out,
"Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!" Pilate
asked them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief
priests answered, "We have no king but the emperor."
Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took
Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is
called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha.
There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either
side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription
written and put on the cross. It read, "Jesus of Nazareth,
the King of the Jews." Many of the Jews read this
inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near
the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.
Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, "Do not
write, 'The King of the Jews,' but, 'This man said, I am King of
the Jews.' " Pilate answered, "What I have written I
have written." When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they
took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each
soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless,
woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another,
"Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get
it." This was to fufil what the scripture says, "They
divided my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast
lots." And that is what the soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing
near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister,
Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his
mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said
to his mother, "Woman, here is your son." Then he said
to the disciple, "Here is your mother." And from that
hour the disciple took her into his own home. After this, when
Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fufil
the scripture), "I am thirsty." A jar full of sour wine
was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a
branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received
the wine, he said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his
head and gave up his spirit. Since it was the day of Preparation,
the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the
sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great
solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified
men broken and the bodies removed. Then the soldiers came and
broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been
crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he
was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the
soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and
water came out. (He who saw this has testified so that you also
may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the
truth.) These things occurred so that the scripture might be
fulfilled, "None of his bones shall be broken." And
again another passage of scripture says, "They will look on
the one whom they have pierced." After these things, Joseph
of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one
because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away
the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and
removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by
night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing
about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it
with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of
the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was
crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one
had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of
Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
OVER THE GIFTS
your Son Jesus Christ carried our sins
in his own body on the tree,
so that we might have life.
May we and all who remember this day
find new life in him,
now and in the world to come,
where he lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
for ever and ever.
Almighty and eternal God,
you have restored us to life
by the triumphant death
and resurrection of Christ.
Continue this healing work within us.
May we who partake of this mystery
never cease to give you dedicated service.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
we pray to you to set your passion, cross, and death
between your judgement and our souls,
now and in the hour of our death.
Give mercy and grace to the living,
pardon and rest to the dead,
to your holy church peace and concord,
and to us sinners everlasting life and glory;
for with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
you live and reign,
one God, now and for ever.