SUNDAY IN LENT
Most merciful God,
by the death and resurrection
of your Son Jesus Christ,
you created humanity anew.
May the power of his victorious cross
transform those who turn in faith
to him who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH
The days are surely
coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the
house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the
covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the
hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt a covenant that they
broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the
covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those
days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will
write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall
be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to
each other, "Know the Lord," for they shall all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will
forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
REFRAIN Create in me a
clean heart, O God.
mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; in your
great compassion blot out my offences.
me through and through from my wickedness and cleanse me from my
I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. R
so you are justified when you speak and upright in your judgement.
I have been wicked from my birth, a sinner from my mother's womb.
behold, you look for truth deep within me, and will make me
understand wisdom secretly.
me from my sin, and I shall be pure; wash me, and I shall be clean
me hear of joy and gladness, that the body you have broken may
your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. R
in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
me not away from your presence and take not your holy Spirit from
me the joy of your saving help again and sustain me with your
bountiful Spirit. R
READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS
Christ did not glorify
himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one
who said to him, "You are my Son, today I have begotten
you"; as he says also in another place, "You are a
priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek." 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, having been designated by
God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
Now among those who
went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to
Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him,
"Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told
Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered
them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the
earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it
bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who
hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my
servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour. Now my
soul is troubled. And what should I say - 'Father, save me from
this hour'? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this
hour. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from
heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it
again." The crowd standing there heard it and said that it
was thunder. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."
Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for
mine. Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this
world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the
earth, will draw all people to myself." He said this to
indicate the kind of death he was to die.
OVER THE GIFTS
your only Son suffered death upon the cross
to bring the world salvation.
Accept the praise and thanksgiving
we offer you this day,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
you have called us to your table
and fed us with the bread of life.
Draw us and all people to your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.