SUNDAY IN LENT
GENESIS 2:15-17; 3:1-7
whose Son fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are but did not sin,
give us grace to discipline ourselves
in submission to your Spirit,
that as you know our weakness,
so we may know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to
till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, "You
may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that
you eat of it you shall die." Now the serpent was more crafty
than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to
the woman, "Did God say, 'You shall not eat from any tree in
the garden'?" The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat
of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, 'You shall
not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the
garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.' "But the
serpent said to the woman, "You will not die; for God knows
that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be
like God, knowing good and evil." So when the woman saw that
the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes,
and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of
its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was
with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they
knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and
made loincloths for themselves.
GENESIS 2:15-17; 3:1-7
REFRAIN O Lord, you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sin is put
are they to whom the Lord imputes no guilt, and in whose spirit
there is no guile! R
I held my tongue, my bones withered away, because of my groaning
all day long.
your hand was heavy upon me day and night; my moisture was dried
up as in the heat of summer. R
I acknowledged my sin to you, and did not conceal my guilt.
said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord."
Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin. R
all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of
trouble; when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach
are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me
with shouts of deliverance. R
will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; I
will guide you with my eye.
not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding; who must
be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near
are the tribulations of the wicked; but mercy embraces those who
trust in the Lord.
glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord; shout for joy, all
who are true of heart. R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and
death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all
have sinned sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is
not reckoned when there is no law. Yet death exercised dominion
from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the
transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.
But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died
through the one man's trespass, much more surely have the grace of
God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ,
abounded for the many. And the free gift is not like the effect of
the one man's sin. For the judgement following one trespass
brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses
brings justification. If, because of the one man's trespass, death
exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those
who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of
righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus
Christ. Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation
for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification
and life for all. For just as by the one man's disobedience the
many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many
will be made righteous.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be
tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and
afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him,
"If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become
loaves of bread." But he answered, "It is written, 'One
does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from
the mouth of God.'" Then the devil took him to the holy city
and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him,
"If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is
written, 'He will command his angels concerning you,' and 'On
their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your
foot against a stone.'" Jesus said to him, "Again it is
written, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" Again,
the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the
kingdoms of the world and their splendour; and he said to him,
"All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship
me." Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! for it is
written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'"
Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on
OVER THE GIFTS
God our refuge and our strength,
receive all we offer you this day,
and through the death and resurrection of your Son
transform us to his likeness.
We ask this in his name.
in this holy bread
you increase our faith and hope and love.
Lead us in the path of Christ
who is your Word of life.
We ask this in his name.