OF HOLY WEEK
whose Son was crucified yet entered into glory,
may we, walking in the way of the cross,
find it is for us the way of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH
Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my
soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth
justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or
make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and
a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring
forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has
established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his
teaching. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and
stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from
it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who
walk in it: I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I
have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a
covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes
that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from
the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord, that is my
name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See,
the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth, I tell you of them.
REFRAIN Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens.
love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, and your faithfulness to the
righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like the
great deep; you save both man and beast, O Lord. R
priceless is your love, O God! your people take refuge under the
shadow of your wings.
feast upon the abundance of your house; you give them drink from
the river of your delights. R
with you is the well of life, and in your light we see light.
your loving-kindness to those who know you, and your favour to
those who are true of heart.
not the foot of the proud come near me, nor the hand of the wicked
push me aside.
READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS
When Christ came as a high priest of the good things that
have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made
with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for
all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves,
but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if
the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of
a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their
flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who
through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God,
purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!
For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that
those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance,
because a death has occurred that redeems them from the
transgressions under the first covenant.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the
home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave
a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at
the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of
pure nard, anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The
house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas
Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray
him), said, "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred
denarii and the money given to the poor?" (He said this not
because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he
kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)
Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might
keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with
you, but you do not always have me." When the great crowd of
the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of
Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well,
since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were
deserting and were believing in Jesus. JOHN 12:1-11
OVER THE GIFTS
Ruler of all creation,
your Son was anointed with costly oil
in preparation for death and the grave.
Receive all we offer you this day
for the sake of him who died that we might live,
Jesus Christ the Lord.
God of our salvation,
in this eucharist
you have renewed us in your covenant.
Help us to follow in the path of him
who came to open the eyes of the blind
and bring prisoners out of darkness,
Jesus Christ our Lord.