OF HOLY WEEK
by the passion of your blessed Son,
you made an instrument of shameful death
to be for us the means of life.
May our lives be so transformed by his passion
that we may witness to his grace;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH
Listen to me, O
coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The Lord
called me before I was born, while I was in my mother's womb he
named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of
his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he
hid me away. And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel,
in whom I will be glorified." But I said, "I have
laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my
God." And now the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be
his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be
gathered to him, for I am honoured in the sight of the Lord, and
my God has become my strength - he says, "It is too light a
thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of
Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a
light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of
the earth." Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and
his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the
slave of rulers, "Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and
they shall prostrate themselves, because of the Lord, who is
faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."
REFRAIN O Lord, make haste to help me.
you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be ashamed.
your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; incline your ear
to me and save me. R
my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; you are my crag and my
me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the clutches of the
evildoer and the oppressor. R
you are my hope, O Lord God, my confidence since I was young.
have been sustained by you ever since I was born; from my mother's
womb you have been my strength; my praise shall be always of you.
have become a portent to many; but you are my refuge and my
my mouth be full of your praise and your glory all the day long. R
not cast me off in my old age; forsake me not when my strength
my enemies are talking against me, and those who lie in wait for
my life take counsel together.
say, "God has forsaken him; go after him and seize him;
because there is none who will save." R
God, be not far from me; come quickly to help me, O my God.
those who set themselves against me be put to shame and be
disgraced; let those who seek to do me evil be covered with scorn
I shall always wait in patience, and shall praise you more and
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
The message about the cross is foolishness to those who
are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of
God. For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the
wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart."
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the
debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the
world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God
through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our
proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and
Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a
stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those
who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God
and the wisdom of God. For God's foolishness is wiser than human
wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.
Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were
wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of
noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame
the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are
not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might
boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in
Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness
and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is
written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."
1 CORINTHIANS 1:18-31
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. The crowd answered
him, "We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains
forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up?
Who is this Son of Man?" Jesus said to them, "The light
is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so
that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the
darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the
light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of
light." After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from
OVER THE GIFTS
Source of life,
accept all we offer you this day,
and turn us from sin and death,
that we may share in the tree of life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
may we who share this banquet
glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
our salvation, life, and hope,
who reigns as Lord now and for ever.