OF HOLY WEEK
your Son our Saviour gave his body to be whipped
and turned his face for men to spit upon.
Give your servants grace to accept suffering for his sake,
confident of the glory that will be revealed,
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
The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I
may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning
he wakens - wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The
Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not
turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my
cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have
not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I
know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is
near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are
my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps
me; who will declare me guilty?
REFRAIN O Lord, make haste to help me.
pleased, O God, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me.
those who seek my life be ashamed and altogether dismayed; let
those who take pleasure in my misfortune draw back and be
those who say to me "Aha!" and gloat over me turn back,
because they are ashamed.
all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; let those who love
your salvation say for ever, "Great is the Lord!" R
as for me, I am poor and needy; come to me speedily, O God.
are my helper and my deliverer; O Lord, do not tarry. R
READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of
witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that
clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that
is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of
our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him
endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat
at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured
such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not
grow weary or lose heart.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, "Very
truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me." The disciples
looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of
his disciples the - one whom Jesus loved - was reclining next to
him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he
was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him,
"Lord, who is it?" Jesus answered, "It is the one
to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the
dish." So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it
to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of
bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, "Do quickly
what you are going to do." Now no one at the table knew why
he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the
common purse, Jesus was telling him, "Buy what we need for
the festival"; or, that he should give something to the poor.
So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out.
And it was night. When he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the
Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.
If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in
himself and will glorify him at once."
OVER THE GIFTS
God of glory,
may our worship this day
fix the eyes of our faith on Jesus,
the pioneer and perfecter of our new humanity,
who is seated at the right hand of your throne,
now and for ever.
God our help,
your Son was betrayed by one who called himself a friend.
May we who call him Lord
ever remain his faithful people,
for he lives and reigns with you now and for ever.