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Morning Prayer (Passiontide)
Wednesday 8th April

Preparation

                    O Lord, open our lips
All                and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

                     Let your ways be known upon earth,
All                your saving power among the nations.

Prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief
your only Son was lifted up
that he might draw the whole world to himself.
May we walk this day in the way of the cross
and always be ready to share its weight,
declaring your love for all the world.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All                Blessed be God for ever.

A Song of Lamentation

1                 Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? ♦
                   Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,

2                 Which was brought upon me, ♦
                   which the Lord inflicted
                       on the day of his fierce anger.

3                 For these things I weep;
                        my eyes flow with tears; ♦
                   for a comforter is far from me,
                       one to revive my courage.

4                 Remember my affliction and my bitterness, ♦
                   the wormwood and the gall!

5                 But this I call to mind, ♦
                   and therefore I have hope:

6                 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, ♦
                    his mercies never come to an end;

7                 They are new every morning; ♦
                    great is your faithfulness.

8                 ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ♦
                    ‘therefore I will hope in him.’

9                 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, ♦
                   to the soul that seeks him.

10               It is good that we should wait quietly ♦
                   for the salvation of the Lord.

11               For the Lord will not reject for ever; ♦
                   though he causes grief, he will have compassion,

12               According to the abundance of his steadfast love; ♦
                   for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone.

                                                                       Lamentations 1.12, 16a,b; 3.19, 21-26, 31-33

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now:
                    and shall be for ever. Amen.

This opening prayer may be said

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.

All                 Amen.

 

The Word of God

Psalm 102.1-18

1                 O Lord, hear my prayer ♦
                   and let my crying come before you.

2                 Hide not your face from me ♦
                   in the day of my distress.

3                 Incline your ear to me; ♦
                   when I call, make haste to answer me,

4                 For my days are consumed in smoke ♦
                   and my bones burn away as in a furnace.

5                 My heart is smitten down and withered like grass, ♦
                   so that I forget to eat my bread.

6                 From the sound of my groaning ♦
                   my bones cleave fast to my skin.

7                 I am become like a vulture in the wilderness, ♦
                   like an owl that haunts the ruins.

8                 I keep watch and am become like a sparrow ♦
                   solitary upon the housetop.

9                 My enemies revile me all the day long, ♦
                   and those who rage at me have sworn together against me.

10               I have eaten ashes for bread ♦
                   and mingled my drink with weeping,

11               Because of your indignation and wrath, ♦
                   for you have taken me up and cast me down.

12               My days fade away like a shadow ♦
                   and I am withered like grass.

13               But you, O Lord, shall endure for ever ♦
                   and your name through all generations.

14               You will arise and have pity on Zion; ♦
                   it is time to have mercy upon her;
                        surely the time has come.

15               For your servants love her very stones ♦
                   and feel compassion for her dust.

16               Then shall the nations fear your name, O Lord, ♦
                   and all the kings of the earth your glory,

17               When the Lord has built up Zion ♦
                   and shown himself in glory;

18               When he has turned to the prayer of the destitute ♦
                   and has not despised their plea.

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now:
                    and shall be for ever. Amen.

Wisdom of Solomon 1.16-2.1,12-22

                   16But the ungodly by their words and deeds summoned death;
                   considering him a friend, they pined away
                   and made a covenant with him,
                   because they are fit to belong to his company.

                   1For they reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves,
                   ‘Short and sorrowful is our life,
                   and there is no remedy when a life comes to its end,
                   and no one has been known to return from Hades.
                   12‘Let us lie in wait for the righteous man,
                   because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions;
                   he reproaches us for sins against the law,
                   and accuses us of sins against our training.
                   13He professes to have knowledge of God,
                   and calls himself a child of the Lord.
                   14He became to us a reproof of our thoughts;
                   15the very sight of him is a burden to us,
                   because his manner of life is unlike that of others,
                   and his ways are strange.
                   16We are considered by him as something base,
                   and he avoids our ways as unclean;
                   he calls the last end of the righteous happy,
                   and boasts that God is his father.
                   17Let us see if his words are true,
                   and let us test what will happen at the end of his life;
                   18for if the righteous man is God’s child, he will help him,
                   and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.
                   19Let us test him with insult and torture,
                   so that we may find out how gentle he is,
                   and make trial of his forbearance.
                   20Let us condemn him to a shameful death,
                   for, according to what he says, he will be protected.’
                   21Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray,
                   for their wickedness blinded them,
                   22and they did not know the secret purposes of God,
                   nor hoped for the wages of holiness,
                   nor discerned the prize for blameless souls;

Canticle

All               I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
                    the praises of the Most High.

1                 Who is this that comes from Edom, ♦
                   coming from Bozrah, his garments stained crimson?

2                 Who is this in glorious apparel, ♦
                   marching in the greatness of his strength?

3                 ‘It is I, who announce that right has won the day, ♦
                   it is I,’ says the Lord, ‘for I am mighty to save.’

4                 Why are your robes all red, O Lord, ♦
                   and your garments like theirs who tread the winepress?

5                 ‘I have trodden the winepress alone, ♦
                   and from the peoples no one was with me.’

6                 I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, ♦
                   the praises of the Most High;

7                 All that God has done for us in his mercy, ♦
                   by his many acts of love.

8                 For God said, ‘Surely, they are my people,
                       my children who will not deal falsely,’ ♦
                   and he became their Saviour in all their distress.

9                 So God redeemed them by his love and pity; ♦
                   he lifted them up and carried them
                        through all the days of old.

                                                                           Isaiah 63.1-3a, 7-9

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now
                    and shall be for ever. Amen.

All               I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
                    the praises of the Most High.

Luke 22.54-end

Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, ‘This man also was with him.’ But he denied it, saying, ‘Woman, I do not know him.’ A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, ‘You also are one of them.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I am not!’ Then about an hour later yet another kept insisting, ‘Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I do not know what you are talking about!’ At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly.

Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, ‘Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?’ They kept heaping many other insults on him.

When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. They said, ‘If you are the Messiah, tell us.’ He replied, ‘If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.’ All of them asked, ‘Are you, then, the Son of God?’ He said to them, ‘You say that I am.’ Then they said, ‘What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!’

 

                     We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
All                by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

                     God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.
All                We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

                     We preach Christ crucified,
                     the power of God and the wisdom of God.
All                By your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

                    God forbid that I should glory,
                    save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
All                We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
                     by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

cf 1 Corinthians 1 and Galatians 6   

Gospel Canticle

All              The word of the cross is folly
                   to those who are perishing,
                   but to those who are being saved
                   it is the power of God.

1                 Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, ♦
                   who has come to his people and set them free.

2                 He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, ♦
                   born of the house of his servant David.

3                 Through his holy prophets God promised of old ♦
                   to save us from our enemies,
                        from the hands of all that hate us,

4                 To show mercy to our ancestors, ♦
                   and to remember his holy covenant.

5                 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: ♦
                   to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6                 Free to worship him without fear, ♦
                   holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

7                 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, ♦
                   for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8                 To give his people knowledge of salvation ♦
                    by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9                 In the tender compassion of our God ♦
                   the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10               To shine on those who dwell in darkness
                        and the shadow of death, ♦
                   and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

                                                                                    Luke 1.68-79

All               Glory to the Father and to the Son
                    and to the Holy Spirit;
                    as it was in the beginning is now
                    and shall be for ever. Amen.

All               The word of the cross is folly
                    to those who are perishing,
                    but to those who are being saved
                    it is the power of God.

Prayers

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer

Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day is said

True and humble king,
hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you
on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

Standing at the foot of the cross,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.   
     

The Conclusion

May Christ, who bore our sins on the cross,
set us free to serve him with joy. Amen.

                      Let us bless the Lord.
All                 Thanks be to God.

 

 

King’s Lynn Minster
Sunday 5th April 2020 : Palm Sunday

Hosanna to the son of David, the King of Israel.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Dear friends in Christ, thank you for joining us in the Vicarage for this Eucharist for Palm Sunday. I regret that we have been asked not to broadcast the service from within the Minster, but nonetheless we are able to meet to share spiritually in this sacrament. We are joined in prayer and worship as part of the universal Church – the Communion of Saints on earth and in heaven.

During Lent, we have been preparing in whatever way we could, by works of love and self-sacrifice, for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Today we begin this solemn celebration in union with the Church throughout the world. Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us go with him in faith and love, so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.

If you have a palm cross you might like to hold it for blessing.

God our Saviour, whose Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer and to die, let these palms be for us signs of his victory; and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen

The Palm Gospel:  Matthew 21.1-11

          The Lord be with you.
All:   and also with you

          Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
          according to Matthew
All:   Glory to you, O Lord.

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.’ This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’

          This is the Gospel of the Lord.
          Praise to you, O Christ.

The Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race,
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example
of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen

 

The Letter to the Philippians, chapter 2, verses 5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death - even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

          For the word of the Lord.
All:   Thanks be to God

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
Christ humbled himself and became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him
and given him the name that is above every name.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
according to Matthew

11Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus said, ‘You say so.’ 12But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. 13Then Pilate said to him, ‘Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?’ 14But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

15Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. 16At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. 17So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, ‘Whom do you want me to release for you, Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ 18For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. 19While he was sitting on the judgement seat, his wife sent word to him, ‘Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.’ 20Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. 21The governor again said to them, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’ And they said, ‘Barabbas.’ 22Pilate said to them, ‘Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ All of them said, ‘Let him be crucified!’ 23Then he asked, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Let him be crucified!’

24So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.’ 25Then the people as a whole answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’ 26So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

27Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. 28They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ 30They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

32As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. 33And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; 36then they sat down there and kept watch over him. 37Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’

38Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, 40‘You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.’ 41In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, 42‘He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. 43He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, “I am God’s Son.”’ 44The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.

45From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ 47When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘This man is calling for Elijah.’ 48At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. 49But the others said, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.’ 50Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. 51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!’

          This is the Passion of the Lord

The Sermon

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The Intercessions 

Leader: We stand with Christ in his suffering.
For forgiveness for the many times we have denied Jesus,
let us pray to the Lord.

All:   Lord, have mercy

For grace to seek out those habits of sin which mean spiritual death, and by prayer and self discipline to overcome them,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy

For Christian people, that through the suffering of disunity
there may grow a rich union in Christ,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy

 For those who make laws, interpret them,  and administer them,
that our common life may be ordered in justice and mercy,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy

For those in darkness and agony of isolation,
that they may find support and encouragement,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy

For those who, weighed down with hardship, failure or sorrow,
feel that God is far from them,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercyFor those who are tempted to give up the way of the cross,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy

For those suffering because of the Coronavirus, the sick, the isolated and the fearful;
for those who care for them;
for those responsible for the public health and for all serve the good of society,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy

For those who have died, among them, John Chase and Chris Jacklin;
for all who have died alone; for the bereaved who cannot mark the death of their loved-ones as they would wish to,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Holy God,
Holy and strong,
Holy and immortal,
have mercy on us.  Amen.

The Peace

Once we were far off, but now in union with Christ Jesus
we have been brought near through the shedding of Christ’s blood,
for he is our peace.

          The Peace of the Lord be always with you
          and also with you.

Please sing the hymn or follow the words as you wish.
                                                                                          tune Rockingham

When I survey the wondrous cross,
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
save in the death of Christ my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

See from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down;
did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson like a robe,
spreads o’er his body on the tree;
then am I dead to all the globe,
and all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

                                                            Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

The prayer over the gifts.

Jesus, true vine and bread of life,
ever giving yourself that the world might live,
let us share your death and passion:
make us perfect in your love. Amen.

The Eucharistic Prayer

     The Lord be with you
     and also with you.

     Lift up your hearts.
     We lift them to the Lord.

     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
     It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For as the time of his passion and resurrection draws near
the whole world is called to acknowledge his hidden majesty.
The power of the life-giving cross
reveals the judgement that has come upon the world
and the triumph of Christ crucified.
He is the victim who dies no more,
the Lamb once slain, who lives for ever,
our advocate in heaven to plead our cause,
exalting us there to join with angels and archangels,
for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice
made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice
of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us so we pray:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.  Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

     Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup,
     we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

The Agnus Dei.

Lamb of God,  you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,  you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

The invitation to Communion

Behold the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world,
blessed are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

Prayers after Communion

Lord Jesus Christ,
you humbled yourself
in taking the form of a servant,
and in obedience died on the cross
for our salvation:
give us the mind to follow you
and to proclaim you as Lord and King,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Faithful God,
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. Amen.

The Blessing:

          The Lord be with you
          and also with you.

May the Father,
who so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
bring you by faith to his eternal life.
Amen.

May Christ,
who accepted the cup of sacrifice
in obedience to the Father’s will,
keep you steadfast as you walk with him the way of his cross.
Amen.

May the Spirit,
who strengthens us to suffer with Christ
that we may share his glory,
set your minds on life and peace.
Amen.

And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

          Abide in peace, love and serve the Lord.
          In the name of Christ. Amen.