We kneel in silence

 

Lord, by shedding his blood for us, your Son, Jesus Christ
established the paschal mystery.
In your goodness, make us holy and watch over us always.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen

 

 

A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah 52: 13 – 53:12

Psalm 30: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

In you, O Lord, I take refuge, let me never be put to shame.
In your justice set me free, it is you who will redeem me, Lord.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

In the face of all my foes, I am a reproach,
an object of scorn to my neighbours and of fear to my friends.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Those who see me in the street run away from me.
I am like a dead man, forgotten in men’s hearts, like a thing thrown away.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

But as for me I trust in you, Lord, I say, “You are my God”
My life is in your hands deliver me from the hands of those who hate me.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Let your face shine on your servant, and save me in your love.
Be strong, let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16. 5:7-9

 

Before the reading of the Passion:

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory. Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
Christ was humbler yet, even to accepting death on a cross. Christ was humbler yet;
But God raised him high, but God raised him high, And gave him the name which is above all names.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory. Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

 

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

After the reading of the Passion we sing:

We sing the Saviour’s glory, his triumph far and wide.
We tell the wondrous story how on a cross he died.
But God’s great love and mercy shall every death embrace,
the cross becomes our glory, God’s mighty throne of grace.

 

 The General Intercessions

 

 We pray for the needs of all God’s people, and specifically for:

the Church; the Pope; the Faithful;
those preparing for baptism; Christian Unity; the Jewish people;
those who do not believe in Christ;
those who do not believe in God;
all who hold public office.

 

The Veneration of the Cross

 

This is the wood of the cross
on which hung the saviour of the world:
Come, let us worship.
 As the veneration begins we sing:
Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom.
Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom 

 

From Psalm 42

 

 My God, my strength, defend my cause: save me from the hands of the wicked.

 Defend me, O God, and plead my cause against a godless nation:
My God, my strength, defend my cause.

From a deceitful and cunning people rescue me, O God.
save me from the hands of the wicked.

Since you, O God, are my stronghold, why have you rejected me?
My God, my strength, defend my cause.

Why do I go mourning, oppressed by the foe?
save me from the hands of the wicked.

O send forth your light and your truth. Let these be my guide.
My God, my strength, defend my cause.

Let them bring me to the holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.
save me from the hands of the wicked.
My God, my strength, defend my cause: save me from the hands of the wicked.

 

hymn

O Sacred Head, sore wounded, with grief and shame weighed down!
O kingly head, surrounded with thorns, thine only crown.
How pale art thou with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish which once was bright as morn.

What language shall I borrow to praise thee heavenly friend,
for this thy dying sorrow, thy piety without end?
O make me thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to thee.

 

Hymn

God of mercy and compassion, look with pity upon me
Father let me call Thee Father ’tis this child returns to Thee
Jesus Lord, I ask for mercy, let me not implore in vain
All my sins I now detest them, never will I sin again.

See our Savior bleeding, dying, on the cross of Calvary
To that cross my sins have nailed Him, yet he bleeds and dies for me.
Jesus Lord, I ask for mercy, let me not implore in vain
All my sins I now detest them, never will I sin again.

 

Communion

The Canticle from the Letter to the Philippians 2:6-11

Though Jesus Christ was in the form of God,
he did not count such equality to be grasped.

Instead, he freely emptied out himself,
and took the form of a servant, was born like us.

In human form he chose humility,
and gave himself up to dying upon a cross.

Because of this our God exalted him, and raised him
gave him a name above every name.

At Jesus’ name now every knee should bow
be they in heav’n or on earth or creation’s depths.

 

Hymn

Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast; Body of Christ, be thou my saving guest;
Blood of my Saviour, bathe me in thy tide, wash me with water flowing from thy side.

Strength and protection may thy Passion be; O Blessed Jesus, hear and answer me;
deep in thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me;so shall I never, never part from thee.

Guard and defend me from the foe malign; in death’s dread moments make me only thine;
call me and bid me come to thee on high, when I may praise thee with thy saints for aye.

 

Copyrights:   Ps 30 © The Grail, England; music © Kevin Mayhew.  My God, my strength: words taken from The Psalms: A New Translation © The Grail; music and antiphon text: © 2005, The Collegeville Composers Group. All rights reserved. Published and administered by the Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN 56321.Jesus remember me © Taize. Canticle from the Letter to the Philippians © Stephen E Smyth. Soul of my Saviour: Ascribed to John XX11(1249-1334), We sing the Saviour’s glory: words © Dan Schutte. O Sacred Head: based on a medieval  Latin poem, Salve mundi salutare, with stanzas addressing the various parts of Christ‘s body hanging on the Cross. The last part of the poem, from which the hymn is taken, is addressed to Christ’s head, and begins “Salve caput cruentatum.” The poem is attributed to the Medieval poet Arnulf of Leuven (died 1250)  All hymns covered by the Christian Copyright Licensing and Calamus have been reproduced under CCL Licence No 74396 and Calamus Licence No 0262. graphic: © Netta Ewing.