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P: Friends in Christ, in this Lenten season we have heard our Lord's call to struggle against sin, death, and the devil—all that keeps us from loving God and each other. This is the struggle to which we were called at baptism. We have shared this discipline of Lent with new brothers and sisters in Christ who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. Within the community of the church, God never wearies of forgiving sin and giving the peace of reconciliation. On this night let us confess our sin against God and our neighbor, and enter the celebration of the great Three Days reconciled with God and with one another.
Silence for reflection and self-examination
P: Most merciful God,
C: we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
P: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins.
As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ and by his authority,
I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins,
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C: And also with you.
Holy God, source of all love, on the night of his betrayal, Jesus gave us a new commandment, to love one another as he loves us. Write this commandment in our hearts, and give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
23For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread,
24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said,
This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.
25In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying,
This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
21They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry [Jesus'] cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. 22Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). 23And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. 24And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.
25It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified him.
26The inscription of the charge against him read,
The King of the Jews.
27And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left.
29Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying,
Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days,
30save yourself, and come down from the cross!
31In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying,
He saved others; he cannot save himself.
32Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe. Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.
P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.
P: Lieft up your hearts.
C: We lift them to the Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
The altar represents Christ, and the removal of the vessels is symbolic of the humiliation of Christ. A psalm is read as the vessels are removed.
Please leave in silence.