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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 on Easter.
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 is kept for reflection.
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.
P: 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.
1The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. 4If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. … 11This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. 12For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. 13The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
14This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.
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.
P: The holy gospel according to St. John, the 13th chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
1Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper
3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God,
4got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.
5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.
6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
Lord, are you going to wash my feet?
You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.
8Peter said to him,
You will never wash my feet. Jesus answered,
Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.
9Simon Peter said to him,
Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!
10Jesus said to him,
One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.
11For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said,
Not all of you are clean.
12After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them,
Do you know what I have done to you?
13You call me Teacher and Lord and you are right, for that is what I am.
14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
16Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them.
17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.
32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.
33Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you,
Where I am going, you cannot come.
34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.
P: Merciful God,
C: receive our prayer.
P: God of glory, receive these gifts and the offering of our lives.
As Jesus was lifted up from the earth, draw us to your heart in the midst of this world,
that all creation may be brought from bondage to freedom, from darkness to light, and from death to life;
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.
P: Lift 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.
P: It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ, whose suffering and death gave salvation to all. You gather your people around the tree of the cross, transforming death into life. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
P: You so loved the world that you gave your only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.
We give you thanks for his coming into the world to fulfill for us your holy will and to accomplish all things for our salvation.
In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
C: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. Amen.
P: Remembering, therefore, his salutary command, his life-giving passion and death, his glorious resurrection and ascension, and the promise of his coming again, we give thanks to you, O Lord God Almighty, not as we ought but as we are able; we ask you mercifully to accept our praise and thanksgiving and with your Word and Holy Spirit to bless us, your servants, and these your own gifts of bread and wine, so that we and all who share in the body and blood of Christ may be filled with heavenly blessing and grace, and, receiving the forgiveness of sin, may be formed to live as your holy people and be given our inheritance with all your saints.
To you, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
be all honor and glory in your holy church, now and forever.
P: Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray:
P: Taste and see that the Lord is good.
P: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.
P: Lord Jesus, in a wonderful sacrament you strengthen us with the saving power of your suffering, death, and resurrection.
May this sacrament of your body and blood so work in us that the fruits of your redemption will show forth in the way we live,
for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
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.