April 1, 2021
The People prepare a simple meal at home, which they share following the service.
Opening Rites and Blessings
The service begins with a ritual handwashing, during which is said this prayer:
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe. You give us all that we possess, and have made the earth fruitful, that we might set our hands to labor upon it to bring forth what is needful for life. Cleanse our hands as we cleanse them before you, that we may be free from all sickness, fatigue, and contagion, and, mindful of our needs and those of others, share freely the bounty of the earth, rejoicing in your goodness. Amen.
The Celebrant then recites the blessings:
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe. You create the fruit of the vine; and on this night you promised to refresh us with the cup of salvation in the Blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Glory to you for ever and ever. Amen.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe. You bring forth bread from the earth; and on this night you promised us the bread of life in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ. As grain scattered upon the earth is gathered into one loaf, so gather your scattered Church, in good time, into the kingdom of your Son. To you be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.
Over the Other Foods
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe. You have blessed the earth to bring forth food to satisfy our hunger. Let this food strengthen us in the fast that is before us, that following our Savior in the way of the cross, we may come to the joy of his resurrection. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Over the Elements to be Reserved
O Lord Jesus Christ, who in this blessed Sacrament has given us a memorial of your passion: Grant us, we pray, so to cherish the sacred mysteries of your body and blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of your redemption, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The Celebrant reserves the elements for consecration on Easter Sunday.
1As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and behold the face of God?
3My tears have been my food day and night,
while people say to me continually, “Where is your God?”
4These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I went with the throng, and led them in procession to the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving.
5Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.
6My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
7Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows have gone over me.
8By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.
9I say to God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me?”
10As with a deadly wound in my body, my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me continually, “Where is your God?”
11Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.
1st Gospel Reading: John 16:12-16
12I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 16A little while and you will no longer see me, & again a little while, and you will see me.
Hymn: Go to dark Gethsemane The Hymnal 1982 # 171
Go to dark Gethsemane, ye that feel the tempter’s power;
your Redeemer’s conflict see, watch with him one bitter hour;
turn not from his griefs away, learn of Jesus Christ to pray.
Follow to the judgment hall; view the Lord of life arraigned;
O the wormwood and the gall! O the pangs his soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss; learn of him to bear the cross.
Calvary’s mournful mountain climb; there, adoring at his feet,
mark the miracle of time, God’s own sacrifice complete;
‘It is finished!’ hear him cry; learn of Jesus Christ to die.
2nd Gospel Reading: John 17:20-21
20I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
Hymn: Sunset to sunrise changes now The Hymnal 1982 # 163
Sunset to sunrise changes now,
for God doth make his world anew;
on the Redeemer’s thorn-crowned brow
the wonders of that dawn we view.
E’en though the sun withholds its light,
lo! a more heavenly lamp shines here,
and from the cross on Calvary’s height
gleams of eternity appear.
Here in o’erwhelming final strife
the Lord of life hath victory,
and sin is slain, and death brings life,
and earth inherits heaven’s key.
3rd Gospel Reading: Luke 22:39-42, 45-46
39He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 40When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” 41Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 42Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.
45When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, 46and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”
Closing Hymn: Alone thou goest forth The Hymnal 1982 #164
Alone thou goest forth, O Lord, in sacrifice to die;
is this thy sorrow nought to us who pass unheeding by?
Our sins, not thine, thou bearest, Lord; make us thy sorrow feel,
till through our pity and our shame love answers love’s appeal.
This is earth’s darkest hour, but thou dost light and life restore;
then let all praise be given thee who livest evermore.
Grant us with thee to suffer pain that, as we share this hour,
thy cross may bring us to thy joy and resurrection power.
Bidding and Closing Prayer
The Celebrant continues:
“Peace is my last gift to you, my own peace I now leave with you; peace which the world cannot give, I give to you. I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.”
The Celebrant prays:
Blessed are you, Lord God of our fathers and mothers, who has brought us in safety to this night. We remember that Jesus, after his final supper with his friends, went forth to pray alone, and to face his time of trial and his death. May we in your grace keep watch with him this night, and be found faithful unto him when morning dawns.
Image credits (for 2021 service video):
JESUS MAFA. The Lord’s Supper, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48272 [retrieved March 29, 2021]. Original source: http://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr (contact page: https://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr/contact).
Giovanni Bellini. The Agony in the Garden. 1458-60. The National Gallery, London.
Mikhail Shankov. Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, 1995. https://05varvara.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/mikhail-shankov-christ-in-the-garden-of-gethsemane-1995/.
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