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“O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

By: Dudley Buck

At the Procession, all STAND and sing together.


675, Take up your cross, the Savior said BOURBON

OPENING ACCLAMATION AND COLLECT FOR PURITY Celebrant: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins. People: His mercy endures for ever. All: Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and

from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

SUMMARY OF THE LAW Celebrant: Jesus said: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart

and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 22:37-40



Setting By: Healey Willan


The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.

Celebrant: Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be

tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


1 Peter 4:12-16

The readings may be found on the inside of the back page of the program jacket. Reader: The Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God.


Psalm 116:1-8

Tone II.1

Sung responsively. The choir begins, all respond with the verses in bold. Choir: 1 I love the Lord, because he has heard

the voice of my suppli- / cation, * because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called / upon him. 2The cords of death entangled me;

the grip of the grave took / hold of me; * I came to / grief and sorrow. 3 Then I called upon the Name / of the Lord: *

“O Lord, I pray you, / save my life.� 4 Gracious is the Lord and / righteous; *

our God is full / of compassion. 5 The Lord watches over the / innocent;* I was brought very low, /and he helped me.


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6 Turn again to your rest, O my / soul.* for the Lord has treat-/ed you well. 7 For you have rescued my life from / death,* my eyes from tears, and my /feet from stumbling. 8 I will walk in the presence of the / Lord* in the land / of the living.


551, Rise up, ye saints of God! FESTAL SONG

GOSPEL Reader: People:

Mark 8:27-9:1 The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark. Glory to you, Lord Christ.

The readings may be found on the inside of the back page of the program jacket. Reader: People:

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ.


The Rev. Gregory M. Smith Rector

NICENE CREED All: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered death and was buried. 3

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. At the conclusion of the Creed, Please KNEEL as you are able.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE After each bidding there is a time for the Clergy and People to add their own prayers, silently or aloud. Celebrant People: Reader:

People: Reader:

People: Reader:

People: Reader: People: Reader: People:


Let us pray for the Church and for the world, saying, “Lord, in your mercy...� Hear our prayer. For the peace of the whole world, and for the well-being and unity of the people of God, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer. For Foley, our Archbishop, and Mark, our Bishop, and for all the clergy and people of our diocese and congregation, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer. For all those who proclaim the Gospel at home and abroad; and for all who teach and disciple others, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer. For our brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted for their faith, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer. For our President, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For all those who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, in your mercy. People: Hear our prayer. Reader: For all those who departed this life in the certain hope of the resurrection, in thanksgiving let us pray to the Lord. Lord, in your mercy. People: Hear our prayer. Reader: Let us pray for our own needs and those of others. You are invited to add your prayers either silently or aloud. Celebrant: Heavenly Father, grant these our prayers for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. Reader:

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION Celebrant: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth

is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God. 1 John 1:8-9 Celebrant: Most merciful God,

we confess that 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. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. People:

Celebrant: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in his great mercy has

promised forgiveness of sins to all those who sincerely repent and with true faith turn to him, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

COMFORTABLE WORDS Celebrant: Hear the Word of God to all who truly turn to him.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 5

This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15 If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the perfect offering for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2 Please stand.

+GREETING OF PEACE Celebrant: People:

The peace of the Lord be always with you. And with your spirit.


The Rev. Gregory M. Smith


“He that shall endure to the end”, from Elijah By: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Choir: “He that shall endure to the end shall be saved.” At the conclusion of the Anthem, all stand and sing together the Presentation Hymn.


HYMN 380, stanza 3 OLD 100

All: Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host: praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

SURSUM CORDA Celebrant: People:


The Lord be with you. And with your spirit. Lift up your hearts.



We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is just and right so to do.

Celebrant: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to

give thanks to you, Father Almighty. Because you have given us the spirit of discipline, that we may triumph over the flesh, and live no longer for ourselves but for Him who died for us and rose again, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:



Setting By: Richard Proulx

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, in your tender mercy, you gave your only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption. He offered himself and made, once for all time, a perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. He instituted this remembrance of his passion and death, which he commanded us to Celebrant:


continue until he comes again. So now, Father, we ask you to bless and sanctify, with your Word and Holy Spirit, these gifts of bread and wine that we may partake of his most blessed Body and Blood. On the night that he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given 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.” After supper, Jesus took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink this, all of you; for this is my Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for you, and for many, for the forgiveness of sins: Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.” Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. Lord and heavenly Father, with these holy gifts we celebrate the memorial instituted by your beloved Son, remembering his passion and death, his resurrection and ascension, and his promise to come again. Grant that by his merits and death, and through faith in his Blood, we and your whole Church may receive forgiveness of our sins and all other benefits of his passion, making us one body with him that he may dwell in us, and we in him. And here we offer to you, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a living sacrifice, through Jesus Christ our Lord. By him and with him and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and forever. Amen. And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray: All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. 8

THE FRACTION Celebrant: People:

Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed, once and for all upon the cross. Therefore let us keep the feast.

PRAYER OF HUMBLE ACCESS All: We do not presume to come to this your Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your Table. But you are the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

THE MINISTRATION OF COMMUNION Celebrant: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. John 1:29, Revelation 19:9

INVITATION TO COMMUNION Holy Communion is an open and welcoming Table as the Lord himself is the host of this meal. All who have been baptized are invited forward to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. Those who prefer not to receive Communion are welcome to come forward for a blessing.



“Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow,” from The Crucifixion By: John Stainer


“O God, our help in ages past”

By: Joseph Clokey

POST COMMUNION PRAYER Celebrant: Let us pray. All: Heavenly Father, we thank you for feeding us with the

spiritual food of the most precious body and blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ: and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal Kingdom. And now Father, send us out into the world to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen. 10

BLESSING & DISMISSAL May the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be among you, and remain with you always. Amen. Celebrant:

Celebrant: Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of

the Spirit. Thanks be to God.


555, Lead on, O King eternal LANCASHIRE


“O God, our help in ages past”

By: Heinrich Fleischer

Music Notes 11

By: Ashley Sosis Today’s anthems are excerpts from two larger choral masterpieces, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and John Stainer’s Crucifixion. We will be doing John Stainer’s Crucifixion on Good Friday, so you will get to experience the entire piece. Until then, here’s some brief context for each movement. In part II of Elijah, following the first book of Kings in the Old Testament with a bit of dramatic elaboration, Elijah is in danger. He is alone and comforted by angels. Their choruses are some of the most famous pieces in sacred repertoire today, “Lift Thine Eyes”, “He watching over Israel”, “O Rest in the Lord”, and finally today’s anthem, “He that shall endure to the end”. Today’s Communion Hymn, “Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow”, is as it appears in John Stainer’s Crucifixion. The congregation and the choir is to sing this hymn after a brief recitative, “And when they were come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, one on the right, and the other on the left. We’ll be singing one hymn from the Crucifixion a week every Sunday in Lent (there are five total hymns that the congregation is asked to sing in the piece) so that we may present the entire work, with love and reverence, as soloists, choir and congregation this coming Good Friday.


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