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Sample Service // 7PM

This evening’s readers are members of the Education for Ministry program at St. James’.

The Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ is a continuation of the Maundy Thursday Liturgy and begins in silence, just as the night before ended in silence. Following tradition, there is no celebration of the Eucharist on this day.

The ministers and people begin the liturgy with the Acclamation and Collect of the Day.

Acclamation and Collect

Celebrant     Blessed be our God. People     For ever and ever.  Amen.

Celebrant       Let us pray. Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The people sit for the Lessons.

Lesson   Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12

See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. Just as there were many who were astonished at him—so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals—so he shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him;

for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.

Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account. Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. 

The Lector says The Word of the Lord. The People respond   Thanks be to God.

All recite the psalm responsively at the half-verse.

Psalm 22:1-9, 13-18

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *

  and are so far from my cry

  and from the words of my distress?

2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; * by night as well, but I find no rest.

3 Yet you are the Holy One, *

  enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

4 Our forefathers put their trust in you; *

  they trusted, and you delivered them.

5 They cried out to you and were delivered; *

  they trusted in you and were not put to shame.

6 But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *

  scorned by all and despised by the people.

7 All who see me laugh me to scorn; *

  they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,

8 “He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him; *

  let him rescue him, if he delights in him.”

9 Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *

  and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.

13 They open wide their jaws at me, *

  like a ravening and a roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water;

all my bones are out of joint; *

  my heart within my breast is melting wax.

15 My mouth is dried out like a potsherd;

my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *

  and you have laid me in the dust of the grave. 

16 Packs of dogs close me in,

and gangs of evildoers circle around me; *

  they pierce my hands and my feet;

  I can count all my bones.

17 They stare and gloat over me; *

  they divide my garments among them;

  they cast lots for my clothing.

18 Be not far away, O Lord; *

  you are my strength; hasten to help me.

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ is chanted to the traditional plainsong tone. The congregation is seated for the first part of the Passion. The customary responses before and after the Gospel are omitted.

Gospel   John 18:1 – 19:37

Jesus went forth with his disciples across the Kidron valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, procuring a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that was to befall him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When he said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered them, “I told you that I am he; so, if you seek me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the word which he had spoken, “Of those whom thou gavest me I lost not one.” Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s slave and cut off his right ear. The slave’s name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given me?” 

So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews seized Jesus and bound him. First they led him to Annas; for he was the father-in-law of Ca’iaphas, who was high priest that year. It was Ca’iaphas who had given counsel to the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people. 

Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. As this disciple was known to the high priest, he entered the court of the high priest along with Jesus, while Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the maid who kept the door, and brought Peter in. The maid who kept the door said to Peter, “Are not you also one of this man’s disciples?”  And he said, “I am not.” Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves; Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself. The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together; I have said nothing secretly. Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me, what I said to them; they know what I said.” When he had said this, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken wrongly, bear witness to the wrong; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?” Annas then sent him bound to Ca’iaphas the high priest. 

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said to him, “Are not you also one of his disciples?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” One of the servants of the high priest, a kinsman of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” Peter again denied it; and at once the cock crowed. 

Then they led Jesus from the home of Ca’iaphas to the praetorium. It was early. They themselves did not enter the praetorium, so that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. So Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They answered him, “If this man were not an evildoer, we would not have handed him over.”Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put any man to death.” This was to fulfil the word which Jesus had spoken to show by what death he was to die. Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered him, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me; what have you done?” Jesus answered him, “My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.” Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” 

After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again, and told them, “I find no crime in him. But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover; will you have me release for you the King of the Jews?” They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barab’bas!” Now Barab’bas was a robber. 

Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. And the soldiers plaited a crown with thorns, and put it on his head, and arrayed him in a purple robe; they came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. Pilate went out again, and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you, that you may know that I find no crime in him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no fault in him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he has made himself the Son of God.” 

When Pilate heard these words, he was the more afraid; he entered the praetorium again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave no answer. Pilate therefore said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore he who delivered me to you has the greater sin.” 

Upon this Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend; everyone who makes himself a king sets himself against Caesar. When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the Judgment seat at a place called the Pavement, and in Hebrew, Gabbatha.


Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Here is your King!” They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Gol’gotha. 

The People stand.

There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross; and it read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. The chief priests of the Jews then said to Pilate, “Do not write, `The King of the Jews,’ but, `This man said, I am the King of the Jews.'” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” 

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus they took his garments and made four parts, one for each soldier. But the tunic was without seam, woven from top to bottom; so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfil the scripture, “They parted my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” So the soldiers did this. 

But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. 

After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, to fulfill the scripture, said “I thirst.” A bowl full of vinegar stood there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished”; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

The People kneel. A long period of silence is observed.

Since it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the sabbath (for that sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him; but when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness — his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth — that you also may believe. For these things took place that the scripture might be fulfilled, “Not a bone of him shall be broken.” And again another scripture says, “They shall look on him whom they have pierced.”  


Homily                       The Rev. John Kim

The Solemn Collects

All standing, the Deacon, or other person appointed, invites the people to pray with the following words.

Dear People of God: Our heavenly Father sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved; that all who believe in him might be delivered from the power of sin and death, and become heirs with him of everlasting life.

We pray, therefore, for people everywhere according to their needs.

The people kneel. A period of silence is kept after each bidding is read by the Deacon or other minister. The Celebrant says the Solemn Collects after each bidding.

Let us pray for the holy Catholic Church of Christ throughout the world:

For its unity in witness and service;

For all bishops and other ministers and the people whom they serve;

For Michael, our Presiding Bishop, and John and Diane, our Bishops, and all the 

       people of this diocese;

For all Christians in this community;

That God will confirm his Church in faith, increase it in love, and preserve it in peace.

Silence. Then the Celebrant says the following Solemn Collect.

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Let us pray for all nations and peoples of the earth, and for those in authority among them:

For Joseph, the President of the United States;

For the Congress and the Supreme Court;

For the Members and Representatives of the United Nations;

For all who serve the common good;

That by God’s help they may seek justice and truth, and live in peace and concord.

Silence. Then the Celebrant says the following Solemn Collect.

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility your dominion may increase, until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Let us pray for all who suffer and are afflicted in body or in mind:

For the hungry and the homeless, the destitute and the oppressed;

For the sick, the wounded, and the crippled;

For those in loneliness, fear, and anguish;

For those who face temptation, doubt, and despair;

For the sorrowful and bereaved;

For prisoners and captives, and those in mortal danger;

That God in his mercy will comfort and relieve them, and grant them the knowledge of his love, and stir up in us the will and patience to minister to their needs.

Silence. Then the Celebrant says the following Solemn Collect.

Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer: Let the cry of those in misery and need come to you, that they may find your mercy present with them in all their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them for the sake of him who suffered for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Let us pray for all who have not received the Gospel of Christ:

For those who have never heard the word of salvation;

For those who have lost their faith;

For those hardened by sin or indifference;

For the contemptuous and the scornful;

For those who are enemies of the cross of Christ and persecutors of his disciples;

For those who in the name of Christ have persecuted others;

That God will open their hearts to the truth, and lead them to faith and obedience.

Silence. Then the Celebrant says the following Solemn Collect.

Merciful God, creator of all the peoples of the earth and lover of souls: Have compassion on all who do not know you as you are revealed in your Son Jesus Christ; let your Gospel be preached with grace and power to those who have not heard it; turn the hearts of those who resist it; and bring home to your fold those who have gone astray; that there may be one flock under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us commit ourselves to our God, and pray for the grace of a holy life, that, with all who have departed this world and have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to God alone, we may be accounted worthy to enter into the fullness of the joy of our Lord, and receive the crown of life in the day of resurrection.

Silence. Then the Celebrant says the following Solemn Collect.

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquillity the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Veneration of the Cross

All kneel as a wooden cross is brought into the church. At three stations, the Priest, carrying the cross, stops and says

Priest       This is the wood of the cross, on which hung the Savior of the world.

All           Come, let us worship.

While all remain kneeling all join in singing the hymn.

Hymn 166   Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle pange lingua

The Confession of Sin

The Priest then says   Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

The Priest and People bow their heads and say together:

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.

The Celebrant grants absolution:

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.  Amen.

The Celebrant invites the people to say the Lord’s Prayer.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say in our many languages, 

Please pray in the language of your choice. / Por favor oren en el idioma de su preferencia. /  

 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 for ever and ever.  


Padre nuestro que estás en el cielo, 

santificado sea tu Nombre, 

venga tu reino, hágase tu voluntad, 

en la tierra como en el cielo. 

Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. 

Perdona nuestras ofensas, 

como también nosotros perdonamos 

a los que nos ofenden. 

No nos dejes caer en tentación 

y líbranos del mal. 

Porque tuyo es el reino, 

tuyo es el poder, y tuya es la gloria, 

 ahora y por siempre. Amén

Nna-ayi nke bi n’elu-igwe, 

ka aha-Gi di nso,

ka ala-eze-Gi bia. Ka eme ihie ina acho,

dika esi eme ya  n’elu igwe, 

ka eme kwa ya otu ahu n’Uwa. 

Nye ayi nri ta, nke ga ezuru ayi n’ubochi ta. 

Gbaghara ayi ihie ojo nile ayi mere, 

otu ayi si gbaghara ndi mere ayi ihie ojo. 

Edubala ayi n’ime onwunwa, 

ma doputa ayi n’aka ajo ihe, 

n’ihi na ala eze bu nke Gi, 

na ike, na otuto, mgbe nile, 

mgbe nile. Amen.

Concluding Collect

Celebrant    Let us pray. (all stand)

People     Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set your passion, cross, and death between your judgment and our souls, now and in the hour of our death. Give mercy and grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; to your holy Church peace and concord; and to us sinners everlasting life and glory; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

The service ends in silence.