The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you, gracious creating Spirit. You brought all things into being and called them good. From the dust of the earth you tenderly formed us and breathed into us the breath of life.
Throughout human history, we have so often turned away from our calling to justice and compassion, yet your love has remained steadfast.
We remember this day the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, who shows us what a human life full of Spirit can look like. We give thanks for his teaching, example, and sacrifice.
And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we join our voices in praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Holy are you, and blessed is our brother Jesus, who was led into the wilderness by your Spirit, where he fasted forty days and forty nights to prepare for ministry.
Through the mystery of his suffering, death, and resurrection, the Church was born.
Now, when we your people prepare for the yearly feast of Easter, you lead us to repentance and renewal and the cleansing of our hearts, that during the days of Lent we may be gifted and graced to reaffirm the covenant you made with us through Christ.
On the night in which he gave himself up, he took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to the disciples, and said: "Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me."
When the supper was over he took the cup,
gave thanks to you, gave it to the disciples, and said:
"Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving, in humble obedience.
Pour out your Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Beloveds, take the bread and the cup; eat and drink.
May they be for you the body and blood of Christ, so that together we might serve the world as Christ’s body, perceiving and responding as the Spirit leads us.