Gracious and eternal God,
you called your servant Leo
to strengthen your church
and to proclaim with power
that Jesus Christ is truly divine and truly human,
one with us in our humanity
and one with you in your divine being;
help us to be strong in this faith
and to hold fast the mystery of our redemption;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us
Saviour, who hung on the cross, declaring God's love to us,
you are forgiveness.
Beside you hung two thieves',
beneath you waited Mary the forgiven,
and all around watch those many people,
to whom you give new life and hope.
Forgiven sinners become your body and your Church;
may the reconciliation we share,
bring your gospel to all the world.
May Christ the King give us his blessing of peace.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.