Gracious and merciful God,
in a wonderful sacrament you have given us
a memorial of the passion of your Son
Jesus Christ;
grant that we who receive these sacred mysteries
may grow up into him in all things
until we come to your eternal joy;
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Gospel Reading - Jesus arrest


47But even as he said this, a mob approached, led by Judas, one of his twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus and kissed him on the cheek in friendly greeting.a

48But Jesus said, “Judas, how can you do this — betray the Messiah with a kiss?”

49When the other disciples saw what was about to happen, they exclaimed, “Master, shall we fight? We brought along the swords!” 50And one of them slashed at the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear.

51But Jesus said, “Don’t resist anymore.” And he touched the place where the man’s ear had been and restored it. 52Then Jesus addressed the chief priests and captains of the Temple guards and the religious leaders who headed the mob. “Am I a robber,” he asked, “that you have come armed with swords and clubs to get me? 53Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there every day. But this is your moment — the time when Satan’s power reigns supreme.”

54So they seized him and led him to the high priest’s residence, and Peter followed at a distance.

. . . . .Luke 22:47-54


Pray for 3 people on your heart ending with the prayer below.

Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love,
for they are from everlasting.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come before you;
and by your great might,
spare those who are condemned to die.
Christ, have mercy. E te Karaiti, kia aroha mai.
Lord, give strength to your people,
and give us your blessing of peace.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.