Triumph of the Cross
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Old Testament 21
Tell and bring forth your case; Yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the LORD? And there is no other God besides Me, A just God and a Savior; There is none besides Me. 22
Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. 23
I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath. 24
He shall say, 'Surely in the LORD I have righteousness and strength. To Him men shall come, And all shall be ashamed Who are incensed against Him. 25
In the LORD all the descendants of Israel Shall be justified, and shall glory.' ' Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. 2
The LORD has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. 3
He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4
Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. 5
Sing to the LORD with the harp, With the harp and the sound of a psalm, 6
With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the LORD, the King. 7
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it; 8
Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the LORD, 9
For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, And the peoples with equity. *At the end of the Psalms this is sung or said
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
New Testament 5
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6
who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7
but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11
and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Introduction to the Gospel:
Deacon:The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you. Or And with your spirit
Deacon: May the Lord be on our minds, on our lips, and on our hearts as we hear His Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint John
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from John's Gospel chapter 12, beginning at verse 31
Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32
And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.' 33
This He said, signifying by what death He would die. 34
The people answered Him, 'We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this Son of Man?' 35
Then Jesus said to them, 'A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. 36
While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.' These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.
After the Gospel reading, the deacon elevates the book and says:
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Christ.