Taize Service for Holy Wednesday
Wednesday in Holy Week
Within our darkest night, you kindle the fire
that never dies away, never dies away.
I love the Lord, for the Lord has heard the cry of my appeal.
The Lord was attentive to me on the day when I called.
They surrounded me, the snares of death, with the anguish of the tomb;
they caught me, sorrow and distress. I called on the Lord’s name.
How gracious is the Lord, and just, our God has compassion.
The Lord protects the simple hearts; I was helpless so God saved me.
Turn back, my soul, to your rest for the Lord has been good,
and has kept my soul from death, my feet from stumbling.
I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!
Stay with me, remain here with me, watch and pray, watch and pray
O Christ, your life was no triumph, you carried a cross;
may we walk along the same road as you.
O Christ, by your suffering you learned faithfulness;
you became a source of eternal salvation for the whole human race.
O Christ, when threatened you did not retaliate;
enable us to forgive to the very end.
O Christ, you see the pain of those who are exiled and abandoned;
take their suffering upon yourself.
O Christ, when lies and worries try to separate us from you,
your Holy Spirit is always with us.
O Christ, you are the happiness of those who follow you:
enable us to live by your trust.
O Christ, our life is hidden with you in God; that is a joy that touches the depths of the soul.
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, the power, and the glory, now and for ever. Amen.