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Ash Wednesday Evening Liturgy 2007

March 21, 2007 7:00 p.m. St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church San Francisco, California

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Cast List
Vested Ministers
Deacon 1 (lead) ................................................................................ Joe Cousart Deacon 2...................................................................................Anna Marie Hoos Presider ........................................................................................Paul Fromberg Cantor ............................................................................................ Diana Landau

Setup
Recruitment:
! A welcomer to offer service books and hand out candles. ! Someone to serve a chalice at communion. ! People to impose ashes on late comers.

Entry:
! Icon on mudcloth-draped stand centered on concrete between welcome & info tables. ! MFL2 books stuffed w/service insert on welcome table. ! 4 medium-sized bowls of very hot, slightly soapy water ! 1 sea sponge in each bowl ! 4 dark-colored hand towels

Rotunda:
! Light icon candle half an hour ahead of time ! Hang Chandeliers (4) over the table with hooks ! Replace candles (as needed) in the chandeliers ! Put cross stand beside Table ! Dim light settings and turn on lights ! Table covered with mudcloth

Altar
! 4 small bowls of ashes ! 1 plate with 4 damp dark-colored washcloths
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Presiders Chair
! covered with mudcloth ! stocked w/water & cough-drops

Seated Area: ! Small brass bucket, partly full of water, with aspergillum in it (by Presiders chair) Lectern:
! lectern, menorah stand & incense stand all covered with mudcloth. ! standing thurible prepared with a lit charcoal. ! incense boat filled. ! candles in menorah (refilled as needed) ! 2 brass candle-lighters (refilled as needed) on menorah stand ! small box of matches on marble under menorah

Vestry:
! Drum set by Vestry door ! 4 complete scripts ! Deacons Candle & matches ! hand bells ! Presiders cross ! Gospel Book.

Kitchen: (quantities work for up to 50 people)


! 2 patens, one with 2 or 3 small loaves of bread ! 4 chalices ! carafe with about 1/3 bottle of wine in it ! 2 palls ! Missal, marked with ribbons at The Great Thanksgiving of Cain, Our Father ! copy of the AW prayer that replaces the Baruch, moved to back of the Missal

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Before the Liturgy


People arrive, put on name tags, take a candle, chat in rotunda Deacons and Presider enter informally, make sure people have candles; assure them they are welcome and that there will be plenty of explanations and invitations to join in Deacon 1 carries a script. Deacon 2 carries the unlit Deacons Candle.

Lamplighting Deacon 1 Come, let us take light from the undying light and glorify Christ who is risen from the dead.
Presider, Deacons Congregation: IMMEDIATELY light tapers and Deacons Candle from the icon candle WHILE the Presider sings:

Presider
People

! The steadfast love of the Lord be with you all!


! And also with you!
Deacon 2 immediately goes to light Candle from the icon candle, lights tapers and encourages people to pass the light to others while the Presider prays:

Presider

!Grant us, most merciful God, the lamp of charity which never fails, that it may burn in us and shed its light upon our way, and that by its brightness we may walk without stumbling in the way you have prepared for us which is Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Well go to the lectern for the first reading. After we light the oil lamp, please place your candle in the sand. while we repeat the Alleluia.

Deacon 2

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Deacon 2 Presider Deacon 2

leads with the lit deacons candle, followed by the carries the cross and goes to the solea. when they reach the lectern, directs People to light oil lamp and menorah. Then adds incense; stands to Readers RIGHT. brings Reader to lectern. Then helps light candles, as needed; stands to Readers LEFT. Stands on the solea and faces lectern.

Deacon 1

Presider

Cantor

!Alleluia !You, O Lord, are my lamp; my God, you make my darkness bright. !Alleluia O God, listen to me; be gracious, answer me. !Alleluia Deep within me a voice says, Look for the face of God! !Alleluia So I look for your face, I beg you not to hide. !Alleluia Do not shut me out in anger, help me instead. !Alleluia Do not abandon or desert me, my savior, my God. !Alleluia I know I will see
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how good God is while I am still alive. !Alleluia Trust in the Lord. Be strong. Be brave. Trust in the Lord. !Alleluia You, O Lord, are my lamp; My God, you make my darkness bright. !Alleluia First Reading
when all are gathered around the lectern,

Deacon 2 Reader

Listen to a poem by T.S. Eliot I SAID TO MY SOUL, BE STILL, AND WAIT WITHOUT HOPE FOR HOPE WOULD BE HOPE FOR THE WRONG THING; WAIT WITHOUT LOVE FOR LOVE WOULD BE LOVE OF THE WRONG THING; THERE IS YET FAITH BUT THE FAITH AND THE LOVE AND THE HOPE ARE ALL IN THE WAITING. WAIT WITHOUT THOUGHT FOR YOU ARE NOT READY FOR THOUGHT; SO THE DARKNESS SHALL BE THE LIGHT, AND THE STILLNESS THE DANCING.

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Lamp-Lighting Hymn Deacon 1 As we continue singing Alleluias find your way to a chair and take a songbook.
Cantor continues with the Psalm verses above and repeats as necessary.

Deacon 2

The hymn to the light is number 23 in your books, Within our darkest night, number 23.
Cantor Deacon 1 leads Within our darkest night, #23 After one verse of #23, takes 2 bowls of ashes and 2 damp towels from side table, hands one bowl with towel to the Presider and stands at the lectern end of the solea opposite the Presider. continues leading Within our darkest night, #23 until it seems fit to stop.

Cantor

Blessing and Imposition of Ashes Presider ! O Lord, you made us out of the dust of the earth. Grant that these ashes may be a sign to us of the gift of mortality and the blessing of repentance. You take delight in all you have created, from you comes our joy, our healing and our salvation, Help us to trust in your mercy, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

People

Deacon 2

Kneel before God our maker.


Presider All observes TWO minute silence; rings hand-bells Stand

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Deacon 1

We will stand and mark each other with ash. After youve received the bowl of ashes, turn to the person beside you, and mark their forehead with the ashes. Then hand that person the bowl & towel.

Presider, Deacon 1 impose ashes on the people beside them Presider imposes on Cantor. Cantor chants after receiving ashes, continuing until all have received

Cantor

!Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.
Presider Deacon 1 Deacon 2 Stands in front of the Presiders chair. The last person to receive ashes puts them on the Presider. goes to stand in circle nearest lectern, being aware of latecomers. collects ash bowls & towels; place one handy for latecomers and return the rest to the kitchen

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Deacon 1

When almost all have received ashes, gets Reader; and goes to lectern

Deacon 1

Take your seats and hear a poem by Adrienne Rich

It's only a branch like any other green with the flare of life in it and if I hold this end, you the other that means it's broken broken between us, broken despite us broken and therefore dying broken by force, broken by lying green, with the force of life in it.
Cantor rings bellONE minute silence Presider ends silence with hand-bells

Deacon 2

Stand and sing number 37 in your books, Pour down, you heavens, number 37.

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Deacons Deacon 1

During the singing get the reader and go to the lectern, Carries candle.

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Deacon 1

!The holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according


to Matthew.
Glory to you, Lord Christ.

People

Be careful not to parade your good deeds before people to attract their notice. When you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; your almsgiving must be secret, and your God who sees all that is done in secret will reward you. When you fast do not put on a gloomy look, but put oil on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting, and your God who sees all that is done in secret will reward you. Deacon 2
People

!The Gospel of the Lord


Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Deacon 1 Deacon 2 Cantor Presider w/candle returns to seat brings Gospel Book to Presider and goes to seat rings bellONE minute silence ends silence with hand-bells.

Preacher

Please share a word or phrase from the readings that stood out for you in some way.
Congregation shares at will (Presider should be neither first nor last, sharing from impressions of the moment; NOT pulling out the lines s/he plans to preach on) Cantor Preacher Preacher rings pot bells. observes handbells.

TWO minutes of silence and rings


TEN minutes.

offers a sermon of no more than

(Preacher has the last word; no silence after the sermon.)

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The Lords Prayer Deacon 2 Well sing the Lords Prayer at #112 in your books. Keep your place in the book because well finish singing together. When we stop singing the responses to the Confession are printed ___[where?]. Please stand and sing #112.

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Litany of Penitence Presider God of mercy and compassion, we confess to you the darkness of our hearts and the failings of our community. We turn away from the Gospel and mistreat each other. [SILENCE] We have sinned.
Forgive and heal us.

Deacon 1

People

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We deny our faith and lie to one another. [SILENCE] We have sinned.
Forgive and heal us.

People

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We reject your love and ignore those who seek our help. [SILENCE] We have sinned.
Forgive and heal us.

People

Deacon 2

We cling to idols and sacrifice others to protect ourselves. [SILENCE] We have sinned.
Forgive and heal us.

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We are disobedient to your call to serve and we gossip incessantly. [SILENCE] We have sinned.
Forgive and heal us.
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We misuse what you entrust to us and devote ourselves to things instead of people. [SILENCE] We have sinned.
Forgive and heal us.

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We separate ourselves from our neighbors and rely on our own strength alone. [SILENCE] We have sinned.
Forgive and heal us.

People

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We are afraid to be changed and envy others gifts. [SILENCE] We have sinned.
Forgive and heal us.
Presider sprinkles people with water from the bucket, praying

People

Presider

!Lord Jesus you welcome yourself into our lives


when we are least prepared to receive you. As you embrace your betrayers, so embrace us who struggle with our sin. Restore us to our right minds and give us your peace. Turn us from walking with death to following the way of your life. Create in us clean hearts and for the sake of your love forgive us all our sins.
Cantor leads The Lords Prayerdoxology

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Procession to the Table


Deacon 1 Presider takes Gospel Book from Presider takes cross from stand

Deacon 1

Well go up to the Table in step, singing Eternal Lord of Love on your _____ colored insert, Eternal Lord of Love. As we sing well welcome Bread and Wine to Christs Table. Please take a candle with you and when we get to the altar help us light the candles.

Cantor Deacons Presider

intones and leads Eternal Lord of Love immediately go to kitchen, get Gifts and bring them to Table. puts cross in stand under Table

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Eternal Lord of Love (Hymnal #149)

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Peace Presider Christ has come, bringing us peace here and now. Turn to those near you and share it. The Peace of the Lord be with you all!
All And also with you!
All exchange Peace

The Great Thanksgiving


Cantor The service continues at #116 in your books, #116.

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Prayer of Cain Our Father


Presider It is truly fitting and right to praise you at all times and in all places, O God, Savior of the world. For you made all humankind in your own image, to rule your creation in peace, and commanded us to live together in love forever. And though Cain our father rose in anger and killed his brother, yet you had mercy on him. You gave him a covenant, and marked him with a protecting sign; you placed the gravest sinners beyond human judgment. With the same steadfast love you led your people Israel out of slavery; and when they deserted you and worshipped false gods still you did not forsake them. You gave them your law to guide them, and led them through the desert to a new land of promise. Again, when the people of Nineveh were sunk in wickedness, and the earth could no longer bear their wrongs even then you did not destroy them. You sent Jonah your prophet to warn them of judgment; and the whole people repented, and changed their ways, and were spared. So in every place where we made war, you have led us towards peace; where we fell into sin, you forgave us; where we wandered, you called us back with promises of love.

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And in due time you sent your Son himself, to seek out the lost and bring them the good news of your boundless mercy. He did not keep himself to the company of the righteous; he chose sinners for his friends; and laying before them your gift of forgiveness, he died for them, showing the fullness of love. Then you raised him from the dead, and poured out his spirit on humankind, sharing his victory even with those who rejected him. Now we sinners, too, rejoice to give thanks for the death and risen life of your Son; and in the power of his spirit we have turned from our errors to follow his example, and share his saving life in the breaking of bread. For on the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given to thanks to you, he broke it and gave it to his disciples and said Take, eat: This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them and said Drink of this, all of you: This is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.
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Therefore, Father, of all the things that are yours we offer you these, which are yours especially. We offer them gladly, as he told us, giving thanks for his death and resurrection. And seeing that the power of sin is broken, and Christ is all in all, we praise you and we bless you.

Presider

Now send your sanctifying spirit, to show us that this bread and this cup are the body and blood of your Son, and every sin is pardoned, and every debt is redeemed, and you have made us your holy people. And bring us at last his kingdom of peace. Already we gather to welcome him; and lifting our voices with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we join in the Triumphal song:

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Servant of God
Cantor Presider leads congregation in singing Servant of God breaks bread

Deacon 2 Deacon 1

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Deacon 1

Jesus welcomes everyone to his table and everyone by name, so if WE need help with your name as we come around, please help us out.
offers bread and wine to the Presider saying

___________(Presiders name), the Body of Christ. (Amen) The Blood of Christ. (Amen)
Presider communicates Cantor, Deacons Deacons, Presider, Chalices Bearer communicate congregation

Cantor

As we share communion with each other, well sing number 139 in your books, Oh wheat whose crushing was for bread, number 139.
Presider and Deacon 1 start at crosses and move right; Deacon 2 and Chalice Bearer start at crosses and move left. Deacons arrange chalices and paten neatly after communion, then cover with palls

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After Communion:

Presider

Take our broken body and join it gently to the body of your son. Shower us with the gift of grief and the hope of laughter. Lead us through these dust dry days to the wellspring of life, where the stillness shall be dancing and the darkness shall be light.
Amen. NOTE: no offering or Polychronia

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Washing Ashes Deacon 2 Hear these words from the Gospel of Matthew: When you fast do not put on a gloomy look, but put oil on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting, and your God who sees all that is done in secret will reward you. Before leaving you are welcome to wash the ashes from your face. Use the basins of water on the welcome table.

Deacon 1

Carol Deacon 2 Well sing and dance Bless the Lord O my soul, found on your insert. Well practice the step a few times, and then Caroline will lead us in singing the chant. ___________ will show us the step.
Teacher Cantor Presider teaches & demonstrates step. After 2-3 repetitions, intones and leads music until signals close.

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