The prophecies are read from Jeremiah 11ff, and then Zechariah 14: “And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem, half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea. . . And the Lord shall be king over all the earth; in that day there shall be one Lord, and his name shall be one. . .”

Philippians 2:4-11 is read (“Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. . . took upon him the form of a servant. . . humbled himself unto death, even the death of the cross, wherefore God hath also highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Hallelujah!!), followed by this hymn: “O you who at the ninth hour did taste death in the flesh for the sake of us sinners, mortify our carnal nature, O Christ our God, and deliver us.”

“Save me, O God, for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
They gave me also gall for my meat, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”  Ps. 69:1, 2, 21

The gospel readings record Christ’s last words: O my God, my God, why have you forsaken me? And, It is finished.

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