At last, we’ve reached the stage in which we find ourselves gathered, as it were, with the heavenly host, and are ready to allow the Word to speak itself into our midst.
To set the earth ablaze, O God,
your Son submitted to a baptism unto death,
and from his cup of suffering you call the Church to drink.
Keep our eyes fixed on Jesus
and give us strength in time of trial to run the race that lies before us.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.