This Sunday is the first Sunday in Lent. On this Sunday we will offer the historic prayer called the Great Litany. And we will also hear the Exhortation from the Book of Common Prayer.
The Exhortation explains Jesus' great gift of himself in the Holy Communion and our great responsibility as we approach him in the Sacrament of the Altar. We are to prepare by repentance and faith.
To clarify who is it we receive in the Communion, here are the Spirit-inspired words of St. Paul:
He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
-Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV)
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