From Feasting on the Word - Worship Companion, edited by Kimberly Bracken Long. Christ Jesus was despised and rejected. We thought nothing of him. He was oppressed and afflicted. We hid our faces from him. He bore our sickness and sin. We believed God was punishing him. We, like sheep, have gone astray. Yet he, like a lamb, was led to the slaughter. [silent confession] Lamb of God, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, grant us peace. Amen.