Thursday, November 28, 2013

Alternative Forms of Service (2009): The Holy Communion: First Order


THE HOLY COMMUNION
FIRST ORDER

A psalm, hymn, canticle, or anthem may be sung as the ministers enter.

The priest may greet the people.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

In Eastertide
Christ is risen. Alleluia! Alleluia!,
He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia!

A sentence of Scripture may be read (see pages 10-13, 18-20, and 32-34), and the minister may introduce the theme of the service.

The Litany may be said or sung. If this is done, the Prayer of Preparation, the Ten Commandments, the Summary of the Law and the Intercession of this Order may be omitted.

This Prayer of Preparation is said.

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

The priest, or one of the other ministers, reads aloud the Ten Commandments; and the people ask God’s mercy for their past transgressions, and grace to keep God’s laws in the future.

God spoke these words, and said; I am the Lord your God: You shall have none other gods but me.
Lord, have mercy on us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

You shall not make for yourself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth: you shall not bow down to them, nor worship them. [For I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments].
Lord, have mercy on us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

You shall not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain. [For the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his Name in vain.]
Lord, have mercy on us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. [Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. On it you shall do no work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the seventh day and made it holy.]
Lord, have mercy on us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Honor your father and your mother: [that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you].
Lord, have mercy on us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

You shall not murder.
Lord, have mercy on us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

You shall not commit adultery.
Lord, have mercy on us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

You shall not steal.
Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Lord, have mercy on us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

You shall not covet [your neighbor’s house, you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, or his female, or his ox, or his ass, nor anything that is your neighbor’s].
Lord, have mercy on us, and write these your laws in our hearts.

Or this

Our Lord Jesus said: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Lord, have mercy on us, and write these your laws in our hearts.

The priest says
Let us pray.

He then says the Collect of the Day. Other Collects contained in this Book or authorized by the Bishop may follow.

A Reading from the Old Testament (or as appointed) may be read.

It is introduced, The Reading from the Old Testament is written in the ... chapter of ... beginning at verse…; and at the end, Here ends the reading.

A psalm may follow the Old Testament reading. ‘Glory to the Father…’ may be omitted.

The Epistle or Reading from the New Testament is read. It is introduced and concluded in the same manner as the Old Testament reading.

A canticle, hymn, psalm, anthem, or acclamation may be sung.

The people stand for the Gospel, which is introduced The holy Gospel is written in the ... chapter of the Gospel according to Saint..., beginning at the …verse.

The people may respond:

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

After the Gospel, the reader may say

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon may be preached here, or after the creed.

The Nicene Creed or the Apostles’ Creed is said or sung, all standing.

I believe in one God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten of his Father before all ages, God from God, Light of Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, for our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe one, holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. AMEN.

or

We believe in one God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten of his Father before all ages, God from God, Light of Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, for our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe one, holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. AMEN.

The Sermon is preached here if it has not been preached earlier.

The priest begins the Offertory, saying one or more of the sentences on pages 14-17.

While these sentences are being read, the offerings of the people are collected and brought to the priest, who reverently presents and places them on the holy table.

A hymn or anthem may also be sung during the collection.

And when there is a communion, the priest then place sufficient bread and wine on the Table or he may do so immediately before the Exhortation.

The minister may here bid special prayers and thanksgivings.

Then the person or persons appointed begin the Prayer of Intercession.

The Prayer of Intercession may follow the form printed below or one of the forms given on pages 78-84 and page 164. If one of the forms on pages 78-84 and page 164 is used, it concludes with the following:

Merciful Father,
accept these our prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.


This form may also be read as continuous whole without the versicle and response after each paragraph.

Let us pray for the Church and the world, and let us thank God for his goodness.

Almighty and ever-living God, we are taught by your holy Word to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks for all people. We humbly implore you most mercifully to receive our prayers, which we offer to your Divine Majesty, asking you to inspire continually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity and concord, and to grant that all who confess your holy Name may agree in the truth of your holy Word, and live in unity and godly love.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray that you will lead the nations of the world into the ways of righteousness and peace and guide their leaders in wisdom and justice to act for the good of all people. Bless, especially we ask, the President of the United States of America, [the members of his Cabinet, the members of Congress and the Supreme Court, and the Governor of this State (or Commonwealth)]. Grant that he may impartially administer justice, restrain wickedness and vice, maintain true religion, and uphold integrity and truth.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give grace, heavenly Father, to all bishops and other ministers [especially N our bishop and…], that, by their life and teaching they may set forth your true, life-giving Word, and rightly and duly administer your holy sacraments.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Guide and prosper, we pray, those who are laboring for the spread of the gospel among the nations, and enlighten with your Spirit all places of education and learning; that the whole world may be filled with the knowledge of your truth.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

And to all your people give your heavenly grace; and especially to this congregation here present, that they may receive your holy Word with reverent and obedient hearts, and serve you in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

And we humbly implore you in your goodness, Lord, to comfort and sustain all who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity [, especially…].

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

And we also bless your holy Name for all your servants who have died in the faith of Christ. Give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of your heavenly kingdom.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Grant this, Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. AMEN.

If there is no communion, the service concludes here with the Lord’s Prayer, other authorized prayers at the discretion of the minister, and the Grace or the Blessing.

THE PENITENTIAL PREPARATION

The priest places on the holy Table sufficient bread and wine for the communion (if he has not already done so). He may read this Exhortation.

Dearly beloved in the Lord, in coming to the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Savior Christ, consider how Saint Paul urges all persons to examine themselves, before they presume to eat of the bread, and drink of the cup. For as the benefit is great, if with a truly repentant heart and a lively faith we receive that holy sacrament; (for then we spiritually eat the body of Christ, and drink his blood; then we dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we are one with Christ, and Christ with us;) so is the danger great, if we receive the sacrament unworthily. For then we are guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord; we eat and drink judgment on ourselves, eating and drinking without discerning the body of Christ. Judge yourselves truly, brothers and sisters, that you will not be judged by the Lord; repent truly for your past sins; have a lively and steadfast faith in Christ our Savior; amend your lives, and be in perfect love with all people; so you will be worthy partakers of these holy mysteries. And above all things you must give most humble and heartfelt thanks to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, for the redemption of the world by the death and passion of our Savior Christ, both God and man. He humbled himself, even to the death on the cross, for us unhappy sinners, who were in darkness and the shadow of death; that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And in order that we should always remember the exceeding great love of our Master, and only Savior, Jesus Christ, who died for us, and the innumerable benefits which he has, by the shedding of his precious blood, obtained for us, he has instituted and ordained holy mysteries, as pledges of his love, and for a continual remembrance of his death, to our great and endless strengthening and comfort. To him, therefore, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, let us give (as we are obligated to do) continual thanks; submitting ourselves wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and studying to serve him in true holiness and righteousness all the days of our life.

Then the priest or one of the other ministers says

You who truly and earnestly repent of your sins, and are reconciled and at peace with your neighbors, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking in his holy ways, draw near with faith, and take this holy sacrament to strengthen and comfort you. But first, let us make a humble confession of our sins to Almighty God.

A pause for self-examination may be observed.

All then say this General Confession, kneeling

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, maker of all things, judge of all people, we acknowledge and lament our many sins and the wickedness we have committed time after time, by thought, word and deed against your divine majesty. We have provoked your righteous anger and your indignation against us. We earnestly repent, and are deeply sorry for these our wrongdoings; the memory of them weighs us down, the burden of them is too great for us to bear. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father. For your Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant that from this time forward we may always serve and please you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

The priest (or the bishop if he is present) stands and pronounces this Absolution.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins to all who with heartfelt repentance and true faith turn to him: have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

The priest says one or more of these sentences. Hear the comfortable words that our Lord Jesus Christ says to those who truly turn to him.

Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11: 28

For so God loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3: 16

Hear also what Saint Paul says.

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1: 15

Hear also what Saint John says.

If anyone sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 2: 1, 2

All stand. The priest may say The peace of the Lord be always with you and the people may respond and also with you.

The priest and the people may share with one another a sign of peace, such as a handclasp or other similar action, and may say these or similar words Peace be with you. This may be introduced with the words Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

A hymn may be sung.

THE THANKSGIVING

Then the priest says

[The Lord be with you.
And also with you.],
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, and our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, holy Father, heavenly King, almighty and eternal God

On certain days a special preface is said here; otherwise the priest and people together continue

Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Glory to you, O Lord most high.

Special Prefaces

In Advent
Because you sent your Son Jesus Christ to redeem us from sin and death and to make us inheritors of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may with joy behold his appearing, and in confidence may stand before him. Therefore with angels, etc.

At Christmas, Presentation, Annunciation
Because you gave your only Son Jesus Christ to be born for us. By the work of the Holy Spirit he was made true man of the flesh of the Virgin Mary his mother. He was without sin, to make us free from all sin. Therefore with angels, etc.

At Epiphany and the Transfiguration
Because in coming to dwell among us as man, your Son Jesus Christ revealed the radiance of your glory and brought us out of darkness into your own marvelous light. Therefore with angels, etc.

In Lent
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who was in every way tempted as we are; yet remained sinless. By his grace we are able to overcome our sinful desires and to live not for ourselves, but for our Lord who died for us and rose from the dead. Therefore with angels, etc.

In Passiontide and Holy Week
Through Jesus Christ our Lord who, though he is one with you and the Holy Spirit, humbled himself and was obedient, even to death on a cross, that we might have life through him. Therefore with angels, etc.

In Eastertide
But chiefly we praise you for the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the true Passover lamb who was offered for us and has taken away the sin of the world. By his death he has destroyed death; by his rising to life again he has restored to us eternal life. Therefore with angels, etc.

In Ascensiontide
Through your most dearly loved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. After his glorious resurrection, he revealed himself to all his apostles. In their sight, he ascended into heaven to prepare a place for us, so that we might also ascend to where he is and reign with him in glory. Therefore with angels, etc.

On the Day of Pentecost (or Whitsunday)
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, by whose sure promise the Holy Spirit came down from heaven upon the apostles with the sound of a mighty wind and in tongues of fire. He came to teach them and to lead them into all truth. He enabled them to speak other languages and gave them continuing boldness to preach fervently the gospel to all nations. By that gospel we have been brought out of darkness and error into the light and into true knowledge of you and of your Son Jesus Christ. Therefore with angels, etc.

On Trinity Sunday
Who is one God, one Lord, not one person but three persons in one substance. What we believe of the glory of the Father, we believe also of the glory of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, without any difference or inequality. Therefore with angels, etc.

On All Saints and Saints’ days
Who, in your multitude of saints has given us an example of godly living; that rejoicing in their fellowship, we may run with perseverance the race that is set before us, and with them receive the crown of glory, that does not fade. Therefore with angels, etc.

On other occasions
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, the true high priest who has cleansed us from sin and made us a royal priesthood called to serve you for ever. Therefore with angels, etc.

After each of these prefaces the priest and people together continue

Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Glory to you, O Lord most high.

Then the priest kneels down at the Lord’s Table, and all join the priest in this prayer

We do not presume to come to this your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table. But you are the same Lord, whose nature is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. AMEN.

When the priest has so arranged the bread and wine, that he may with more conveniently and appropriately break the bread before the people and take the cup into his hand, he says this Prayer of Consecration.

All glory to you, almighty God, our heavenly Father, for in your tender mercy you gave your only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there, by his one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world; and who instituted, and in his holy gospel commanded us to continue, a perpetual memory of his precious death, until his coming again:

Hear us, merciful Father, and grant that we who receive these gifts of your creation, this bread and this wine, according to your Son our Savior Jesus Christ's holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed body and blood; who on the night he was betrayed, (Here the priest is to take the paten) took bread; and, when he had given thanks, (And here to break the bread) he broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying: Take, eat; (And here to lay a hand on all the bread) this is my body which is given for you: Do this in remembrance of me. In the same manner, after supper he (Here the priest is to take the cup) took the cup; and, when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying: Drink this all of you, (And here to lay a hand on the vessels in which is wine to be consecrated) this is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

All answer AMEN.

THE COMMUNION

The priest receives the communion in both kinds himself, and then distributes it similarly to the other communicants; first to any bishops, priests, and deacons, who are present, and then to the other communicants; into their hands, all kneeling.

When the minister delivers the bread, he says

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for you, preserve your body and soul to everlasting life. Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your heart by faith with thanksgiving

or

Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your heart by faith with thanksgiving.

When the minister delivers the cup, he says

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for you, preserve your body and soul to everlasting life. Drink this in remembrance that Christ's Blood was shed for you, and be thankful.

or

Drink this in remembrance that Christ's Blood was shed for you, and be thankful.

When occasion requires, the minister may say the Words of Administration once to each row of communicants, or to a convenient number within each row, instead of saying them to each communicant separately.

During the Communion hymns, canticles, psalms, and anthems may be sung.

If the consecrated bread or wine proves insufficient for the communion, the priest is to set apart more, beginning at Our Savior Christ on the night…to consecrate the Bread; and at Likewise after supper…to consecrate the Cup.

When all have communicated, the minister reverently place upon the table what remains of the consecrated elements, covering them with a clean white cloth; or else, at his discretion, reverently consumes them.

AFTER COMMUNION

The priest says
Let us pray.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. AMEN.

or

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. AMEN.

Then all say one or both of these prayers

O Lord and heavenly Father, we your humble servants entirely desire your fatherly goodness to mercifully accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Grant that by the merits and death of your Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we and your whole Church may receive forgiveness of our sins and all other benefits of his passion. And here we offer and present to you, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and our bodies, to be a reasonable, holy and living sacrifice; and we pray that all who are partakers of this holy communion may be filled with your grace and heavenly benediction. Although we are unworthy, through our many sins, to offer you any sacrifice, yet we pray that you will accept this the duty and service that we owe, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord, by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory be yours, almighty Father, now and for ever.AMEN.

Almighty and ever-living God, we heartily thank you that you graciously feed us, who have duly received these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ. By this you assure us of your favour and goodness towards us; that we are truly members of the mystical body of your Son, the blessed company of all faithful people, and that we are also heirs, through hope, of your eternal kingdom, by the merits of the precious death and passion of your dear Son. We humbly implore you, heavenly Father, to so assist us with your grace that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and to do all the good works which you have prepared for us walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, now and for ever. AMEN.

This Hymn of Praise (Gloria in excelsis) is said or sung. Other versions of this canticle may be used, or when appropriate, another suitable hymn of praise.

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly king,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. AMEN.

Then the priest (or the bishop, if he is present) says this Blessing or one of the Blessings on pages 106-107

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and remain with you always. AMEN.

The priest or one of the other ministers may dismiss the people with these or similar words

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. AMEN.

or

In Eastertide:
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia!
In the name of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!

or 

Go in peace to share the good news.
In the name of Christ. AMEN.

or

In Eastertide
Go in peace to share the good news. Alleluia! Alleluia!
In the name of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!

The ministers and people depart.

Collects which may be said after the Collect of the Day, or before the Blessing, at the discretion of the minister. Other Collects may be sanctioned by the bishop as need require.

Be with us, Lord, in all our prayers, and direct our way toward the attainment of salvation, that among the changes and chances of this mortal life, we may always be defended by your gracious help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Lord God Almighty, we rejoice that you are the sovereign Lord who rules over all: may the nations of the world hear your voice and the people acknowledge you. Banish the darkness of sin and unbelief. Break down every barrier that stands in the way of triumph of your Word and gospel and hasten the day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. We ask this in his name, and to his glory. AMEN.

Almighty Lord, and everlasting God, we pray that you will direct, sanctify, and govern our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws, and in the works of your commandments; that through your most mighty protection, here and ever, we may be kept in body and soul to give glory to your holy name; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. AMEN.

Almighty God, grant, we pray, that the words, which we have heard today, may through your grace be so grafted in our hearts, that they may produce in us the fruit of good works to the honour and praise of your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Go before us, Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favour, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name, and finally by your mercy attain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Lord Jesus, you bid your disciples to “go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation…” Grant that we too shall be committed to this commission. Send us Lord wherever you choose, whenever you will, and we shall gladly go in your name and by the power of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

O God our Father, We pray that you will release the power of the Holy Spirit in all who believe, that we may become powerful witnesses of Jesus Christ our Lord who died and rose again and now reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. AMEN.

O God our Father, give us your passion for your Word and boldness in telling our neighbor about your grace, may the Holy Spirit convict the lost and draw them to the Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

In Ember seasons and at other times

Almighty God, giver of all good gifts, you have appointed various orders of ministry in your Church; give grace to those who are now called to the sacred ministry. So fill them with your truth and clothe them with holiness that they may faithfully minister to the glory of your name and to the benefit of your people. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Almighty God, look with compassion on the world you have redeemed by the death of your Son Jesus Christ. Move the hearts of many to offer themselves for the sacred ministry of your Church, so that by their lives and labours your light may shine in the darkness and the coming of your kingdom advanced; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our needs before we ask and our ignorance in asking; have compassion n our weaknesses, and give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Heavenly Father, you have promised through your Son Jesus Christ, that when we meet in his name, and pray according to his mind, he will be among us and hear our prayer: in your love and mercy fulfill our desires, and give us your greatest gift, which is to know you, the only true God, and your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

NOTES

1. Announcements may be made before the service begins, before the sermon, after the Nicene Creed, or after the Prayers.

2. The sermon may be omitted on weekdays.  

3. This alternative version of ‘Holy, holy, holy…’ may be used.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

4. If the consecrated bread and/or wine are insufficient for the communion, the priest is to take more bread and/or wine saying the appropriate portions of the Prayer of Thanksgiving and Consecration, beginning, ‘Hear us, merciful Father,” and ending ‘in remembrance of me.’

5. If there is no communion, the priest, a deacon, or a licensed catechist or reader may say all that is appointed, until the end of the Prayer of Intercession, together with one or more of the Collects and the Lord's Prayer, concluding with the Blessing or the Grace.

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