Texts for use in a celebration of the Eucharist
The following texts (all except the Prayer after Communion selected from the provision made in Times and Seasons in the section entitled ‘The Agricultural Year’) will be used in the Cathedral Eucharist on Sunday 14 October 2012. You are welcome to express our diocesan unity by using the same selections at your own celebrations of Harvest.
Opening Sentences (618 S4)
Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.
Introduction to confession (609 A1)
Let us ask God to have mercy on our tired land, and to prosper the work of our soiled hands. Let us ask God to forgive our delusion of self-sufficiency so that we may praise him for his provision and goodness.
Confession (609 B1)
Lord, you give us this good earth, yet we take your generous gifts for granted. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Lord, you give us this good earth, but we squander its rich resources. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, you give us this good earth, but we fail to share your bounty with all of your children. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are ripe for harvesting.
Gather the fruit for eternal life.
Intercessions (628 H2)
Let us pray to God, the Lord of the harvest,
that he will bring to fruition all that he desires for his creation.
Lord of creation, we see that the fields are ripe for harvesting: we pray for your Church, that it may be ready to gather fruit for eternal life.
Lord of the harvest, in your mercy hear us.
You have created the universe by your eternal Word, and have blessed humankind in giving us dominion over the earth: we pray for the world,
that we may honour and share its resources, and live in reverence for the creation and in harmony with one another. Lord of the harvest, in your mercy hear us.
Your Son has promised that the Spirit will lead us into all truth: we pray for the community in which you have set us, for one another and for ourselves, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace. Lord of the harvest, in your mercy hear us.
You have given your people a rich land, yet by sin we have made a world of suffering and sorrow: we pray for those who bear the weight of affliction, that they may come to share the life of wholeness and plenty. Lord of the harvest, in your mercy hear us.
Your Son Jesus Christ is the first-fruits of the resurrection and will reap the harvest of the dead at the end of time: we pray that he will gather us all together with those who have gone before in the banquet of the age to come. Lord of the harvest, in your mercy hear us.
Source of all life and giver of all that is good, hear our prayers and grant us all that is in accordance with your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Peace (611 J1)
By prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
At the Bringing in of the Symbols of Harvest (629)
Let us bring forward symbols of the harvest, gifts that God has created and his sun and rain have nurtured. Thanks be to God.
Bring forward the harvest of the cornfields, the oats and the wheat, the rye and the barley. Thanks be to God.
Bring forward the harvest of roots, the swedes and mangolds, turnips and sugar beet. Thanks be to God.
Bring forward the harvest of seeds for next year’s crops, for clover, for hay and for corn. Thanks be to God.
Bring forward the harvest of vegetables, peas, potatoes, beans and hops. Thanks be to God.
Bring forward the harvest of pears and apples, berries and herbs. Thanks be to God.
Bring forward the harvest of flowers, the finest blooms from our gardens and our fields. Thanks be to God.
Bring forward the grain and the grape, for our Saviour took bread and wine to feed us with his body and his blood, given and shed for the life of the world. Let us feed on him by faith with thanksgiving. Thanks be to God.
Prayer over the Gifts (Main Volume 291, 1 (Yours, Lord…)
Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour, and the majesty; for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. All things come from you, and of your own do we give you.
Extended Preface (613 M1)
It is indeed right and good to give you thanks and praise, almighty God and Father, through Jesus Christ your Son. Through him you have created us in your own image, and made us stewards of your good creation. Through him you teach us to exult in the birds of the air, the lilies of the field, the precious and life-giving crops of the earth. Through him you free us from the slavery of sin, giving him to die upon the cross and to rise again for our salvation. Through him, you begin your work of new creation, as we look for a new heaven and a new earth in which your righteousness dwells. Therefore, we join with angels and archangels, and give voice to every creature under heaven, for ever praising you and saying: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord …
Prayer after Communion (from New Patterns p477)
Lord our God, you have strengthened us with the bread of life, and gladdened our hearts with the new wine of your Kingdom: teach us to imitate your goodness, and to share the earth’s abundance, that we may be beacons of justice and bearers of hope; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Blessing and Dismissal (631 P2, P4)
God the Father, who created the world, give you grace to be wise stewards of his creation. Amen.
God the Son, who redeemed the world, inspire you to go out as labourers into his harvest. Amen.
God the Holy Spirit, whose breath fills the whole of creation, help you to bear his fruits of love, joy and peace. Amen.
And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.
Tend the earth, care for God’s creation and bring forth the fruits of righteousness. Go in the peace of Christ. Thanks be to God.