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The Order for
Holy Communion
Rite B

The Order for


Holy Communion
Rite B

THE WORD AND THE PRAYERS

THE PREPARATION

1 At the entry of the ministers A SENTENCE may be used; and A HYMN, A CANTICLE, or A PSALM may be sung.

2 The minister may say

The Lord be with you
All and with thy spirit.

3 This prayer may be said.


All Almighty God,

unto whom all hearts be open,

all desires known,

and from whom no secrets are hid:

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love thee,

and worthily magnify thy holy name;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.
4 One of the following may be used.

Either THE COMMANDMENTS (section 55);


or THE SUMMARY OF THE LAW (section 56);
or KYRIE ELEISON in English or Greek (section 57),
each petition being said once, twice, or three times.

5 GLORIA IN EXCELSIS may be said.



All Glory be to God on high,

and in earth peace, good will towards men.

We praise thee, we bless thee,

we worship thee, we glorify thee,

we give thanks to thee for thy great glory,

O Lord God, heavenly King,

God the Father almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ:

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

that takest away the sins of the world,

have mercy upon us.

Thou that takest away the sins of the world,

receive our prayer.

Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father,

have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy;

thou only art the Lord;

thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost,

art the Most High,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
6 THE COLLECT

THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD

7 Either two or three readings from scripture follow, the last of which is always the Gospel.

8 Sit


OLD TESTAMENT READING

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.

9 A PSALM may be used.

10 Sit
NEW TESTAMENT READING (EPISTLE)

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.

11 A CANTICLE, A HYMN, or A PSALM may be used.

12 Stand
THE GOSPEL. When it is announced

All Glory be to thee, O Lord.

At the end the reader says

This is the Gospel of Christ.


All Praise be to thee, O Christ.

13 Sit


THE SERMON

20 Stand


THE NICENE CREED is said on Sundays and other Holy Days, and may be said on other days.

All I believe in one God

the Father almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

and of all things visible and invisible:

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

the only-begotten Son of God,

begotten of his Father before all worlds,

God of God, Light of Light,

very God of very God,

begotten, not made,

being of one substance with the Father,

by whom all things were made;

who for us men and for our salvation

came down from heaven,

and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,

and was made man,

and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

He suffered and was buried,

and the third day he rose again

according to the scriptures,

and ascended into heaven,

and sitteth on the right hand of the Father.

And he shall come again with glory

to judge both the quick and the dead:

whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost,

the Lord, the Giver of life,

who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified,

who spake by the prophets.

And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.

And I look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

15 Banns of marriage and other notices may be published; the offerings of the people may be collected and presented; a hymn may be sung; and verses of scripture may be read.

16 INTERCESSIONS are led by the priest, or by others. These may be introduced by biddings.

It is not necessary to include specific subjects in any section of the following prayers.

The set passages may follow one another as a continuous whole, or this versicle and response may be used after each paragraph.

Minister Lord, in thy mercy


All hear our prayer.

Either section 17 or section 18 is used.

17 FIRST INTERCESSION

Minister Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus,

and for all men according to their needs.

Almighty and everliving God, who by thy holy apostle hast taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks, for all men. We most humble beseech thee most mercifully *(to accept our alms and oblations, and) to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto thy divine majesty; beseeching thee to inspire continually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant that all they that do confess thy holy name may agree in the truth of thy holy word, and live in unity and godly love.

We beseech thee also to lead all nations in the way of righteousness and peace; and so to direct all kings and rulers, that under them thy people may be godly and quietly governed. And grant unto thy servant Elizabeth our Queen and to all that are put in authority under her, that they may truly and impartially administer justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true religion and virtue. Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops, priests, and deacons, especially to thy servant N our bishop, that they may both by their life and doctrine set forth thy true and lively

*If the offerings of the people have not been presented these words in brackets are omitted.

word and rightly and duly administer thy holy sacraments.

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

And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace; and specially to this congregation here present, that with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy word; truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life.

And we most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.

And we commend to thy gracious keeping, O Lord, all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear, beseeching thee, according to thy promises, to grant them refreshment, light, and peace.

And here we give thee most high praise and hearty thanks for all thy saints, who have been the chosen vessels of thy grace, and lights of the world in their several generations; and we pray that, rejoicing in their fellowship and following their good examples, we may be with them partakers of thy heavenly kingdom.

Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only mediator and advocate, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
The service continues at either section 19 or section 20.

18 SECOND INTERCESSION

Minister Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus,

and for all men according to their needs.

Almighty God, who hast promised to hear the prayers of those who ask in faith:

Here he may pray for the Church throughout the world, especially for the diocese and its bishop; and for any particular needs of the Church.

Grant that we and all who confess thy name may be united in thy truth, live together in thy love, and show forth thy glory in the world.

Here he may pray for the nations of the world, for this kingdom, and for all men in their various callings.

Give wisdom to all in authority, bless Elizabeth our Queen, and direct this nation and all nations in the ways of justice and of peace; that men may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Here he may pray for the local community; for families, friends, and particular persons.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours in Christ, that we may serve him in one another, and love as he loves us.

Here he may pray for the sick, the poor, and those in trouble, and for the needs of particular persons.

Save and comfort those who suffer, that they may hold to thee through good and ill, and trust in thy unfailing love.

Here he may commemorate the departed; he may commend them by name.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in faith, and grant us with them a share in thy eternal kingdom.

Merciful Father,



All accept these prayers
for the sake of thy Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

19 The minister may say one or more of THE COMFORTABLE WORDS.

Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ says to all who truly turn to him:
Come unto me, all that travail, and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. Matthew 11.28

So God loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3.16

Hear what Saint Paul says:
This is a true saying and worthy of all men to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1. 15

Hear what Saint John says:


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

20 Minister *(Ye that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways; draw near and take this holy sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to almighty God, (meekly kneeling upon your knees).

or Seeing we have a great high priest who has ascended into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, and make our confession to our heavenly Father.

21 Kneel

All Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

we have sinned against thee,

through our own fault,

in thought, and word, and deed,

and in what we have left undone.

We are heartily sorry,

and repent of all our sins,

For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,

forgive us all that is past;

and grant that we may serve thee in newness of life,

to the glory of thy name. Amen.

22 Priest Almighty God,


who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,confirm and
strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

*The words in brackets may be omitted.

23 All may say

We do not presume

to come to this thy table, O merciful Lord,

trusting in our own righteousness,

but in thy manifold and great mercies.

We are not worthy

so much as to gather up the crumbs under
thy table.


But thou art the same Lord,

whose nature is always to have mercy.

Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord,

so to eat the flesh of thy dear son
Jesus Christ


and to drink his blood,

(that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body

and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and)

that we may evermore dwell in him

and he in us. Amen.

THE MINISTRY OF THE SACRAMENT

THE PEACE

24 Stand


Priest We are the Body of Christ.

By one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.

Endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit

in the bond of peace.

He then says

The peace of the Lord be always with you


All and with thy spirit.

25 All may exchange a sign of peace.



THE PREPARATION OF THE BREAD AND WINE

26 The priest begins THE OFFERTORY.

The bread and the wine are placed on the holy table.

27 The offerings of the people may be collected and presented if this has not already been done.


These words may be used.

Thine, O Lord, is the greatness and the power

and the glory and the victory and the majesty.

All that is in heaven and earth is thine.

All things come of thee, O Lord,

and of thine own do we give thee.

28 At the preparation of the gifts A HYMN may be sung.



THE THANKSGIVING

29 The priest says THE PRAYER OF CONSECRATION using either section 30 or section 31.

30 FIRST THANKSGIVING

Priest The Lord be with you


All and with thy spirit.

Priest Lift up your hearts.


All We lift them up unto the Lord.

Priest Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.


All It is meet and right so to do.

Priest It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty,

that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto thee,

O Lord, holy Father,

almighty, everlasting God,

Creator of heaven and earth,

PROPER PREFACE, when appropriate

The following is used when no Proper Preface is provided.

through Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true

High Priest, who has washed us from our sins,

and has made us to be a kingdom and priests

unto thee, our God and Father.

Therefore with angels and archangels,

and with all the company of heaven,

we laud and magnify thy glorious name,

evermore praising thee and saying:



Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts,

heaven and earth are full of thy glory.

Glory be to thee, O Lord most high. (Amen.)

(Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.)

All glory be to thee

almighty God, our heavenly Father,

who of thy tender mercy

didst give thine 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 did institute,

and in his holy gospel command us to continue,

a perpetual memory of that his precious death,

until his coming again.

Hear us, O merciful Father,

we most humbly beseech thee;

and grant that by the power of thy Holy Spirit,

we receiving these thy creatures of bread and wine,

according to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ’s holy institution,

in remembrance of his death and passion,

may be partakers
of his-most blessed body and blood.

Who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread;

Here the priest is to take the paten into his hands,

and when he had given thanks,

he brake it, Here he may break the bread.

and gave it to his disciples, saying Take, eat;



Here he is to lay his hand upon the bread

for this is my body which is given for you:

do this in remembrance of me.

Likewise after supper he took the cup;



Here he is to take the cup into his hand.

and when he had given thanks,

he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this;

for this is my blood of the New Testament,



Here to lay his hand upon the cup.

which is shed for you and for many

for the remission of sins:

do this, as oft as ye shall drink it,

in remembrance of me.

Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father,

we thy humble servants,

having in remembrance

the precious death and passion of thy dear Son,

his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension

entirely desire thy fatherly goodness

mercifully to accept this our sacrifice


of praise and thanksgiving;

most humbly beseeching thee to grant that

by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ,

and through faith in his blood,

we and all thy whole Church

may obtain remission of our sins,

and all other benefits of his passion.

And although we be unworthy


through our manifold sins

to offer unto thee any sacrifice,

yet we beseech thee to accept

this our bounden duty and service,

not weighing our merits
but pardoning our offences.

We pray that all we who are partakers


of this holy communion

may be fulfilled with thy grace


and heavenly benediction:

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory be unto thee,

O Father almighty,

world without end. Amen.

Silence may be kept.

31 SECOND THANKSGIVING

Priest The Lord be with you


All and with thy spirit.

Priest Lift up your hearts.


All We lift them up unto the Lord.

Priest Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.


All It is meet and right so to do.

Priest It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty,

that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks unto thee,

O Lord, holy Father,

almighty, everlasting God,

through Jesus Christ thine only Son our Lord:

Because through him thou hast created
all things from the beginning,

and fashioned us men in thine own image;

through him thou didst redeem us
from the slavery of sin,

giving him to be born as man,


to die upon the cross,

and to rise again for us:

through him thou hast made us a people
for thine own possession,

exalting him to thy right hand on high,

and sending forth through him
thy holy and life-giving Spirit.

PROPER PREFACE, when appropriate (section 53)

Therefore with angels and archangels,

and with all the company of heaven,

we laud and magnify thy glorious name,

evermore praising thee and saying,



Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts,

heaven and earth are full of thy glory.

Glory be to thee, O Lord most high.

(Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.)

Hear us, O Father

through Christ they Son our Lord;

through him accept our sacrifice of praise;

and grant that by the power of thy Holy Spirit

these gifts of bread and wine

may be unto us his body and blood

Who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread;

Here the priest is to take the bread into his hands.

and when he had given thanks to thee,

he broke it,

and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take, eat;

this is my body which is given for you:

do this in remembrance of me.

Likewise after supper he took the cup;

Here he is to take the-cup into his hands.

and when he had given thanks to thee,

he gave it to them saying, Drink ye all of this;

for this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many

for the remission of sins:

do this, as oft as ye shall drink it,
in remembrance of me.

Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father,

with this bread and this cup

we make the memorial of his saving passion,

his resurrection from the dead,

and his glorious ascension into heaven,

and we look for the coming of his kingdom.

We pray thee to accept this


our duty and service,

and grant that we may so eat and drink


these holy things

in the presence of thy divine majesty,

that we may be filled with thy grace
and heavenly blessing.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory be unto thee,

O Father almighty, world without end. Amen.

Silence may be kept.

32 THE BENEDICTUS may follow, if it has not already been said.



Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

33 The priest and people together say THE LORD’S PRAYER either here or at section 36, or at section 44. (The text is printed at section 36.)



THE COMMUNION

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD AND


THE GIVING OF THE BREAD AND CUP

34 The priest breaks the consecrated bread, if he has not already done so, saying

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.

All Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

35 Either here or during the distribution this anthem may be said.

O Lamb of God,
that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.


O Lamb of God,
that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.


O Lamb of God,
that takest away the sins of the world,
grant us thy peace.

36 The priest and people may say THE LORD’S PRAYER,if it has not already been said.

President As our Saviour has taught us, so we pray.
All 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, the power,
and the glory,


for ever and ever. Amen.

37 The priest and people receive the communion.

The communion may be administered in one of the following ways:

38 The minister says to each communicant

The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for you, preserve your body and soul unto everlasting life. Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.
The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for you, preserve your body and soul unto everlasting life. Drink this in remembrance that Christ’s blood was shed for you, and be thankful.

39 or


The priest first says to all the communicants

Draw near and receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for you, and his blood, which was shed for you. Take this in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

One of the ministers then delivers the bread to each communicant, saying

The body of Christ.

or The body of Christ preserve your body and soul unto everlasting life

or The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for you, preserve your body and soul unto everlasting life.

One of the ministers then delivers the cup to each communicant, saying

The blood of Christ.

or The blood of Christ preserve your body and soul unto everlasting life .

or The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for you, preserve your body and soul unto everlasting life.

The communicant may reply each time Amen, and then receives.

40 During the distribution HYMNS and ANTHEMS may be sung.

41 If either or both of the consecrated elements are likely to prove insufficient, the priest returns to the holy table and adds more, with these words.

Having given thanks to thee, O Father, over the bread and the cup according to the institution of thy Son Jesus Christ, who said, Take, eat; this is my body (and/or Drink this; this is my blood) we pray that this bread/wine also may be to us his body/blood, and be received in remembrance of him.

42 Any consecrated bread and wine which is not required for purposes of communion is consumed at the end of the distribution, or after the service.

AFTER COMMUNION

43 AN APPROPRIATE SENTENCE may be said (pp. 42, 43) and A HYMN may be sung.

44 The priest and people say THE LORD’S PRAYER, if it has not already been said.

45 Either or both of the following PRAYERS or either of those in the Appendices (section 58) are said.

Priest Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee, for that thou dost vouchsafe to feed us, who have duly received these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious body and blood of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favour and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people, and are also heirs through hope of thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the most precious death and passion of thy dear Son. And we most humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us-to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

47 All Almighty God,



we thank thee for feeding us

with the body and blood of thy Son
Jesus Christ our Lord.


Through him we offer thee our souls
and bodies


to be a living sacrifice.

Send us out in the power of thy Spirit,

to live and work

to thy praise and glory. Amen.

48 GLORIA IN EXCELSIS may be used, if it has not been used already (the text is printed at section 5); or some other suitable canticle or hymn may be sung.

THE DISMISSAL

49 The priest may say this or an alternative BLESSING (Section 54).

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 among you and remain with you always. Amen.

50 Priest Go in peace and serve the Lord.

All In the name of Christ. Amen.

or


Priest Go in the peace of Christ.

All Thanks be to God.

51 The ministers and people depart.

Appendices
52 PROPER PREFACES FOR THE FIRST THANKSGIVING

Christmas, Presentation, and Annunciation


because thou didst give Jesus Christ thine only Son to be born for our salvation: who, by the operation of the Holy Spirit, was made true man of the substance of the Virgin Mary his mother: and that without spot of sin, to make us clean from all sin.

Epiphany


through Jesus Christ our Lord: who in substance of our mortal flesh manifested forth his glory: that he might bring all men out of darkness into his own marvellous light.

Thursday before Easter


through Jesus Christ our Lord: who having loved his own that were in the world loved them unto the end; and on the night he suffered, sitting at meat with his disciples, did institute these holy mysteries; that we, redeemed by his death and quickened by his resurrection, might be partakers of his divine nature.

Easter
but chiefly we are bound to praise thee for the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord: for he is the true Paschal Lamb which was offered for us, and has taken away the sin of the world; who by his death has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again has restored us to everlasting life.

Ascension
through thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord: who after his most glorious resurrection manifestly appeared to all his apostles; and in their sight ascended up into heaven to prepare a place for us; that where he is, thither we might also ascend, and reign with him in glory.

Pentecost


through Jesus Christ our Lord: who after he had ascended up far above all the heavens, and was set down at the right hand of thy majesty, did as at this time send forth upon the universal Church thy holy and life-giving Spirit: that through his glorious power the joy of the everlasting gospel might go forth into all the world; whereby we have been brought out of darkness and error into the clear light and true knowledge of thee, and of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Trinity Sunday


who with thine only-begotten Son and the Holy Spirit art one God, one Lord in trinity of Persons and in unity of substance: for that which we believe of thy glory, O Father. the same we believe of thy Son and of the Holy Spirit, without any difference or inequality.

Transfiguration


because the divine glory of the incarnate Word shone forth upon the holy mount before the chosen witnesses of his majesty; and thine own voice from heaven proclaimed thy beloved Son.

Saints’ days


who in the righteousness of thy saints hast given us an example of godly living, and in their blessedness a glorious pledge of the hope of our calling, that, being encompassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, we may run with patience the race that is set before us, and with them receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Consecration or Dedication of a church


who, though the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee, and thy glory is in all the world, dost deign to hallow places for thy worship, and in them dost pour forth gifts of grace upon thy faithful people.

Funerals


because through thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, thou hast given us eternal life, and delivered us from the bondage of sin and the fear of death into the glorious liberty of the children of God

or


because through thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, thou hast given us the hope of a glorious resurrection, so that although death comes to us all, yet we rejoice in the promise of eternal life; for to thy faithful people life is changed, not taken away, and when our mortal flesh is laid aside, an everlasting dwelling place is made ready for us in heaven.

53 PROPER PREFACES FOR THE SECOND THANKSGIVING

Advent
And now we give thee thanks, because the day of our deliverance has dawned; and through him thou wilt make all things new, as he comes in power and triumph to judge the world.

Christmas, Presentation, and Annunciation


And now we give thee thanks, for by the operation of the Holy Spirit, he was made man of the Virgin Mary his mother; and that without spot of sin, to make us clean from all sin.

Epiphany


And now we give thee thanks, because in coming to dwell among us as man, he revealed the radiance of his glory, and brought us out of darkness into his own marvellous light.

Lent
And now we give thee thanks, because through him thou hast given us the spirit of discipline, that we may triumph over evil and grow in grace.

Passiontide
And now we give thee thanks, because for our salvation he was obedient even to death on the cross. The tree of defeat became the tree of glory: and where life was lost, there life has been restored.

Thursday before Easter


And now we give thee thanks, because having loved his own that were in the world he loved them unto the end,- and on the night before he suffered, sitting at meat with his disciples, did institute these holy mysteries; that we, redeemed by his death and quickened by his resurrection. might be partakers of his divine nature.

Easter
And now we give thee thanks, for his glorious resurrection from the dead. For he is the true Paschal Lamb which was offered for us, and has taken away the sin of the world; who by his death has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again has restored to us everlasting life.

Ascension
And now we give thee thanks, because in his risen body he appeared to his disciples and in their sight was taken into heaven, to reign with thee in glory.

Pentecost


And now we give thee thanks, because by the same Spirit we are led into all truth and are given power to proclaim thy gospel to the nations and to serve thee as a royal priesthood.

Trinity Sunday


And now we give thee thanks, because thou hast revealed thy glory as the glory of thy Son and of the Holy Spirit: three persons equal in majesty, undivided in splendour, yet one Lord, one God, ever to be worshipped and adored.

Transfiguration


And now we give thee thanks, because the divine glory of the incarnate Word shone forth upon the holy mount before the chosen witnesses of his majesty; and thine own voice from heaven proclaimed thy beloved Son.

Saints’ days


And now we give thee thanks, for the glorious pledge of the hope of our calling which thou hast given us in thy saints; that following their example and strengthened by their fellowship, we may run with perseverance the race that is set before us, and with them receive the unfading crown of glory.

Dedication


And now we give thee thanks, for thy blessings on this house of prayer, where we are stirred to faithful witness, and are built up by thy Spirit into a temple made without hands, even the body of thy Son Jesus Christ.

Funerals


And now we give thee thanks, because through him thou hast given us eternal life, and delivered us from the bondage of sin and the fear of death into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

or


and now we give thee thanks, because through him thou hast given us the hope of a glorious resurrection, so that although death comes to us all, yet we rejoice in the promise of eternal life; for to thy faithful people life is changed not taken away, and when our mortal flesh is laid aside, an everlasting dwelling place is made ready for us in heaven.

54 ALTERNATIVE BLESSINGS

Advent
Christ the Sun of righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path: and the blessing ...

Christmas


Christ the Son of God gladden your hearts with the good news of his kingdom, and the blessing

Lent
Christ give you grace to grow in holiness, to deny yourselves, and to take up your cross, and follow him: and the blessing ...

Passiontide
Christ crucified draw you to himself, so that you find in him a sure ground for faith, a firm support for hope, and the assurance of sins forgiven: and the blessing...

Easter
The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, make you perfect in every good work to do his will: and the blessing. .

Ascension
Christ our king make you faithful and strong to do his will. that you may reign with him in glory: and the blessing ...

Pentecost


The Spirit of truth lead you into all truth, give you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and to proclaim the word and works of God: and the blessing ...

Trinity Sunday


God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace: and the blessing...

Saints’ days


God give you grace to follow his saints in faith and hope and love: and the blessing ...

Unity
Christ the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life for his sheep draw you and all who hear his voice to be one within one fold: and the blessing...

55 THE COMMANDMENTS

Minister God spake these words and said:


I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other gods but me.

All Lord, have mercy upon us,
and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Minister Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image nor the likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them nor worship them.



All Lord, have mercy upon us,
and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Minister Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.



All Lord, have mercy upon us,
and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Minister Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.



All Lord, have mercy upon us,
and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Minister Honour thy father and thy mother.



All Lord, have mercy upon us,
and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Minister Thou shalt do no murder.



All Lord, have mercy upon us,
and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Minister Thou shalt not commit adultery.



All Lord, have mercy upon us,
and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Minister Thou shalt not steal.



All Lord, have mercy upon us,
and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Minister Thou shalt not bear false witness.



All Lord, have mercy upon us,
and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Minister Thou shalt not covet.



All Lord, have mercy upon us,
and write all these laws in our hearts,
we beseech thee.

58 ALTERNATIVE PRAYERS

Either or both of the following prayers may be used instead of those in sections 46 and 47.

Priest O Lord and heavenly Father,we thy humble servants entirely desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we, and all thy whole Church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion. And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that all we, who are partakers of this Holy Communion, may be fulfilled with thy grace and heavenly benediction. And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.



All Almighty Lord, and everlasting God,

we offer and present unto thee, ourselves,
our souls and bodies,


to be a reasonable, holy, and living
sacrifice unto thee:


humbly beseeching thee,

that all we, who are partakers of this Holy Communion,

may be fulfilled with thy grace and heavenly benediction.

And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins,

to offer unto thee any sacrifice,

yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden
duty and service;


not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences,

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost,

be all honour and glory, world without end.

Amen.


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