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    An Order for Holy Communion





Authorized for experimental use in the Diocese of Hong Kong and Macao for bilingual Celebrations and other special occasions (with the concurrence of the Bishops of the Council of the Church of South East Asia).

When the service of Holy Communion is broadcast this order only may be used, down to the end of the Grace. The service may then be continued but not broadcast.





The Anglican Church in China dates in practice from 1844 when a decree from the Emperor allowed native Chinese to convert to Christianity. Growth was rapid, fueled by missionaries from England, the US, and Canada, and several dioceses were in place by the early 1900's.

The first independent Prayer Book in the English (as opposed to the American) tradition was produced in 1938. The Communion service retained the basic structure of the 1662 BCP, but with the penitential section moved forward. This was revised in 1957; both of these were in Chinese, in the "easy Wenli", or modified classical form.

The Liturgy presented here is an experimental form from 1965, which was printed both in English and Chinese. As may be seen, it differs considerably from other liturgies, mostly in the order of service.

A newer Chinese Prayer Book was introduced in 1989, with a revision in 2000, and is printed in the more contemporary putonghua, or Mandarin, form.

Thanks are due to Richard Mammana for providing a copy of the text.



The Service may open with a psalm or a hymn.

All then remain standing and say together:

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. Amen.

Then the Minister says:

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 Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

And then the Minister says:

Brethren, we are come together to hear God's most holy word, and to receive the body and blood of the Lord.

Let us therefore kneel in silence remembering God's presence with us now.

Then shall silence be kept for a space all kneeling.

Thereafter the Minister says:

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, maker of all things, judge of all men: we acknowledge and confess our manifold sins, which we have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy Divine Majesty. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings. Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father: for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, forgive us all that is past: and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honour and glory of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Priest say:

Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all that truly turn to him.

Come unto me all that travail and are heavy laden and I will refresh you.

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.

    Hear also what Saint Paul saith:

This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ, Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

    Hear also what Saint John saith:

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

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto 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.




Minister: The Lord be with you.
People: And with thy Spirit.
Minister: Let us pray.

The Collect for the day is said.

Then all sit for the reading of the Epistle.

A Hymn is then sung.

The Minister announces the Gospel.

People: Glory be to thee, O Lord.

The Gospel is read.

People: Praise be to thee, O Christ.

A psalm may be sung or the Te Deum may be said or sung.

The Sermon follows.

At the end of the Sermon the Minister may say:

Let us join together and confess the faith of the Universal Church.

All say the Nicene Creed.

    We 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 we 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 we believe one Catholick and Apostolick Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.




All kneel for the prayers.

    Minister: For the peace of the whole world, for the welfare of God's holy Church, and for the unity of all men in Thee, Lord hear our prayer.
    People: And let our cry come unto thee.

    Minister: For all Bishops, priests and deacons (especially . . . our Bishop) that with a good heart and conscience they may accomplish their ministry, Lord hear our prayer.
    People: And let our cry come unto thee.

    Minister: For all who endeavour to win others to follow Christ, and for all places of education and learning, that the whole world may be filled with the knowledge of thy Truth, Lord hear our prayer.
    People: And let our cry come unto thee.

    Minister: For all nations and peoples and all who are set in authority over their fellowmen, Lord hear our prayer.
    People: And let our cry come unto thee.

    Minister: For the sick, the suffering, the sorrowful and the dying, Lord hear our prayer.
    People: And let our cry come unto thee.

    Minister: For the poor and the hungry, for orphans and widows, and for all in need, Lord hear our prayer.
    People: And let our cry come unto thee.

    Minister: For ourselves, and all followers of Jesus Christ, that we may love one another as He has loved us, Lord hear our prayer.
    People: And let our cry come unto thee.

    Minister: That, with all thy servants who have served thee here and are now at rest, we may enter into the fulness of thy eternal joy, Lord hear our prayer.
   People: And let our cry come unto thee.

The Minister may then say.

Almighty God, who has given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise, that when two or three are gathered together in thy name thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come eternal life. Amen.

(A prayer of Saint John Chrysostom.)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

(2 Corinthians 13: 14.)




A hymn is sung, during which the collection as taken.

At the end of the hymn the bread and wine for the Communion, together with the collection, are brought forward and presented. All remain standing.

    Priest:  All things come of thee, O Lord.
    People: And of thine own have we given thee.




    Priest: The Lord be with you.
    People: And with thy Spirit.
    Priest:  Lift up your hearts.
    People: We lift them up unto the Lord.
    Priest:  Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
    People: It is meet and right so to do.

    Minister: 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 our Lord: *Who having loved his own that were in the world 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.*

* On Festivals and other special occasions alternative words (below) may be used.

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name, evermore praising thee and saying:

    People: 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.

All kneel for the Prayer of Consecration, which is said by the Priest, the people joining in the words printed in bold type:

    Truly holy, truly blessed art thou, O heavenly Father, who of thy tender love towards mankind didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to take our nature upon him and 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: Who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake 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, 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 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, we thy humble servants, having in remembrance the precious death and passion of thy dear Son, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, do celebrate and set forth before thy Divine Majesty with these thy holy gifts, the memorial which he hath willed us to make, rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits which he hath procured unto us.
    We most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to sanctify with thy Holy Spirit us and these thy gifts of bread and wine, that the bread which we break may be the communion of the body of Christ, and the cup which we bless the communion of the blood of Christ.
    And we entirely desire thy fatherly goodness 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 here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, 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, by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.

Silence is kept for a space, all kneeling.

Then all 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 property 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.

And then is said or sung.

    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.

    Priest:  The peace of the Lord be always with you.
    People: And with thy Spirit.




First the Ministers and then the people receive the Communion. Hymns may be sung.

At the end of the Communion, there shall be said or sung: all kneeling.

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.




The Priest says:

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we most heartily thank thee for that thou hast vouchsafed to feed us in these holy mysteries with the Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ. We most humbly beseech thee so to assist us with thy grace that we may do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God world without end. Amen.

The Priest then pronounces the Blessing:

The peace of God, which passeth 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.

Then the following may be said or sung or a hymn be sung.

    Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, goodwill 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, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sitteth 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 most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
    That holy things have taken:
Let ears that now have heard thy songs
    To clamour never waken.
Lord, may the tongues which ‘holy' sang
    Keep free from all deceiving:
The eyes which saw thy love be bright,
    Thy blessed hope perceiving.
The feet that tread thy holy courts
    From light do thou not banish;
The bodies by thy body fed
    With thy new life replenish.



(Liturgy of Malabar)



Alternative Prefaces.

Upon Christmas Day and for twelve days thereafter.

Because, as at this time, the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth. Therefore with Angels, etc.

Upon the Epiphany and seven days after.

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. Therefore with Angels, etc.

Upon Easter Day and until Ascension Day.

But chiefly are we bound to praise thee for the glorious Resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord: For he is the very Paschal Lamb, which was offered for us, and hath taken away the sin of the world; Who by his death hath destroyed death, and by his rising to life again hath restored to us eternal life. Therefore with Angels, etc.

Upon Ascension Day and until Whitsunday.

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, there we may be also. Therefore with Angels, etc.

Upon Whitsunday and six days after.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord: Who after that he was set down at the right hand of thy Majesty: Did as at this time pour 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, through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Therefore with Angels, etc.

Upon the Feast of Trinity, and other occasions if desired.

Who with thine only-begotten Son and the Holy Ghost art one God, one Lord, in Trinity of Persons and in Unity of Substance: for that which we believe of Thee, O Father, the same we believe of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference or inequality. Therefore with Angels, etc.

Upon the Feasts of Saints, and other occasions if desired.

Who in the righteousness of thy Saints hast given us an ensample of godly living, and in their blessedness a glorious pledge of the hope of our calling: That, being compassed 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. Therefore with Angels, etc.



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