|The Book of Common Prayer|
THE LORD'S SUPPER
OR THE HOLY EUCHARIST
often as possible, a special service shall be held the night before the
celebration of the Lord's Supper, or at some other convenient time. Or
it may be held before the celebration on the same day, with an interval
for silent common prayer. Such a service may include, besides the praise
of God and the confession of sin and the reading and preaching of God's
all these words, saying:
each commandment the people shall say:
X. Thou shalt not covet.
OUR LORD'S SUMMARY OF THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS
LORD Jesus Christ said: Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord;
and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all
thy soul, and with all thy mind. and with all thy strength. This is the
first commandment. And the second is like, namely this: Thou shalt love
thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than
these. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
beloved, it is right that we who would come to the Lord's Table should
take to heart the mystery of this sacrament. The mystery is this: that
Christ truly gives unto us his body and blood as food and drink of everlasting
life. The Good
Shepherd has laid down his life for the sheep; he who was without guile
has died for sinners, the Head for his members, the Bridegroom for his
bride the Church; in obedience to the Father's will and in Infinite love
to us, the High Priest has offered himself as the perfect sacrifice. By
his death he has done away with all that stood in the way of our fellowship
with God the Father, that we may assuredly be his children, be upheld
by his love, be guided by him all the days of our life, and rejoice in
the hope of his glory. In the fellowship of his sufferings he calls us
to crucify the old man with his lusts, and to bear trials and tribulations
patiently, to the glory of his name. In the power of his resurrection
he calls us to newness of life. In the fellowship of his Spirit he joins
us together, and seeks to change us into his image. By the same Spirit
he pours his love into our hearts, so that we may love one another, and
our enemies for his sake.
A hymn or psalm may be sung or said.
As the ministers come to the Lord's Table, the people shall stand. The presbyter, or one of those with him, shall carry in both hands the Bible from which the lessons are to be read, and shall place it on the Table or on a lectern.. The presbyter may stand behind the Table, facing the people.
The presbyter shall say, the people standing:
Let us pray
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.
Then all shall
sing or say:
¶ Or this
ancient hymn, thrice repeated:
Or this litany, the deacon leading the responses:
WORTHY is the Lamb that hath been slain to receive the power, and riches, and wisdom, and might, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Unto the Lamb be glory!
Unto him that sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb, be the blessing, and the honour, and the glory, and the dominion, for ever and ever.
Unto the Lamb be glory!
Worthy art thou, for thou wast slain, and didst purchase unto God with thy blood men of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Unto the Lamb be glory! Salvation unto our God which sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb. Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
¶ Or another hymn may be sung.
If there has been no special service before the celebration of the Lord's Supper, one or more of the passages on pp. 1-2 may be read here.
Then shall the presbyter say:
All shall kneel. After a short silence the presbyter
deacon leading, all shall say together:
HEAVENLY Father, we confess that we have sinned against thee and our neighbour. We have walked in darkness rather than in light; we have named the name of Christ, but have not departed from iniquity. Have mercy upon us, we beseech thee; for the sake of Jesus Christ forgive us all our sins; cleanse us by thy Holy Spirit; quicken our consciences; and enable us to forgive others, that we may henceforth serve thee in newness of life, to the glory of thy holy name. Amen.
Or the presbyter may use certain other forms.
Then the presbyter
shall stand and say:
After a short silence, the presbyter shall say:
The presbyter may say ‘us' and ‘our' for ‘you' and ‘your'; if so, the prayer shall precede the reading of the Gracious Word of God.
THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD OF GOD
The Lord be with you;
Let us pray
Here shall follow the Collect of the or another short prayer.
The people may stand for the reading of Scripture, or at least for
the reading of the Gospel. Before each lesson the reader shall say: ‘Hear
the Word of God, as it is written in (the name of the Book),
in the . . . . chapter, beginning at the . . . verse'; and after it he
shall say: ‘Here ends the lesson.'
A psalm or hymn may be sung.
The Epistle shall be read, and the people shall say:
The Gospel shall be read, and the people shall say:
Then the sermon shall be preached, the people sitting.
Then the Nicene Creed shall be said or sung by all, standing:
Announcements may be made here, and the collection may be taken. A
hymn may also be sung.
Let us pray
God, who hast taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give
thanks, for all men; hear us when we pray: That it may please thee to
inspire continually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity,
That it may please thee to grant that all they that do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and bear witness to it with courage and fidelity:
That it may please thee to lead the nations in the paths of righteousness and peace:
That it may please thee to guide with thy pure and peaceable wisdom those who bear authority in the affairs of men, especially the President of the Indian Republic . . . and those who rule over us; that we and all men may be godly and quietly governed:
That it may please thee to give grace to all bishops, presbyters, and deacons, especially thy servants . . . our Moderator and . . . our bishop, that by their life and doctrine they may set forth thy true and living Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments:
That it may please thee to guide and prosper those who are labouring for the spread of thy Gospel among the nations, and to enlighten with thy Spirit all places of education, learning, and healing:
That it may please thee that through thy heavenly benediction we may be saved from dearth and famine, and may with thankful hearts enjoy the fruits of the earth in their season:
That it may please thee to give thy heavenly grace to all thy people in their several callings, and especially 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:
That it may please 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 praise thee for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear, beseeching thee to give us grace that we may follow their good examples, and with them be made partakers of thy heavenly kingdom:
For the peace of the whole world, for the welfare of God's holy Churches, and for the union of all, let us pray to the Lord.
For our bishops and all other ministers (especially . . .
For the rulers of our country and all in authority, let us pray to the Lord.
For the sick, the suffering, the sorrowful, and the dying, let us pray to the Lord.
For the poor, the hungry, orphans and widows, and them that suffer persecution, let us pray to the Lord.
For ourselves and all who confess the name of Christ, that we may show forth the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness into his marvellous light, let us pray to the Lord.
That, with all his servants who have served him here and are now at rest, we may enter into the fulness of his unending joy, let us pray to the Lord.
After either Litany the presbyter shall say:
Let us pray
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking; We beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things, which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us, for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ Or this:
The presbyter shall then give the first benediction:
Those who leave shall leave now.
shall stand, and the presbyter shall say:
Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is, brethren, to dwell together in unity.
We who are many are one bread, one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladness, I will sing and speak praises unto the Lord.
The ‘Peace' may be given here.
A hymn shall now be sung, and the bread and wine for the Communion, together with the alms of the people, shall be brought forward and placed on the Table. Those who bear the offertory shall stand before the Table during the following prayer.
the presbyter shall say:
and people shall kneel, and say together:
The presbyter shall now stand.
The Lord be with you;
is verily 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
and Everlasting God;
* Through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, through whom thou didst create the heavens and the earth and all that in them is, and didst make man in thine own image, and when he had fallen into sin didst redeem him to be the first fruits of a new creation.
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 be he that hath come and is to come in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest.
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.
Amen. Thy death, O Lord, we commemorate, thy resurrection we confess, and thy second coming we await. Glory be to thee, O Christ.
Wherefore, O Father, having in remembrance the precious death and passion, and glorious resurrection and ascension, of thy Son our Lord, we thy servants do this in remembrance of him, as he hath commanded, until his coming again, giving thanks to thee for the perfect redemption which thou hast wrought for us in him.
We give thanks to thee, we praise thee, we glorify thee, O Lord our God.
And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to sanctify with thy Holy Spirit, us and these thine own 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. Grant that being joined together in him, we may all attain to the unity of the faith, and may grow up in all things unto him who is the Head, even 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.
Here the presbyter may kneel.
*Instead of the words ‘Through Jesus Christ . . . a new creation', another Preface proper to the season of the Christian Year may be said.
As our Saviour Christ hath commanded and taught us, we are bold to say:
Then shall silence be kept for a space, all kneeling.
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 and souls may be made clean by his most precious Body and Blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
Then the presbyter
shalt rise, and break the bread, saying:
¶ Or this:
¶ Or he may break the bread in silence.
The ministers and people shall now receive the bread and wine.
words of administration may be used:
¶ Or certain other words may be used.
During this time
these words may be said or sung:
¶ Or some
other hymn may be sung.
When all have partaken, the presbyter shall say:
Having now by faith received the sacrament of the
Body and the Blood of Christ, let us give thanks.
one of the following prayers shall be said or sung by the presbyter alone,
or by all together:
¶ Or this:
presbyter shall then give the second benediction:
A hymn of praise
and thanksgiving, or a part of Psalm 103, or the Nunc Dimittis, may
be sung after the benediction.
The Lord's Prayer
may be said before the Thanksgiving, and the Gloria
in Excelsis after it, if they
If the bread
or wine set apart be insufficient, the presbyter, taking more, may say:
¶ Or the
words of the Institution may be repeated.
THE PARTS OF THE ORDER. It may be found convenient to have an outline of the Order, with agreed names for the parts. Some traditional names are added as alternatives, and parts that may be omitted, or may be used at different places, are in brackets.
(The Warrant; the Commandments or Summary; the Exhortation.)
The Preparation. (Collection; hymn.) The Collect for Purity; the
‘Glory to God' or Gloria in Excelsis, the ‘Holy God' or Trisagion,
the Litany of the Lamb.
The Ministry of the Word of God. The Greeting or Salutation;
the Collect of the Day; the Old Testament Lesson, (hymn,) the Epistle,
the Gospel; the Sermon; the Creed.
The Breaking of the Bread. The Offertory Sentences, (the Peace,)
hymn, (collection,) the Offertory, the ‘Holy Father' or Offertory
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