|The Book of Common Prayer|
Oxford University Press, Amen House, London E.C.4
GLASGOW NEW YORK TORONTO MELBOURNE WELLINGTON BOMBAY CALCUTTA MADRAS KARACHI CAPE TOWN IBADAN
Geoffrey Cumberlege, Publisher to the University
published, June 1950
Parts of the Order are copied, by permission, from The Liturgy of the United Basel Mission Church in India (Mangalore); The Book of Common Order (Oxford University Press); and The Ceylon Liturgy (SPCK-in-India).
Order of Service was first used by the Synod of the Church of South India
at its second meeting, at Madras, in 1950. The Synod then authorized it
‘for optional use on special occasions in accordance with the provisions
contained in Rule 5, Chapter X, of the Constitution', but decided that
after some years it should be reconsidered. Since then it has been widely
used, in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and Kanarese, as well as in English.
In the light of experience, and of suggestions received from many countries,
it has been slightly revised, and in its revised form it was approved
by the Synod in January 1954 for general use wherever it is desired.
Throughout the service the people's part is printed in heavy type. It should
be led by a deacon.
The paragraph sign (¶) is intended to show that the passage so marked is an alternative.
The presbyter shall conduct the service as far as the lessons. The deacon shall lead the prayer of intercession, if it be a litany. The rest of the service shall be conducted by the presbyter.
The Liturgy Committee recommends that, where there
is no special difficulty or objection, (1) the presbyter throughout the
service (unless he is reading Scripture from the lectern or preaching
from the pulpit) should stand or kneel behind the Holy Table, facing the
people; the offertory should be brought forward by others. (2) The people
should stand for all three lessons
The three lessons from Scripture may be read by one,
two, or three people, lay or ordained. The Bible carried in at the beginning
should be used throughout. It is directed that before each lesson the
reader shall announce first the name of the Book of the Bible, then the
chapter, then the verse: this is intended to make it easier for the people
to open their own Bibles at the right place.
USE OF THE FIRST AND SECOND
PARTS ONLY. If no presbyter is available,
or if for any other reason the Lord's Supper is not to be celebrated, the
first two Parts of this Service, the Preparation and the Ministry of the
Word, may be used by themselves, provided (a) that in the invitation to
confession on p. 4 the words ‘and
to receive the body and blood of the Lord' be omitted, and (b) that after
the prayer of intercession there be a solemn dedication of the offerings,
with prayer, in which the praise of God as Creator and as Redeemer shall
be included; a hymn; and a grace or blessing.
THE USE OF THE THIRD PART ONLY. The Third Part of the Service, the Breaking of the Bread, may be used without the First and Second Parts in any special service, such as an ordination or confirmation, which includes the praise of God, the confession of sin and prayer for forgiveness, the reading and preaching of the word of God, and intercession.
The ‘SERVICE THAT MAY BE USED BEFORE THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD'S SUPPER' (p. 1 of the Liturgy) is recommended for use on the night (or at any other convenient time during the week) before a celebration. The purpose is that those who intend to communicate may be put in mind of the greatness of this gift of the Saviour, and of their need of penitence and of living faith as they come to receive it. Where it is difficult for all to gather in church, the service may be conducted by church-workers in different parts of the pastorate, or in each family by the head of the household. The service may instead be used before the celebration, with an interval for silent common prayer. It is recommended that one at least of the passages on pp. 1-2 may be used with every celebration, either beforehand or in the Liturgy itself, and that all should be used sometimes.
When visitors are present, the presbyter may invite any communicant member
of any Church with which the Church of South India has relations of fellowship
to partake of the Holy Communion with this congregation (see
the Constitution, II. 14).
CONFESSION. The alternatives recommended are:
1. Psalm 51 : 1-3, 9-12, said or sung.
2. One of the Confessions in the Book of Common Prayer.
3. A hymn.
4. Extempore prayer by the presbyter.
THE COLLECTION OF ALMS. The people may place their alms in vessels set at the door as they enter the church; or a collection may be made during the hymn after the creed or the offertory hymn. If it is made during the hymn after the creed, the alms shall be kept in some suitable place until the offertory. If it is made during the offertory hymn, the alms of the non-communicants who go out after the benediction may be received at the doors. In any case, the alms, with the bread and wine for the communion, shall be brought to the Lord's Table during the offertory hymn. It is recommended that this should be done by lay people.
THE PEACE. When the Peace is given, the giver places his right palm against the right palm of the receiver, and each closes his left hand over the other's right hand. The Peace is given before the offertory (see Matthew 5 : 23, 24) as a sign of fellowship, and the offertory sentences recall St Augustine's teaching that the sacrifice we offer is our unity in Christ. The presbyter gives the Peace to those ministering with him, and these in turn give it to the congregation. It may be passed through the congregation either along the rows, or from those in front to those behind. It is suggested that each person as he gives the Peace may say in a low voice, ‘The peace of God', or ‘The peace of God be with you'.
THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER. At the words ‘took bread', the presbyter shall take the paten with the bread into his hand. At the words ‘took the cup', he shall take the cup into his hand.
AND CONFIRMATION. Where it is the custom
to administer the sacrament of baptism, or to receive baptized persons
into the full membership of the Church (i.e. to confirm them), during
a Communion Service, baptism may be administered after the creed, and
confirmation alter the intercession.
COMMUNION. Communion may be administered in
the place and manner customary in the congregation. it is however recommended
that communion may be given by ‘tables', i.e. the people come forward
to receive in front of the holy Table, and each row remains kneeling till
the presbyter dismisses them with a blessing such as ‘The grace of
the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all'. When this is done, it is convenient
that there should be ‘stewards'. A spoon may be used for administering
THE WORDS OF ADMINISTRATION. The following alternatives are recommended:
1. ‘The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee,
preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Take and eat this in
remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by
faith with thanksgiving.'
‘The Communion of the Body of Christ.'
3. ‘Take ye, eat ye; this is the body of Christ which is broken
for you: this do in remembrance of him.'
EXCOMMUNICATION. Any who are excommunicate or under discipline shall leave at the end of the Ministry of the Word.
to the Order for the Lord's Supper
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