Stations of the Cross, April 13, 2022 5:30pm

The Way of the Cross

Concerning the Service

The devotion known as the Way of the Cross is an adaptation to local usage of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem: the offering of prayer at a series of places in that city traditionally associated with our Lord’s passion and death.
The number of stations, which at first varied widely, finally became fixed at fourteen. Of these, eight are based directly on events recorded in the Gospels. The remaining six (numbers 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 13) are based on inferences from the Gospel account or from pious legend. If desired, these six stations may be omitted.

The form which follows is appropriate either as a public service or as a private devotion, particularly on the Fridays of Lent, but it should not displace the Proper Liturgy of Good Friday.

Traditionally, the stations are made before a series of plain wooden crosses placed along the walls of the church or in some other convenient place. With each cross there is sometimes associated a pictorial representation of the event being commemorated.

The hymn Stabat Mater (“At the cross her vigil keeping” Hymnal 1982, 158) has frequently been associated with this service, but is not an integral part of Selected stanzas of this hymn may appropriately be sung at the entrance of the ministers, and (after the opening devotions before the Altar) as the procession approaches the first station. 
In the form which follows, the Trisagion (“Holy God”) is the chant recommended as the procession goes from station to station. Alternatively, the Trisagion may be used to conclude each station, and stanzas of appropriate hymns sung as the procession moves. It is appropriate that all present take part in the procession.

The presider at the service, whether clerical or lay, customarily leads the opening versicle at each station and reads the concluding Collect. The Readings (and the versicles which follow) are appropriately assigned to other persons.

The Way of the Cross
A hymn or other song may be sung during the entrance of the ministers.

Opening Devotions
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Spirit. Amen.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Presider and People
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, your 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. and deliver us from evil.

V. We will glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ:
R. In whom is our salvation, our life and resurrection.
Let us pray. (Silence)

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that
we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts,
whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

The procession goes to the First Station.

First Station
Jesus is condemned to death

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
As soon as it was morning, the chief priests, with the elders and
scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation; and they bound
Jesus and led him away and delivered him to Pilate. And they all
condemned him and said, “He deserves to die.” When Pilate heard
these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat
at a place called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. Then he
handed Jesus over to them to be crucified.

V. God did not spare his own Son:
R. But delivered him up for us all.
Let us pray. (Silence)

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he
suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified:
Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find
it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ
your Son our Lord. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Second Station
Jesus takes up his Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Jesus went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place
of a skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Although he was
a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. Like a
lamb he was led to the slaughter; and like a sheep that before its
shearers is mute, so he opened not his mouth. Worthy is the Lamb
who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and
strength and honor and glory and blessing.

V. The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all:
R. For the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Let us pray. (Silence)

Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony and
shame of the cross for our redemption: Give us courage to take up our
cross and follow him; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Third Station
Jesus falls the first time

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality
with God a thing to be grasped; but emptied himself, taking the form
of a servant, and was born in human likeness. And being found in
human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him, and
bestowed on him the name which is above every name. Come, let us
bow down, and bend the knee, and kneel before the Lord our Maker,
for he is the Lord our God.

V. Surely he has borne our griefs:
R. And carried our sorrows.
Let us pray. (Silence)

O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great
dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always
stand upright: Grant us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Fourth Station
Jesus meets his afflicted mother

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
To what can I liken you, to what can I compare you, O daughter of
Jerusalem? What likeness can I use to comfort you, O virgin daughter
of Zion? For vast as the sea is your ruin. Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted. The Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of mourning shall be ended.

V. A sword will pierce your own soul also:
R. And fill your heart with bitter pain.
Let us pray. (Silence)

O God, who willed that in the passion of your Son a sword of grief
should pierce the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary his mother:
Mercifully grant that your Church, having shared with her in his
passion, may be made worthy to share in the joys of his resurrection;
who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Fifth Station
The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
As they led Jesus away, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by
name, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross
to carry it behind Jesus. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny
himself and take up his cross and follow me. Take my yoke upon you,
and learn from me; for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

V. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me:
R. Cannot be my disciple.
Let us pray. (Silence)

Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to
serve: Bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the
service of others; that with wisdom, patience, and courage, they may
minister in his Name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for
the love of him who laid down his life for us, your Son our Savior
Jesus Christ. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Sixth Station
A woman wipes the face of Jesus

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
We have seen him without beauty or majesty, with no looks to attract
our eyes. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and
acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces, he
was despised, and we esteemed him not. His appearance was so
marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the
children of men. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was
bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.

V. Restore us, O Lord God of hosts:
R. Show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
Let us pray. (Silence)

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his
glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith
the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Seventh Station
Jesus falls a second time

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Surely, he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. All we like
sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and
the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and
he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth. For the transgression of
my people was he stricken.

V. But as for me, I am a worm and no man:
R. Scorned by all and despised by the people.
Let us pray. (Silence)

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race
you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his
suffering, and also share in his resurrection; who lives and reigns for
ever and ever. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Eighth Station
Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
There followed after Jesus a great multitude of the people, and among
them were women who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning
to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep
for yourselves and for your children.”

V. Those who sowed with tears:
R. Will reap with songs of joy.
Let us pray. (Silence)

Teach your Church, O Lord, to mourn the sins of which it is guilty,
and to repent and forsake them; that, by your pardoning grace, the
results of our iniquities may not be visited upon our children and our
children’s children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Ninth Station
Jesus falls a third time

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath; he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light. He has besieged me and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation; he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago. Though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer. He has made my teeth grind on gravel, and made me cower in ashes. “Remember, O Lord, my affliction and bitterness, the wormwood and the gall!”

V. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter:
R. And like a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he
opened not his mouth.
Let us pray. (Silence)

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument
of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory
in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for
the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Tenth Station
Jesus is stripped of his garments

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
When they came to a place called Golgotha (which means the place of
a skull), they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall; but when
he tasted it, he would not drink it. And they divided his garments
among them by casting lots. This was to fulfill the scripture which
says, “They divided my garments among them; they cast lots for my
Clothing.”

V. They gave me gall to eat:
R. And when I was thirsty they gave me vinegar to drink.
Let us pray. (Silence)

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be
whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully
the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be
revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Eleventh Station
Jesus is nailed to the Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
When they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they
crucified him; and with him they crucified two criminals, one on
the right, the other on the left, and Jesus between them. And the
scripture was fulfilled which says, “He was numbered with the
Transgressors.”

V. They pierce my hands and my feet:
R. They stare and gloat over me.
Let us pray. (Silence)

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the
hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the
reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we,
reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not
know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of
your Name. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Twelfth Station
Jesus dies on the Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved
standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!”
Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And when
Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished!” And then,
crying with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into your hands I
commend my spirit.” And he bowed his head, and handed over his
Spirit.

V. Christ for us became obedient unto death:
R. Even death on a cross.
Let us pray. (Silence)

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to
the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered
us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin,
that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his
resurrection; who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Thirteenth Station
The body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
All you who pass by, behold and see if there is any sorrow like my
sorrow. My eyes are spent with weeping; my soul is in tumult; my
heart is poured out in grief because of the downfall of my people.
“Do not call me Naomi (which means Pleasant), call me Mara
(which means Bitter); for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with
Me.”

V. Her tears run down her cheeks:
R. And she has none to comfort her.
Let us pray. (Silence)

Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death:
Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led
the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and
wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Fourteenth Station
Jesus is laid in the tomb

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea,
named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to
Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to
be given to him. And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a
clean linen shroud, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he
had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of
the tomb.

V. You will not abandon me to the grave:
R. Nor let your holy One see corruption.
Let us pray. (Silence)

O God, your blessed Son was laid in a tomb in a garden, and rested
on the Sabbath day: Grant that we who have been buried with him
in the waters of baptism may find our perfect rest in his eternal and
glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

Concluding Prayers before the Altar
Savior of the world, by your cross and precious blood you have
redeemed us:
Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech you, O Lord.
Let us pray. (Silence)

We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from
the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of
your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to
life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and
reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.

To Christ our Lord who loves us, and washed us in his own blood,
and made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father, to
him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

The Word of God

Beginning in the Book of Common Prayer, page 323

A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.
The people standing, the Celebrant says

 Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
PeopleAnd blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever.
Amen.

In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost

CelebrantAlleluia. Christ is risen.
PeopleThe Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

In Lent and on other penitential occasions

CelebrantBless the Lord who forgiveth all our sins;
PeopleHis mercy endureth for ever.

The Celebrant says

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are 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.

Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

The Gloria

Glory be to God on high,
    and on 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 most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

The Celebrant says to the people

 The Lord be with you.
PeopleAnd with thy spirit.
CelebrantLet us pray.

The Celebrant says the Collect.

O God, who before the passion of your only ­begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 

PeopleAmen.

The Lessons

Exodus 34:29-35

Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

After each Reading, the Reader may say

 The Word of the Lord.
PeopleThanks be to God.

The Psalm

Psalm 99

1 The Lord is King;

let the people tremble; *

he is enthroned upon the cherubim;

let the earth shake.

2 The Lord is great in Zion; *

he is high above all peoples.

3 Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *

he is the Holy One.

4 “O mighty King, lover of justice,

you have established equity; *

you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”

5 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God

and fall down before his footstool; *

he is the Holy One.

6 Moses and Aaron among his priests,

and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *

they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.


7 He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *

they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.

8 O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; *

you were a God who forgave them,

yet punished them for their evil deeds.

9 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God

and worship him upon his holy hill; *

for the Lord our God is the Holy One.

The New Testament

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside. Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.

After each Reading, the Reader may say

 The Word of the Lord.
PeopleThanks be to God.

The Gospel

Then, all standing, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying

 The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to Luke.
PeopleGlory be to thee, O Lord.

Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]

Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”–not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

[On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. Just then a man from the crowd shouted, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child. Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astounded at the greatness of God.]

After the Gospel, the Reader says

 The Gospel of the Lord.
PeoplePraise be to thee, O Christ.

The Sermon         The Rev. Elizabeth G. Jones


The Nicene Creed         page 326

We believe in one God,
    the Father, the Almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth,
    of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
    the only Son of God,
    eternally begotten of the Father,
    God from God, Light from Light,
    true God from true God,
    begotten, not made,
    of one Being with the Father.
    Through him all things were made.
    For us and for our salvation
        he came down from heaven:
    by the power of the Holy Spirit
        he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
        and was made man.
    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
        he suffered death and was buried.
        On the third day he rose again
            in accordance with the Scriptures;
        he ascended into heaven
            and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
        and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
    who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
    With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
    He has spoken through the Prophets.
    We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
    We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
    We look for the resurrection of the dead,
        and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Prayers of the People

Presider:  Gracious and loving One, you have revealed your glory in Christ, and you call your Church to be transformed into the image of Christ from one degree of glory to another:  Let your transfiguring grace be present with us, bringing the light of Christ’s resurrection to the needs of the world, as we pray:  Let us confess God’s Name, which is great and awesome;  God is the Holy One.

 

Litanist:  Holy and Transcendent One, through Christ, you have revealed your divine glory in our humanity:  Awaken the Church to see your presence manifested throughout the world, that we may serve you with a hope that acts with great boldness in your name.  Let us confess God’s Name, which is great and awesome;  God is the Holy One.

 

God reigns enthroned over all:  Let your glory be known among the leaders of our nation and all in authority in the world, that they may accomplish your purpose to establish equity and to execute justice and righteousness.   Let us confess God’s Name, which is great and awesome;  God is the Holy One.

 

Send your transfiguring light forth into all the world to heal and comfort all who suffer from sadness, illness, poverty, injustice or oppression:  Speak your healing words and show us the light of your countenance.  Let us confess God’s Name, which is great and awesome;  God is the Holy One.

 

Visit this community with your enlightening grace and reveal yourself as you did upon the holy mountain, that your brightness may shine forth from this place to the glory of your name.  Let us confess God’s Name, which is great and awesome;  God is the Holy One.

 

We have come to this holy place to wait and to pray:  Hear our intercessions on behalf of those whom we commend to you, especially those we now mention aloud or in the silence of our hearts  (pause); all those serving our country at home and abroad; and those on our prayer list We give you thanks for the light which shines into our lives, especially for those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries  Susan, Kathy, Jeanie, Debbie, Ann, Hal & Susan.  You have taken your own creation into the cloud of eternal life; may your eternal light shine upon those who have died and for whom we pray, especially those remember aloud or in the silence of our hearts (pause).  Let us confess God’s Name, which is great and awesome;  God is the Holy One.

 

Presider:  We give you thanks, O Holy One, for the dazzling vision of the glory of Christ, our hope and our inspiration: May all creation behold the light of your countenance and be changed into Christ’s likeness from glory to glory, through the power of your Holy Spirit, for you live in glory everlasting, now and forever.  Amen.


The Confession         page 330

The Deacon or Celebrant says the following

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Silence may be kept.
Minister and People

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against thee
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved thee with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in thy will,
and walk in thy ways,
to the glory of thy Name. Amen.

The Bishop when present, or the Priest, stands and says

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who 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.


The Peace         

All stand. The Celebrant says to the people

 The peace of the Lord be always with you.
PeopleAnd with thy spirit.

Then the Ministers and People may greet one another in the name of the Lord.


Announcements 

SANCTUARY CANDLE is given to the Glory of God by Ann Milsted in thanksgiving for Gina, Madison, and Penelope Khammar

EYC Sunday evenings at St. Mark’s.  4:30-5:30 5th– 8th grade; dinner for all at 5:30; 6-7 PM  9 – 12th grade.

WEDNESDAY at St. Peter’s.  Every Wednesday we have activities and hope you will consider joining us.

9AM Prayers in the chapel 10:30 Bible Study in the parish hall

12:05 Holy Eucharist

5:30 Compline         6:00 Family dinner and spiritual discussions for all ages

INQUIRER’S CLASSES – we are offering two opportunities to participate.  Wednesday evenings as part of our community dinner and discussions and Sunday mornings between services.  The Bishop will be with us March 30th to perform confirmations, reaffirmations, receptions and baptisms.

ALTAR FLOWERS/SANCTUARY CANDLE – if you would like to sponsor the altar flowers or candle – pick your date on the sign up calendar located on the parish hall bulletin board.  Flowers $60/ Candle  $10

LENT-urgical Art and Quiet Day Workshops
Join us for one or all of six Saturdays in Lent as St. Peter’s conducts a quiet day of prayer, meditation and beginner’s workshops carefully chosen crafts. Learn more and sign up on-line: https://stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/lent-urgical-arts-and-quiet-days/


Oblations brought forward

At the Offertory:  “All Things come of thee, O Lord.”
“And of thine own have we given thee.  Amen.”


The Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving Eucharistic Prayer I
page 333

Eucharistic Prayer I

The people remain standing. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest,
faces them and sings or says

 The Lord be with you.
PeopleAnd with thy spirit.
CelebrantLift up your hearts.
PeopleWe lift them up unto the Lord.
CelebrantLet us give thanks unto our Lord God.
PeopleIt is meet and right so to do.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

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.

Here a Proper Preface is sung or said on all Sundays, and on other occasions as appointed.

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,

Celebrant and People

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts:
Heaven and earth are full of thy Glory.
Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.

Here may be added

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

The people kneel or stand.

Then the Celebrant continues

All glory be to thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that thou, 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 and sacrifice, until his coming again.

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated

For in the night in which he was betrayed, he 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 Testament, 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, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son our Savior Jesus Christ, we, thy humble servants, do celebrate and make here before thy divine Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same.

And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us; and, of thy almighty goodness, vouchsafe to bless and sanctify, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine; that we, receiving them according to thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ’s holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood.

And we earnestly 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 here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, our selves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee that we, and all others who shall be partakers of this Holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him.

And although we are 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 offenses, through Jesus Christ our Lord;

By whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. AMEN.

And now, as our Savior Christ hath taught us, we are bold to say,

People and Celebrant

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, and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread.

A period of silence is kept.

Then may be sung or said

[Alleluia.] Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. [Alleluia.]

Facing the people, the Celebrant may say the following Invitation

The Gifts of God for the Children of God.


After Communion, the Celebrant says

Let us pray.

The People may join in saying this prayer

Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom. And we 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 Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end.
Amen.

The Bishop when present, or the Priest, gives 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 Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

or this

The blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.

The Deacon, or the Celebrant, may dismiss the people with these words

 Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing
in the power of the Spirit.
PeopleThanks be to God. 
Alleluia, Alleluia.

Serving Today
Gail Hendrickson, Reader
Altar flowers, Sue Cassady and Patti Nicholas
Altar care, Susan Pagano, Kerry and Derrick Hudson
Karen Reuther, Vestry Person   
The Rev. Scott Williams, Deacon     
The Rev. Elizabeth G. Jones, Celebrant     

The Word of God

Beginning in the Book of Common Prayer, page 299

The people standing, the Celebrant says

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever.  Amen.

Celebrant continues

There is one Body and one Spirit;

People There is one hope in God’s call to us;

Celebrant One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism;

People One God and Father of all.

The Collect of the Day

The Celebrant says to the people

 The Lord be with you.
PeopleAnd with thy spirit.
CelebrantLet us pray.

The Celebrant says the Collect.

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 

PeopleAmen.

The Lessons

Isaiah 6:1-8, [9-13]

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory.”

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” [And he said, “Go and say to this people:

`Keep listening, but do not comprehend;

keep looking, but do not understand.’

Make the mind of this people dull,

and stop their ears,

and shut their eyes,

so that they may not look with their eyes,

and listen with their ears,

and comprehend with their minds,

and turn and be healed.”

Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said:

“Until cities lie waste

without inhabitant,

and houses without people,

and the land is utterly desolate;

until the Lord sends everyone far away,

and vast is the emptiness in the midst of the land.

Even if a tenth part remain in it,

it will be burned again,

like a terebinth or an oak

whose stump remains standing

when it is felled.”

The holy seed is its stump.]

After each Reading, the Reader may say

 The Word of the Lord.
PeopleThanks be to God.

The Psalm

Psalm 138

1 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; *

before the gods I will sing your praise.

2 I will bow down toward your holy temple

and praise your Name, *

because of your love and faithfulness;

3 For you have glorified your Name *

and your word above all things.

4 When I called, you answered me; *

you increased my strength within me.

5 All the kings of the earth will praise you, O Lord, *

when they have heard the words of your mouth.

6 They will sing of the ways of the Lord, *

that great is the glory of the Lord.

7 Though the Lord be high, he cares for the lowly; *

he perceives the haughty from afar.

8 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *

you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;

your right hand shall save me.

9 The Lord will make good his purpose for me; *

O Lord, your love endures for ever;

do not abandon the works of your hands.

The New Testament

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you–unless you have come to believe in vain.

For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them–though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

After each Reading, the Reader may say

 The Word of the Lord.
PeopleThanks be to God.

Then, all standing, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying

 The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to Luke.
PeopleGlory be to thee, O Lord.

Luke 5:1-11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

After the Gospel, the Reader says

 The Gospel of the Lord.
PeoplePraise be to thee, O Christ.

The Sermon         The Rev.  Patrick Sanders


Holy Baptism

Presentation and Examination of the Candidates           Prayer Book 301

The Celebrant says

The Candidate(s) for Holy Baptism will now be presented.

The candidates unable to answer for themselves are presented by their Parents and Godparents, as follows

Parents and Godparents

I present N. to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

When all have been presented the Celebrant asks the parents and godparents

Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is brought up in the Christian faith and life?

Parents and Godparents

I will, with God’s help

Then the Celebrant asks the following questions of the parents and godparents who speak on behalf of the infant

Question Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that     rebel against God?

Answer I renounce them.

Question Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and   destroy the creatures of God?

Answer I renounce them.

Question Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?

Answer I renounce them.

Question Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?

Answer I do.

Question Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?

Answer I do.

Question Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?

Answer I do.

After all the candidates have been presented, the Celebrant addresses the congregation, 

Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support this person in his life in Christ?

People We will.

The Celebrant then says these or similar words

Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.

The Baptismal Covenant  (congregation stands)                        Prayer Book 304

Celebrant Do you believe in God the Father?

People I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead.  

On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Celebrant Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Celebrant Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People I will, with God’s help.

Prayers for the Candidates                                                          Prayer Book 305

The Celebrant then says to the congregation

Let us now pray for this person who is to receive the Sacrament of new birth.

A Person appointed leads the following petitions

Leader Deliver him, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.

People Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader Open his heart to your grace and truth.

People Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader Fill him with your holy and life-giving Spirit.

People Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader Keep him in the faith and communion of your holy Church.

People Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader Teach him to love others in the power of the Spirit.

People Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader Send him into the world in witness to your love.

People Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader Bring him to the fullness of your peace and glory.

People Lord, hear our prayer.

The Celebrant says

Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory; who lives and reigns now and forever. Amen.

Thanksgiving over the Water                                                  Prayer Book 306

The Celebrant blesses the water, first saying

  The Lord be with you.

People And also with you.

Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Celebrant

We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the  baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.

We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism.  In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

At the following words, the Celebrant touches the water

Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who here are cleansed from sin and born again may continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior.

To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Baptism                                                                               Prayer Book 307

Each candidate is presented by name to the Celebrant, who then pours water upon, the candidate, saying

N., I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Then the Priest places a hand on each person’s head, marking on the forehead the sign of the cross [using Chrism if desired] and saying to each one

N., you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own for everAmen.

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon this your servant the forgiveness of sin, and have raised him to the new life of grace. Sustain him, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give him an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your worksAmen.

When all the candidates have been baptized, the Celebrant says

Let us welcome the newly baptized.

Everyone

We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ  crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.


The Peace         page 332

All stand. The Celebrant says to the people

 The peace of the Lord be always with you.
PeopleAnd with thy spirit.

Then the Ministers and People may greet one another in the name of the Lord.


Announcements 

EYC meets Sunday evenings at St. Mark’s.  4:30-5:30 5th thru 8th grade; dinner for all at 5:30; 6-7 PM  9 thru 12th grade.

WEDNESDAY at St. Peter’s.  Every Wednesday we have activities and hope you will consider joining us.

9AM Prayers in the chapel 10:30 Bible Study in the parish hall

12:05 Holy Eucharist       5:30 Compline

6:00 Family dinner and spiritual discussions for all ages

February 8th – All ladies of the parish are invited to the monthly ECW meeting.  Bring a sack lunch and join us in the parish hall at noon for fellowship and discussion.

ALTAR GUILD TRAINING – Saturday, February 12th 9:30 – 11:30.  Contact Ann Milsted if you would like to attend.

SANCTUARYCANDLE is given to the Glory of God by Jack Watson, in loving memory of his father Jack Watson.

Serving Today
Lenny Sawyer, Chalice    
Earline Sawyer, Reader
Altar flowers, Heather Rafferty
and Jennifer Sanders
Altar care,  Leslie and Gordon Stanfield, Ann Milsted
  Hannah Bell, Vestry Person 
The Rev. Patrick Sanders, Rector


Oblations brought forward
At the Offertory:  “All Things come of thee, O Lord.”
“And of thine own have we given thee.  Amen.”


The Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving Eucharistic Prayer I
page 333

Eucharistic Prayer I

The people remain standing. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest,
faces them and sings or says

 The Lord be with you.
PeopleAnd with thy spirit.
CelebrantLift up your hearts.
PeopleWe lift them up unto the Lord.
CelebrantLet us give thanks unto our Lord God.
PeopleIt is meet and right so to do.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

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.

Here a Proper Preface is sung or said on all Sundays, and on other occasions as appointed.

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,

Celebrant and People

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts:
Heaven and earth are full of thy Glory.
Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.

Here may be added

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

The people kneel or stand.

Then the Celebrant continues

All glory be to thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that thou, 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 and sacrifice, until his coming again.

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated

For in the night in which he was betrayed, he 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 Testament, 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, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son our Savior Jesus Christ, we, thy humble servants, do celebrate and make here before thy divine Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same.

And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us; and, of thy almighty goodness, vouchsafe to bless and sanctify, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine; that we, receiving them according to thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ’s holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood.

And we earnestly 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 here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, our selves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee that we, and all others who shall be partakers of this Holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him.

And although we are 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 offenses, through Jesus Christ our Lord;

By whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. AMEN.

And now, as our Savior Christ hath taught us, we are bold to say,

People and Celebrant

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, and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread.

A period of silence is kept.

Then may be sung or said

[Alleluia.] Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. [Alleluia.]

Facing the people, the Celebrant may say the following Invitation

The Gifts of God for the Children of God.


After Communion, the Celebrant says

Let us pray.

The People may join in saying this prayer

Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom. And we 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 Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end.
Amen.

The Bishop when present, or the Priest, gives 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 Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

or this

The blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.

The Deacon, or the Celebrant, may dismiss the people with these words

 Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing
in the power of the Spirit.
PeopleThanks be to God. 
Alleluia, Alleluia.

Tune in at 5:30pm.
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