The Seventh Sunday of Easter – One Body
Celebrant: Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward L. Tatro, Jr.
Processional Hymn: In Christ There is No East or West
Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
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.
Then the following may be said: 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 neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
Here is sung or said;
When appointed, the following hymn or some other song of praise is sung or said, in addition to, or in place of, the preceding, all standing:
Gloria in Excelsis
The Celebrant says to the people
The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
The Celebrant says the Collect.
O God, the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son
Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven:
We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless, but send to us
thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same
place whither our Savior Christ is gone before; who liveth
and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God,
world without end. Amen.
The Ministry of the Word
Praise Hymn: Ode to Joy
A Reading from the Book of Acts 16:16-34 NLT:
16One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit that enabled her to tell the future. She earned a lot of money for her masters by telling fortunes. 17She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved.”
18This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and said to the demon within her, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And instantly it left her.
19Her masters’ hopes of wealth were now shattered, so they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities at the marketplace. 20“The whole city is in an uproar because of these Jews!” they shouted to the city officials. 21“They are teaching customs that are illegal for us Romans to practice.”
22A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. 23They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. 24So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks.
25Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!”
29The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” 32And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household. 33Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized. 34He brought them into his house and set a meal before them, and he and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The Psalm: 97:1-12 NLT:
1The LORD is king!
Let the earth rejoice!
Let the farthest coast lands be glad.
2Dark clouds surround him.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3Fire spreads ahead of him
and burns up all his foes.
4His lightning flashes out across the world.
The earth sees and trembles.
5The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the Lord of all the earth.
6The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
every nation sees his glory.
7Those who worship idols are disgraced—
all who brag about their worthless gods—
for every god must bow to him.
8Jerusalem has heard and rejoiced,
and all the towns of Judah are glad
because of your justice, O LORD!
9For you, O LORD, are supreme over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
10You who love the LORD, hate evil!
He protects the lives of his godly people
and rescues them from the power of the wicked.
11Light shines on the godly,
and joy on those whose hearts are right.
12May all who are godly rejoice in the LORD
and praise his holy name!
A Reading from the Book of Revelations 22: 12-14, 16-17, 20-21:
12“Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
14Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life.
16“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.”
17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.
20He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
21May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The Sequence Hymn: Ye Sons and Daughters
The Holy Gospel
Then the Priest moves to the centre of the sanctuary and bows toward the altar, saying the following prayer in a low voice.
Cleanse my heart and my lips, O thou Almighty God, as thou didst purge the lips of Isaiah the Prophet with a live coal; and of thy sweet mercy vouchsafe so to purify me, that I may worthily proclaim thy holy Gospel; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A procession may be formed, and the Priest, with assistants, may carry the Gospel book to a place in the centre of the church, or other convenient place where it may be heard.
Then, all standing, the Priest reads the Gospel, first saying
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 17:-20-26
Glory be to thee, O Lord.
20“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
22“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!
25“O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”
After the Gospel, the Reader says: The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise be to thee, O Christ.
At the conclusion of the Gospel, the Bishop or Celebrant may kiss the Gospel book. If the celebrant is not part of the Gospel procession, the deacon or other Minister may carry the Gospel book to the celebrant to be kissed.
Rt. Rev. Edward L. Tatro, Jr.
From the Commentary:
“Our Lord especially prayed, that all believers might be as one body under one head, animated by one soul, by their union with Christ and the Father in him, through the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. The more they dispute about lesser things, the more they throw doubts upon Christianity. Let us endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, praying that all believers may be more and more united in one mind and one judgment. Thus shall we convince the world of the truth and excellence of our religion, and find more sweet communion with God and his saints.
Christ, as one with the Father, claimed on behalf of all that had been given to him, and should in due time believe on him, that they should be brought to heaven; and that there the whole company of the redeemed might behold his glory as their beloved Friend and Brother, and therein find happiness. He had declared and would further declare the name or character of God, by his doctrine and his Spirit, that, being one with him, the love of the Father to him might abide with them also. Thus, being joined to Him by one Spirit, they might be filled with all the fullness of God, and enjoy a blessedness of which we can form no right idea in our present state.”
The Commentary ties in nicely with the story I have to tell today.
Once there was a father who called his three sons to him as he lay on his deathbed. He asked each to go outside, find a stick and bring it into him. They did as he asked. In turn, from oldest to youngest, he asked each son to break the stick. And each son did as his father asked. Each broke the stick he had found and broke it easily.
Then the father instructed his sons to go outside, find another stick and bring it to him. When they all returned, the father asked the eldest son to bind all three sticks tightly together with twine. The eldest son did as his father asked. The father asked his sons, starting with the youngest and perhaps strongest, to try to break the bundle of sticks. Each tried in turn but the bundle could not be broken.
The father said to his sons, “Remember this bundle of sticks after I am gone. Remember its strength as your build your families and your fortunes
together. Unity is strength. Division is weakness.” (“A Bundle of Sticks”,a story found in Tanzania.)
Once again a father is on his deathbed. He is a farmer with a well-kept farm but his is despairing the laziness of his sons. As he dies he tells them there is a great treasure of gold buried in the main field of his farm. If they dig well they will find it. He breathes his last before revealing the exact location.
After mourning their father, the sons dig up every inch of the field in search of the treasure. It is not found, but since the field is well dug they plant it with grain. The grain grows well and the harvest is good. Once again they dig the field searching for the gold. Still it is not to be found and so once again they plant the field with grain. This continues for many years and the farm prospers well. Finally the sons realize the true treasure their father left them. (A Sufi story from Tales of the Dervishes by Idris Shah.)
We are the Church, we are members of the Body of Christ. The Church isn’t the building it is within us. That is why we must truly live as an example of Christ, not just when we are within the walls of the Sanctuary. I pray that when you leave the pews today that you take this message to heart and try to live it.
Bishop: Let Us With One Voice declare our Faith.
The Nicene Creed
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.
The Prayers of the People
The Deacon or other person appointed says: Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church and the world.
After each paragraph of this prayer, the People may make an appropriate response, as directed.
Almighty and everliving God, who in thy holy Word hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks for all men: Receive these our prayers which we offer unto thy divine Majesty, beseeching thee to inspire continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant that all those who do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love.
Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops and other ministers especially Edward our Bishop, that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments.
And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, 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.
We beseech thee also so to rule the hearts of those who bear the authority of government in this and every land, that they may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world.
Open, O Lord, the eyes of all people to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works, that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, they may honour thee with their substance, and be faithful stewards of thy bounty.
And we most humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all those who, in this transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.
Additional petitions and thanksgivings may be included here.
Grant these our prayers, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.
The People may add their own petitions.
The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect.
Collect Concluding the Prayers of the People
Lord, hear the prayers of thy people; and what we have asked faithfully, grant that we may obtain effectually, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of thy people; in the multitude of thy mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to thee for help; for thou art gracious, O lover of souls, and to thee we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
Hasten, O Father, the coming of thy kingdom; and grant that we thy servants, who now live by faith, may with joy behold thy Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
The Deacon or Celebrant says the following:
Ye who do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways: Draw near with faith, and make your humble confession to Almighty God, devoutly kneeling [or bowing].
Silence may be kept.
Celebrant and People: Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, maker of all things, judge of all men: We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto us, the burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, 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.
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.
Hear the Word of God to all who truly turn to him.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15
The Celebrant says to the people: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And with thy spirit.
Then the Ministers and People may greet one another in the Name of the Lord.
The Celebrant may begin the Offertory with one of these, or with some other sentence of Scripture.
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and make good thy vows unto the Most High. Psalm 50:14
Offertory Hymn: Christ is Risen Alleluia
Representatives of the congregation bring the people’s offerings of bread and wine, and money or other gifts, to the deacon or celebrant. The people stand while the offerings are presented and placed on the Altar.
The following devotions may be used during the Offertory.
At the Offering of Bread: Receive, Holy Father, Almighty and Everlasting God, this spotless host which I thine unworthy servant, together with this congregation, now offer unto thee, our God, the living and true, for our countless sins, wickedness, and neglect; and for all those here present; as also for all the faithful in Christ, both quick and dead; that it may set forward their salvation and mine unto life everlasting. Amen.
At the Blessing of Water: O God, who didst lay the foundation of man’s being in wonder and honour, and in greater wonder and honour didst renew the same: Grant by the mystery of this water and wine, that he who was partaker of our humanity may make us joint heirs of his very Godhead; even Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
At the Offering of the Wine: We offer unto thee, O Lord, the cup of salvation, beseeching thy mercy that it may ascend in the sight of thy divine Majesty as a sweet-smelling savour for our salvation and that of the whole world. Amen.
At the Offering of Ourselves: In contrite heart an humble spirit let us be accepted of thee, O Lord, and so let our sacrifice be in thy sight this day that it may be well-pleasing unto thee, O Lord our God.
At the Invocation of the Holy Spirit: Come, O thou Sanctifier, Almighty and Eternal God, and bless this sacrifice made ready for thy holy Name.
At the Offering of Incense: By the intercession of blessed Michael the Archangel, who standeth at the right hand of the altar of incense, and of all the elect, may the Lord vouchsafe to bless this incense, and accept it as a sweet-smelling savour; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
At the Censing of the Oblations: Let this incense, blessed by thee, O Lord, come up before thee, and let thy mercy come down upon us.
At the Censing of the Cross and Altar: Let my prayer, O Lord, be set forth in thy sight as the incense, and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, and keep the door of my lips. O let not mine heart be inclined to any evil thing; let me not be occupied in ungodly works with the men that work wickedness.
At the Censing of Priest and People: May the Lord kindle in us the fire of his love, and the flame of his everlasting charity. Amen.
At the Washing of the Priest’s Hands: I will wash my hands in innocency, O Lord; and so will I go to thine altar. That I may show the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. Amen.
Prayer for Acceptance: Receive O Holy Trinity, this oblation which we offer unto thee, in memory of the passion, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ; and in honour of blessed Mary ever Virgin, of blessed John Baptist, of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul; of these and all the Saints; that it may be to their honour and our salvation; and that like as we remember them on earth, so in heaven they may plead for us; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Brethren, pray that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father Almighty.
The Lord receive this sacrifice at thy hands, to the praise and glory of His Name; both to our benefit and that of all His Holy Church!
The Great Thanksgiving
The people remain standing. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest, faces them and sings or says
The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up unto the Lord.
Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
It 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.
The Proper Preface (Ad Orientem)
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 bath restored to us everlasting life. 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. Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
The Prayer of Consecration (Ad Orientem)
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 to thee, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat, this is my Body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
Likewise, after supper, he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink this, all of you; 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, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son our Saviour 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, ourselves, 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.
Commemoration of the Departed
The Celebrant may add the following prayer for the departed: Remember, Lord, also the souls of thy servants and handmaidens, which are gone before us with the mark of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace. We beseech thee, O Lord, that unto them, and unto all such as rest in Christ, thou wilt grant a place of refreshing, of light, and of peace. And vouchsafe to give unto us some portion and fellowship with thy holy apostles and martyrs; with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Peter, and with all thy saints; within whose fellowship we beseech thee to admit us.
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 honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. AMEN.
And now, as our Saviour Christ hath taught us, we are bold to say with joined hands and one voice:
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, forever and ever. Amen.
Celebrant: Deliver us, we beseech thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and at the intercession of the blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and with thy blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and with Andrew, and with all saints, give peace graciously in our days, that we, by thy mercy, may always be free from sin and safe from all anxiety; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
As this broken bread was once grain scattered over the hills and, when gathered, became one mass, so may thy Church be gathered from the ends of the earth into thy Kingdom; for thine is the glory and the power, through Jesus Christ for evermore. Amen.
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.
May this mingling and consecration of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord be unto us who receive it an approach to everlasting life. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to thine apostles, “Peace I give unto you; my own peace I leave with you:” Regard not our sins, but the faith of thy Church, and give unto us the peace and unity of that heavenly City, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit, thou livest and reignest, now and forever. Amen.
The following prayer may be said. The People may join in saying this prayer: 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 we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
Facing the people, the Celebrant may say the following Invitation: The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.
The Ministers receive the Sacrament in both kinds, and then immediately deliver it to the people.
The priest may show the Sacrament to the people, saying these words: Behold the Lamb of God; behold him that taketh away the sins of the world.
The People may say this prayer with the Celebrant: Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst come under my roof; but speak the word only, and my soul shall be healed.
The Bread and the Cup are given to the communicants with these words:
or with these words
The Body of Christ, the bread of heaven. [Amen.]
The Blood of Christ, the cup of salvation. [Amen.]
Communion Hymn: One Bread One Body
Returning to the altar, the Celebrant may say: Grant that what we have received with the mouth, O Lord, we may keep with a pure heart; and that from this temporal gift may come unto us life everlasting. Amen.
At the ablutions, the Celebrant may say: May thy Flesh which I have taken and thy Blood which I have drunk, O Lord, cleave unto mine in most soul; and grant that no spot of sin may abide in me, whose meat hath been thine incorrupt and holy Sacraments; who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen.
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 favour 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 honour 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.
Recessional Hymn: Christ the Lord is Risen Today
The Deacon, or the Celebrant, may dismiss the people with these words:
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia!