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Services of Sung Eucharist or Eucharist on a Sunday morning and Holy Communion on a Wednesday morning follow this order of service.

    The Gathering
    As the minister(s) process, a hymn is sung.
    The president says:
    In the name of the Father,
    and of the Son,
    and of the Holy Spirit.
All   Amen.
    The Greeting  
    The president greets the people:
    The Lord be with you
All   and also with you.
    From Easter Day to Pentecost this acclamation follows
    Alleluia. Christ is risen.
All   He is risen indeed. Alleluia.
    Prayer of Preparation  
All   Almighty God,
    to whom all hearts are open,
    all desires known,
    and from whom no secrets are hidden:
    cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
    by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
    that we may perfectly love you,
    and worthily magnify your holy name;
    through Christ our Lord.
    Prayers of Penitence  
    Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
    The first commandment is this:
'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind,
and with all your strength.'
    The second is this: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.'
There is no other commandment greater than these.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
All   Amen. Lord, have mercy.
    The minister issues an invitation to confession:
    God so loved the world
    that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ
    to save us from our sins,
    to be our advocate in heaven,
    and to bring us to eternal life.
    Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,
    firmly resolved to keep God's commandments
    and to live in love and peace with all.
All   Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
    and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
    through negligence, through weakness,
    through our own deliberate fault.
    We are truly sorry
and repent of all our sins.
    For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
    who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
    and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
    to the glory of your name.
    The president says
    Almighty God,
    who forgives all who truly repent,
    have mercy upon you
    pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
    confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
    and keep you in life eternal;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All   Amen.
    Gloria in Excelsis  
    We stand to say or sing Gloria in Excelsis
All   Glory to God in the highest,
    and peace to his people on earth.
    Lord God, heavenly King,
    almighty God and Father,
    we worship you, we give you thanks,
    we praise you for your glory.
    Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
    Lord God, Lamb of God,
    you take away the sin of the world:
    have mercy on us;
    you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
    receive our prayer.
    For you alone are the Holy One,
    you alone are the Lord,
    you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
    with the Holy Spirit,
    in the glory of God the Father.
    The Collect  
    The Collect is said and all respond:  
All   Amen.
    The Liturgy of the Word
    We sit for the readings
    Two readings from Scripture precede the Gradual Hymn. At the end of each reading the reader says:
    This is the word of the Lord.
All   Thanks be to God.
    Gradual hymn.
    Gospel Reading  
    We remain standing
    An acclamation heralds the Gospel reading.
    When the Gospel is announced the reader says:
    Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N.
All   Glory to you, O Lord.
    At the end:
    This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All   Praise to you, O Christ.
    The Nicene Creed  
All   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,
    was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and 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,
    who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
    who 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.
    Prayers of Intercession
    These responses are used:
    Lord, in your mercy
All   hear our prayer.
    And at the end:
    Merciful Father,
All   accept these prayers
    for the sake of your Son,
    our Saviour Jesus Christ.
    The Liturgy of the Sacrament
    The Peace  
    The president introduces the Peace, and then says:
    The peace of the Lord be always with you
All   and also with you.
    Preparation of the Table  
    Taking of the Bread and Wine  
    A hymn is sung.
    The gifts of the people are gathered and presented.
    The table is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.
    One or more of prayers are said at the preparation of the table.
    The president takes the bread and wine.
    The Eucharistic Prayer  
    The Lord is here.
All   His Spirit is with us.
    Lift up your hearts.
All   We lift them to the Lord.
    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All   It is right to give thanks and praise.
    Father, we give you thanks and praise
    through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word,
    through whom you have created all things;
    who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Saviour.
    By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh;
    as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin,
    he lived on earth and went about among us;
    he opened wide his arms for us on the cross;
    he put an end to death by dying for us;
    and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life;
    so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.
    Short Proper Preface, when appropriate
    Therefore with angels and archangels,
    and with all the company of heaven,
    we proclaim your great and glorious name,
    for ever praising you and saying/singing:
All   Holy, holy, holy Lord,
    God of power and might,
    heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    Hosanna in the highest.
    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    Hosanna in the highest.
    Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
    grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
    and according to your holy will,
    these gifts of bread and wine
    may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;
    who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
    took bread and gave you thanks;
    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.
    In the same way, after supper
    he took the cup and gave you thanks;
    he gave it to them, saying:
    Drink this, all of you;
    this is my blood of the new covenant,
    which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
    Do this, as often as you drink it,
    in remembrance of me.
    Great is the mystery of faith:
All   Christ has died:
    Christ is risen:
    Christ will come again.
    And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
    his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;
    rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
    and looking for his coming in glory,
    we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
    As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
    we bring before you this bread and this cup
    and we thank you for counting us worthy
    to stand in your presence and serve you.
    Send the Holy Spirit on your people
    and gather into one in your kingdom
    all who share this one bread and one cup,
    so that we, in the company of The Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints,
    may praise and glorify you for ever,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord;
    by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
    in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
    for ever and ever.
All   Amen.
    The Lord's Prayer  
    Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:
All   Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name;
    thy kingdom come;
    thy will be done;
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation;
    but deliver us from evil.
    For thine is the kingdom,
    the power and the glory,
    for ever and ever.
    Breaking of the Bread
    The president breaks the consecrated bread and says:
    We break this bread
    to share in the body of Christ.
All   Though we are many, we are one body,
    because we all share in one bread.
    We say or sing the Agnus Dei as the bread is broken:
All   Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
    have mercy on us.
    Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
    have mercy on us.
    Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
    grant us peace.
    Giving of Communion  
    The president offers an invitation to communion:
    Draw near with faith.
    Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
    which he gave for you,
    and his blood which he shed for you.
    Eat and drink
    in remembrance that he died for you,
    and feed on him in your hearts
    by faith with thanksgiving.
All   We do not presume
    to come to this your table, merciful Lord,
    trusting in our own righteousness,
    but in your manifold and great mercies.
    We are not worthy
    so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table.
    But you are the same Lord
    whose nature is always to have mercy.
    Grant us therefore, gracious Lord,
    so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ
    and to drink his blood,
    that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body
    and our souls washed through his most precious blood, 
and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.
    The president and people receive communion.
    The following words of distribution are used:
    The body of Christ.
    The blood of Christ.
    The communicant replies:
    During the distribution hymns and anthems may be sung.
    Prayer after Communion  
    Silence is kept.
    The Post Communion or another suitable prayer is said.
    All say one of the follwing prayers:
All   Almighty God,
    we thank you for feeding us
    with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
    Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
    to be a living sacrifice.
    Send us out
    in the power of your Spirit
    to live and work
    to your praise and glory.
All   Father of all,
    we give you thanks and praise,
    that when we were still far off
    you met us in your Son and brought us home.
    Dying and living, he declared your love,
    gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
    May we who share Christ's body live his risen life;
    we who drink his cup bring life to others;
    we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
    Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
    so we and all your children shall be free,
    and the whole earth live to praise your name;
    through Christ our Lord.
    The Dismissal
    The president uses a seasonal blessing, or another suitable blessing, or says:
    The peace of God,
    which passes all understanding,
    keep your hearts and minds
    in the knowledge and love of God,
    and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
    and the blessing of God almighty,
    the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
    be among you and remain with you always.
All   Amen.
    Any notices are read out.
    The minister says:
    Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All   In the name of Christ.  Amen.
    Go in the peace of Christ.
All   Thanks be to God.
    (or, from Easter Day to Pentecost)
    Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.
All   Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.
    A hymn is sung.
    The minister and people depart.

The contents of this page are based on Order One of the Holy Communion service on the Church of England website and are copyright © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England.

In the interests of clarity, those parts of the service which are not used at St Mary’s have been omitted.


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