Thursday, April 09, 2009

Modified Eucharistic Prayer (St. John Chrysostom)

This is the prayers I will be using to open the table for the sensory service. Thought you might like to comment on it.

[Wash hands in personal penitential reflection; arrange the elements, pouring the wine into the decanter along with 3 drops of water]

It is fitting and right to bless and praise you, to give you thanks, to worship in all places of your dominion. For you are God, ineffable, inconceivable, invisible, incomprehensible, existing always and in the same way, you and your only-begotten Son and Your Holy Spirit.

You brought us out of non-existence into existence; and when we had fallen, you raised us up again, and did not cease to do everything until you had brought us up to heaven, and granted us the kingdom that is to come.

For all these things we give thanks to you and to your only-begotten Son and to your Holy Spirit, for all that we know and do not know, your seen and unseen benefits that have come upon us.

We give thanks also for this ministry; vouchsafe to receive it from our hands, even though thousands of archangels and ten thousands of angels stand before you, cherubim and seraphim, with six wings and many eyes, flying high, [aloud] singing the triumphal hymn crying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord; Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

[Softly] With these powers, Master, lover of humanity, we also cry and say: holy are you and all-holy, and your only-begotten Son, and your Holy Spirit; holy are you and all-holy and magnificent is your glory; for you so loved the world that you gave your only-begotten Son that all who believe in him may not perish, but have eternal life.

When he had come and fulfilled all the dispensation for us, on the night in which he handed himself over, he took bread in his holy and undefiled and blameless hands, gave thanks, blessed, broke and gave it to his disciples and apostles, saying, [aloud] “Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you for forgiveness of sins.”

[softly] Likewise the cup also after supper, saying, [aloud] “Drink from 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.”

[softly] We therefore, remembering this saving commandment and all the things that were done for us: the cross, the tomb, the resurrection on the third day, the ascension into heaven, the session at the right hand, the second and glorious coming again; [aloud] offering you your own from your own, in all and for all, we give you thanks, Lord, and pray to you, our God.

[softly] We offer you this reasonable service also for those who rest in faith, Fathers, patriarchs, matriarchs, prophets, apostles, preachers, evangelists, martyrs, confessors, ascetics, and all the righteous perfected in faith; look on us, O God.

And remember all those who have fallen asleep in hope of resurrection to eternal life, and grant them rest where the light of your own countenance looks upon them.

Again we beseech you, remember, Lord, all the faithful servants who rightly divide the word of your truth, all the ministers and priests, all who serve your Church.

We offer you this reasonable service also for the whole world, for the holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, for those who govern our land and keep the peace, may you through them fill our land with peaceful life in all godliness and honesty.

Remember, Lord, the city in which we dwell, and all the cities and lands, and all who dwell in them in faith.

Remember, Lord, those who bring forth fruit and do good works in your holy churches and remember the poor; and send out your mercies upon us all, [aloud] and grant us with one mouth and one heart to glorify your all-honourable and magnificent name, [sign] the Father, [sign] the Son, and [sign] the Holy Spirit, now and always and to the end of ages. Amen.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

[softly] O LORD, may all your graces and blessings and gifts be showered upon your Church, upon the sheep of your flock, that we may offer unto [sign] you praise and thanksgiving and to you only-begotten Son and to your Holy Spirit, One God, in all worlds unto the end of ages. Amen.

Behold the mystery of God in the sacrament which Christ has commanded.

[Fill the chalice; raise the bread and say aloud] The holy things for the holy people.

[Break bread and place on plate] One is holy, one is Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father.

Come, for all has been made ready.

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