19 February 2007

A Eucharistic Prayer

I've composed a few Eucharistic Prayers here and there. This one really unique in that sense that it combines New Testament Apocryphal texts (Acts of John 109 and Acts of Thomas 49-50) and Biblical imagery (St. James 1.17). This Eucharistic Prayer generally follows the Eastern Orthodox Anaphoras, such as the Liturgy of St. Basil and the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, but the epiclesis invokes both Word and Spirit like classical Anglican liturgies from the Episcopal Churches in the United States and Scotland, and the proposed Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. I have also included material from Eucharistic Prayers A and C, from the current Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church, to conform it to Episcopal Eucharistic Prayers.

Words in brackets are optional.

Later, I will post up more of my Eucharistic Prayers. Hope you enjoy.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to offer thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Here a proper preface is said or sung.

Therefore we praise you,
joining our voices with Angels and Archangels
and with all the company of heaven,
who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

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.


The Celebrant continues

Everlasting God, from whom all things take their origin, we now glorify the mighty Name of your beloved Son, in whom you were well pleased. In the beginning, he was the Word through whom you spoke the Creation into existence. After we had lost the intimacy of paradise, the prophets prepared the way for him; and, when the time had ripened, you sent him to be born of a Virgin, to proclaim the Good News of your kingdom. Walking among us, he raised the dead, healed the sick, and loosened the bonds; he gave hope to the poor, freedom to the captive, and refuge to the oppressed. In fulfilment of your purpose, he freely offered himself to endure a painful death on a tree, but the powers of hell and the grave could not overcome him, and by his resurrection he opened for us the gate of eternal life.

Indeed you alone, O God of all mercies, are the root of immortality, the fount of holiness, and the seat of the ages: By these names we call upon you and acknowledge your greatness and love which was unseen to us, but is now made visible to your holy people in the humanity of your divine Son; he now opens for us the scriptures, [shares his blessing,] breaks this bread, and fills this cup with wine.

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold it and lay a hand on any other vessel of wine to be consecrated.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."

[My Lord and my God. Amen.]

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, "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. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."

[My Lord and my God. Amen.]

Faithful to his command, O Sovereign God throughout the ages, and commemorating his work of redemption,

We celebrate his death and resurrection,
as we await the day of his coming,
when we shall be made like him.


The Celebrant continues

At your call, O Father of Lights, we, your children, in whom you delight, give you thanks and offer you these gifts through the Name of your Son. By this bread and cup, we remember his death and proclaim his resurrection until he comes again in glory and might.

Be present now, O Lord, in this mystery of our faith, and speak your Name over these gifts. Sanctify them by your Word and Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of your dear Son, the Bread of Eternity and the Cup of Blessing. Unite us to your Son in our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, and grant that all who receive these Holy Mysteries may rest in you, be preserved in your truth, open the door to your fullness, and be saved for the everlasting life; where with Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, and all your saints, we may enter into our eternal home; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

Joshua Ligan 2006.
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2 comments:

Luiz Coelho said...

Interesting...

PadreRob+ said...

"My Lord and My God"... nice to know I'm not the only one who still whispers that as the bread and cup are elevated ;)

praying for you as you get ready to leave on your mission trip. Godspeed
rob+