5 October 2009

A Eucharistic Prayer for the Brokenhearted

This was written spur of the moment. Communal responses are from Psalm 62. Introduction to the Preface and the Words of Institution are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979, with the Tridentine phrase "mystery of faith" inserted therein. It's a work in progress, so please feel free to contact me at chutneyoverrice@gmail.com . I wish to polish it further. This is my intellectual property, so contact me also if you wish to use it at a Eucharist. Thanks.

The Lord be with you.
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

Loving God,
we proclaim your promise
that you will not leave us comfortless nor desolate;
but that you will come to us,
and our hearts will once again rejoice.

For you alone my soul in silence waits;
From you comes my salvation.

Through Jesus Christ your Son,
you make known your saving power:
Christ soothed the brokenhearted,
comforted the burdened,
and healed the sick,
giving rest and refreshment to the weary.

For you alone my soul in silence waits;
Truly, my hope is in you.

He was rejected and bruised by others,
when he offered love, acceptance,
and the promise of an abundant life.
Fear and suspicion overcame those whom he loved;
they betrayed him and led him to the slaughter,
crucifying him on a tree.

For you alone my soul in silence waits;
From you comes my salvation.

By his death, he manifested the extent of your love,
by his resurrection he declared that love can never die,
and in his Good News Christ asks us
to remember with bread and wine
his abiding presence with us
until he comes again.

For you alone my soul in silence waits;
Truly, my hope is in you.

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."

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,
the mystery of faith,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."

Thankful for Christ’s love and faithfulness to us,
with this bread and cup,

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

God, who loves us more than we can ask or imagine,
we now offer you, from the depths of our hearts,
this bread and this wine.
Tenderly whisper your Name over these gifts,
and sanctify them by your Word and Holy Spirit,
to be for us, your broken people,
the Body and Blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

By the grace of this Holy Sacrament,
gather and merge us into union with Christ,
that we may reflect his image
in our lives and mission.

With hope in the eternal promise
in which you will carry us home
to join Mary, the virgin Bearer of God,
and all the saints, in acclaiming your Holy Name;
graciously accept our prayers and praises 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.

Joshua Ligan 2009.
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