Sunday Communion Service

Renewed Ancient Text


The Celebrant says this or a seasonal greeting

Celebrant  Blessed be God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
People      And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever.  Amen.

In the season of Lent

Celebrant   Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
People        His mercy endures for ever.

From Easter Day until the Eve of Pentecost

Celebrant   Alleluia! Christ is risen!
People       The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

The Celebrant and people pray together
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: 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.  Amen.

Then follows the Summary of the Law.
Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ says:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets. MATTHEW 22:37-40

The Celebrant and People pray
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

or this
Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

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. Amen.

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY The Celebrant says to the People
Celebrant The Lord be with you.
People     And with your spirit.

Celebrant  Let us pray.
The Celebrant prays the Collect.
People     Amen.

THE LESSONS (Page 126)
One or more Lessons, as appointed, are read, the Reader first saying
A Reading from _____________.
A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.

Reader The Word of the Lord.
People  Thanks be to God who speaks to us.

Silence may follow.
A psalm, may follow each reading.
Celebrant reads the Gospel, first saying
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to _____________.
People  Glory to you, Lord Christ.
After the Gospel, the Celebrant says
The Gospel of the Lord.
People  Praise to you, Lord Christ.


Celebrant: Let us confess our faith in the words of the Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, visible and invisible. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten 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 worshiped 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. Amen.

Let us pray for the Church and for the world, saying, “hear our prayer.”

For the peace of the whole world, and for the well-being and unity of the people of God.
Reader  Lord, in your mercy:
People  Hear our prayer.

For N., our Archbishop, and N., our Bishop, and for all the clergy.
Reader  Lord, in your mercy:
People  Hear our prayer.

For all those who proclaim the Gospel at home and abroad; and for all who teach and disciple others.
Reader  Lord, in your mercy:
People  Hear our prayer.

For our brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted for their faith.
Reader  Lord, in your mercy:
People  Hear our prayer.

For our nation, for those in authority, and for all in public service.
Reader  Lord, in your mercy:
People  Hear our prayer.

For all those who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.
Reader  Lord, in your mercy:
People  Hear our prayer.

For all those who have departed this life in the certain hope of the resurrection. Let us pray in thanksgiving.
Reader  Lord, in your mercy:
People  Hear our prayer.

The Celebrant concludes with an appropriate Collect.

The Celebrant says the following
Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Celebrant says
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins to all those who sincerely repent and with true faith turn to 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.

The Celebrant may then say one or more of the following sentences, first saying
Hear the Word of God to all who truly turn to him.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. MATTHEW 11:28

God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.   JOHN 3:16

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 TIMOTHY 1:15

If anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.     1 JOHN 2:1-2

THE PEACE (Page 131)

Celebrant     The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People          And with your spirit.

Then the Ministers and People may greet one another in the Name of the Lord.

During the Offertory a hymn may be sung. The Celebrant prepares the Holy Table for the celebration.

     Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for everything in heaven and on earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as Head above all. All things come from you, O Lord,
People      And of your own have we given you. 1 CHRONICLES 29:11, 14

Celebrant     The Lord be with you.
People          And with your spirit.
Celebrant     Lift up your hearts.
People          We lift them up to the Lord.
Celebrant     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People          It is right to give him thanks and praise.

The Celebrant continues
It is right, our duty and our joy, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
Here a Proper Preface is said
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:

Celebrant and People
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
Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and when we had sinned against you and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent your only Son Jesus Christ into the world for our salvation. By the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary he became flesh and dwelt among us. In obedience to your will, he stretched out his arms upon the Cross and offered himself once for all, that by his suffering and death we might be saved. By his resurrection he broke the bonds of death, trampling Hell and Satan under his feet. As our great high Celebrant, he ascended to your right hand in glory, that we might come with confidence before the throne of grace.

On the night that he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given 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.”

Likewise, after supper, Jesus 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 forgiveness of sins: Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Celebrant and People
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, and we offer you these gifts. (Page 134)

Sanctify them by your Word and Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Sanctify us also, that we may worthily receive this holy Sacrament, and be made one body with him, that he may dwell in us and we in him. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us with all your saints into the joy of your heavenly kingdom, where we shall see our Lord face to face.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Celebrant then says
And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray:

Celebrant and People together pray
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as 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, for ever and ever Amen.
A period of silence is kept.
Then may be said

Celebrant     Alleluia. Christ our Passover Lamb is sacrificed for us.
People         Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

or this

Celebrant     Alleluia. Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed, once for all upon the Cross.
People         Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

Celebrant and People together say
We do not presume to come to this your table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your abundant 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 character 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.  Amen.

THE AGNUS DEI (Page 136)
The following may be said here

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 your peace.

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.

or this

Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. JOHN 1:29, REVELATION 19:9

The Ministers receive the Sacrament in both kinds, and then immediately deliver it to the People. The Bread and Cup are given to the communicants with these words

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, [which was given for you, preserve your body and soul to everlasting life. Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your heart by faith, with thanksgiving.]

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, [which was shed for you, preserve your body and soul to everlasting life. Drink this in remembrance that Christ’s Blood was shed for you, and be thankful.]

After Communion, the Celebrant says

Let us pray.

Celebrant and People together say
Heavenly Father, We thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom.
And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.
To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Celebrant, gives this or an alternate blessing

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.  Amen.

A hymn may be sung after the Blessing.

The Celebrant, may dismiss the People with these words

Celebrant    Let us go forth in the Name of Christ.
People         Thanks be to God.

or this

Celebrant    Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
People         Thanks be to God.

or this

Celebrant     Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
People          Thanks be to God.

or this

Celebrant     Let us bless the Lord.
People          Thanks be to God.

From the Easter Vigil through the Day of Pentecost, “Alleluia, alleluia” is added to any of the dismissals. It may be added at other times, except during Lent and on other penitential occasions.

The People respond
Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.