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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Three for the price of one: Eucharistic Prayers for the Feast of All Saints (November 1)

It is truly right and a good and joyful thing that we should at all times and in all places, 
offer our thanks and praise to you, Holy God through Christ our Lord. 
You sit in holy array upon the throne as angels and archangels sing your praises, for you are overflowing with love. 
And so with the Church on earth, with the saints of all time and all places and all the hosts of heaven, 
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
The Sanctus is said or sung.

You are indeed holy, O God, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we know that we are your beloved children and we shall be like him when he is revealed to us. 
By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection, 
you gave birth to your church, 
delivered us from slavery to sin and death, 
and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

On the night before he suffered death,  our Lord Jesus gathered his friends around the table and as he took bread, he offered thanks to you;  breaking it, and giving it to all of them, saying: 
“Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” 

After all of them had eaten, he again took the cup and offered thanks to you, and gave it for all to drink, saying: 
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.” 

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, 
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving  as a holy and living sacrifice, 
in union with Christ’s offering for us, 
as we proclaim the mystery of faith: 
Christ has died. 
Christ has risen.
Christ will come again.


Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here and on these gifts of bread and wine. 
As they are the body and blood of Christ for us, 
so may we be for the world the body of Christ, 
redeemed by his blood. 
With great joy we remember our brothers and sisters who have gone before us and now dwell in your glorious kingdom.  (The honored dead of the congregation in the past year may be named.)  May we ever be united with them in death as in life as we await the Resurrection. 

By your Spirit bind us to Christ,
one to another, 
together in ministry to all the world, 
until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at the heavenly banquet. 
Through your son Jesus Christ,  with the Holy Spirit in your holy church, 
all honor and glory is yours,  Almighty God, now and forever. 
Amen.

And now, as God’s confident children, we boldly pray:
Our Father in heaven...
  or 
It is truly right and a good and joyful thing that we should at all times and in all places, offer our thanks and praise to you, Holy God through Christ our Lord. 
Blessed are you, God of creation and all beginnings, 
God of Abraham and Sarah, 
God of Miriam and Moses, 
God of Joshua and Deborah, 
God of Ruth and David, 
God of priests and prophets, 
God of Mary and Joseph, 
God of apostles and martyrs, 
God of our mothers and fathers,
God of our children to all generations, 
And so with the Church on earth, and all the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
The Sanctus is said or sung.
 

You are indeed holy, O God, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we know that we are your beloved children, and that we shall be like him when he is  revealed to us. 
By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection, 
you gave birth to your church, 
delivered us from slavery to sin and death, 
and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

On the night before he suffered death, our Lord Jesus gathered his friends around the table and as he took bread, he offered thanks to you; breaking it, and giving it to all of them, saying:  “Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
 
After all of them had eaten, he again took the cup and offered thanks to you, and gave it for all to drink, saying: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.” 

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and
thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, 
as we proclaim the mystery of faith: 
Christ has died. 
Christ has risen.
Christ will come again.


Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here and on these gifts of bread and wine. 
As they are the body and blood of Christ for us, 
so may we be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood. 

Renew our communion with all your saints, especially those whom we name before you*, our brothers and sisters who have died in the faith confident in the hope of rising again;   
As we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, strengthen us to run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
By your Spirit bind us to Christ,
one to another, 
together in ministry to all the world, 
until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at the heavenly banquet. 
Through your son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy church, all honor and glory is yours, Almighty God, now and forever. 
Amen

And now, as God’s confident children, we boldly pray:
Our Father in heaven...

(*or “in our hearts” if a rite of naming the saints has already occurred in the liturgy)
 or

It is truly right and a good and joyful thing that we give you thanks, at all times and in all places, 
Holy Father, eternal and all-powerful God, through Christ our Lord, 
in whom you have brought us through the waters of baptism and made us one body, the church, the communion of saints. 
Therefore with the whole Church on earth, with angels and all the saints, we proclaim your glory and with one voice sing (say):
The Sanctus is said or sung.
 
You are indeed holy, O God, the fountain of all holiness. 
Over the waters of creation, you brought light from darkness. 
Out of the waters of the flood, you brought life from death. 
Through the waters of the Red Sea, you brought freedom from bondage. 
In the waters of baptism,  you bring communion from isolation. 
We thank you for creation, for redemption, and for your love that will reconcile and rule all in all. 
Especially we thank you for the gift of your Son, who is one with you and makes us one in him and one in the faith of your church.

On the night before he suffered death, our Lord Jesus gathered his friends around the table and as he took bread, he offered thanks to you; breaking it, and giving it to all of them, saying:  “Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” 
 

After all of them had eaten, he again took the cup and offered thanks to you, and gave it for all to drink, saying:  “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.” 

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 
Christ has died. 
Christ has risen.
Christ will come again.


Therefore, O God, with this bread and cup we remember the incarnation of your son, 
his prayer that we may be one, 
his death and resurrection,
his ascension and continual intercession for us,
his sending of the life giving spirit.
We cry out for the resurrection of our lives, when Christ will come again in beauty and power to share with us the great and promised feast.
Amen. Come Lord Jesus.

Send your Holy Spirit to bless us and these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break may be a communion in the body of Christ, and that the cup we share may be a communion in the blood of Christ.
Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.

In the waters of baptism you have made us one with him; 
give us unity in the faith, and enable us to grow in all things in him. 
Join our prayers with those of your servants of every time and every place,  especially our brothers and sisters who have died in the faith, confident of rising again at the last day and unite them with the ceaseless petitions of our great high priest until he comes as victorious Lord of all.
Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,  all honor and glory are yours almighty God, now and forever. Amen

And now, as God’s confident children, we boldly pray:  
Our Father in heaven...

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Blogger Tally Youngblood said...

Do you have the names of the last two icons :)?

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