The Divine Liturgy of The Evangelical Catholic Church

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The Entrance Hymn

The clergy and servers enter in procession as the congregation sings the Entrance Hymn. Upon reaching the foot of the Altar, the Celebrant says quietly (while the congregation continues to sing the Entrance Hymn):

P: O Master, Lord our God, Who has appointed in Heaven ranks and hosts of Angels and Archangels for the ministry of Your glory: Make our ceremony a procession of Angels and Archangels, ministering with us and praising Your goodness. For to You are due all glory, honor, and worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, always, both now and forever, and for ages to come.
D: Amen. Bless the holy Entrance, Father (Master).

P: Blessed is the Entrance of Your saints, always, both now and forever, and for ages to come. In the Name of The Father, and of The + Son, and of The Holy Spirit.
D: Amen.

The clergy enter the Sanctuary. The Celebrant kisses The Gospel Book and the Altar, saying:

P: Hail, Words of Eternal life!
Hail, Throne of The Most High!

The Celebrant stands in the midst of The Altar and reads, or the Choir sings:

The Introit

The Trisagion:


C: Holy + God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.
Holy + God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.
Holy + God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.


During the singing of The Trisagion, the Celebrant blesses incense, saying in a low voice:

P: May the Lord kindle in us the fire of His love and the flame of eternal charity.

He then censes the Altar. The Deacon censes the other clergy, the servers, the choir, and The Faithful. When the censing is finished, the Celebrant says:

P: Blessed be the Holy Trinity, the Undivided Unity, Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, to Whom be all honor and glory, unto ages of ages.
C: Amen.

The Kyrie:

P: In peace let us pray to The Lord.
C: AMEN.
P: For the peace that is from above and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to The Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the holy churches of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to The Lord.
C: Christ, have mercy.
P: For this holy House and for those who in faith, piety, and fear of God offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to The Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: Help, save, pity and defend us, O God, by your grace.
C: Amen.


The Canticle of Praise

(1) The Gloria in Excelsis:
(Sung from the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord until the day before Septuagesima, and from the Feast of the Holy Resurrection of Our Lord until the day before Pentecost.)


P: Glory be to God on high!
C: And on earth peace, good will toward men. We praise You, we bless You, we worship You, we glorify You, we give thanks to You, for Your great glory. O Lord God, Heavenly King, God the Father Almighty. O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of The Father, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy upon us. You Who takes away the sin of the word, receive our prayer. You Who sit at the right hand of God The Father, have mercy upon us. For You only art holy; You only are The Lord. You only, O Christ, with The Holy Ghost, are most high in the glory of God The Father. Amen.

(2) The Benedictus:

(Sung during Advent and Lent.)


P: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel!
C: For He has visited and redeemed His people and has raised up a might salvation for us; in the house of His servant David; As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets: which have been since the world began; That we should be saved from our enemies: and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers; and to remember His holy covenant To perform the oath which He sware to our father Abraham: that He would grant unto us; That we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies: Might serve Him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before Him: all the days of our life. And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest: for you shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto His people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God: whereby the Day-spring from on high has visited us; To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death: to guide our feet into the way of peace. Glory be to the Father and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

(3) The Beatitudes:

(Sung on the Feast of Pentecost and thereafter until the beginning of Advent.)


P: Remember us, O Lord, when You come into Your Kingdom!
C: Blessed are the poor in spirit:
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peace-makers:
for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake:
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are you when men shall revile and persecute you
and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice & be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in Heaven:
For so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Collect(s):

P: The Lord be with you.
C: And with you, His servant.
P: Let us pray.

All pray silently. Then the Priest prays the Collect(s) appointed for the day.

At the completion of The Collect(s), the person appointed to read the Old Testament Lesson asks a blessing of The Bishop or Priest presiding at The Liturgy.


Reader: Father (Master), bless me.
P: May the shadow and darkness of death disperse, and may the light of the Most + High illumine our intelligence.

The Old Testament Lesson

Reader: The Old Testament Lesson is written in the _______ Chapter of ____________ , beginning at the _______ verse.

The Lesson is concluded by the Reader with the words:

Reader: Here ends The Lesson.
C: Thanks be to God.


The Gradual

The Epistle Lesson


At the conclusion of The Gradual, the person appointed to read the Epistle Lesson asks a blessing of The Bishop or Priest presiding at The Liturgy.

Reader: Father (Master), bless me.
P: May The Lord be + blessed through the mouths of His Apostles.

Reader: The Epistle is written in the _______ Chapter of St. ____________'s letter to ____________ , beginning at the _______ verse.


The Epistle is concluded by the Reader with the words:

Reader:Here ends The Epistle.
C: Thanks be to God.


The Alleluia Verse/Tract

The Congregation stands when the Sacramentary is moved to The Gospel side of The Altar. The Thurifer brings the censer and incense boat to the Celebrant; the Celebrant blesses the incense using the normal formula and puts some incense into the censer.

The Reader of The Holy Gospel, standing in the midst of The Altar with hands joined, bowing, prays silently:

Reader: Cleanse my heart and lips, O Almighty God, Who cleansed the lips of the prophet Isaiah with a burning coal, and in Your gracious mercy so purify me that I may worthily proclaim Your Holy Gospel, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Reader of The Gospel then asks a blessing of The Bishop or Priest presiding at The Liturgy, or silently prays:

Reader: May The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and competently proclaim His Holy Gospel. Amen.

Taperers procure their candles and go to stand at the foot of the Altar. When the Deacon (or Reader of The Gospel) has received The Gospel Book from the Celebrant, he turns to the congregation. At this the Thurifer, Taperers and Subdeacon turn, and the Gospel Procession proceeds to the place where the Holy Gospel is to be read or sung.

The Reader of The Gospel then continues:


The Holy Gospel

Reader: The Holy Gospel appointed to be read on this day, being ____________, is written in the _______ Chapter of St. ____________ , beginning at the _______ verse.

As The Reader says 'the Holy Gospel appointed to be read' he makes the Sign of The Holy Cross upon the Gospel Book at the beginning of the text to be read and then upon his forehead, lips and heart.

After the announcement of The Gospel, the Congregation responds:


C: Glory be to You, O Lord.

After the Reader has announced The Gospel, he takes the censer from the Thurifer and censes the Gospel Book. He swings the censer once to the center, once to the left, once to the right, and returns the censer to the Thurifer. The Thurifer continually swings the censer during the reading of The Holy Gospel.

The Gospel is concluded by the Reader kissing the Gospel Book at the end of the text just read and then saying:


Reader:Here ends the reading of The Holy Gospel.
C: Praise be to You, O Christ.

Reader: By the words of The Holy Gospel may our sins be blotted out.
C: Amen.


The Gospel Procession returns to the Altar. The Thurifer and Taperers deposit the censer and candles in the usual locations and take their customary places in the chancel.

The Homily or Sermon

The Creed


(1) The Nicene Creed

(Used at every celebration of The Divine Liturgy except on Holy Trinity Sunday and when the Sacrament of Initiation is observed.)


I believe in One God, The Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only-Begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all the worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God: Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with The Father. By Whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven (here all genuflect in honour of Christ's Incarnation) And was incarnate by The Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man (Here all rise). And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; And the third day He rose again according to The Scriptures; And ascended into Heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of The Father; And He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end.

I believe in The Holy Ghost, The Lord and Giver of life; Who proceeds from The Father. Who with The Father and The Son together is worshipped and glorified. Who spake by the Prophets. And I believe One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge One Baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the Resurrection of the dead, And the life of the world to + come. Amen.

(2) The Apostle's Creed

(Used at every celebration of The Divine Liturgy when the Sacrament of Initiation [Baptism/Confirmation] is observed.)


I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the Holy Catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life + everlasting. AMEN.

(3) The Athanasian Creed

(Used at every celebration of The Divine Liturgy on Holy Trinity Sunday and whenever the Celebrant deems appropriate.)


Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the Catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Ghost uncreate. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal. As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords, but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity: to acknowledge every Person by himself to be both God and Lord, So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion, to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords. The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or less than another; But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal. So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God, of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Substance of his Mother, born in the world; Perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting; Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the Father, as touching his Manhood. Who although he be God and Man, yet he is not two, but one Christ; One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking assumption of the Manhood into God; One altogether, not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation, descended into Hell, rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, He sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, From whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies And shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting, and they that have done evil into everlasting fire. This is the Catholic Faith, which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved. Amen,

The Pax:

P: Lord, give us at this moment love, concord, and full tranquillity, that we may raise praise and glory to You, to Your only-begotten Son and to Your Holy Spirit now and ever.
C: Amen.

P: Let us pray as we greet one another in peace.

God The Father of us all, Ruler of the universe, look from Heaven upon Your Church, upon all Your people and upon this Your congregation. Give us Your peace, Your love and Your help. Send us the gifts of Your Holy Spirit, so that with a clean heart and a good conscience we may greet one another, not deceitfully nor hypocritically but blamelessly and purely, in the bond of peace and love. Take from us the desire to control the freedom of others, for there is only one body and one Spirit, and one faith as we have been called in one hope of our calling. Bring us to the fullness of Your love in Christ Jesus, with Whom You are blessed in the unity of The Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
C: Amen.


During this period of joyous informality and Christian fellowship, all greet one another with a word of peace while extending their hands to their neighbors.

If there are several priests, they all kiss the Holy Gifts and the Altar in order of their ranks, and they exchange the Kiss of Peace as follows: They clasp their right hands, kiss each other on both shoulders and the right hand, saying in a low voice:

Priest I: Christ is in our midst.
Priest II: He is and always shall be.

The Deacon or server passes the Peace from the Celebrant to all the others, and they give it to each other.

P: The holy and divine peace being exchanged, let us bow our heads before the merciful Lord.
C: (Heads bowed.) Before You, Our Lord and Our God.

P: O Lord, bless us with Your irremovable blessings and make us worthy to do Your will.
C: Amen.

P: Lord, by this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving which we offer to You, remove from us every filthy thought, and light our souls and sanctify our bodies that we may raise praise and glory to You, to Your only-begotten Son, and to Your Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
C: Amen.


The Offertory

While the Hymn of the Great Entrance ("Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"), or another offertory hymn is sung, the monetary offerings of the people are gathered.

When The Great Entrance (Offertory Procession) is not observed, the Bread and Wine to be used in The Holy Communion, together with the monetary offerings of the people, are brought to the Altar. The Bread and Wine are placed on The Altar and the money on the Credence Table.

When the Great Entrance is observed, the Celebrant gives the Paten to the Deacon (or other assisting clergy) and takes the Chalice himself. Preceded by a Thurifer and Taperbearers, the Deacon (with the Paten) and Celebrant (with the Chalice), move in solemn procession through the Nave of the Church to the Altar. The congregation stands at the beginning of the procession. During the procession the following prayers, and any others deemed appropriate by the Celebrant, are said:


D: All of us may the Lord remember in His Kingdom, always, both now and forever, and for ages to come.
C: Amen.

P: Our (Arch)Bishop, N., and all our clergy, may the Lord remember in His Kingdom, always, both now and forever, and for ages to come.
C: Amen.

P: The President of the United States of America, the armed forces of the nation, and the American people, may the Lord remember in His Kingdom, always, both now and forever, and for ages to come.
C: Amen.

P: All the Evangelical Orthodox Catholic Christians who have gone before us to their rest, and who are asleep in the Lord (and especially the faithful departed servants of God, N., N., N.), may the Lord remember in His Kingdom, always, both now and forever, and for ages to come.
C: Amen. For the King of All we shall welcome. Angels and Saints invisibly escort Him down from Heaven. (Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.)


The Celebrant shall then set the Chalice upon the Altar to the right and, taking the Paten from the Deacon, places it upon the Altar to the left. Incense is then blessed with the appropriate prayers, after which the Oblations, Altar, Priest(s), servers, and people are censed.

P: We give You thanks, our Father, for the life and knowledge You have revealed to us through Jesus, Your Son. To You be glory forever. As this broken bread was once scattered as seed upon the fields and after being harvested was made one, so let Your Church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into Your Kingdom, for Yours is the glory and the power through Christ Jesus forever.
C: Amen.

P: We give thanks, our Father, for Your Holy Name and for the life and immortality You sent us through Jesus, Your Son. To You be glory forever. Let us raise The Cup of Salvation and call upon The Name of The Lord. The Cup of Blessing for which we give thanks is the Communion of The Blood of Christ.
C: Amen.

P: Saint Luke The Evangelist wrote of our risen Lord that when He was at Table with the Disciples at Emmaus, He took bread and blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized Him. This is Christ's Table. Our Savior invites those who trust in Him to share The Feast which He has prepared. Let us open our hearts to one another as Christ has opened His heart to us, and God will be glorified.
C: Amen.


The Eucharistic Prayer:

P: The Lord be with you.
C: And with you, His servant.
P: Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them up unto The Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to The Lord our God.
C: It is meet and right so to do.

P: It is truly meet, right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, Everlasting God.


(Here should follow the Proper Preface, if there be any appointed, followed with:)

We thank You, Almighty Lord, that You are a God of all mankind, that You are not ashamed to be called our God, that You know us by our name, that You keep the world in Your hands. For You have made us and called us in this life to be united to You, to be Your people on this earth. Blessed are You, Maker of all that exists. Blessed are You, Who has given us space and time to live in. We thank You for the whole of creation, for all the works of Your hands, for all You have done in our midst, through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Therefore we praise Your Majesty, Almighty God, with all Your faithful people; therefore we bow before You and adore You with the words:

C: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth; Heaven and earth are full of Your glory. Hosanna (Hosanna, Hosanna) in the highest. Blessed is + He (Blessed is He, Blessed is He) Who cometh in the Name of the Lord. (Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.)

P: With those blessed Powers we also, O Master Who loves all humanity, cry aloud and say: Blessed are You, Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, blessed are You. Before the foundation of the world You chose us to be Your children. You have liberated us from the power of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of Your dear Son, the very image and reflection of Your glory. For Him the universe was made. In Him we have received redemption and forgiveness of sins.


(The Celebrant takes the Paten with the Holy Bread into his hands and signs the Holy Bread with the Sign of The Cross, saying:)

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread; and when He had given thanks, He brake it and gave it to His disciples, saying:

Take, eat; this is My + Body which is given for you for the remission of sin. Do this in remembrance of Me.


(The Celebrant takes the Chalice with the Holy Wine into his hands and signs the Holy Wine with the Sign of The Cross, saying:)

After the same manner also He took The Cup when He had supped, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them saying:

Drink ye all of it; this Cup is the new testament in My + Blood, which is shed for you and for all for the remission of sins. This do, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.

C: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

P: When we eat of this Bread and drink from this Cup, we proclaim the death of The Lord until He comes. Therefore, Lord, our God, we commemorate that Christ had to suffer and die, but most of all that He is the first-born from the dead, the first born of the whole creation; that glorified at Your right hand, He speaks on our behalf; and that He will come to judge the living and the dead on the day which You have appointed. We beseech and pray and entreat You, O Lord our God, send down Your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts here set forth.


(The Celebrant signs the Holy Bread with the Sign of The Cross, saying:)
And make this bread the Sacred + Body of Your Christ.

(The Celebrant makes the Sign of The Cross over The Chalice, saying:)
And make that which is in this Cup the Precious + Blood of Your Christ.

(The Celebrant makes the Sign of The Cross over both The Holy Gifts, saying:)

Changing them by Your Holy Spirit so that they may become to those who partake for vigilance of soul, for forgiveness of sins, for fellowship with The Holy Spirit, for the fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven, for boldness towards You, not for judgement or for condemnation. We pray that we may surrender ourselves completely to Your service, and that, in the midst of this world, and before the eyes of all Your people, we may live Your Gospel and be the sign of Your peace; that we may support and serve each other in love; that our hearts may be opened to the poor, the sick, and the dying, and to all who are in need, that so we may be The Church of Jesus Christ, united with all faithful people everywhere.

Most high and holy God, we humbly ask You to accept these Your own gifts which we offer to Your divine goodness, together with this, the sacrifice of our thanksgiving and the incense of our prayers. And here we would present and yield ourselves to You, asking You to make us true members incorporate in the mystical body of Your Son, Christ Jesus our God, so that, in communion with Your whole Church, we may make a pure offering to Your Name. O Lord, hear our prayer.
C: And let our cry come unto You.

P: Hear our prayer, O Lord, for the Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, that You will confirm Her in the truth of Your Holy Faith, inspire Her with unity and concord, and extend and prosper Her throughout the world. We beseech You, Lord, remember all the orthodox episcopate who rightly divide the word of Your Truth, all the priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, and all clergy, that by their life and doctrine they may set forth Your true and living Word and rightly administer Your holy Sacraments. Above all, remember, O Lord, all our holy and reverent spiritual Fathers, our rulers who are over us today in this life and tend and govern the holy churches of God that are in every place, especially ________________ and our prelate, Bishop Karl, being appointed by God with the rest of all bishops and spiritual Fathers of the Orthodox and Catholic Faith. O Lord, hear our prayer.
C: And let our cry come unto You.

P: We commemorate before You, O Lord, those who rest in faith: the fathers, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, preachers, evangelists, martyrs, confessors, doctors, ascetics, and all the righteous perfected in The Faith, especially our highly glorious, blessed Lady, Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary, Saint John the prophet, forerunner and Baptist, all the holy, glorious and honored Apostles; (and especially ____________ whose memorial we are keeping this day) and all Your saints. Be mindful of all those who have fallen asleep before us in the hope of resurrection unto life eternal (especially ____________, and those whom we now name in our hearts before You: N., N., N._____). We praise You for the mercy and blessings shown them in their lifetime and pray You to grant us a place in their fellowship and eternal life in Your Kingdom. O Lord, hear our prayer.
C: And let our cry come unto You.

P: Finally, O Lord, we pray for ourselves, for all who confess the Name of Christ our God, for N., N., N., and for those whom we now name in our hearts before You: (___________), that we, with them, may show forth the praises of Him Who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Grant that we, who do now celebrate this feast of love, may at the last be clothed with the white robes of those who shall join in the marriage supper of The Lamb. Through Him and with Him and in Him You are blessed and praised, Lord our God, Almighty Father, in union with The Holy Spirit, today and all days, forever.
C: Amen.

P: And vouchsafe, O Lord, that boldly and without condemnation we may dare to call upon You, the Heavenly God, as Father and say:

C: Our Father Who art in Heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is 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 forever and ever. Amen.


The Celebrant presents the Holy Gifts to The Faithful, saying:

P: The gifts of God for the people of God.
C: One only is holy, One only is The Lord: Jesus Christ, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Here The Celebrant breaks the Host into four pieces, with all heedfulness and awe, saying:

P: Broken and divided is the Lamb of God, Which is broken yet not disunited; Which is ever eaten, yet never consumed, but sanctifies those who partake thereof.
C: Amen.


Then the Celebrant, arranging the broken pieces on the rim of the Paten in the form of a cross, takes the upper portion of the broken Host, making therewith the Sign of The Cross above the Holy Chalice and shall place it in the Holy Chalice saying:

P:The fullness of the Cup, of the Faith, of The Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.


Next the Celebrant shall bless the Zeon, which represents the water which came forth from the side of our Lord with His Precious Blood when His side was pierced by the Roman soldier while He hung on The Cross at Golgotha, showing that, although He was dead, His Body was not devoid of divine virtue -- that is, the warmth and vitality of The Holy Spirit. The union of these elements symbolizes our Lord's Resurrection. The Celebrant blesses the Zeon, saying:

P: Blessed is the fervor of Thy Saints always, now, and ever, and unto ages of ages.
C: Amen.


Then the Celebrant shall pour a sufficient quantity of the Zeon into the Holy Chalice, in the form of a cross, saying:

P: The fervor and warmth of Faith, full of The Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.


The Adoration (Agnus Dei)

C: O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, grant us Thy peace. Amen.

Preparation

(Then all join in the following prayer.)

C: I believe, O Lord, and I confess that You are truly The Christ, the Son of the Living God, Who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. And I believe that this is truly Your own Immaculate Body, and that this is truly Your own Precious Blood. Wherefore I pray, have mercy upon me and forgive me my transgressions both voluntary and involuntary, of word and of deed, whether committed with knowledge or in ignorance; and make me worthy to partake without condemnation of Your Immaculate Mysteries, unto the remission of my sins and unto life everlasting. Amen.

The Distribution

The Celebrant should first receive the Holy Communion himself, and then all assisting clergy, after which the Blessed Sacrament should be given to the Faithful.

While the clergy and Faithful make their communions, the congregation or choir sings the Communion Verse for the day or a Communion Hymn.

The Celebrant and all concelebrating or assisting clergy, receiving the Body, say in a low voice:


Hail, Most Precious Body of Christ! The Most Precious Body of Our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, is given to me, _______________, unworthy Priest (or Bishop, or Deacon) for the remission of sins and for life eternal.

Receiving the Holy Chalice, each says:

Hail, Heavenly Cup, which is sweet to me above all others! The Most Precious Blood of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, is given to me, _______________, unworthy Priest (or Bishop, or Deacon) for the remission of sins and for life eternal.

Kissing the Holy Chalice, each says:

This has touched my lips, and has taken away my sins.

The Celebrant and the Deacon (or other assisting clergy) then take up The Chalice and Paten (or Ciborium) and go to the Altar Rail, where they face the Faithful. The Deacon says:

D: Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world. With fear of God, with faith and love, draw near.

The Faithful approach to receive the Sacred Body and Most Precious Blood. The Blessed Sacrament should be given to all Baptized/Chrismated members of the parish (infants, youth and adults).

The Thanksgiving

When all have received the Blessed Sacrament, the Celebrant says:

P: Having partaken of the Divine, Holy, Pure, Immortal, Heavenly, Life-Giving and terrible Mysteries of Christ, O Believers, let us worthily give thanks unto the Lord our God.
C: Lord, have mercy.

P: Help us, save us, have mercy upon us, and keep us, O God, by Your grace.
C: Lord, have mercy.

P: Praying that this whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful and sinless, let us commend ourselves and each other and all our life unto Christ our God.
C: To You, O Lord.

P: For You are our sanctification and unto You we ascribe glory, to The Father, and to The Son, and to The Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.
C: Amen.

P: O give thanks unto The Lord, for He is good.
C: And His mercy endures forever.


The Nunc Dimittis

C: Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart + in peace according to Thy word, For mine eyes have seen Thy Salvation: Which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a Light to lighten the Gentiles and the Glory of Thy people Israel. Glory be to The Father and to The Son and to The Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Dismissal

P: Let us depart in peace.
C: In the Name of The Lord.

P: Let us pray to The Lord.
C: Almighty and ever-living God, we thank You for having fed us with The Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ, assuring us thereby that we are truly members of His Body, The Church. And we ask You to help us by Your Holy Spirit that we may continue in this fellowship and do the good works which You desire us to do; through Christ Jesus, Your Son, Our Lord, to Whom, with You and the same Spirit, be all honor and glory, forever and ever. Amen.


The Benediction

P: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord life up His countenance upon you and give you + peace.
C: Amen.


(Or the following may be used:)

P: The blessing of God Almighty, The Father, The + Son, and The Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
C: Amen.


The following Benediction is used when given by the Bishop:

B: Blessed be The Name of The Lord.
C: From this time forth for evermore.

B: Our help is in The Name of The Lord.
C: Who made Heaven and earth.

B: The Peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son, Christ Jesus our Lord: And the Blessing of God Almighty, the + Father, the + Son, and the Holy + Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
C: Amen.

D: The Liturgy is ended; go in peace.
C: Thanks be to God.


© 1993, The Evangelical Catholic Church
Published by:
St. Michael's Press


P r o p e r    P r e f a c e s

Advent:
Who prepared the way for Your only Son, that we, who have walked in the darkness of our sin, may be brought to the clear light and to the true knowledge of You.

Christmas:
Who, in the mystery of The Word made flesh, has given us a new revelation of Your glory; that seeing You in the person of Your Son, we may be drawn to the love of those things which are not seen.

Epiphany:
Who, through Christ Jesus our Lord, born a true man, lived among us to reveal Your glory and love, that our darkness should give way to His own brilliant light.

Lent:
Who on the Tree of The Holy Cross freely gave salvation to all mankind that, where death arose, there Life also might rise again; and that He Who by a tree once overcame might likewise by a tree be overcome.

Maundy  Thursday:
Who sends our Savior, Jesus the Christ, to institute these Holy Mysteries, that we, redeemed by His death and quickened by His Resurrection, might have our part in this life-giving Feast.

The Holy Feast (Easter, Pascha):
We chiefly praise You this Easter (night, day, season) for the glorious Resurrection of Your Son, Christ Jesus our God and only Savior, Who is the very Paschal Lamb which was sacrificed for us and thereby delievered the world from sin; Who, by His death, has destroyed death and by His Resurrec-tion to life has restored everlasting life to us.

Ascension:
Through Christ Jesus our Lord, Who, after His Resurrection, openly appeard to all His disciples, and in their sight was bodily taken up into Heaven that He might make us partakers of His Divine Nature.

Pentecost:
Through Christ Jesus our Lord, Who, having ascended above the heavens and sitting at Your right hand, sent on this day The Holy Spirit to all His disciples to comfort and guide us, as He promised, for which gift the whole earth rejoices with exceeding joy.

Trinity:
Who, with Your only-begotten Son and The Holy Spirit, are one God, one Lord. And in this confession of the only true God, we worship the Trinity in Person and the Unity in Substance, of Majesty co-equal.

St. Mary:
And that on the . . . of St. Mary Ever-Virgin, we should praise, bless, and tell forth Your wonders; that by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, she conceived Your Only Begotten Son, and without let to the glory of here abiding maidenhood, brought forth for man eternal light, even Christ Jesus our Lord.

Transfiguration:
Through Christ Jesus our Lord, Who, in the substance of our mortal flesh, manifested His glory, that He might bring us out of darkness into everlasting light.

All Saints:
Who, in the multitude of all Your holy saints has surrounded us with so great a cloud of witnesses, that we, rejoicing in their fellowship, may run with patience the race which You have set before us, and with them gain the crown of glory which never fades.

Apostles and Evangelists:
Especially because You have governed and protected Your Holy Church, which the blessed Apostles and Evangelists have instructed in Your divine and saving truth, through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

The Faithful Departed:
Through Christ Jesus our Lord, in Whom the hope of blessed resurrection has been made known to us, that those who grieve because of them who have already fallen asleep in The Faith may be consoled by the assurance of everlasting life through Christ Jesus our God and Savior.

Church -- Dedication, Anniversary:
Who, though the heavens cannot contain Your Majesty, and Your glory is in all the world: Yet You deign to bless and hallow physical places for Your Word and Sacraments, and pour forth through these structures the gift of grace upon all who trust in You.

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