Holy Communion – Ordinary Time

The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury Wilbury


     The Order for Holy Communion Ordinary Time


1          All                               Hymn


2          Minister                       Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

            All                              And also with you.


3          A sentence of scripture may be read


4          All (stand)      Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,

                                                all desires known,    

                                                and from whom no secrets are hidden:

                                                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.


5          Prayers of Penitence

            The Summary of the Law     (sit)     

Minister                       Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

The first commandment is this:

‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.

You shall love the Lord your God

with all your heart, with all your soul,

with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

The second is this:

‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

There is no other commandment greater than these.

On these two commandments hang

all the law and the prophets.

            All                               Amen. Lord, have mercy.


6          The Minister invites us to confess our sins to God   

Minister                       Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,

firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments

and to live in love and peace with all.



All                               (kneel or sit)   

                                                Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

                                                we have sinned against you

                                                and against our neighbour

                                                in thought and word and deed,

                                                through negligence, through weakness,

                                                through our own deliberate fault.

                                                We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.

                                                For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

                                                who died for us, forgive us all that is past,

and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen.


President                     The Absolution


7          All (stand)       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.


8          The Minister introduces a period of silent prayer (kneel or sit)


9          Minister                       The Collect

            All                               Amen.


10        The Ministry of the Word

            The Reading   (sit)


At the end:

Reader                        This is the word of the Lord.

            All                               Thanks be to God.


11        There may be a psalm or canticle after the first reading.


12        All                               Hymn


13        The Gospel is announced (stand)

Reader                        Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to (N)

            All                               Glory to you, O Lord.


            At the end:

Reader                        This is the Gospel of Christ

            All                               Praise to you, O Christ.


14        The Sermon


15        The Nicene Creed (stand)

            All                               We believe in one God,

the Father, the almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.


                                                We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

                                                the only Son 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,

                                                he became 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 worshipped 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.


16        Prayers of Intercession        (kneel or sit)

President                     In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,

let us pray to the Father.

Reader                        Let us pray for the Church and for the world

and let us thank God for his goodness.


            The following forms of response are used:

Reader                        Lord, in your mercy,

            All                               hear our prayer.

            At the end:

Reader                        Merciful Father,

            All                               accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

                                                our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


17        The Ministry of the Sacrament        (stand)

All                               We are the body of Christ.

In the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body.

                                                Let us then pursue all that makes for peace

                                                and builds up our common life.


President                     The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All                               and also with you.

President                     Let us offer one another a sign of Christ’s peace.


18        All                               Hymn


19        The offerings are presented:

            The altar is prepared and the bread and wine are placed upon it.

            The gifts of the people are presented.


20        All                               Yours, Lord, is the greatness,

the power, the glory,

                                                the splendour, and the majesty;

                                                for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.

                                                All things come from you,

                                                and of your own do we give you.


21        The Eucharistic Prayer        (kneel or sit)

President                     The Lord be with you

All                               and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

All                               We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All                               It is right to give thanks and praise.


It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,

at all times and in all places

to give you thanks and praise,

holy Father, heavenly King,

almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For he is your living Word;

through him you have created all things from the beginning, and formed us in your own image.

All                               To you be glory and praise for ever.


Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,

giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;

you raised him from the dead

and exalted him to your right hand on high.

            All                               To you be glory and praise for ever.


Through him you have sent upon us

your Holy and life-giving Spirit,

and made us a people for your own possession.

            All                               To you be glory and praise for ever.


Short Proper Preface, when appropriate.


Therefore, with angels and archangels,

and with all the company of heaven,

we proclaim your great and glorious name,

for ever praising you and saying:


            All                               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.


Accept our praises, heavenly Father,

through your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and as we follow his example and obey his command,

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit

these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us his body and his blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you 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.

Pause for the Sanctus Bell

All                               To you be glory and praise for ever.


In the same way, after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:


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.

Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

                                                Pause for the Sanctus Bell

            All                               To you be glory and praise for ever.


Therefore, heavenly Father,

we remember his offering of himself

made once for all upon the cross;

we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension;

we look for the coming of your kingdom,

and with this bread and this cup

we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.


Great is the mystery of faith.

All                               Christ has died:

                                                Christ is risen:

                                                Christ will come again.


Accept through him, our great high priest,

this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,

and as we eat and drink these holy gifts,

in the presence of your divine majesty,

renew us by your Spirit,

inspire us with your love,

and unite us in the body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


All                                           Through him, and with him, and in him,

                                                in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,

                                                we worship you, Father almighty,

                                                in songs of everlasting praise:

                                                Blessing and honour and glory and power

                                                be yours for ever and ever. Amen.


            Here follows a time for silent reflection


22        The Communion

President                     As our Saviour taught us, so we pray: (kneel or sit)

            All                               Our Father in heaven,

                                                hallowed be your name,

                                                your kingdom come,

                                                your will be done,

                                                on earth as in heaven.

                                                Give us today our daily bread.

                                                Forgive us our sins

                                                as we forgive those who sin against us.

                                                Lead us not into temptation

                                                but deliver us from evil.

                                                For the kingdom, the power            and the glory

are yours now and for ever. Amen.


23        The Breaking of Bread

President                     We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

All                               Though we are many, we are one body,

                                                because we all share in one bread.


            All                               Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us.

                                                Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world: give us your peace.


24        Seasonal Sentences


25        The President invites us to the Lord’s Table

            All                               We do not presume

                                                to come to this your table, merciful Lord,

                                                trusting in our own righteousness,

                                                but in your manifold 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 nature 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 through his body,

and our souls washed through his most precious blood,

                                                and that we may evermore dwell in him,

                                                and he in us. Amen.


26        During the distribution, music will be played.

            This may be followed by a time of private reflection.


27        Post Communion Prayer


            All                               Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us

with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

                                                Through him we offer you our souls and bodies

                                                to be a living sacrifice.

                                                Send us out in the power of your Spirit

                                                to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.


29        Notices


30        The Blessing


31        Hymn


32        The Dismissal

President                     Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

            All                               In the name of Christ. Amen.

President                     May the souls of the faithful departed this day rest in peace.

All                               And then rise in glory. Amen.