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The Church of England in South West Ipswich

Holy Communion

(In Traditional Language)

On the Feast of St. George,

Martyr and Patron Saint of England

The Gathering

The president may say

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All     Amen.

The Greeting

The president greets the people

The Lord be with you

All      and with thy spirit.

From Easter Day to Pentecost this acclamation follows

        Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All      He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Prayer of Preparation

All     Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open,all desires known and from whom no secrets are hid:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love thee,
and worthily magnify thy holy name;
through Christ our Lord.

Prayers of Penitence

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord;
and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,
and with all thy strength.
This is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this:
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
There is none other commandment greater than these.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

All     Lord, have mercy upon us,

          and write all these thy laws in our hearts, we beseech thee.

A minister uses a seasonal invitation to confession or these or other suitable words

The saints were faithful unto death

and now dwell in the heavenly kingdom for ever.

As we celebrate their joy, let us bring to the Lord our sins and weaknesses, and ask for his mercy.

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     Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

we have sinned against thee
and against our neighbour,
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are heartily sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, who died for us,
forgive us all that is past,
and grant that we may serve thee in newness of life
to the glory of thy name.

The president says     

Almighty God,       who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All     Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis

        The Gloria in excelsis may be used

All     Glory be to God on high,

and in earth peace, good will towards men.

We praise thee, we bless thee,
we worship thee, we glorify thee,
we give thanks to thee for thy 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,
that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.

Thou that takest away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father,
have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord;
thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost,
art the Most High, in the glory of God the Father.

The Collect

The president introduces a period of silent prayer with the words

‘Let us pray that as we celebrate the life of your servant George,

We may be faithful to our Risen Lord’

God of hosts, who didst so kindle the flame of love

in the heart of thy servant George

that he bore witness to the risen Lord

by his life and by his death:

grant us the same faith and power of love

that we, who rejoice in his triumphs

may come to share with him the fullness of the resurrection;

through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,

who liveth and reigneth with thee,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

All     Amen.

      ¶    The Liturgy of the Word

Revelation 12: 7-12; Michael Defeats the Dragon

7 And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, 8but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, ‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.
12 Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!’

At the end the reader says

This is the word of the Lord.

All     Thanks be to God.


Psalm 126

  1. When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, *then were we like those who dream.
  2. Then was our mouth filled with laughter *and our tongue with songs of joy.
  3. Then said they among the nations, *‘The Lord has done great things for them.’
  4. The Lord has indeed done great things for us, *
    and therefore we rejoiced.

5       Restore again our fortunes, O Lord, *as the river beds of the desert.

  • Those who sow in tears *shall reap with songs of joy.

7       Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed, *will come back with shouts of joy,
bearing their sheaves with them.

Be with us, God of consolation,
when we are made weary by this world;
turn our sorrow into joy
and give us lips to sing your praise
and lives to proclaim your victory in Jesus Christ,
our crucified and risen Lord.

All     Amen.

Gospel Reading

       Alleluia, alleluia. The one who endures to the end will be saved.

All     Alleluia.

When the Gospel is announced, the reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

All     Glory be to thee, O Lord.

18 ‘If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. 19If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you. 20Remember the word that I said to you, “Servants are not greater than their master.” If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. 21But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.

at the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All     Praise be to thee, O Christ.

The Creed

All     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 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,
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man,
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.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,
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.

Prayers of Intercession

This response is used

Lord, hear us.

All     Lord, graciously hear us.

and at the end

Merciful Father,

All     accept these prayers for the sake of thy Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

¶   The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

The president may introduce the Peace with a suitable sentence.        

Once we were far off,

but now in union with Christ Jesus we have been brought near through the shedding of Christ’s blood,

for he is our peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All     and with thy spirit.

Preparation of the Table

Taking of the Bread and Wine

The table is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.

God of faithfulness,

your servant George praised you in his death.

Receive all we bring before you this day,

and give us the strength of will

to proclaim your righteousness and love.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All     Amen

The president takes the bread and wine.

Eucharistic Prayer C

The Lord be with you

All     and with thy spirit.

Lift up your hearts.

All     We lift them up unto the Lord.

Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.

All     It is meet and right so to do.

It is very meet, right and our bounden duty,
that we should at all times and in all places

give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father,
almighty, everlasting God,
through Jesus Christ thine only Son our Lord.

And now we give thee thanks

that in the witness of your martyr George,

who followed Christ even to death,

you reveal your power made perfect in our human weakness.

Therefore with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we laud and magnify thy glorious name,
evermore praising thee and saying:

All     Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts,
          heaven and earth are full of thy glory.
          Glory be to thee, O Lord most high.
          Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
          Hosanna in the highest.

All glory be to thee, almighty God, our heavenly Father,
who, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ
to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption;
who made there, by his one oblation of himself once offered,
a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world; and did institute,
and in his holy gospel command us to continue,
a perpetual memory of that his precious death,
until his coming again.

Hear us, O merciful Father, we most humbly beseech thee,
and grant that, by the power of thy Holy Spirit,
we receiving these thy creatures of bread and wine,
according to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ’s holy institution,
in remembrance of his death and passion,
may be partakers of his most blessed body and blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread;
and when he had given thanks to thee,
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 he took the cup;
and when he had given thanks to thee, he gave it to them, saying: Drink ye all of this;
for this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.

Great is the mystery of faith:

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

Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father,
we thy humble servants, having in remembrance
the precious death and passion of thy dear Son,
his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
entirely desire thy fatherly goodness
mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving;
most humbly beseeching thee to grant that
by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ,
and through faith in his blood,
we and all thy whole Church may obtain remission of our sins,
and all other benefits of his passion.
And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins,
to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee
to accept this our bounden duty and service,
not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences;
and to grant that all we, who are partakers of this holy communion,
may be fulfilled with thy grace and heavenly benediction;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be unto thee,
O Father almighty, world without end. 

All     Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

              Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

All     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,
          the power and the glory,
          for ever and ever.

Breaking of the Bread

        The president breaks the consecrated bread.

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup,

All     we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Agnus Dei

The Agnus Dei may be used as the bread is broken

Jesus, Lamb of God,

All     have mercy on us.

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

Jesus, redeemer of the world,

All     grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

The president says one of these invitations to communion

Draw near with faith.
Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you,
and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts
by faith with thanksgiving.

Alleluia. Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.

All     Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

The president receives communion on behalf of the whole people of God.

The body of Christ keep you in eternal life and

The blood of Christ keep you in eternal life

If you are making a spiritual communion (i.e. not receiving in person) you may wish to say the below:

In union, O Lord with the faithful at every altar of your Church,

where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated,

I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving.

I present to you my soul and body with the wish

that they may always be united to you.

And since I cannot now receive you in this sacrament,

I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.

I unite myself to you,

and embrace you with all the affections of my soul.

Let nothing ever separate you from me.

May I live and die in your love. Amen.

Any consecrated bread and wine which is not required for purposes of communion is consumed at the end of the distribution.

Prayer after Communion

Silence is kept.

O God our redeemer,

Whose church was strengthened

By the blood of thy martyr George:

By our communion with Christ

In his saving death and resurrection,

Grant us with all thy saints the courage to overcome evil

And so partake of the fruit of the tree of life;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All     Amen.

All     Almighty God,

we thank thee for feeding us
with the body and blood of thy Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer thee our souls and bodies
to be a living sacrifice.
Strengthen us
in the power of thy Spirit
to live and work
to thy praise and glory.

¶   The Dismissal

        God the Father,

by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,

strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All     Amen.

A minister says

Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

All     Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000. Common Worship: Festivals. Material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops Council 2008. The Scripture quotations contained herein are from The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.    

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