THE ENGLISH LITURGY
 

According to the Western Rite,
derived from the Sarum, 1549, 1718 etc.,
adapted using the rules authorised by
the Holy Synod of Russia.

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If the Litany is sung in procession, then before the Divine Liturgy, if it is the celebration of a major feast, the Deacon brings salt and water to the Priest for blessing, the Priest shall bless incense and they shall process around the church singing the Litany.  As they finally proceed towards the Altar, they shall make a station at the Rood, where the Priest shall do the Bidding Prayers.  Then shall the Priest and Ministers go to the Vestry Chapel and he shall vest.


THE VESTRY CHAPEL VESTING OFFICE

After Mattins, the Deacon and Sub-Deacon take the elements, the Chalice, Paten, Veil and  Burse to the Preparation Chapel and there prepare them using to the old Rite, setting out the Bread, mixing Wine and Water in the Chalice, leaving them on the altar there, veiled and with the Offertory Veil folded nearby.  The Priest and ministers shall vest during vesting the hymn:

 Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost Thy seven-fold gifts impart.

Thy blessed unction from above,
Is comfort, life and fire of love.
Enable with perpetual light;
The dulness of our blinded sight.

Anoint and cheer our soiled face
With the abundance of Thy grace.
Keep far our foes, give peace at home:
Where Thou art guide, no ill can come.

Teach us to know the Father, Son,
And Thee with both to be but One.
That through the ages, all along,
This may be our joyful song;

All praise to Thy eternal merit, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Priest:          Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be made;
Ministers:    And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

The Priest and ministers enter the church in procession; at the Rood Screen they make a station, the Priest, facing the Altar, with raised hands, intones:


Priest:      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.  Amen.

THE CHOIR SINGS: PSALM 51 AND THE OFFICE    as the Priest says;

THE PREPARATION

 Said by the Priest and Ministers at the Quire Doors

I will go unto the Altar of God: Even unto the God of my joy and gladness.
Give sentence with me, O God, and defend my cause against the ungodly people: O deliver me from the deceitful and wicked man.
For Thou art the God of my strength, why hast Thou put me from Thee: And why go I so heavily, while the enemy oppresseth me ?
O send out Thy light and Thy truth: That they may lead me: and bring me unto Thy Holy Hill, and to Thy dwelling.
And that I may go unto the Altar of God, even unto the God of my joy and gladness: And upon the harp will I give thanks unto Thee, O God, my God.
Why art thou so heavy, O my soul: And why art thou so disquieted within me?
O put thy trust in God: For I will yet give Him thanks, which is the help of my countenance, and my God.
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 Priest, Sub-Deacon, and  Deacon, approach the foot of the Altar, led by the Taperers, Thurifer and Crucifer, saying ;

I will go unto the Altar of God: Even unto the God of my joy and gladness.

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy

Priest:     Our Father, Which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us;
Hail Mary, thou art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

THE OFFICE

Then shall be repeated the Office of the Day

The Deacon on the Priest’s right, the Sub-Deacon on his left;

Priest:     And lead us not into temptation.
Ministers: But deliver us from evil.
Priest:     Confess unto the Lord, for He is gracious.
Ministers: For His mercy endureth forever.
Priest:     I confess to God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Blessed Mary, all the Saints, before the whole company of Heaven, and to you, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed through my fault, my own fault, my own most grievous fault. Wherefore I pray Holy Mary, all the Saints of God and you, to pray for me.
Ministers: Almighty God have mercy upon you, forgive you your sins, deliver you from every evil; confirm and strength-en you in all goodness and bring you to everlasting life.
Priest:          Amen.
Ministers: I confess to God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Blessed Mary, all the Saints, before the whole company of Heaven, and to you, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed, through my own fault, my own most grievous fault.  Wherefore I pray Holy Mary, all the Saints of God and you, to pray for me.
Priest:          The Almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you pardon,

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absolution and remission of all your sins, time for true repentance and amendment of life and the grace and comfort of the Holy Ghost.
Ministers: Amen.
Priest:       Our help standeth in the Name of the Lord,
Ministers:  Who hath made Heaven and earth.
Priest:       Blessed be the Name of the Lord,
Ministers: From this time forth for evermore.
Priest:       Let us pray.

Then let the Priest kiss the Deacon by placing his hands outside the Deacon’s joined hands only and then to the Sub-Deacon:

Priest:      Receive the kiss of peace and love, that ye may be fit to perform the Divine Liturgy at the most holy Altar.

THE OFFICE

Then shall be repeated the Office of the Day

THE ENTRANCE

Then shall the Book-bearer bring the Gospel book, during which the Choir sings the hymn following as incense is blessed and the Altar is censed.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning, our song shall rise to Thee:

Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful Almighty!
God in Three Persons, Holy Trinity!

Holy, Holy, Holy! Thrones and saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns about the crystal sea;

Cherubim and Seraphim, worshipping before Thee,
Which wert and art, Who ever more shall be.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works now praise Thy Name in earth and sky and sea

Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful Almighty!
God in Three Persons, Holy Trinity!




THE KYRIE

The choir sings the Kyrie

KYRIE, ELEISON
KYRIE, ELEISON
KYRIE, ELEISON
CHRISTE ELEISON
CHRISTE ELEISON
CHRISTE ELEISON
KYRIE, ELEISON
KYRIE, ELEISON
KYRIE, ELEISON

THE GLORIA

The  Priest shall begin and the people shall join with him,
 

Priest:       GLORY BE TO GOD ON HIGH,
All:          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 Jesu 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, 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 most high in the glory @  of God the Father.  Amen.

The Gloria is omitted during Advent, Lent and at Nuptials and Requiems.

THE COLLECTS

Then, standing at the south side of the Altar, the Deacon and Sub Deacon each on his step in line, shall the Priest begin the Collects for the day, (always being an uneven number and not exceeding seven) saying,

Priest:       The Lord be with you.
R:              And with thy spirit.
Priest:       Let us pray.
 

And at the end of each the people shall respond,
 

R:              Amen.

THE EPISTLE.

Then shall the Sub Deacon deliver the Book to the Deacon, who shall go to the Quire Doors and read the Epistle,

and at the end;

People:         Thanks be to God.

THE GRADUAL

Then shall be sung the Gradual for the day.  The Book is moved by the Sub Deacon to the north side of the Altar

THE GOSPEL

The Deacon (or Priest if there be no Deacon) prays to worthily proclaim the Gospel, incense is set and the Gospel Book censed after the response.

Deacon:         Cleanse my heart and my lips, O God, that I may worthily proclaim Thy Holy Gospel; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall all and face the place where the Gospel is read,

V:              The Lord be with you.
R:               And with thy spirit.
V:              The Holy Gospel is written in the __ Chapter of the Gospel according to Saint __ beginning at the __ Verse.

People:      Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

Here all shall sign themselves on forehead, lips and breast.

At the end of the Gospel, the People shall say,

People:          Praise be to thee, O Christ.

THE CREED

Then shall the Ministers and people turn and face the Altar and join with the Priest in saying the Creed,

Priest:    I BELIEVE IN ONE GOD,
All:          The Father Almighty, maker of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.  And in  one Lord  bow Jesus Christ,  arise  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 essence with the Father:  By Whom all things were made.
Who for us men, and for our salvation came down from Heaven,  bow 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. arise
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.
Who with the Father and the bow Son arise 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.

The Creed is omitted at Nuptials and Requiems.

The Sermon may follow here together with notices.

Then the  Deacon assisted by the Thurifer and Taperers brings the Sacrifice in procession from the Preparation Chapel.

THE OFFERTORY PROCESSION

Priest:    The Lord be with you.
People:   And with thy spirit.
Priest:    Let us pray.

The Offertory of the Day is sung.  The Priest says the Secret Prayers.  Incense is set, and the Thurifer  leads the Offertory Procession of the Sacrifice from the Chapel of Preparation, during which the Cherubic Hymn is sung:

THE CHERUBIC HYMN

Let all mortal flesh keep silence
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand;
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to command.

King of Kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth He stood,
Lord of Lords, in human vesture,
In the Body and the Blood,
He will give to all the Faithful
His own self for Heavenly food.

Rank on rank the Host of Heaven,
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of Lights descendeth
From the realm of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.

At His feet the six-winged Seraphs,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the Presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Alleluia, Lord most High.

Then the Priest shall bless the elements, first holding the Chalice and Paten aloft in either hand, then setting them down and signing over them:

Priest:        Receive O Holy Trinity this oblation which we offer in Thine honour for our sins and our offences; for the salvation of Thy saints and faithful departed.   He lowers them to the Altar In the Name of the Father @ and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, let this Sacrifice be acceptable to Almighty God.

THE OFFICE PSALM

The Choir sings the Office Psalm set for the day as the Priest censes the Sacrifice in the sign of the Cross above thrice, in a circle thrice, once on each side and thrice between himself and the Altar.  The Priest is censed by the Deacon, who then censes the ministers and people in order.  Water, basin and towel are brought for the Priest to wash his hands, saying,

Priest:     I will wash my hands in innocency, O Lord: And so will I go to thine Altar.  Cleanse Thou me from all pollution of mind and body, that I may in purity perform the holy work of the Lord.

Then shall the Priest turn to the people, bow deeply and say,

Priest:     Pray, brethren, for me that this my Sacrifice, which is also equally yours, may be accepted by our Lord God.
People:    The grace of the Holy Spirit enlighten thy heart and thy lips, and the Lord graciously accept this sacrifice of praise, at thy hands, for our sins and our offences, for our benefit and that of all His Holy Church.

THE SECRET PRAYER

The Priest alone says the Secret Prayer set for the day.

THE MEMORIALS

Priest: Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church.

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who by Thy Holy Apostle hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks for all men; We humbly beseech Thee mercifully to accept these Holy Gifts, and to receive these our prayers and Oblations, which we offer unto Thy Divine Majesty; beseeching Thee to inspire continually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord.
And grant that all they that do confess Thy Holy Name may agree in the truth of Thy Holy Word, and live in unity and Godly love.
We beseech Thee to lead all nations in the way of righteousness and peace; and so to direct all kings and rulers, that under them Thy people may be Godly and quietly governed: And grant unto Thy servant, Elizabeth our Queen, and to all that are put in authority under her, that they may truly and impartially minister justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of Thy true religion, and virtue.
Give grace, O Heavenly Father, to all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, and specially to Thy servants _____ our Metropolitan and ____ our Bishop, that they may both by their life and doctrine, set forth Thy true and living Word, and rightly and duly administer Thy Holy Sacraments.
Guide and prosper, we pray Thee,  all those who are labouring for the spread of Thy Gospel among the nations, and enlighten all places of education and learning; that the whole world may be filled with the knowledge of Thy Truth.
And to all Thy people give Thy Heavenly grace; and especially to this congregation here present; that with meek heart and due reverence they may hear and receive Thy Holy Word; truly serving Thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life.
And we most humbly beseech Thee of Thy goodness O Lord, to comfort and succour all them, who in this transitory life are in trouble .., sorrow .., need .., sickness .., or any other adversity.
And we commend to Thy gracious keeping, O Lord, all Thy servants departed this life in Thy faith and fear, beseeching Thee to grant them everlasting Light @ and peace.
And here we give Thee most high praise and hearty thanks for Blessed  Mary  and  all  Thy  saints,  who  have  been  the chosen vessels of Thy grace, and lights of the world in their several generations; and we pray that, rejoicing in their fellowship, and following their good examples, we may be partakers with them of Thy Heavenly Kingdom.  Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate;  Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, One God, world without end.
R:_Amen

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Every Priest has a duty to give Communion only to those whom he knows to be  Baptised, Chrismated,  Orthodox Christians.

A person who has not been Baptised and Chrismated in the Orthodox Church of God may not receive the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Lord and  Saviour Jesus Christ.

It is the custom of the Church that an Orthodox person who has not confessed his offences to a Priest, and received Absolution, should not receive the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ until he has done so.

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THE SURSUM CORDA

Priest:     The Lord be with you.
R:            And with thy spirit.
V:            Lift up your hearts.
R:            We lift them up unto the Lord.
V:            Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
R:            It is meet and right so to do.
V:            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;

Here shall follow the Proper Preface of the season or else this Preface when none other be set,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; for He is the true High Priest, who hath washed us from our sins, and hath made us to be a kingdom and priests unto Thee, our God and Father;

Then shall the Priest continue;

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of Heaven, we laud and magnify Thy glorious Name; evermore praising Thee, and saying:

R:                Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts, Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory: Glory be to Thee, O Lord most High.
Priest:         Blessed @ is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
R:                Hosanna in the highest.

The Deacon uncovers the Sacrifice, the Priest  continues with raised hands, intoning;

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 own 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 and Sacrifice, until His coming again.

Here he shall wipe his fingers on the corporas and inclining, he shall take the Bread in his hands but not break it, intoning the words of Institution;

Who in the same night that 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; do this in remembrance of Me.

Here to lift the Bread on the Paten to eye level only, then reverently replace it before the Chalice, making the sign of the Cross.  Then he shall incline, and, lifting the Chalice a little and setting it down, place his hand on it;

Likewise after supper, He took the Cup; And when He had given thanks, 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 remission of sins; do this as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of Me.

Here to lift the Chalice to eye level only and reverently sets it down behind the Paten, then, with raised hands, he continues with the Anamnesis;

Wherefore, O Lord and Heavenly Father, we Thy humble servants, in accordance with the institution of Thy dearly beloved Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, and having in remembrance the Precious Death and Passion of Thy dear Son, His mighty Resurrection and glorious Ascension do offer unto Thee in the memorial He commanded us to make, Thine own gifts which Thou hast given, a pure offering @  an Holy @  offering,

Holding his hands towards the Sacrifice, the Priest continues with the Epiclesis and Consecration;

that Thou hast commanded for our salvation, that Thou mayest be pleased to send down Thy Holy Spirit upon this Sacrifice that It may be duly and properly changed in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, in the transformation of the Body @ and Blood @ of our Lord, Jesus Christ and that It may be for us who partake thereof, Life eternal and the everlasting Kingdom.                                                (Miss. Goth.  Thr. Peter.)

And we entirely desire Thy Fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our Sacrifice; our praise and thanksgiving, upon which vouchsafe to look and to accept as Thou didst accept the gifts of Thy servant Abel, the sacrifices of our father Abraham and Thy high priest Melchisedeck, 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 here we offer and present unto Thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto Thee; Humbly beseeching Thee, that all we, who are partakers of this Holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body @  and Blood @  of Thy Son Jesus Christ, be fulfilled with Thy grace and Heavenly benediction and made one body with Him, that He may dwell in us and we in Him.

Be mindful, O Lord, we pray Thee, of Thy servants departed this life in Thy faith and fear, now resting in peace,    here the names of the departed may be included         To them and to all Thy faithful sleeping in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, Thy rest, @  Thy light and Thy peace.
And to us sinners who are Thy servants, grant confidence in the multitude of all Thy mercies and some lot and part with Thy Holy Apostles and Martyrs John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecelia, Anastasia and all Thy Saints, into whose company, we pray Thee of Thy mercy, to admit us.
And although we be unworthy 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, Through Jesus @   Christ our Lord;  By Whom @   and with Whom @  in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto Thee, O Father Almighty more loudly;   World without end.
R:            Amen.

The Deacon covers the Chalice and Paten.

Priest:        As our Saviour Christ hath commanded and taught us, we are bold to say,    OUR FATHER,
All:            Which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done; In earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that 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.  Amen.
Priest:        Deliver us O Lord, we beseech Thee, from all evils past, present and to come; and at the intercession of the Blessed and glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and of Thy blessed Apostles Peter,    Here the Deacon gives the small Paten to the Priest who shall kiss it, place it before his left and right eyes, cross himself with it, return it and the Deacon shall then slide it under the corporas.  Paul, Andrew and all the Saints @  graciously granting us peace now, that with the help of Thy loving kindness we may ever be free from sin and disquietude.

THE FRACTION

The Deacon uncovers the Chalice and Paten, the Priest takes the Body and bowing, holds It above the Chalice breaking It into three pieces. During the first fraction saying secretly:

Through the same Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord,

During the second fraction saying:

Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, and the Holy Ghost ever One God,

Holding two pieces, one in each hand over the Chalice,  he intones:

World without end.    Amen.

THE PEACE            The Priest, standing to the south side, turns to the people saying;

Priest:         The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:        And with thy spirit.
Priest:         Christ our Paschal Lamb is offered up for us, since for all, He bore our sins on His Body upon the Cross.  For He is the very Lamb of God, that taketh away the sins of the world. Wherefore let us keep a joyful and holy feast with the Lord.

THE AGNUS DEI

Deacon:       O Lamb of God that takest away the sins of the world:
People:         Have mercy upon us.
Deacon:       O Lamb of God that takest away the sins of the world:
People:         Have mercy upon us.
Deacon:       O Lamb of God that takest away the sins of the world:
People:         Grant us thy peace.

While  Agnus Dei is sung, the Priest takes part of the  Body, makes the sign of the Cross with it, places it in the Chalice saying :

Let this most Holy @  union of the Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ, be to me and to all who receive It, health of mind and body and a saving preparation for worthily attaining unto everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, everlasting God, grant me to so worthily receive this most Holy Body and Blood of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ that I may thereby receive forgiveness of all my sins, be filled with Thy Holy Spirit and have Thy peace; for Thou only art God, there is none other beside Thee, Whose Kingdom and glorious dominium abideth ever world without end.  Amen.

When Agnus Dei is finished, he (alone) says a little louder;

We do not presume to come to this Thy Table, O Merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in Thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under Thy Table. But Thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy; grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the Flesh of Thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink His Blood in these Holy Mysteries, 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.

Then shall the Deacon and People say:

Lord, I am not worthy, that thou shouldst come under my roof: But speak the word only, and my soul shall be healed.
Lord, I am not worthy, that thou shouldst come under my roof: But speak the word only, and my soul shall be healed.
Lord, I am not worthy, that thou shouldst come under my roof: But speak the word only, and my soul shall be healed.

THE GREAT BLESSING

The Priest turns to the people with the Host above the Chalice held high,  making the sign of the Cross with them..  The people cross themselves.

Priest:       Behold the @ Lamb of God, behold Him that taketh away the sins of the world.

THE COMMUNION OF THE CLERGY AND PEOPLE

The Choir sings hymns or Psalms i and iv - or - v, vi, cvii and cviii.

As the Choir sings, the Priest communicates the clergy and assistants, then assisted by Servers with the Houselling Cloth, he Communicates the people, saying to each,

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is given for thee. Preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life.

The Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ, which is shed for thee.  Preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life.

THE ABLUTIONS   The Deacon brings with water and wine for the Ablutions.  Hymns shall be sung during the  Communion and ablutions.  The Book is moved to the south side, the Priest at the south side of the Altar with the Deacon and Sub Deacon each on his step, in line, he shall say,

THE POST COMMUNION COLLECTS

Priest:        The Lord be with you.
People:        And with thy spirit.
Priest:          Let us pray.  Having now with faith, received the precious Body and Blood of Christ, let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank Thee, for that Thou dost vouchsafe to feed us, who have duly received these Holy Mysteries, with the spiritual food of the Most Precious Body and Blood of Thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  And dost assure us thereby of Thy favour and goodness towards us: And that we are very members incorporate in the Mystical Body of Thy Son, Which is the blessed company of all faithful people. And are also heirs through hope of Thy everlasting Kingdom, by the merits of the Most Precious Death and Passion of Thy dear Son.
And we most humbly beseech Thee, O Heavenly Father, so to assist us with Thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as Thou hast prepared for us to walk in.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord, to Whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end.
People:    Amen.

Here shall follow the Last Collects for the Day matching the number of the Collects in the ministry of the Word, the people responding to each;

People:    Amen.

THE DISMISSAL AND BLESSING

The Priest at the midst of the Altar, facing the people shall bless them saying,

Priest:     The Lord be with you.
People:    And with thy spirit.
Deacon:   Let us depart in peace.
People:    Thanks be to God
Priest:     The peace of God, which passeth 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, @ Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always.
People:    Amen.

Then, the recession shall assemble in the former order, and make a station at the Quire Lectern, where the Priest shall say the Last Gospel,

THE LAST GOSPEL

Priest:     In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the Light of men.  And the Light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended It not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him might believe.  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.  He came unto His own, and His own received him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name, which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. bow And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, arise (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the Only-Begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.

The Priest and ministers process from the Sanctuary to the Eulogion table.

BLESSING OF THE EULOGION BREAD

A station is made at the table outside the Rood Screen, the Deacon places the  the unconsecrated  Bread on it and the Priest  says

Priest:    Blessed be the Name of the Lord.
People:   Henceforth, world without end.
Priest:    Let us bless the Lord.
People:   Thanks be to God.
Priest:    The Lord be with you.
People:   And with thy spirit.
Priest:    Let us pray,  Bless, @  O Lord, this creature of bread, as Thou didst bless the five loaves in the wilderness; That all who taste thereof may receive health both in body and soul.  In the Name @ of the Father, and @ of the Son, and of the Holy @ Ghost.  Amen.

Then shall he sprinkle the bread with the holy water and two Taperers shall  carry the bread to a convenient place in the nave and the bread shall be distributed  to all by the Priest and ministers .


At the end of the immediate Service, in the Narthex or Vestry Chapel, the  Priest may use the following prayer;

Priest:    O Lord, we pray Thee, forgive the imperfections of our Service, our wandering inattention to Thy word and our failure to pay our attention to Thee alone.  We pray Thee, Bless them for whom we have asked Thy blessing, Heal them for whom we have asked Thy healing, Feed them for whom we have asked Thy feeding, Assist them for whom we have asked Thine assistance, Comfort them for whom we have asked Thy comforting.  Let no imperfection of our Service affect them for whom we have prayed or the benefits that we receive from this Holy Mystery.  We pray this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, and the Holy Ghost, One God, world without end.
R:    Amen.

Then shall they proceed to the Vestry Chapel for the Divesting Office.


THE VESTRY CHAPEL DIVESTING OFFICE

Antiphon:   Let us sing the song of the Three Children.

O ye Priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord : Praise Him and magnify Him forever.
O ye servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord : Praise Him and magnify Him forever.
O ye Spirits and souls of the Righteous, bless ye the Lord : Praise Him and magnify Him forever.
O ye holy and humble men of heart, bless ye the Lord : Praise Him and magnify Him forever.
O Ananias, Azarias and Misael, bless ye the Lord : Praise Him and magnify Him forever.
O praise God in His Holiness : Praise Him in the firmament of His power.
Praise Him in His noble acts : Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Praise Him in the sound of the trumpet : Praise Him upon the lute and the harp.
Praise Him in the cymbals and dances : Praise Him upon the loud cymbals.
Let everything that hath breath : Praise the Lord.

Antiphon:    Let us sing the Song of the Three Children, which they sang in the furnace of fire and give thanks unto the Lord.

Lord have mercy    Lord have mercy    Lord have mercy

V:    Let us bless the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
R:    Let us praise Him and magnify Him forever.
V:    Blessed art Thou O Lord, in the firmament of Heaven, to be _praised and glorified above all forever.
R:    The Holy Trinity bless and keep us.  Amen.
V:    Enter not into judgement with Thy servant O Lord.
R:    For in Thy sight shall no man living be justified.
V:    Turn us, O Lord God of Hosts.
R:    Shew us the light of Thy countenance and we shall be whole
V:    Lord, hear our prayer,
R:    And let our cry come unto Thee.
V:    The Lord be with you.
R:    And with thy spirit.
V:    Let us pray,

O God, Who didst for the Three Children quench the flames of fire, mercifully grant that we, Thy servants may not be consumed by the flame of our sins.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Kindle in our reigns and our heart O Lord, the fire of the Holy Ghost, that we may serve Thee with a chaste body, and please Thee with a pure heart.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Prevent us, O Lord, with Thy most gracious favour and further us with Thy continual help, that in all our doings begun, continued and ended in Thee, we may do always that is righteous in Thy sight.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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The Illustrations here shown are courtesy (Preparation) Saint Petroc Orthodox Monastery, Hobart.

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