The people remain standing. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest,
faces them and sings or says
God be with you.
People And also with you.
Celebrant Lift up your hearts.
People We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant Let us give thanks to God.
People It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds
It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-
where to give thanks to you, Almighty God, Supreme Artisan
of all Creation.
Here a Proper Preface is sung or said on all Sundays, and on other
occasions as appointed.
Therefore we join our voices to proclaim you, singing with Angels and
Archangels, with all the noble company of the heavens and your
creation, who for ever raise this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:
Celebrant and People
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
The people stand or kneel.
Then the Celebrant continues
Holy God: We give thanks to you for the abundance of
possibility which you have made known to us in your creation.
You brought forth on your earth a garden paradise and filled
it with every good and beautiful wonder; things that bloom and
blossom, creatures both great and curious, and commanded all things
to grow and multiply and bring forth life plenteously.
In the midst of the garden you had made, you gathered the rich
soil in your tender hands, and fashioned human kind in your image
Breathing your Spirit upon them, you filled them with creative
possibility and sent them forth to tend and nurture all that you
had made. While in our pride we failed you, you did not leave us.
Through prophets and teachers you called us back. Through Moses
you brought us to a plentiful land. Time and again you offered us
abundance, seeking only that we should bring forth that which you
had purposed for us and for all of your creation.
When the time was ripe for harvest, you sent your Christ. Incarnate of the Holy Spirit, woven together in the womb of Mary, he entered the world to sow the seeds of your kingdom in our hearts, so that finally your mercy and justice might flourish. Through parables and deeds of power, he taught us your will. He proclaimed your purpose as no other, calling us to feed the hungry, clothe the poor and heal the sick.
And when the time had come for him glorify your name to the ends of the earth, he offered himself up to death and, rising from the grave, made the whole creation new again.
At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it
or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or
place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be
On the night he was taken from us and handed over to death,
our Lord Jesus Christ took bread made by human hands; and when
he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples,
and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you.
As often as you do this, remember me.”
After supper he took the cup of wine brought forth from the vineyard; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you:
This is my Blood of the new Promise, which is shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins and the refreshment of your souls. Whenever you drink it, remember me.”
Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Celebrant and People
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
The Celebrant continues
We celebrate the memorial of our salvation, O God, by this offering of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts from the bounty of your Creation.
Make them holy by your Life-Giving Spirit; to be for your people the
Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of renewed
and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully
receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you as a people, willingly
transformed; that we, like this bread, may be taken, blessed, broken, and given to the world to proclaim your Good News, and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the blessed abundance of your eternal kingdom.
All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ, the great lover of souls. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all praise and honor is yours, Almighty God, until the end of time. To you alone be glory. AMEN.