The Divine Litugy
(The Razeh)
East Syrian-Antiochian
 
 

The following is an experimental text being considered for use in one parish. It is based upon the current Chaldean (East Syrian Rite) but the translations have been modified to suit English usage. The original translation was done by the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle for use in a celebration of the Liturgy at Moreau Seminary (Notre Dame) in 1985. The following adaptations have been made by Rev. Dr. Stephen F. Duncan, OCCA, DMA, Deacon of Holy Wisdom Community of the Orthodox Catholic Church of America - Diocese of the Southwest. Unfortunately, I am not a great editor and typographical and editorial mistakes may still exist in the document (and knowing my typing probably do exist). If you find one, please let me know.

 


THE LITURGY

 

Priest: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit for ever and ever unto ages of ages. Glory to God in the highest; glory to God in the highest; glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and hope to people always and forever.

Assembly: Amen. Bless us, O my Lord.

Our Father in heaven, may Your name be glorified. May Your kingdom be established. Holy, Holy, Holy are You, our Father in heaven. The heavens and earth are full of Your great glory. Angels and people are crying to You: Holy, Holy, Holy are You.

Assembly: 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 the kingdom the power and the glory are Yours, now and for ever.

Priest: Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Assembly: as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever and ever unto ages of ages. Amen and Amen. Our Father in heaven, may Your name be glorified. May Your kingdom be established. Holy, Holy Holy are You. The heavens and earth are full of Your great glory. Angels and people are crying to You: Holy, holy, holy are You.

Deacon: Let us pray. Peace be with us.

Priest: Strengthen our weakness, Our Lord and Our God, by Your mercy, that we might celebrate the holy Mysteries which have been given for the renewal and redemption of our nature, through the mercies of Your beloved Son, O Lord of all, for ever and ever unto ages of ages.

 

Marmeetha - Psalm 14

The liturgy begins with the following psalm or an appropriate song of praise.

Priest: Lord, who shall dwell in Your Tabernacle, and who shall rest upon Your holy mountain?

Assembly: In purity of thought let me stand before Your altar, O Lord.

Priest: Lord, who shall dwell in Your Tabernacle, and who shall rest upon Your holy mountain?

Deacon: Those who walk without spot, acting in righteousness. Those who speak truth in their heart and place no deceit on their tongue.

Assembly: In purity of thought let me stand before Your altar, O Lord.

Priest: Those who do no evil to their neighbor and accept no bribes against their kinsmen.

Deacon: Those who reject evil people as worthless but honor those who fear the Lord.

Assembly: In purity of thought let me stand before Your altar, O Lord.

Priest: Those who swear to their companions and are faithful: and do not lend their money for gain.

Deacon: Those who accept no bribe against the innocent. Those who do these things are just and nothing can ever disturb them.

Assembly: In purity of thought let me stand before Your altar, O Lord.

Priest: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever and ever unto ages of ages. Amen and amen. In purity of thought let me stand before Your altar, O my Lord.

Deacon: Lord, who shall dwell in Your tabernacle, and who shall rest upon Your holy mountain? How beautiful and glorious is the place of Your sanctuary, O God, the Sanctifier of all.

Assembly: In purity of thought let me stand before Your altar, O Lord.

Deacon: May peace be with you.

Prayer before the Anthem of the Chancel (Qankeh)

Priest: When the sweet fragrance of Your Love penetrates us, Our Lord and our God, and our souls are enlightened by the knowledge of Your truth, may we be counted worthy to behold the splendor of your well-beloved Son in heaven; and in Your Church Triumphant, full of favors and delights we shall praise and glorify You unceasingly Who are the Lord and Creator of all for ever and ever unto ages unending.

Assembly: Amen.

 

Lakou Mara

(The great veil of the Sanctuary is raised as the Choir chants antiphonally)

Choir: To You, O Lord of all, we give our praise. To You, Jesus Christ, our thanksgiving. For You are the giver of life to our bodies and the savior of our souls. (Lakhou Mara D'Kola Mawdinan. Lakh Ishou Mshiha Mshabhinan. Datou mnahmana dpagrain. Watou paroqa Dnawshathan)

Deacon: It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to His exalted name.

Choir: To You, O Lord of all, we give our praise. To You, Jesus Christ, our thanksgiving. For You are the giver of life to our bodies and the savior of our souls. (Lakhou Mara D'Kola Mawdinan. Lakh Ishou Mshiha Mshabhinan. Datou mnahmana dpagrain. Watou paroqa Dnawshathan)

Deacon: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever and ever unto ages of ages.

Choir: To You, O Lord of all, we give our praise. To You, Jesus Christ, our thanksgiving. For you are the giver of life to our bodies and the savior of our souls. (Lakhou Mara D'Kola Mawdinan. Lakh Ishou Mshiha Mshabhinan. Datou mnahmana dpagrain. Watou paroqa Dnawshathan)

Deacon: Let us pray. May peace be with us.

 

Prayer before the Trisagion

Priest: O Lord, You are truly the Life-giver of our bodies, the good savior of our souls and the faithful guardian of our lives. It is always our duty to glorify, adore and praise You, who are the Lord of all, for ever and ever unto ages of ages. Amen.

Deacon: Amen. All you people, let us lift up our voice and praise the living God.

Assembly: Qadisha alaha, quadisha Khailathana. Qadisha la maiyoutha, ethrakhem 'ailaen. (Holy God, Holy and Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us.)

Assembly: Hagios ho Theos, Hagios ischyros, Hagios athanotos, eleison imas. (Holy God, Holy and Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us.)

Deacon: Glory be to the Father an to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever and ever unto ages of ages. Amen and amen.

Assembly: Sanctus Deus, Sanctus fortis, Sanctus immortalis, miserere nobis. (Holy God, Holy and Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us.)

Deacon : Let us pray. May peace be with us.

 

Prayer before the Hebrew Scriptures

Priest: O Holy, glorious, mighty and immortal One, Who dwells among the holy ones and takes pleasure in their company, turn to us, Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare us and have mercy upon us always according to Your promise: Father, Son and Holy Spirit for ever and ever unto ages of ages.

Deacon: Amen.

Reader: A reading from the book of _________________

Reader: The word of the Lord.

Assembly: Thanks be to God.

 

Prayer before the Epistle

Priest: Enlighten the impulses of our thoughts, O Lord and our God, that we might be able to understand the sweet sounds of Your life-giving and divine commands. Grant in Your mercy that we might obtain from them love, hope and salvation and all the benefits which are needed by our souls and bodies,that we might always sing praise to You, O Lord of all: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever unto ages of ages.

Deacon: Amen.

Reader: A reading from the book of _________________

Reader: The word of the Lord.

Assembly: Thanks be to God.

 

(At the end of the Epistle the Priest processes the Book of the Gospels to the middle of the bema.)

 

Gospel

Assembly: Halleluia, halleluia, halleluia (or tract).

Deacon: Let us eagerly rise and hear the Holy Gospel.

Priest: Peace be with you.

Assembly: And also with you.

Priest: This is a reading from the Holy Gospel of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to n_________.

Assembly: Glory be to Christ our Lord.

 

After the Gospel the priest blesses the assembly with the Gospels.

 

Priest: Glory be to God for ever.

Assembly: Glory be to Christ our Lord.

 

Sermon

 

The Litany (Karozoutha)

Deacon: Let us all be filled with joy. Let us pray to the Lord in gladness saying: "Lord hear our prayer"

Assembly: Lord hear our prayer.

Deacon: Father of mercies and God of all consolation grant us your peace. We pray to the Lord.

Assembly: Lord hear our prayer.

Deacon: That there might be peace, concord and goodness throughout the earth and the whole Church. We pray to the Lord.

Assembly: Lord hear our prayer.

Deacon: Let us entrust our selves and one another to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. We pray to the Lord.

Assembly: Lord hear our prayer.

Deacon: For the holy catholic church here and everywhere, that it may grow and flourish. We pray to the Lord.

Assembly: Lord hear our prayer.

Deacon: For our Fathers, the bishops. In a special way for the health of all the patriarchs, our archbishop n___________, our bishop n________ and for all those who serve as leaders in the church. We pray to the Lord.

Assembly: Lord hear our prayer.

Deacon: In memory of our holy Fathers and all true priests, bishops and doctors of the church. That following their examples we may come to love and serve the Lord. We pray to the Lord.

Assembly: Lord hear our prayer.

Deacon: Let us all be filled with joy. Let us pray to the Lord in gladness saying: "Lord hear our prayer"

Assembly: Lord hear our prayer.

Deacon: Let us rise through the strength of God.

Assembly: Glory to His holy name.

Deacon: In prayer and supplication, let us ask for and angel of peace and mercy.

Assembly: To you, O Lord.

Deacon: Day and night we beg for a lasting peace for the church and a life without sin.

Assembly: To you, O Lord.

Deacon: For the remission of our sins, which is necessary for our life and pleasing in your sight we pray.

Assembly: To you, O Lord.

Deacon: Let us entrust our selves and one another to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit

Assembly: To you, Lord, our God.

Priest: We beseech You, O Lord God almighty, to perfect in us Your grace and to pour out Your gifts into our hands with abundance. May Your mercy and divine love pardon all our debts and forgive the sins of all the sheep of Your flock, the flock You have chosen for Your own through Your goodness and compassion, O Lord of all. You are Father, Son and Holy Spirit for ever and ever unto ages of ages.

Deacon: Amen. May the Lord bless us. Let us bow our heads and pray for his blessing.

Priest: In Your mercy Lord, grant that we may be pleasing in Your sight, doing works of righteousness all the days of our lives. May we always be worthy through the help of Your grace to offer You glory, thanksgiving and honor, O Lord of all. You are Father, Son and Holy Spirit for ever.

Assembly: Amen.

The deacon prays the Anthem of the Mysteries

Deacon: Place your trust in the Lord + the wretched shall eat and be filled. The Body of Christ and His Precious Blood are upon the holy altar. In reverence and love let us draw near to Him. With the angels let us raise a joyful sound to Him: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God.

The priest offers the host.

Priest: Lord God, accept this offering from my weak and sinful hands. Make it a good and acceptable sacrifice for the living and the dead for whom it is offered. Bless the lives of those who offer it. Amen.

Priest: Into the cup of salvation, I pour wine, may it become for us the sign of the blood which flowed from the side of your beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ: + In the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The priest pours wine into the cup.

Priest: The water is mixed with the wine, the wine with the water. Let these two become one + in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The priest washes his hands.

Priest: May the Lord of all wash away the stains of our sins with the hyssop of his love, and may He cleanse the stains of our offenses in the immense ocean of His mercy. Amen. May He heal the scars of our iniquities in the ocean of His loving kindness.

He wipes his hands.

Priest: May the Lord wipe away the blot of our sins and offenses with His goodness and mercy, for ever. Amen.

The priest takes up the cup and the paten.

Priest: Let us offer up praise to Your glorious Trinity at all times for ever. Amen. May Christ Who was sacrificed for our salvation and Who commanded us to make a commemoration of his death and burial and resurrection, accept this sacrifice from my hands in His grace and mercies for ever. Amen.

The priest taps the chalice and paten three times.

By Your command our Lord and our God (3 times), these glorious, holy, life-giving and divine mysteries are set and ordered upon the absolving altar until the coming of Our Lord the second time from heaven. To Him be all glory both now and for ever. Amen.

He covers the gifts with a veil.

Priest: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. (Let us remember the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, upon his holy altar.)

Assembly: As it was in the beginning, is now and shall be for ever unto ages of ages. Amen and amen. Apostles of the Son and beloved of the only-begotten, pray that there might be peace over all of creation.

Priest: Let all the people say: Amen and Amen. O our holy patron, we remember You upon this holy altar, together with the just ones who have triumphed and the martyrs who have been crowned.

Assembly: Behold, all those who have fallen asleep in the hope that they will be raised up with you in your glorious resurrection.

 

The Nicean Creed

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 God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, One in being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven:

(All bow at the following words) and became man.

By the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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. With the Father and the Son He is worshipped and glorified. He 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.

Deacon: Let us pray in memory of our Fathers, the Patriarchs, the bishops, and all the priests and clergy, the sisters and brothers, young men and virgins, and all who have departed this world in the true faith. Let us pray for our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters; for our sons and daughters; and for all the rulers who love Christ. May our sacrifice be accepted and sanctified by the Word of God and by the Holy Spirit for our good, help, salvation and everlasting life in the kingdom of heaven through the grace of Christ.

Priest: May we lift up glory, honor, thanksgiving and adoration to You, + now and at all times and for ever.

Assembly: Amen.

Priest: Peace + be with you.

Assembly: And also with you.

Deacon: Let us give peace to one another in the love of Christ.

The sign of peace is passed from the Priest to the Deacon and then to all the assembly.

Deacon: Let us all praise and beseech the Lord in purity and penance. In reverence, look upon what is taking place before you -- these awesome mysteries to be consecrated. Let us cast down our pride and lift up our minds to heaven in meditation and attention. Now let us pray. Let no one dare speak. Let those who pray, pray in the silence of their hearts.

During this deacon's prayer the priest forms the "tomb" around the gifts first uncovering them with the veil and then using the veil to make the "tomb".

Priest: May this incense be blessed in the name of Your glorious Trinity that we might offer it in Your honor for the pardon of our sins for ever and ever, Amen.

The celebrant incenses the gifts and altar

Priest: O Christ, You accepted the blood of the martyrs on the day of their passion, accept this incense from my weak hands through the goodness of Your love. Amen.

May this incense which we offer before Your holy altar in Your glorious temple be pleasing to You, our Lord and our God; may it bring joy to Your holy name and forgiveness to Your holy servants. You are Father Son and Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever unto ages of ages. Amen.

 

Preface

Priest: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father and the fellowship of the holy spirit be with you all now + and for ever unto ages of ages.

Assembly: Amen.

Priest: Lift up your hearts.

Assembly: We lift them up to the Lord.

Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

Assembly: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Deacon: It is right always and everywhere to give him praise. Peace be with us.

Priest: Worthy of glory from every tongue, and of adoration from all creatures is Your glorious Name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You have created the world in Your goodness and all that is in it by Your mercy. Your love has redeemed us and has given us grace. Myriads of holy angels cast themselves down before Your majesty; ministers of fire and spirit bless Your holy name; Cherubim and seraphim praise You without ceasing. We join in their unending hymn of praise.

Assembly: 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.

 

Icel

Priest: On the night when He was betrayed, when the time came that He would suffer and be given up to death, He took bread in his sacred hands. Raising his eyes to You, O God, His almighty Father, He gave You thanks and blessed it + and broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:

TAKE THIS ALL OF YOU AND EAT IT:

THIS IS MY BODY WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

 

Deacon: Amen.

Priest: Likewise after they had eaten, He took the pure cup into His sacred hands and giving thanks to you, He blessed it + and gave it to His disciples saying:

TAKE THIS ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT:

THIS IS THE CUP OF MY BLOOD,

THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT.

IT WILL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR ALL

SO THAT SINS MAY BE FORGIVEN.

DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

Deacon: Amen. Please be seated.

Priest: Even as You commanded, we are gathered together; Your frail and wretched servants in whom You have instilled a great grace -- not taking vengeance, You put on our humanity to give us life through Your divinity. You have lifted our lowliness and repaired our ruin. You have given life to our mortality and forgiven our debts. You have justified our sinfulness and enlightened our understanding. O Lord, You have overcome our enemies. You have ennobled our weak nature through Your abundant compassion and love.

Deacon: May the Lord bless us.

Priest: And in return for all Your blessing upon us we offer You glory and honor, thanksgiving and adoration + now and for ever unto ages of ages. Amen.

Deacon: In our minds, let us pray. May peace be with us.

Assembly: (A short hymn of praise is sung.)

Assembly: O Lord, we Your unworthy servants are gathered together in Your name and stand before You now. We have received Your Son's example through tradition. Because of this we rejoice, glorify, exult, call to mind and offer this awe-filled and life- giving mystery of the passion, death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

Priest: May Your Holy Spirit come upon these gifts. May He bless and hallow them that they become for us the pardon of sins and forgiveness of our offenses, the hope of resurrection from the dead and new life in the kingdom of heaven with all those who have been pleasing to You. Because of Your mercy towards us, we praise You without ceasing and glorify You in Your Church ransomed by the blood of Christ. Our mouths opened and our faces unveiled, we offer You praise and honor and thanksgiving to Your living holy and life-giving name, now and + for ever unto ages of ages.

Deacon: Amen.

The deacon incenses the priest.

Priest: Sweeten the odor of our uncleanness with the pleasantness of Your love and kindness, O Lord our God. Purity us from the taint of sin. Good Shepherd, Who searched for us when we were lost, Who delighted in our finding, in Your mercy and compassion purge me of my sins, both those I know and those of which I know not.

Priest: Bless me O my Lord (3x). May Your mercy and grace bring us near to these glorious, holy, and life giving mysteries (though in truth we are not worthy of them).

Deacon: Truly we are unworthy.

The celebrant elevates the host.

Priest: Glory to Your holy Name, O Lord Jesus Christ and adoration to Your majesty for ever. Amen. This is the life-giving bread which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. Those who eat of it shall not die, but shall be saved by it and live for ever. Amen.

He kisses the host (Boukhra) in a symbolic cross.)

Priest: Glory be to You, O Lord. Glory be to You , O Lord. Glory be to You, O Lord, for this great gift which You have given us for ever.

Deacon: Amen.

Priest: With true faith in Your name, O Lord, we draw near to these Holy Mysteries. In Your mercy we break this bread, the Body of Your Son in Your loving kindness we sign this the life giving body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever unto ages of ages.

Deacon: Amen.

Priest: The precious blood is signed with the life giving body of our Lord Jesus Christ + In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever unto ages of ages.

Deacon: Amen.

Priest: The sacred body is signed with the forgiving blood of our Lord Jesus Christ + In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever unto ages of ages.

Deacon: Amen.

Priest: Broken and hallowed, perfected and united, mingled and sealed are these glorious holy, and life-giving divine mysteries in the Name of your most glorious Trinity: Father Son and Spirit. May They be for us the pardon of our offenses, the forgiveness of our sins, the hope of resurrection from the dead and new life in the kingdom of heaven for us and for the holy Church here and everywhere, now and at all times for ever unto ages of ages. Amen.

The veil is loosened and set aside.

Priest: The tomb is broken and Christ is risen from the dead!

Priest: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now + and for ever unto ages of ages. Amen.

He signs himself with the large cross to include the whole of the people.

Assembly: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Deacon: Let us approach with fear and respect the mystery of the body and blood of our savior. Let us receive these gifts with humble hearts filled with the overflowing charity of God. Let us participate in these mysteries with the Church in prayer and deep contrition. With hope let us turn from evil and weep over our sins; let us ask God for mercy and forgiveness and let us forgive those who have harmed us.

Assembly: O Lord, forgive the sins of your servants. (Maria Khasa Khtaheh Osakholwatha D'Awdaek.)

Deacon: Let us purify our consciences from all divisions and strife.

Assembly: O Lord, forgive the sins of your servants. (Maria Khasa Khtaheh Osakholwatha D'Awdaek.)

Deacon: Let us purify our souls fro hatred and hostility.

Assembly: O Lord, forgive the sins of your servants. (Maria Khasa Khtaheh Osakholwatha D'Awdaek.)

Deacon: Let us receive this Communion and be sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

Assembly: O Lord, forgive the sins of your servants. (Maria Khasa Khtaheh Osakholwatha D'Awdaek.)

Deacon: Let us purify our consciences from all divisions and strife. With one accord and spirit, joyfully let us participate in the mysteries.

Assembly: O Lord, forgive the sins of your servants. (Maria Khasa Khtaheh Osakholwatha D'Awdaek.)

Deacon: Let them be for us, O Lord, the way to the resurrection of our bodies and the salvation of our souls.

Assembly: Unto life everlasting.

Priest: Pardon O Lord, the sins of Your servants. Sanctify our lips by Your goodness that we might glorify Your sublime Divinity together with all the holy ones of Your kingdom, for ever.

Priest: O Lord our God, grant that we might stand in Your presence without stain and that with our hearts pure and our faces unveiled we might call upon You saying:

Assembly: 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.

Priest: Deliver us, Lord, from every evil and grant us peace in our day. In Your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, + Jesus Christ.

Assembly: For the kingdom the power and the glory are Yours, now and for ever.

Assembly: Amen.

Priest: Peace + be with you.

Assembly: and also with you.

Priest: These Holy Things are for you, the holy people, it is right and in harmony.

Assembly: One Holy Father, one Holy Son, one Holy Spirit. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Spirit as it was in the beginning is now and will be for ever and ever unto ages of ages. Amen. (Had Awa Quadisha. Khad Bra Qadisha. Khad Roukha Qadisha. Shoukha Lawa. Wlawra Walroukha Qadisha l'alam 'Almin. Amin.)

Deacon: Praise be to the living God.

Assembly: Praise to him in his church and may his mercy and compassion be ours in all times and seasons.

The celebrant displays the host and the cup.

Priest: May the Son who has given us his Body and His Blood give us life in Your Kingdom.

Assembly: Sanctify us with your holy body and pardon our sins with your holy blood. Purify our consciences with the hyssop of your love, O Christ, the hope of our nature for ever.

He receives the host and raises the cup.

Priest: O heavenly Bridegroom, You have prepared a cup for the guests at Your banquet. You have invited us to feast and bidden us to drink. Glory be to You for Your great gifts for ever. Amen.

The priest blesses the people with the host.

Priest: May Christ's gift of grace + be fruitful in all of us through his mercies.

Assembly: For ever and ever unto ages of ages. Amen.

The Eucharist is distributed while the assembly sings a hymnof praise.

Assembly: A hymn of praise.

 

After communion is finished:

Priest: Lord, it is always good that we give praise and adoration to Your wondrous name. In Your goodness, You have ennobled our weak nature that we might bless Your name along with the angels; that we might partake in the mysteries of Your gift; and that we might find delight in the sweetness of Your words. May we always lift our hearts and voices in praise and thanksgiving to You, O Lord of all Who are Father and Son and Spirit One God for ever and ever unto ages of ages.

Deacon: Amen. Bless us O Lord.

Priest: Christ is our God; He is our Lord, king and savior. He is the giver of life and redeemer of our sins. By His grace and mercy He has made us worthy to receive His most precious and sanctifying Body and Blood. May he grant that we be pleasing in our words and actions, in our thoughts and in our deeds. May what we have received be a pledge for us and obtain the pardon of our debts and the forgiveness of our sins. May it also be our hope of the resurrection from the dead and new life in the kingdom of heaven along with all who have been pleasing to you. We ask this through Your grace and mercy, You who live and reign for ever and ever unto ages of ages.

Deacon: Amen. Bless us O Lord.

Assembly: Our Father in Heaven, may Your name be glorified. May Your kingdom be established. Holy, Holy, Holy are You, Our Father in heaven. The heavens and earth are full of Your great glory. Angels and people cry out to You: Holy, Holy, Holy are You.

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 the kingdom the power and the glory are Yours, now and for ever.

Priest: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Assembly: As it was in the beginning, is now and shall be for ever unto ages of ages. Amen and amen.

Our Father in Heaven, may Your name be glorified. May Your kingdom be established. Holy, Holy, Holy are You, Our Father in heaven. The heavens and earth are full of Your great glory. Angels and people cry out to You: Holy, Holy, Holy are You.

Deacon: Let us pray. May peace be with us.

Priest: God has filled us with all the spiritual blessings of heaven through Jesus Christ Our Lord, and has called us to share His blissful kingdom without beginning or end. Father, Your divine Word promised us this in His life- giving gospel when He said to the blessed group of His disciples: "Amen, amen I say to you. Whoever eats My body and drinks my blood lives in Me and I in him, and I will raise him up on the last day. He shall not come to judgment but I will pass him from death to eternal life."

May He bless our assembly + and purify our people + who have come and been refreshed by the power of these glorious, holy, life-giving and divine mysteries.

May we be sealed by the living sign of the Cross + of our Lord and be guarded from all dangers, hidden or manifest, now + and for ever unto ages of ages.

Assembly: Amen.

Deacon: Go in peace in the name of the Lord.

Assembly: Thanks be to God.