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The Order for Family Communion
Common Worship

The Gathering

At the entry of the ministers a hymn may be sung.
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 also with you.

 From Easter Day to Pentecost this acclamation follows

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All         He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Words of welcome or introduction may be said.


Prayer of Preparation

This prayer may be said


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.

Prayers of Penitence

The Commandments, the Beatitudes,  or the following Summary of the Law may be used

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

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

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins, to be our advocate in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life.

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 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.

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

The Gloria in excelsis may be used

All         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.

The Collect

The president introduces a period of silent prayer with the words

‘Let us pray’

The Collect is said, and all respond

All        Amen


Either one or two readings from Scripture precede the Gospel reading.

At the end of each the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.        

All         Thanks be to God.

A psalm, canticle or hymn may be used between the readings.

Gospel Reading

An acclamation may herald the Gospel reading.
When the Gospel is announced the reader says

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

All         Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All         Praise to you, O Christ.


The Creed 

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 God, eternally begotten 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, was 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.



Prayers of Intercession

The prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

¶ The Church of Christ

¶ Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority

¶ The local community

¶ Those who suffer

¶ The communion of saints

These responses may be used

Lord, in your mercy

All         hear our prayer.



At the end

Merciful Father,

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

The Peace

The president may introduce the Peace with a suitable sentence

We are the body of Christ. 
In one Spirit we were baptised into one body.  
Let us them pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.

and then says

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All        and also with you.

Preparation of the Table

Taking of the Bread and Wine

A hymn may be sung.

The gifts of the people may be gathered and presented.

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

One or more of the prayers at the preparation of the table may be said.

 The president takes the bread and wine.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation: through your goodness we have this bread to set before you, which earth has given and human hands have made.
It will become for us the bread of life.

All        Blessed be God forever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation: through your goodness we have this wine to set before you, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. have made.
It will become for us the cup of salvation.

All        Blessed be God forever.

Yours Lord is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour and the majesty; for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.

All         All things come from you and of your own do we give you.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.
All         His Spirit is with us.

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 and almighty and eternal God, through Christ your Son 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

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.
Through him you have sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit, and made us a people for your own possession.

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.

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.

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.

 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:

All         Blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever.

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

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.

The president breaks the consecrated bread

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.

The bread is broken

All        Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

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.

This prayer may be said before the distribution

All         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 nature 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, 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.

The president and people receive communion.

Authorized words of distribution are used and the communicant replies

All         Amen.

During the distribution hymns and anthems may be sung

Post Communion

All may say this prayer

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. Send us out in the power of thy Spirit to live and work to thy praise and glory.

Or this prayer

All        Father of all, we give you thanks and praise that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home.
Dying and living, he declared you love, gave us grace, and opened the gates of glory.
May we who share Christ's body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the spirit lights bring light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Dismissal

The peace of God, which passes 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, the Father Son and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

All        Amen

The minister says

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All         In the name of Christ.        Amen


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