Cathedral Eucharist commemorating the Anglican Communion – Sunday 26th July 2020

The Cathedral Eucharist
Sunday 26th July 2020

Welcome to online worship. You can follow this celebration of the Eucharist online wherever you are.

This weekend would have marked the Lambeth Conference, a gathering of Bishops representing churches and Christian communities from around 165 countries of the Anglican Communion. In honour of this, today’s service is taken from a variety of Anglican Communion liturgies from across the world.

Try to actively share in the service, not just have it on in the background. Join in the words in bold. You may not want to stand or kneel as usual but find a comfortable position that helps you and perhaps think about how you hold your hands, maybe holding them palms upwards to receive God’s love and blessing.

May God bless you as we worship Him together.

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Full Video Service

Order of Service

Download the Order of Service here.

Opening Hymn

All my hope on God is founded;
he doth still my trust renew.
Me through change and chance he guideth,
only good and only true.
God unknown,
he alone
calls my heart to be his own.

Pride of man and earthly glory,
sword and crown betray his trust;
what with care and toil he buildeth,
tower and temple, fall to dust.
But God’s power,
hour by hour,
is my temple and my tower.

God’s great goodness aye endureth,
deep his wisdom, passing thought;
splendour, light, and life attend him,
beauty springeth out of naught.
from his store
new-born worlds rise and adore.

Daily doth th’Almighty giver
bounteous gifts on us bestow;
his desire our soul delighteth,
pleasure lads us where we go.
Love doth stand
at this hand;
joy doth wait on his command.

Still from man to God eternal
sacrifice of praise be done.
high above all praises praising
for the gift of Christ his Son.
Christ doth call
one and all
ye who follow shall not fall.

Robert Bridges (1844-1930)
Michael 333 NEH
Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

The Gathering

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

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

The President welcomes the congregation and introduces the service.

Prayers of Penitence

You may like to adopt a prayer posture such as sitting with your head bowed, as we remember our brokenness and call to mind our sins.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you are about to come to us in your holy Sacrament,
prepare our hearts for yourself
and help us to see our sins as you see them,
that we may truly repent and be forgiven.

We confess to God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
and before the whole company of heaven,
that we have sinned in what we have thought, said, and done,
through our own fault,
and we pray God to have mercy on us.
God, you rule over all, have mercy on us,
forgive us all our sins and save us from all evil,
make us strong to do good and bring us to everlasting life,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

May the merciful Lord forgive you,
put away all your sins,
give you time to mend your lives,
and the grace and help of the Holy Spirit.

From the Melanesian English Prayer Book 

The Collect

God of Life,
in baptism you give us new birth into a living hope,
calling us into your marvellous light that we may live as your people;
bless with the Spirit’s presence all who would have gathered for the Lambeth Conference,
that their work, prayer and fellowship may bear fruit to your glory,
and inspire people everywhere to walk, listen and witness together
as disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord.

A special collect written for the Lambeth Conference 

The Liturgy of the Word

Sit comfortably to listen to God speaking through the Scriptures.

The New Testament

Romans 8. 26-end

At the end

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

You may wish to stand for the Gospel.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord.

The Gospel

Matthew 13. 31-33, 44-52

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

The Sermon

Archbishop Tito Zavala, Anglican Diocese of Chile

The Intercessions

If you have a particular prayer request, please write it on any of our social media channel Interactive Prayer Stations, or email and we will pray all your prayers with you over the coming week.

You may like to adopt a prayer posture with your hands open and lifted up to God as we hold out all the prayers of our hearts to him.

Let us pray.

May the bishops and leaders of our churches
have wisdom and speak with one voice.
Amen. Lord have mercy.

May the leaders of our country rule with righteousness.
Amen. Lord have mercy.

May justice be our shield and defender.
Amen. Lord have mercy.

May the country have peace and the people be blessed.
Amen. Lord have mercy.

May the flocks and the herds prosper and the fish abound in our lakes.
Amen. Lord have mercy.

May the fields be fertile and the harvest plentiful.
Amen. Lord have mercy.

May we and our enemies turn towards peace.
Amen. Lord have mercy.

May the love of the Father touch the lonely, the bereaved, and the suffering.
Amen. Lord have mercy.

May the path of the world be swept of all dangers.
Hallelujah. The Lord of mercy is with us.

From the Anglican Church of Kenya

In this rite, the line ‘May justice be our shield and defender’ is part of the Kenyan national anthem; the prayer that the ‘people may continue to increase’ was changed to ‘and the people be blessed’ since Kenya has one of the highest population explosions in the world; ‘fish’ have been added to ‘flocks and herds,’ for they are very important to the coast and in western Kenya and aspects of the lives of various ethnic groups needed to be included; the petition ‘may we and our enemies turn toward peace’ was added because Jesus’ radical call to love our enemies is countercultural to all cultures in the world, including the various cultures in Kenya. The final petition reflects the naturally winding paths in the Kenyan countryside.

Graham Kings 

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

The President introduces the peace

Christ is our peace. He has reconciled us to God in one body by the cross. We meet in his name and share his peace.

The Peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace

Here in the Cathedral we can’t touch each other and that may be the same where you are, if family members have to isolate from one another or perhaps you are on your own.

But peace is more than a handshake or a hug, it is something from the heart and, whether with a warm smile, a nod, a bow or a face on a screen, God’s peace in the Spirit moves among us.

The Eucharistic Prayer

Taken from the Mexican Episcopal Church, this Prayer Book is particularly notable as it is not a simple translation of either the English or American Books of Common Prayer, but rather is an independent composition drawing heavily on the traditional Mozarabic liturgy of Spain.

Lift up your hearts
We lift them up unto the Lord

Let us give praise and thanks unto our Lord.
It is meet and right so to do.

It is very meet and right
that we should always give thanks unto Thee,
O Holy Lord, Everlasting Father, Almighty God.
Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord,
who giveth strength to those who believe in Him,
and everlasting felicity to such as truly confess Him.

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

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
Lord God of Hosts,
Heaven and Earth are full of the glory of Thy Majesty.
Hosanna to the Son of David

Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God.

Verily Holy and Blessed art Thou, O God the Father Almighty,
who didst send Thine Only-Begotten Son
to take upon Him our nature,
and to die for the sins of the whole world;
Who by His Cross and Passion
bare the burden of our sins,
and offered the one only atoning sacrifice,
by that Oblation of infinite worth,
Christ the Lord, and our Eternal Redeemer:
Who, the day before He suffered,
in the same night in which He Was betrayed,
took bread into his Holy and Venerable Hands, and,
giving thanks, blessed and brake, and gave it to his disciples, saving: Take eat this is My Body, which is given for you;
Do this for a commemoration of Me.

Likewise, after supper, He took the cup, saying:
This is the cup of the new covenant in My Blood,
which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins;
Do this as oft as ye drink it, for a commemoration of Me.

As often as ye eat this Bread, and drink this cup,
ye do shew forth the Lord’s death until He come in glory from the Heavens.

Thus doing, Most Holy Father,
with these Thy Holy Gifts, which we now offer unto Thee,
we shew forth the death of Thine Only-Begotten Son,
by which we were redeemed,
as He commanded us to do until He Himself should come;
Having in remembrance His Glorious Passion,
and Resurrection, and Ascension;
Rendering unto Thee most hearty thanks
for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same.
And we most humbly beseech Thy Divine Majesty
that Thou wouldst send down Thy Holy Ghost,
with the fullness of Thy blessing,
upon these Thy Gifts and Creatures of Bread and Wine;
That we, receiving them according to our Saviour Jesus Christ’s Holy Institution,
may be partakers of His Most Blessed Body and Blood.

Graciously hear us, O Holy Lord. our God,
and through these Thy Good Gifts, sanctified by Thee,
grant unto us, Thine unworthy servants,
Thy Blessing unto the Life Eternal.

From the Mexican Episcopal Church

The Lord’s Prayer

Mindful of the Divine Command, let us, dearly beloved Brethren, offer the Prayer which Christ taught His disciples.

Music: N Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
Adapted: D Stancliffe and D Hill

The Breaking of the Bread

The President breaks the consecrated bread

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

The Giving and Receiving of Communion

For most of us participating at home, this will be a very strange experience of being invited to Communion not through the physical bread and wine we can touch but a Spiritual Communion with the God who always comes to meet us wherever we are.

There are no special words or prayers for this, all the Church has ever thought necessary is true desire, lively faith and genuine love. Come honestly before God the way you know how. You may like to listen to the music or pray quietly one of these prayers to help you: 

Lord, you stand at the door of my heart and knock. You wait for me and only I can let you in. I believe and trust in you and ask you now to fill me with presence. Feed me with your body and unite me in your blood, that I may be your blessing to a world in need. Amen.

Confession of St Thomas Jn. 20:28

How generous is your goodness, O God,
how great is your salvation,
how faithful is your love;
help us to trust you in trial and praise you in deliverance;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A prayer for those in need of deliverance


Beati mortui in Domino morientes deinceps.
Dicit enim spiritus,
ut requiescant a laboribus suis
et opera illorum sequentuur ipsos.

Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord
from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit,
that they may rest from their labours;
and their words do follow them.

Revelation 14:13
Zwei Geistliche Chöre für vier Männerstimmen, Op. 115
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Recorded during lockdown by the Lay Clerks of Winchester Cathedral

The Prayer after Communion

The President may pray a post-communion prayer.


The Blessing

Go out into the world rejoicing, and encounter the Creator who waits to meet you there; savour its richness and diversity and live as those who praise God for its bounty; and the blessing of the Creator God, the Eternal Father, the Risen Son and the Promised Holy Spirit be upon you, that you might be a blessing to others today and always.

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa 

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

You are invited to Evening Prayer on Zoom.

Daily at 5:30pm: Join Evening Prayer via Zoom

Material used in this service is copyright the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England 2000
Hymns printed under CCLI 205165