Welcome to online worship. You can follow this celebration of the Eucharist online wherever you are.
At the heart of the service is communion but communion we cannot physically share and so we are invited to each make a spiritual communion as the Prayer Book teaches.
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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For all the saints who from their labours rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesu, be for ever blest.
Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might;
thou, Lord, their captain in the well fought fight;
thou in the darkness drear their one true light.
O may thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
and win, with them, the victor’s crown of gold.
O blest communion! Fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
The golden evening brightens in the west;
soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest:
sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.
But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
the saints triumphant rise in bright array:
the King of glory passes on his way.
From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Words: W Walsham How (1823–97) Tune: Engelbert
In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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.
We run the race set before us,
surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.
Therefore let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which clings so closely,
bringing them to Jesus in penitence and faith.
Jesus said to his apostles, ‘You are my friends if you obey my commands.’ Let us now confess our disobedience to him.
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. Amen.
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.
A period of silent prayer is introduced.
The Collect of the day is said and all respondAmen.
The Liturgy of the Word
Sit comfortably to listen to God speaking through the Scriptures.
The Old or New Testament
A reading from Scripture may be read
This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
You may wish to stand for the Gospel.
An acclamation may be said or sung
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew Glory to you, O Lord.
At the end
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Canon Nick Fennemore, Cathedral Chaplain
We are invited to pray for the Church, the wider world, and one another. If you have a particular prayer request, please write it on any of our social media channel Interactive Prayer Stations, or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Encouraged by our fellowship with all the saints, let us make our prayers to the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ.
This or an alternative response may be used.
Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer.
At the end
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Liturgy of the Sacrament
The President introduces the peace and then says
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
The Lord be with you And also with you
Lift up your hearts We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God It is right to give thanks and praise
The President prays the Eucharistic Prayer proper to the season, praising God for His mighty acts, where all say together the Sanctus and Benedictus in this or another form
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord Hosanna in the Highest
The President prays the remainder of the Eucharistic Prayer recalling the Last Supper. This acclamation or another may be used
Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died Christ has risen Christ will come again The prayer ends
Amen or Blessing and honour and Glory and power be yours forever and ever. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
After the introductory words
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
In union, O Lord with the faithful at every altar of thy Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer thee praise and thanksgiving. I present to thee my soul and body with the earnest wish that may always be united to thee. And since I can not now receive thee sacramentally, I beseech thee to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to thee, and embrace thee with all the affections of my soul. Let nothing ever separate thee from me. May I live and die in thy love. Amen.
Traditional Anglican form for use by armed forces
Motet: ‘Tu es Petrus’ by Maurice Duruflé,
sung by The Boy Choristers of Winchester Cathedral Choir