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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Go forth and tell! O church of God, awake!
God’s saving news to all the nations take;
proclaim Christ Jesus, saviour, Lord, and king,
that all the world his worthy praise may sing.
Go forth and tell! God’s love embraces all;
he will in grace respond to all who call:
how shall they call if they have never heard
the gracious invitation of his word?
Go forth and tell! The doors are open wide:
share God’s good gifts let no one be denied;
live out your life as Christ your Lord shall choose,
your ransomed powers for his sole glory use.
Go forth and tell! O church of God, arise!
go in the strength which Christ your Lord supplies;
go till all nations his great name adore
and serve him, Lord and king for evermore
James Edward Seddon (1915-1983) Tune: Woodlands
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.
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
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.
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. Amen.
A period of silent prayer is introduced.
The Collect of the day is said and all respond Amen.
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 up for the Gospel
An acclamation may be said or sung
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Nn Glory to you, O Lord.
At the end
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Canon Andy Trenier, Canon Precentor and Sacrist
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.
In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,
let us pray to the Father.
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 you 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 some words 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
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;
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 is risen Christ will come again
The prayer ends
Blessing and honour and glory and power be yours forever and ever. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
Traditional Anglican form for use by armed forces
Sung by the Boy Choristers of Winchester Cathedral
Ave, ave verum Corpus
Natum de Maria Virgine,
Vere passum, immolatum
In cruce pro homine,
Cujus latus perforatum
Fluxit aqua et sanguine:
Esto nobis praegustatum
In mortis examine.
O dulcis, O pie!
O Jesu Fili Mariae. Amen.
Hail, the true body,
born of the Virgin Mary,
Who truly suffered, sacrificed
on the cross for man,
Whose pierced side overflowed
with water and blood
Be for us a foretaste
In the test of death.
O sweet, O merciful!
O Jesus, Son of Mary. Amen.
The Prayer after Communion
Let us pray
The President may pray a post-communion prayer and then
Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work
to your praise and glory.
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 your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate 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 give 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 Christ our Lord. Amen.