The Eucharist on Trinity Sunday

The Eucharist on Trinity Sunday
Sunday 7th June 2020

You can follow this special online Eucharist for Trinity Sunday at your own pace, 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.

You may not want to stand or kneel as usual, but find a comfortable position that helps you. Perhaps think about how you hold your hands, such as holding them palms upwards, to offer thanksgiving and 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

The Opening Hymn

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy, there is none beside thee
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessèd Trinity!

Words: Reginald Herber (1783-1826) Tune: Down Ampney 137 NEH
tr. Richard Frederick Littledale (1833-90) Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

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.

Holy, holy, holy. When our eyes have seen the Lord of hosts
we echo the words of Isaiah, ‘Woe is me! I am doomed’.
We long for the fire of God’s cleansing to touch our unclean lips,
for our iniquity to be removed and our sins wiped out.
So we meet Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with confession on our lips.

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.

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.

The Collect

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 listent 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

The Collect

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.

The Intercessions

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 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 your Son,
our saviour Jesus Christ,

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

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 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 

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

Amen or:
Blessing and honour
and glory and power
be yours forever and ever. Amen

The Eucharistic 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 the Armed Forces

The Prayer after Communion

Let us pray
The President may pray a post-communication 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.

The Blessing and Dismissal

The President pronounces God’s Blessing

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