30 July 2008

Postcommunion Prayer

from The Book of Common Prayer according to the Use in King's Chapel, Boston

King's Chapel, Boston is an unusual part of the Anglican diaspora having moved in the Unitarian direction away from credal Christianity long ago. They self-identify as "christian Unitarian in theology, Anglican in worship, ..." and publish a most interesting version of The Book of Common Prayer. I find especially interesting this postcommunion prayer which derives directly from an Anglican original:

O Lord and heavenly Father, mercifully accept our sacrifice of praise, and grant that looking unto Christ and entering into his fellowship, we may be changed into his likeness and with him pass from death to life. Here we offer and present to thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice, humbly beseeching thee that all we who are partakers of this holy communion may be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.