19 June 2012

From St. Augustine's Prayer Book

from The Order for Holy Mass
The Order of the Holy Cross (Episcopal Church USA), 1957


The most perfect of vocal prayers is now said, acting to close the Canon and to begin the Communion section of the rite.  The breaking of the Host, symbolizing the suffering of Christ, is the third traditional element of the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

LET us pray.  And now, as our Saviour Christ hath taught us, we are bold to say,

OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, (R.) But deliver us from evil. (For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.)

The Priest continues secretly:
DELIVER us, we beseech thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come : and at the intercession of the blessed and glorious Ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with thy blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and with Andrew, and with all Saints, give peace graciously in our days, that we being holpen by the succour of thy mercy, may both always be free from sin and safe from all disquietude.

Here He Breaks the Host

Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord.  Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God,

V. World without end.
R. Amen.

Signing thrice over the cup with a small particle of the broken Host, he greets the People with our Lord's Resurrection salutation:

V. The peace of the Lord be always with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

He puts the particle of the Host into the Cup, saying secretly:
MAY this mingling and consecration of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord be unto us who receive it an approach to everlasting life. Amen.

Bowing and striking his breast, the Priest says with the People:

O LAMB of God, that takest away the sins of the world...

At Sung Masses, the "O Lamb of God" is sung by the People while the Priest continues the Communion prayers which follow.

O LORD Jesus Christ, who saidst unto thine Apostles, Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you : regard not my sins, but the faith of thy Church ; and grant to it that peace and unity which is according to thy will. Who livest and reignest world without end.  Amen.

Here at High Mass, the Kiss of Peace is Given

O LORD Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, whom the Father with the Holy Ghost hath willed by death to make the world to live : by this most holy Body and Blood of thine, set me free from all my sins, and from all evil things : and make me in such wise ever to abide in thy commands that I may never be separated from thee.  Who livest and reignest, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.

Here follows the Prayer of Humble Access.


The Priest now takes the Sacred Host, saying:
I WILL receive the bread of heaven and call upon the Name of the Lord.

Then, striking his breast, he says thrice:
LORD, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof, but speak the word only and my soul shall be healed.

Here the bell is rung thrice to call attention to the fourth traditional element of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, viz. the Communion.  This bell also is a signal for intending Communicants to approach the altar.  If you are to receive, rise and go to the rail here without delay.

The Priest receives the Sacred Host, saying:
The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life.

He gathers the crumbs from the coporal, saying:
What reward shall I give unto the Lord for all the benefits that he hath done unto me?  I will receive the cup of salvation and call upon the Name of the Lord.  I will call upon the Lord which is worthy to be praised, so shall I be safe from mine enemies.

He receives the Precious Blood, saying: 
The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life.

+Deo gratias.