25 June 2012

Saving Lost Language

An issue with the BDW is the loss of well-beloved language from the BCP Eucharistic rite that is powerfully written upon each Anglican heart.  Within the celebration of Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament it could be possible to retrieve some of this lost language by gathering it together and using it as the first prayer after the singing of "O Saving Victim".

This is my private attempt to rescue some of this language drawing principally from the traditional South African Eucharistic Prayer with a phrase from the post-communion.  Prior to this prayer there is a bidding/introduction adapted from a Scottish original together with a form of the Grace taken from an Anglican liturgy from India. What I have put together here is meant as an illustration to encourage such an effort in the revision of the BDW or the generation of particular rites and services for the Ordinariates and Anglican Use parishes.

It is merely a first effort at illustrating how we might save otherwise lost Anglican language of prayer.  Following the normal form for Benediction after "O Saving Victim"/O Salutaris Hostia, then the celebrant would continue with the following:

LET us lift up our hearts unto the Lord, and by faith behold the Lord Jesus and adore Him here, for He abideth in his Most Blessed Sacrament.  By God the Father and through the Holy Spirit, may we worship Christ's Most Holy Face and draw virtue from the Lord himself to quicken and conserve our souls and bodies unto eternal life.

 As the celebrant says the form of The Grace, the suggestion is to make the Cross upon one's forehead at the mention of the Father, and a Cross upon the mouth at the mention of the Son (the Word), and a Cross upon the heart at the mention of the indwelling Spirit.

The love of God the Fa+ther; the grace of the only-begotten S+on; and the fellowship and indwelling of the Holy Spi+rit be with you all, my brethren, for ever.
And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.
.....ALL Glory and Thanksgiving be to thee, Almighty God our heavenly Father, for that thou of thy tender mercy didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to take our nature upon him, and to suffer death upon the Cross for our redemption; who (by his one oblation of himself once offered) made a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death, until his coming again.
.....And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences.
.....O merciful Father, we most humbly beseech thee to hear us; for we entirely desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; beseeching thee to grant, that by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ,  and through faith in his blood, we and all thy whole Church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion.
.....And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee.
.....Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, we thy humble servants, having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, do render unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same
.....And, looking for his coming again with power and great glory, we offer here unto thy divine majesty this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life and everlasting salvation made known to us in the Eucharistic Sacrifice of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ who here abideth with us; and we humbly beseech thee to pour thy Holy Spirit upon us and upon all who rejoice in his holy fellowship, the Communion of Saints, the blessed company of all faithful people; that we may worthily worship and adore the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son, and be fulfilled with thy grace and heavenly benediction; through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, and through whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end.  Amen.

Benediction may continue with a Litany, the Rosary, or other prayers.

+Patrimonia Anglicana populus noster est.