Holy Thursday 

Mass of The Lord's Last Supper
and Chrism



Begin with a brief explanation of this particular Eucharist, with its particular traditions, and then a moment of prayerful silence, then...

Bishop:  The grace of the great God be upon you.

All:  The grace of the Virgin Mary’s Son be upon you.

 

Invocation

Bishop:  God is Love, and all who worship must worship in Spirit and Truth (+Crossing him/herself), in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All:  Amen.

 

The Asperges

(Bishop sprinkles us with Holy Water)

(Bishop makes the sign of the cross over self with the holy water.)

Bishop:  May the Lord purify me that I may worthily perform His service.

(Sprinkling the middle of altar and chancel to left and right)

Bishop:  In the strength of the Lord do I repel all evil from His holy altar and sanctuary,

(Then turning to sprinkle the community and the room continues)

Bishop:  And from this holy house here to serve His purposes, and wherein we worship Him.

(Turning attention back to the altar and returning the sprig to the bowl of water)

Bishop:   And I pray our heavenly Father the He will send His holy angels to build for us a spiritual temple through which His strength and blessing may be poured forth upon His people, through Christ our Lord.

All:  Amen.

Bishop:  The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

Bishop:  Eternal Word, You are the Light of the World, shining beyond the heavens, radiant sun, illuminating all regions, above, below, across.  True light, enlightening every person coming into the world, You dispel the darkness of our hearts, and enlighten us with the splendor of Your glory.  We sense Your Presence in this very moment.  Bless, we pray, this day, as we proclaim Your Presence and Your power.

All:  Amen.

 

Prayer in the Spirit of St. Pádraig’s Breastplate.

 

Priest/Deacon:  (+) I bind unto myself today the strong Name of the Trinity, by invocation  of the same, the Three in One and One in Three.

All:  I bind this day to me forever, by power of faith, Christ’s Incarnation;  His baptism in the Jordan River, His death on the cross for my salvation; His bursting from the spiced tomb;  His riding up the heavenly way; His coming on the day of doom; 

Priest/Deacon   I bind unto myself today, the great love of the Cherubim; the sweet “Well done” in judgment hour;  the service of the Seraphim, Confessors’ faith, Apostle’s word, the Patriarch’s prayers,  the Prophet’s scrolls; all good deeds unto the Lord, and purity of virgin souls.

All:  I bind unto myself today the virtues of the starlit heaven, the glorious sun’s life-giving ray, the whiteness of the mood at even, the flashing of the lightning free, the whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks, the stable earth, the deep salt sea, around the old eternal rocks.

Priest/Deacon  I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead, His eye to watch, His might to stay, His ear to hearken to my need.  The wisdom of my god to teach, His hand to guide, His shield to ward; the Word of God to give me speech, His heavenly host to be my guard against the demons snares of sin, the natural lusts that war within,

All:  the hostile ones that mar my course, few or many, far or nigh, in every place, and in all hours, against their fierce hostility, I bind to me these holy powers against all Satan’s spells and wiles, against false words of heresy, against the knowledge that defiles,

Priest/Deacon against the heart’s idolatry, against the wizard’s evil craft, against the death wound and the burning, the choking wave and poisoned shaft, protect me Christ till Your returning.

All:  Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Priest/Deacon I bind unto myself today, the strong Name of the Trinity

All:  by invocation of the Same:  the Three in One and One in Three, of Whom all nature has creation:  Eternal Father, Word and Spirit!  Praise to the Lord of my salvation!  Salvation is of Christ the Lord!

 

ALL: Amen.

 

PENITENTIAL RITE

Bishop:  Let us pray.

Bound in love to the Triune God, let us call upon the Lord of our salvation and recollect in silence those times when we have failed to live as beings created for Love, either because of that, which we have done, or for that which we have failed to do. 

 

(Silent pause for examination of conscience)  

Bishop: Christ, my Druid!      All:   Have mercy.

Bishop: Christ, my Druid!     All:    Have mercy.

Bishop: Christ, my Druid!     All:    Have mercy.

 

Bishop:  We pray together then to the God of Mercies…

All:  I confess to Almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sister, that I have sinned through my own fault; in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do.  And I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.  Amen.

Bishop:  Amen!  Rejoice, you angels and saints in heaven, as Christ has taught us you would—even over one repentant sinner.  And let us celebrate my sisters and brothers, together with our god Who rejoices with us like the woman whose coin had been lost and is found... Holy Triune God,  You Who welcome us as we are, have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and be revealed to us in the celebration of this liturgy.  We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

 

OPENING PRAYER

Bishop: Jesus Christ has made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father: glory and honor be his for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy God, we come before you as your Church to recommit ourselves to you and your holy will.

Bishop:  GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST!

All:   And peace to His people on earth. 

Lord God, Heavenly King, Almighty God and Father

we worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory!  

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father! 

Lord God, Lamb of God! 

You take away the sins of the world, Lord, have mercy on us.
You are seated at the right hand of the Father, receive our prayer--

for You alone are The Holy One,

You alone are the Lord,

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.  

Amen

Bishop: Let us pray.    (Pause for silent prayer)

Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit you anointed your only Son Messiah and Lord of creation; you have given us a share in his consecration to priestly service in your Church. Help us to be faithful witnesses in the world to the salvation Christ won for all mankind. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

LITURGY OF THE WORD

 

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READINGS FOR THE 

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Reading I

Ex 12:1-8, 11-14

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,
“This month shall stand at the head of your calendar;
you shall reckon it the first month of the year.


Tell the whole community of Israel:
On the tenth of this month every one of your families
must procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.
If a family is too small for a whole lamb,
it shall join the nearest household in procuring one
and shall share in the lamb
in proportion to the number of persons who partake of it.


The lamb must be a year-old male and without blemish.
You may take it from either the sheep or the goats.
You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month,
and then, with the whole assembly of Israel present,
it shall be slaughtered during the evening twilight.


They shall take some of its blood
and apply it to the two doorposts and the lintel
of every house in which they partake of the lamb.
That same night they shall eat its roasted flesh
with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

“This is how you are to eat it:
with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand,
you shall eat like those who are in flight.
It is the Passover of the LORD.


For on this same night I will go through Egypt,
striking down every firstborn of the land, both man and beast,
and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt—I, the LORD!
But the blood will mark the houses where you are.
Seeing the blood, I will pass over you;
thus, when I strike the land of Egypt,
no destructive blow will come upon you.

“This day shall be a memorial feast for you,
which all your generations shall celebrate
with pilgrimage to the LORD, as a perpetual institution.”

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18.

R.              Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

REPEAT:   Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.


How shall I make a return to the LORD
           for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
           and I will call upon the name of the LORD.


R. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.


Precious in the eyes of the LORD
           is the death of his faithful ones.
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
           you have loosed my bonds.


R. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.


To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
           and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
           in the presence of all his people.


R. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

Reading II

1 Cor 11:23-26

Brothers and sisters:
I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,
that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over,
took bread, and, after he had given thanks,
broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

 

 

Verse Before the Gospel

I give you a new commandment, says the Lord:
love one another as I have loved you.  Jn 13:34

(The Priest stands before the altar and says:)

Bishop: I weave a silence into my mind. I weave a silence onto my lips.

I weave a silence within my heart. I close my ears to confusion.

I close my eyes to enticements. I close my heart to temptations.

Calm me, my Savior, as you stilled the storm.

Comfort me, my Redeemer, keep me from destruction.

Let all turmoil within me cease.  Enfold me, Lord Christ, with your peace.

Gospel

Jn 13:1-15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.


So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power
and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and dry them with the towel around his waist.


He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
“Master, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later.”


Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him,
“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
Simon Peter said to him,
“Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.”
Jesus said to him,
“Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
           for he is clean all over;
so you are clean, but not all.”
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

So when he had washed their feet
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’  and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

HOMILY

 

RENEWAL OF COMMITMENT TO PRIESTLY SERVICE

 

Bishop: My dear sisters and brothers, today we celebrate the memory of the first Eucharist, at which our Lord Jesus Christ shared with his apostles and with us his call to the priestly service of his Church. Now, in the presence of your bishop and God’s holy people, are you ready to renew your own dedication to Christ as priests of his new covenant?

 

Priests: I am.

 

Bishop: At your ordination you accepted the responsibilities of the priesthood out of love for the Lord Jesus and his Church. Are you resolved to unite yourselves more closely to Christ and to try to become more like him by joyfully sacrificing your own pleasure and ambition to bring his peace and love to your brothers and sisters?

 

Priests: I am.

 

Bishop: Are you resolved to be faithful ministers of the mysteries of God, to celebrate the Eucharist and the other liturgical services with sincere devotion? Are you resolved to imitate Jesus Christ, the head and shepherd of the Church, by teaching the Christian faith without thinking of your own profit, solely for the well-being of the people you were sent to serve?

 

Priests: I am.

 

Bishop addresses the people: My brothers and sisters, pray for your priests. Ask the Lord to bless them with the fullness of his love, to help them be faithful ministers of Christ the High Priest, so that they will be able to lead you to him, the fountain of your salvation.

 

People: Lord Jesus Christ, hear us and answer our prayer.

 

Bishop: Pray also for me that despite my own unworthiness I may faithfully fulfill the office of apostle which Jesus Christ has entrusted to me. Pray that I may become more like our High Priest and Good Shepherd, the teacher and servant of all, and so be a genuine sign of Christ’s loving presence among you.

 

All: Lord Jesus Christ, hear us and answer our prayer.

 

Bishop: May the Lord in his love keep you close to him always, and may he bring all of us, his priests and people, to eternal life.

 

All: Amen.

 

The profession of faith and general intercessions are omitted.

 

 

PROCESSION WITH THE OILS AND THE GIFTS

 

(When in community, after the renewal of commitment to priestly service, the deacons and ministers appointed to carry the oils or, in their absence, some priests and ministers together with the faithful who will carry the bread, wine, and water, go in procession to the sacristy or other place where the oils and other offerings have been prepared. Returning to the altar, they follow this order: first the minister carrying the vessel of balsam, if the bishop wishes to prepare the chrism, then the minister with the vessel for the oil of the catechumens, if it is to be blessed, the minister with the vessel for the oil of the sick, lastly a deacon or priest carrying the oil for the chrism. The ministers who carry the bread, wine, and water for the celebration of the Eucharist follow them.

During the procession through the church, the choir leads the singing of a hymn in place of the offertory song.)

 

PRESENTATION OF THE OILS AND THE GIFTS

 

 

+ Rite of Blessing of Oils and Consecrating the Chrism +

 

(Bishop approaches the table where the oils have been placed. One at a time, a pre-selected member of the Assembly approaches the table of oils and holds out one of the oils before the Assembly as it is blessed by Bishop.)

Blessing of the Oil of the Sick

 

Bishop: God of all consolation,

You chose and sent your Son to heal the world.

Graciously listen to our prayer of faith:

Send the power of your Holy Spirit, the Paraclete,

into this precious oil, this soothing ointment,

this rich gift, this fruit of the earth.

 

Bless this oil + and sanctify it for our use.

 

Make this oil a remedy for all who are anointed with it;

Heal them in body, soul, and in spirit,

And deliver them from every affliction.

 

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God forever and ever.

 

All: Amen!

 

Blessing of the Oil of Catechumens

 

Bishop: Lord God, Protector of all who believe in you,

Bless + this oil

And give wisdom and strength

to all who are anointed with it

in preparation for their baptism.

Bring them to a deeper understanding of the gospel,

Help them to accept the challenge of Christian living,

and lead them to the joy of new birth

in the family of your church.

 

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

All: Amen!

 

Consecration of the Chrism

Bishop pours the balsam into the Chrism oil in silence. Then says…

 

Bishop: Let us pray that God our All-Loving Creator

will bless this oil, so that all who are anointed with it

may be inwardly transformed

and come to share in eternal salvation.

 

Then Bishop breathes over the opening of the vessel of chrism, with hands extended says the following prayer of consecration:

 

Mother of All,

We thank you for the gifts

You have given us in your love:

We thank you for life itself and for the sacraments

that strengthen it and give it fuller meaning.

In the Old Covenant you gave your people

A glimpse of the power of this holy oil

And when the fullness of time had come

You brought that mystery to perfection

In the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.

 

By his suffering, dying, and rising to life

He saved the human race.

He send your Spirit to fill the Church

With ever gift needed to complete your saving work.

 

From that time forward,

Through the sign of holy chrism,

You dispense your life and love to humanity.

By anointing us with the Spirit,

You strengthen all who have been reborn in baptism.

Through that anointing

You transform them into the likeness of Christ your Son

And give them a share

In his royal, priestly and prophetic work.

All of people of the Assembly now raise both of their hands in blessing over the oil in silence as the bishop completes the prayer.

And so, Gracious God, by the power of your love,

Make this mixture of oil and perfume

be a sign and source + of your blessing.

 

Pour out the gifts of your Holy Spirit

On our sisters and brothers who will be anointed with it.

Let the splendor of holiness shine on in the world

From every place and thing signed with this oil.

 

Above all, O God, we pray

That through this sign of your anointing

You will open the way to new followers of your Way,

Until we reach the eternal glory where you, O God,

will be the All in All, together with Christ your Son,

In the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.

 

All: Amen.

 

THE OFFERING OF PEACE

 

Deacon:  Blessed be Almighty God--Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
 

All:  And blessed be God’s Kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

Deacon:  My brothers and sisters, the peace of Christ be with you.

All:  And also with you.

Deacon:  Let us offer one another the embrace of Peace.

 

THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

(The table/altar is prepared by deacon as the Offertory hymn is played.  Once the bord is prepared, the gifts are brought to the deacon.)

Bishop:  From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, God’s Name shall be magnified, and in every place incense shall be offered unto that holy Name and  pure offering.  There shall be heard in this place the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving into the house of the Lord.

Doxology

Bishop and ALL:   Praise God from who all blessing flow.  Praise Him all creatures here below.  Praise Him above you heavenly hosts.  Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

Bishop offers bread praying:    We adore You, O god, Who are the Source of all life and goodness and with true and thankful hearts we offer unto You this sign of Your Own life-giving gifts bestowed upon us, You Who are the Giver of all.

Deacon (mixes water with wine praying quietly):   According to immemorial custom, we now mix water with this wine, praying dear God that we may evermore abide in Christ and He in us.

Bishop (offers the wine):  We offer unto You, O God, this chalice with joy and gladness: may the worship we offer ascend before Your divine majesty as a sacrifice, pure and acceptable to Your sight, through Christ our Lord.

All:  Amen.

(Deacon or server brings Bishop the thurible with the lit incense.)

 

Bishop incenses the altar praying:  As this incense rises before You, O God, so let our prayer be set forth in Your sight.  Let Your holy angels encompass Your people and breathe forth upon them the Spirit of your Blessing.

(Bishop gives the incense to deacon or server who incenses bishop.) 

 

Deacon ( incenses the community, bowing before and after each incensing and praying):  May God enkindle us with the fire of Divine Love and the flame of everlasting Charity.

All:  Amen.

 

(Deacon/server assists Bishop in washing his hands.  While Bishop washes, he prays quietly:)

Bishop:  I will wash my hands in innocence O God, and so will I go to Your altar, that I may show the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works.

 

Orate Fratres

 

Bishop:  My sisters and brothers, pray that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to Almighty God.

All:  May God receive the sacrifice at your hands and sanctify our lives in holy service.

Bishop:  We lay before You, dear God, these Your creatures of bread and wine, in token of our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, for here we offer and present to You ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a holy and continual sacrifice unto You , that we, who are the very members incorporate in the mystical body of Your Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people, may hear His most joyful voice:   “Come unto Me, O you that are blessed of my Father and possess the kingdom which is prepared for you from the beginning of the world,”  through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God throughout all ages of ages.

All:  AMEN.

Bishop:  The Lord be with you.

All:  And also with you.

Bishop:  Lift up your hearts.

All:  We lift them up to the Lord.

Bishop: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

 

All: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

Bishop:  Living God, Giver of all holiness, Source of all Love, Foundation of all Wisdom, You take the dry bread of the earth and transform it into the Banquet of Heaven.  You take the good wine of creation and enliven us with the new life of Your spirit.

Indeed, we offer thanks and praise to You, living God, with hearts lifted high in the communion of Your Love, You draw us unto Yourself and toward one another, in Christ.

Who in the fullness of time You sent among us as Redeemer, Lord, and Anamchara, He was moved with compassion for the poor and the powerless, for the sick and the sinner.  He befriended the oppressed.  By His words and actions He proclaimed to the world Your Love for all humankind, like a Mother’s love for her children.

And so, Lord, You wipe away every tear from our eyes and turn our suffering into joy.  You enter the empty places of our hearts, and bring Your holy light into our darkness.  You take the broken pieces of our lives and restore us to a new creation.  You bring order out of chaos, saving us in Your Love—the Love of Christ crucified, the love which abides with us now, the love which carries us through death to resurrection.

All:  You are the fullness of our being.  You are the Mystery of our salvation. You are the All of our existence.

 

Bishop:  Therefore, with all creation that is around us, and all that is within us, our love, our hopes and our tears…

 

All:  We sing to You.

 

Bishop:  With the holy angels of light who watch over us, and with the whole company of heaven; with Your blessed ones, the saints, who have gone before us, and those who shall come after.

All:  We sing to You.

Bishop:  With our brothers and sisters, from east and west, and with our loved ones separate from us now, who yet in this mystery remain ever with us, we join with all creation and the choirs of angels in the song of Your unending greatness:

All:    Holy, Holy Holy Lord

        God of Power and Mighty

        Heaven and earth are full of Your glory

        Hosanna in the highest

        Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord.

        Hosanna in the highest!

 

PRAYER OF CONSECRATION

Bishop:  High King of the universe, Who sustains the worlds, Who brought forth the earth;  You breathe wisdom into all Your creatures, until we reflect Your love.  In our pain and sorrow we cry to Your tender Lamb, slain before the foundation of the world, perfect sacrifice for our sins.  Who in the night in which He was betrayed took bread and broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying,

“Take and eat of this all of you, for This is My Body which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of Me.”

In like manner He took the cup.  And after he had given thanks, He blessed it and gave it to His disciples, saying,

“Take and drink of this all of you, for This is My Blood, the Blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for all for the remission of sins.  As often as you do this, do it in remembrance of Me.”

For as often as we eat of this Bread and drink of this Cup we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 

Therefore, Heavenly God, with this bread and wine we remember the life our Lord offered for us.  And we pray that You will send Your Holy Spirit, the spirit of our Lord and of His resurrection, that these elements may become for us the Body(+) and Blood (+) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  In the Name of the Father, and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All:  AMEN.

 

Bishop:  Now let us pray the prayer that Jesus taught us.

 

Our Father…

 

Fracture and Lamb of God

 

(Deacon and Bishop break the Bread into pieces)

Bishop:  The Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world.

 

All:  Have mercy on us.

 

Bishop:  You, that take away the sins of the world,

 

All:  Receive our prayer.

 

Bishop:  You that sit at the right hand of God the Father,

 

All:  Grant us peace, for You alone are holy, You alone are Lord, You alone O Christ with the Holy Spirit are the most high in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

Communion Prayer

Bishop and All:    Lord, grant me, I pray You in the Name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, my God, through the receiving of this Blessed Sacrament, that love which knows no fall, so that my lamp may feel His kindling touch and know no quenching, may burn for me, and may give light for others.  O Lord Christ, Who are present in the bread and wine, bless the path on which we tread and guide us in the way to Your Kingdom.  Amen.

Bishop:  O Christ, Our Savior most sweet, deign to kindle our lamps through communion with You that they may shine continually in Your temple, and receive perpetual light from You, the Eternal Light, so that our darkness may be driven from us.  May we become broken bread and poured out wine, abiding in You, and You in us.

 

All:  Amen.

 

Bishop:  Risen Christ, we welcome You! 

You are the flowering bough of creation.  

From You cascades music like a million stars, truth to cleanse a myriad of souls.  From You flee demons, omens and all ill will. 

Around You rejoice the angels of light. 

Father, send us the tender Spirit of the Lamb; feed us with the Bread of Heaven; refresh us with the cup of salvation.

 

Bishop:  Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us!

 

All:  Therefore let us keep the feast.

 

Holy Communion.

Post-Communion Prayer

 

Bishopt sings:  Salvation is of the Lord!

All repeat:   Salvation is of the Lord!

Bishop:  Salvation is of the Christ!

 

Bishop:  Heaven is intertwined with earth.

 

All:  We have taken the Divine Life into ourselves.

 

Bishop: And so each may say:

 

B & ALL:  I rise up clothed in the strength of Christ. 

I am no longer imprisoned by sin.  I shall not be harmed by evil. 

I go clothed in Christ’s pure garments.

Bishop:  By the task that we have done we bind our souls to You, our Triune God.

 

Bishop and All:   Father, Son (+), and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

 

Benediction

 

Bishop:  May God bless you and keep you.  May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you, May God countenance be upon you and give you peace.  In the Name of the Father, the Son (+), and of the Holy Spirit.   

All:  Amen

 

Deacon:  Go in peace and in the strength of Christ.  Our Offering is complete.

 

All:  Thanks be to God!