Monday, March 4, 2013

"Rite 3" Based on Herbert's Afflictions

I composed the following Eucharist Prayer based on Afflictions IV by George Herbert for a Eucharist on his feast day earlier this month...

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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 God thanks and praise.

It is right to praise you, God, who planted Paradise, where at first we lived in pleasure, and where you shared with us all delights. Yet we grew wanton, brought about your displeasure, and the ground of paradise was no longer firm. Still you remained our anchor, strengthening us in every age, when waves rose against us, and tempest raged around us. And so we join the saints and angels in proclaiming your glory, as we

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,
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.

So that we might not part, so that as we at first did live with you we might do so again. You tasted our misery. Came to know our joy and grief. Came to furnish a table.

A table you, Jesus, prepared on the night before you were handed over to suffering and death. You took bread and gave thanks. You broke the bread and shared it with your friends, saying: "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this
for the remembrance of me."

Then you took a cup of wine, gave thanks, and shared it, saying: "Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."

We remember your death.
We celebrate your resurrection.
We wait your coming again.

Accept, O Lord, our sacrifice of praise, this memorial of our

Send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts.
Let them be for us your Body and Blood.
Let them afflict and shake us so we fasten closer to you.
Let them destroy our wantonness and kindle our curiosity.
Holy Spirit so temper joy and grief that all things shine your glory.

We ask through Jesus, the Son, in unity with the Spirit,  in the glory, of the Father; Eternal Trinity. AMEN

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

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