6. The Eucharist of the Present Day

This service comes from The Book of Alternative Services (BAS) of Canada. It uses Eucharistic prayer No. 2 which is based on the Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus (c.215). There are six Eucharistic prayer in the Canadian BAS based on different traditions. Other present day services may be used as considered appropriate. This service is provided only to complete the series for those who may not have the Canadian BAS available.

The Holy Eucharist

Based on The Book of Alternative Services, 1985

Anglican Church of Canada

Page 185

The Gathering of the Community

* All stand. The presiding celebrant greets the community.

Celebrant: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

People: And with you also.

Celebrant: Almighty God,

All: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


* The following may be said except not through Advent or Lent, when the Kyrie Eleison may be used.

Celebrant: 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 sin of the world: have mercy upon us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, your alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Or the following,

Kyrie Eleison

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

The Collect for the Day

The Proclamation of the Word

The Readings

The first reader: A reading from ...

* At the conclusion of the passage, the reader says,

The word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Silence may be kept, or a psalm may be said as appointed.

The second reader: A reading from ...

* At the conclusion of the passage, the reader says,

The word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Silence may be kept, or a psalm may be said as appointed.

* All stand for the Gospel.

Reader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Reader: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to ...

* At the conclusion of the Gospel, the reader says,

The Gospel of Christ.

People. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


The Nicene Creed

Celebrant: Let us confess our faith, as we say,

All: We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge on baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Prayers of the People

as appropriate or as usual.

Confession and Absolution

Celebrant: Dear friends in Christ, God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy; he welcomes sinners and invites them to his table. Let us confess our sins confident in God's forgiveness.

* Silence is kept.

Celebrant: Most merciful God,

All: we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy upon us and forgive us, the we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.

Celebrant: Almighty God have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People: Amen.

The Peace

* All stand.

Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People: And also with you.

* The members of the community, ministers and people, may greet one another in the name of the Lord.

The Celebration of the Eucharist

The Preparation of the Gifts (The Offertory)

* It is appropriate that a hymn be sung during the offertory. Representatives of the people may present the gifts of bread and wine for the Eucharist (with money and other gifts for the needs and responsibilities of the Church) to the deacon or celebrant before the Altar.

The Prayer over the Gifts.

* When the gifts have been prepared, the celebrant may say the Prayer over the Gifts, following which the people say, Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord.

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

People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrant: We give you thanks and praise, almighty God, through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer. He is your living Word, through whom you created all things.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh of the Virgin Mary and shared our human nature. He lived and died as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

In fulfilment of your will he stretched our his hand in suffering, to bring release to those who place their hope in you; and so he won for you a holy people.

He chose to bear our griefs and sorrows, and to give up his life on the cross, that he might shatter the chains of evil and death, and banish the darkness of sin and despair. By his resurrection he brings us into the light of your presence.

Now with all creation we raise our voices to proclaim the glory of your name.

All: 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.

Celebrant: Holy and gracious God, accept our praise, through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; who on the night that he was handed over to suffering and death, took break and gave thanks, saying, "Take, and eat: this is my body which is broken for you." In the same way he took the cup, saying, "This is my blood which is shed for your. When you do this, you do it in memory of me."

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection, we offer you this bread and this cup, giving thanks that you have made us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you.

We ask you to send your Holy Spirit upon the offering of your holy Church. Gather us into one all who share in these sacred mysteries, filling them with the Holy Spirit and confirming their faith in the truth, that together we may praise you and give your glory through your Servant, Jesus Christ.

All glory and honour are yours, Father and Son, with the Holy Spirit in the holy Church, now and for ever.

People: Amen.

Celebrant: As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,

All: Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as is heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

* Silence.

The Breaking of the Bread

Celebrant: We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

All: We, being many, are one body, for we all share in one bread.

* The celebrant invites the people to share in communion and may say,

The gifts of God for the People of God.

All: Thanks be to God.

* The celebrant and people receive communion. The sacrament is given with the following words.

The body of Christ (given for you).

The blood of Christ (shed for you).

* The communicant responds each time, Amen.

A hymn or anthem may be sung

Prayers after Communion

Celebrant: Let us pray.

* Standing the community prays in silence. The celebrant may say the Prayer after Communion appointed for the day. At the conclusion of the prayer, the congregation says, Amen.

* Then the following doxology may be said.

Celebrant: Glory to God,

All: whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen.


* The celebrant may bless the people. The deacon, or other leader, dismisses the people, saying in these or similar words,

Go forth in the name of Christ.

People: Thanks be to God.

A hymn may be sung

Copyright 1985 by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada