Entrance Psalm or Hymn
As the ministers go in procession to the entrance of the sanctuary, the congregation stands and sings either the following Psalm (A) or Hymn (B):
(A) Psalm 67
May God be gracious to us and bless us
may God’s face shine on upon us.
So shall you rule be known upon the earth,
your saving power among all the nations.
May the peoples praise you, God;
all the peoples praise you!
May the nations be glad and shout for joy;
for you govern the peoples justly,
you guide the nations upon the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
may all the peoples praise you!
The earth has yielded its harvest:
God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still,
that the ends of the earth may revere our God.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
Cel: I have entered your house, O Lord, and have worshiped before your throne. O King of heaven, forgive all my sins.
Cong: O King of heaven, forgive all our sins.
Cel: Pray to the Lord for me.
Cong: May the Lord accept your offering and have mercy on us through your prayer.
Cel: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
Cel: O Eternal One, though you are concealed from the angels in heaven, you willed to assume a human body from mortal Adam. Grant that we may join the worship of the heavenly choirs and give you thanks and praise. To you, O Christ, who live and reign with your Father and your Holy Spirit, be glory, for ever.Cong: Amen.
Cel: Peace be with the Church and her children
Hymn of the Angels
Cong: Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth and good will to all.
PRAYER OF FORGIVENESS (HOOSOYO)
Cel: To the praise and glory of the Most Holy Trinity.
Cel: May we offer glory, praise, and honor to the Sun of justice and light. He enlightened those who sit in darkness, and with the brightness of his splendor he give joy to all creatures. To Christ, the good One, are due glory and honor, on this day and all days of our lives, now for ever.
Cel: O radiant Light, you gave joy to creation by your true appearance; by your spiritual light you illuminated those in heaven and on earth. The angels praise you, the archangels proclaim your glory, and the cherubim and seraphim extol you.
Show your kindness to your holy Church which you have saved by your victorious cross. Have mercy on us all and guide us on the path of your commandments. Redeem those who, in their trials, stumble. Cure the sick, comfort the suffering, and raise up those who have fallen victim to sin. In your heavenly dwelling places grant rest to the faithful places grant rest left this world for you. In their company, we glorify and thank you, O Christ, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, now for ever.
The congregation sits and the hymn is then sung.
Cong: O Eternal and hidden One, the angels praise you in the heights, and the invisible hosts sing your glory in heaven. O creator of all, you established the universe from nothing, and set into it both spiritual and visible beings.
Behold, Christ is distributed by human hands. He allowed himself to become a sacrifice for the sake of sinners that they may live by him.
In his mercy, he gave the priesthood the power to break his body and to give his living blood for the Church, his bride.
O Savior of all, you chose us to minister at your mysteries, to carry your body and blood within the church with solemnity and dignity.
Hear the cry of our voices; accept this sacrifice we offer you, and, through it, grant pardon to sinners who beg your mercy.
Cel: O heavenly High Priest, you offered yourself to your FAther as a pleasing sacrifice. By you and through you our petitions are accepted and our shortcomings are forgiven. Make us worthy of the glorious day of your appearance. We glorify you, O Christ, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
The congregation stands and the Trisagion is then sung three times.
Cel: Holy are you, O God. Holy are you, O Strong One. Holy are you, O Immortal One.
Cong: Have mercy on us.
Cel: O holy and immortal Lord, sanctify our minds and purify our consciences, that we praise you with pure hearts and listen to your Holy Scriptures. To you be glory, for ever.
SERVICE OF THE WORD
Psalm of the Readings
All sit for the psalm of the readings.
Cong: God, whom Moses saw in the bush and Ezekiel upon the chariot, is offered upon the altar; the people receive him and through him life.
Cel: God, whom the cherubim and seraphim serve with great fear, is offered upon the altar; the people receive him and through him life.
Cong: You accepted the offerings made by the righteous before us, Lord. Now accept our offering, comfort us, and be attentive to our prayers.
Reader: A reading from the ...
The reader then asks for the celebrant’s blessing:
Reader: Father, give your blessing.
The celebrant blesses the reader. The reader then continues:
Reader: Brothers and sisters ...
The reader concludes the reading by singing or saying:
Reader: Praise be to God always!
Meanwhile, the congregation stands and sings:
Cong: Alleluia! Alleluia!Cantor: “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:28)
Deacon: Before the good news of our Savior, announcing life to us all, let us offer this incense. O Lord, we ask for your mercy.
The celebrant burns incense while two subdeacons (servers) hold lighted candles on each side of the Book of Gospels.
Cel: Peace be with you.
Cong: And also with you.
Cel: Let us be attentive to the gospel of life and salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ as recorded by the (evangelist Mark/Luke) (apostle Matthew/John).
The celebrant incenses the Book of Gospels three times. Meanwhile, the deacon proclaims:
Deacon: Remain silent, O Listeners, for the holy gospel is about to be announced to you. Listen and give glory and thanks to the living Word of God.
The celebrant begins the gospel using one of the following:
A. When the words of the Lord begin the reading: The Lord Jesus said...
B. When the gospel is from Mark or Luke: The Evangelist said...
C. When the gospel is from Matthew or John: The Apostles said...
At the conclusion of the gospel, he sings or says:
Cel: This is the truth. Peace be with you.
Cong: Praise and blessings to Jesus Christ for his living word to us.
The congregation sits. The celebrant then gives a homily based on the readings and the liturgy of the day.
At the conclusion of the homily, the congregation stands and sings or says the Creed.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the 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, one in Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered, died, and ware buried.
On the third day he rose again
in fulfillment of 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 and the Son,
with the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified,
He has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
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