This morning we had a United Eucharist for all the chapels I have pastoral care of in order to celebrate the Feast of Christ the King – the traditional final feast of the Church year, as we make to start a new Church year with Advent, as we remember the future coming of the King in glory, and look forward to his nativity when he came as one of us. It was a wonderful time of great worship, and there was much positive comment afterwards. Sadly, I was preaching from sparse notes and once again forgot to record myself, so I can’t provide my sermon, but I can share the Eucharistic Prayer I wrote for the occasion:
The Lord be with you. 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 our thanks and praise. It is indeed right that at all times and in all places we should give you our thanks and praise, most holy and loving God. In the beginning you ordered the whole of creation into being, and decreed that humanity be made as an image of yourself. As your people wandered from your truth you continued to make known your love to them, proclaiming your law through men and women of prophesy, wisdom, justice and humility. Then, when the time was right, you sent your Son to be our Saviour, that through his words and actions he might announce your Kingdom, and that through his death upon the cross and resurrection from the tomb he might open the Kingdom to all creation throughout eternity. Therefore with saints and angels, with the choirs of heaven and your whole church on earth, we join the eternal song of praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessèd is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. We praise you, most holy and loving God, that on the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus Christ gave us a tangible sign of his Kingdom. We remember that we took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take this and eat. This is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ Therefore, in remembrance of his self-giving we offer you these gifts, and we offer you ourselves, as we declare the mystery of our faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. Pour out your Holy Spirit, upon these gifts of bread and wine and upon us, that they may be for us the body and blood of Christ and that through them we may be united with him, with each other, and with the whole church, that we may be witnesses to your Kingdom now, and enter with your whole creation into the Kingdom established in eternity. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever. Amen.
© 2013 Thomas J. Osborne
As ever, please do feel free to use this prayer in worship should you feel a desire to do so. Please simply acknowledge my authorship as given above. I reserve my rights as the author in all circumstances other than use in worship.