Holy Communion (2) on Wednesday 17th February 2021

ASH WEDNESDAY 2021
HOLY COMMUNION

Please stand.
GREETING
Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you all.
And also with you.

Good morning…

COLLECT FOR PURITY
Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom 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 PRAYERS OF PENITENCE
Hear these commandments which God has given to his people, and take them to heart:

  1. I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods but me.
    We shall love the Lord our God with all our heart,
    with all our soul,
    with all our mind,
    and with all our strength.
  2. You shall not make for yourself any idol.
    God is Spirit,
    and we who worship him
    must worship him in spirit and in truth.
  3. You shall not dishonour the name of the Lord your God.
    We shall worship him with reverence and awe.
  4. Remember the Lord’s day, and keep it holy.
    Christ is risen from the dead:
    We will set our minds on things that are above,
    not on things that are on the earth.
  5. Honour your father and your mother.
    We will live as servants of God,
    honouring all people,
    and loving our brothers and sisters in Christ.
  6. You shall not commit murder.
    We will be reconciled to our brothers and sisters,
    overcoming evil with good.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
    We remember that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
  8. You shall not steal.
    We will be honest in all that we do,
    and care for those in need.
  9. You shall not be a false witness.
    We will speak the truth.
  10. You shall not covet anything which belongs to your neighbour.
    We remember the words of our Lord Jesus:
    It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,
firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments
and to live in love and peace:

Please sit or kneel.
In the wilderness we find your grace:
you love us with an everlasting love.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

There is none but you to uphold our cause;
our sin cries out and our guilt is great.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Heal us, O Lord, and we shall be healed;
Restore us and we shall know your joy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy on 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. Amen.

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE GOSPEL
Hear the Gospel of our Saviour Christ according to St Luke,
chapter 15, beginning at verse 11
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Then Jesus said, ‘There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.” So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and travelled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, “How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.’ ” So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!” And they began to celebrate. ‘Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, “Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.” Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, “Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!” Then the father said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.” ’
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

THE SERMON

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Father, we pray for your holy catholic Church:
that we all may be one.
We pray that all members of your Church would truly and humbly serve you:
that your name would be glorified by all people.
We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons:
that they may be faithful ministers of your word and sacraments.
We pray for all who govern and hold authority in nations of the world:
that there may be justice and peace on earth.
Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake:
that your glory may be proclaimed through our lives.
Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble:
that they may be delivered from their distress.
We praise you for your saints who have entered their eternal joy.
May we also come to share in the fullness of your kingdom.
In a few moments of silence, we pray for our own needs and for those of others …

silence

Merciful Father, accept these our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE EXHORTATION
Dearly beloved in the Lord, you who intend to come to the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ must consider how Saint Paul urges everyone to think very carefully about their life, before they eat the Bread and drink from the Cup.

For although it will do us good if we receive the Holy Sacrament with a sorrowful heart and deep faith, equally it will do us harm if we receive the Holy Sacrament carelessly or thoughtlessly.

Be first to judge yourselves, brothers and sisters, so that God is not required to judge you. Admit your sins, and turn away from them. Deepen and strengthen your faith in our Saviour Christ. Change your life, and make peace with all people. By doing these things, you will be ready to receive Holy Communion.

But most importantly, give humble and genuine thanks to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, for saving the world by the suffering and death of our Saviour Christ, who is both God and man, and who humbled himself—to the extent that he died upon the Cross—for us sinners, who live in darkness and in the shadow of death. He died so that we might become the children of God, and receive eternal life.

And in order to help us remember the depth of love shown by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ when he died for us, and the unlimited benefits that his death has achieved for us, he instituted this Sacrament, as a guarantee of his love, and as an ongoing reminder of his death, from which we should take comfort.

To him, therefore, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, let us give spiritual thanks (as we ought to do), by dedicating every part of our life to him, and by studying to serve him in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life. Amen.

Please remain seated.
THE PEACE
Being justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

The Celebrant will prepare the Holy Table.

Be present, be present,
Lord Jesus Christ,
our risen high priest;
make yourself known in the breaking of bread. Amen.

THE TAKING OF THE BREAD AND WINE
Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us
therefore let us celebrate the feast.

SURSUM CORDA
The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.
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.

Father, almighty and everliving God,
at all times and in all places
it is right to give you thanks and praise:
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who was in every way tempted as we are, yet did not sin;
by whose grace we are able to overcome all our temptations:
And so with all your people,
with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
for ever praising you and singing:
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!

Blessed are you, Father,
the creator and sustainer of all things;
you made us in your own image,
male and female you created us;
even when we turned away from you,
you never ceased to care for us,
but in your love and mercy you freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving your only begotten Son to become man
and suffer death on the cross to redeem us;
he made there the one complete and all-sufficient sacrifice
for the sins of the whole world:
he instituted, and in his holy Gospel commanded us to continue,
a perpetual memory of his precious death
until he comes again.

On the night that he was betrayed he took bread;
and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take, eat,
this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup;
and when he had given thanks to you,
he gave it to them, saying, Drink this, all of you,
for this is my blood of the new covenant
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

Therefore, Father, with this bread and this cup
we do as Christ your Son commanded:
we remember his passion and death,
we celebrate his resurrection and ascension,
and we look for the coming of his kingdom.

Accept through him, our great high priest,
this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving;
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts,
grant by the power of the life-giving Spirit
that we may be made one in your holy Church
and partakers of the body and blood of your Son,
that he may dwell in us and we in him:
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory are yours, Almighty Father,
for ever and ever. Amen.

As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say
Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory
for ever and ever. Amen.

THE BREAKING OF BREAD
The bread which we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.
We being many are one body, for we all share in the one bread.

Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God,
who has taken away the sins of the world.
Happy are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word and I shall be healed.

THE COMMUNION
Please remain at your seat.
If you have received bread (and wine)
please reverently consume it now.

THE GREAT SILENCE
In order not to distract those around you during this time of prayer,
please maintain complete silence.

PRAYERS AFTER COMMUNION
Almighty God,
you have given your only Son to be for us
both a sacrifice for sin and also an example of godly life:
Give us grace
that we may always most thankfully receive
these his inestimable gifts,
and also daily endeavour ourselves
to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food
of the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

THE BLESSING
Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,
to deny yourselves,
and to take up your cross and follow him:
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

THE DISMISSAL
In this season of Lent, go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.