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Commemoration of the Living

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Proper: First Part - The Holy Eucharist - Rite One - Roman Canon

Celebrant or one Concelebrant

Remember, O Lord, thy servants and handmaids [  and  ]

He prays for them briefly with hands joined. Then, with hands extended, he continues:

and all who here around us stand, whose faith is known unto thee and their steadfastness manifest, on whose behalf we offer unto thee, or who themselves offer unto thee, this sacrifice of praise; for themselves, and for all who are theirs; for the redemption of their souls, for the hope of their salvation and safety; and who offer their prayers unto thee, the eternal God, the living and the true.

United in one communion,* we venerate the memory, first of the glorious ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of our God and Lord Jesus Christ; ✝ of Joseph her spouse; as also of the blessed Apostles and Martyrs, Peter and Paul, Andrew, [James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon and Thaddaeus; Linus, Cletus, Clement, Xystus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian] and of all thy Saints: grant that by their merits and prayers we may in all things be defended with the help of thy protection.

* The prayer United in one communion has special forms on particular Feast Days:

  • On the Nativity of the Lord through the Octave

    United in one communion, we celebrate the most sacred day (most sacred night), whereon the undefiled virginity of blessed Mary brought forth the Savior of this world: we venerate moreover the memory, first, of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of the same our God and Lord Jesus Christ; ✝...

  • On the Epiphany of the Lord

    United in one communion, we celebrate the most sacred day whereon thine only-begotten Son, co-eternal with thee in thy glory, visibly appeared in the body, in the true substance of our flesh; we venerate moreover the memory, first, of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of the same our God and Lord Jesus Christ; ✝ ...

  • From the Easter Vigil to the Second Sunday of Easter, inclusive

    United in one communion, we celebrate the most sacred day (or most sacred night) of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh: we venerate moreover the memory, first, of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of the same our God and Lord Jesus Christ; ✝...

  • On the Ascension of the Lord

    United in one communion, we celebrate the most sacred day whereon our Lord, thine only-begotten Son, set at the right hand of thy glory the substance of our frailty united to himself: we venerate moreover the memory, first, of the glorious ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of the same our God and Lord Jesus Christ; ✝...

  • On Pentecost and its vigil

    United in one communion,we celebrate the most sacred day of Pentecost, whereon the Holy Spirit appeared to the Apostles in tongues innumerable: we venerate moreover the memory, first, of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of the same our God and Lord Jesus Christ; ✝...

With hands extended, he continues:

Celebrant alone

We beseech thee then,* O Lord, graciously to accept this oblation from us thy servants, and from thy whole family: order thou our days in thy peace, and bid us to be delivered from eternal damnation, and to be numbered in the fold of thine elect. [Through Christ our Lord.]

* The prayer We beseech thee then has special forms on particular Feast Days:

  • From the Easter Vigil until the Second Sunday of Easter inclusive, and on Pentecost and its Vigil

    We beseech thee then, O Lord, graciously to accept this oblation from us thy servants, and from thy whole family: we present it unto thee on behalf also of those whom thou hast vouchsafed to regenerate by water and the Holy Spirit, granting unto them remission of all their sins: order thou our days in thy peace, and bid us to be delivered from eternal damnation, and to be numbered in the fold of thine elect.

  • Maundy Thursday

    We beseech thee then, O Lord, graciously to accept this oblation from us thy servants, and from thy whole family in memory of the day when Jesus Christ, our Lord, gave the mysteries of his Body and Blood for his disciples to celebrate: order thou our days in thy peace, and bid us to be delivered from eternal damnation, and to be numbered in the fold of thine elect.

With hands outstretched over the offerings, he says:

Celebrant with Concelebrants

Vouchsafe, O God, we beseech thee, in all things to make this oblation blessed, approved and accepted, a perfect and worthy offering: that it may become for us the Body and Blood of thy dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

He joins his hands.

The words of the Lord in the following formulas should be spoken clearly and distinctly, as their meaning demands.

Who the day before he suffered, *

* On Maundy Thursday he says:

Who the day before he suffered to save us and all men, that is today,

He takes the bread and, raising it a little above the altar, continues:

took bread into his holy and venerable hands,

He looks upward.

and with eyes lifted up to heaven, unto thee, God, his almighty Father, giving thanks to thee, he blessed, broke and gave it to his disciples, saying:

He bows slightly.

Take this, all of you, and eat it:
this is my body which will be given up for you.

He genuflects, shows the consecrated Host to the People, places it on the paten, and again genuflects in adoration. Then he continues:

Likewise, after supper,

He takes the chalice, and, raising it a little above the altar, continues:

taking also this goodly chalice into his holy and venerable hands, again giving thanks to thee, he blessed, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

He bows slightly.

Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.

He genuflects, shows the Chalice to the People, places it on the corporal, and again genuflects in adoration.

Then he sings or says:

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

The People with Celebrant and Concelebrants:

[A] Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.
[B] Dying you destroyed our death,
rising you restored our life.
Lord Jesus, come in glory.
[C] When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,
until you come in glory.
[D] Lord, by your cross and resurrection
you have set us free.
You are the Savior of the world.

Then with hands extended, the Priest says:

Celebrant with Concelebrants

Wherefore, O Lord, we thy servants, and thy holy people also, remembering the blessed passion of the same Christ thy Son our Lord, as also his resurrection from the dead, and his glorious ascension into heaven; do offer unto thine excellent majesty of thine own gifts and bounty, the pure victim, the holy victim, the immaculate victim, the holy Bread of eternal life, and the Chalice of everlasting salvation.

Vouchsafe to look upon them with a merciful and pleasant countenance; and to accept them, even as thou didst vouchsafe to accept the gifts of thy servant Abel the Righteous, and the sacrifice of our Patriarch Abraham; and the holy sacrifice, the immaculate victim, which thy high priest Melchisedech offered unto thee.

Bowing, with hands joined, he continues:

We humbly beseech thee, almighty God, command these offerings to be brought by the hands of thy holy Angel to thine altar on high, in sight of thy divine majesty; that all we who at this partaking of the altar shall receive the most sacred Body and Blood of thy Son,

He stands up straight and makes the sign of the cross, saying:

may be fulfilled with all heavenly benediction and grace. [Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.]

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