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From the Book of Divine Worship - The Proper: First Part - The Holy Eucharist - Rite Two

A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.

The People standing, the Celebrant says:
Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be his kingdom,
now and for ever. Amen.

In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost:

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

In Lent and on other penitential occasions:

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins;
His mercy endures for ever.

The Celebrant may say:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: 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.

When appointed, the following hymn or some other song of praise is sung or said, all standing:

Glory to God in the highest,
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 on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

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

On other occasions the following is used:

Lord, have mercy.or Kyrie eleison.
Christ, have mercy. Christe eleison.
Lord, have mercy. Kyrie eleison.

Or this:

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.


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