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Commemoration of the Living

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

Celebrant or one Concelebrant:

Remember, Lord, your people, especially those for whom we now pray, [  and  

He prays for them briefly with hands joined.

Then, with hands extended, he continues:

Remember all of us gathered here before you. You know how firmly we believe in you and dedicate ourselves to you. We offer you this sacrifice of praise for ourselves and those who are dear to us. We pray to you, our living and true God, for our wellbeing and redemption.

Celebrant or one Concelebrant:

In union with the whole Church* we honor Mary the ever-virgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God.

* Special form of In union with the whole Church (Communicantes) is used as indicated:

  • Christmas and during the octave

    In union with the whole Church we celebrate that day (night) when Mary without loss of her virginity gave the world its Savior. We honor Mary, the ever-virgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God.

  • Epiphany

    In union with the whole Church we celebrate that day when your only Son, sharing your eternal glory, showed himself in a human body. We honor Mary, the ever-virgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God.

  • Maundy Thursday

    In union with the whole Church we celebrate that day when Jesus Christ, our Lord, was betrayed for us. We honor Mary, the evervirgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God.

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

    In union with the whole Church we celebrate that day (night) when Jesus Christ, our Lord, rose from the dead in his human body. We honor Mary, the ever-virgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God.

  • Ascension

    In union with the whole Church we celebrate that day when your Son, our Lord, took his place with you and raised our frail human nature to glory. We honor Mary, the ever-virgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God.

  • Pentecost

    In union with the whole Church we celebrate that day when the Holy Spirit appeared to the apostles in the form of countless tongues. We honor Mary, the ever-virgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God.

We honor Joseph, her husband, the apostles and martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew, [James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Batholomew, Matthew, Simon and Jude; we honor Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian] and all the saints. May their merits and prayers gain us your constant help and protection. [Through Christ our Lord.]

With hands extended, he continues: (Celebrant alone)

Father, accept this offering from your whole family.* Grant us your peace in this life, save us from final damnation, and count us among those you have chosen.
He joins his hands.
[Through Christ our Lord. Amen.]

* Special form of Father, accept this offering (Hanc igitur) is used as indicated:

  • Maundy Thursday

    Father, accept this offering from your 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. Grant us ...

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

    Father, accept this offering from your whole family, and from those born into the new life of water and the Holy Spirit, with all their sins forgiven. Grant us ...

With hands outstretched over the offerings, he says: (Celebrant with Concelebrants)

Bless and approve our offering; make it acceptable to you, an offering in spirit and in truth. Let it become for us the body and blood of Jesus Christ, your only Son our Lord.
He joins his hands.
[Through Christ our Lord. Amen.]

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

The day before he suffered, *
* but this on Maundy Thursday:
The day before he suffered to save us and all men, that is today, ...

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

he took bread into his sacred hands

He looks upward.

and looking up to heaven, to you, his almighty Father, he gave you thanks and praise. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:

He bows slightly.

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

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

When supper was ended,

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

he took the cup. Again he gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples, and said:

He bows slightly.

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

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

Then he sings or says:

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

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

Father, we celebrate the memory of Christ, your Son. We, your people and your ministers, recall his passion, his resurrection from the dead, and his ascension into glory; and from the many gifts you have given us we offer to you, God of glory and majesty, this holy and perfect sacrifice: the bread of life and the cup of eternal salvation.

Look with favor on these offerings and accept them as once you accepted the gifts of your servant Abel, the sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith, and the bread and wine offered by your priest Melchisedech.

Bowing, with hands joined, he continues:

Almighty God, we pray that your angel may take this sacrifice to your altar in heaven. Then, as we receive from this altar the sacred body and blood of your Son,

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

let us be filled with every grace and blessing.

He joins his hands.

[Through Christ our Lord. Amen.]

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