Although I'd intended to make this Great Thanksgiving more generic for the Sundays of Easter, it focuses on the Easter Day texts plus a couple of hints from Holy Week. I like the drama of positioning the verba after the Sanctus; the triple epiclesis parallels the one in the canon I wrote for Nativity 2007; the doxology is Revelation 7:12. You are welcome to rearrange the elements of the prayer for your preferences, as well as adding or subtracting to your taste; if you print it, please credit this blog.• The Lord be with you.
• And also with you.
• Lift up your hearts.
• We lift them to the Lord.
• Let us give thanks to God.
• We rejoice to offer thanks and praise!
This is the feast of victory for our God, alleluia!
This is the feast of victory for all creation, alleluia!
Lord God, you created the heavens and stretched them out,
you spread out the earth and all that grows from it,
you gave a portion of your Spirit to all creation, alleluia!
You have parted the waters and saved us, confirming the covenant made in your blood.
Now you have brought former things to pass
and you have made all things new, alleluia!
Jesus Christ, our Paschal Lamb, has died for our sins; Christ has been buried and has been raised from the grave, alleluia!
Christ has ransomed us with his blood and has washed away our guilt; he has annihilated the powers of darkness and death and opened the gates of heaven, alleluia!
You have made for us a feast of fat things and well-aged wines, alleluia!
You have given us water and bread and fruit of the vine as signs of your presence among us, alleluia!
And so with the hosts of heaven and with all creation in every time and every place we sing:
Holy are you, God of mercy, glory and love, and blessed is Jesus, your Son. He came to earth and lived among us as one of us, he died for all on Calvary Hill, and was raised from death for the life of the world; he ascended to reign in justice and righteousness.
With the Church in all the ages we proclaim the mystery of faith:
• Dying you destroyed our death;
• Rising you restored our life;
• Lord Jesus, come in glory!
On the night of betrayal and desertion, our Lord Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me."Come, Spirit of Holiness; come upon all creation everywhere and upon this assembly;
In the same way after supper, he also took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes again in glory.
Come, Holy Spirit; sanctify these gifts of grain and fruit of the vine uniting us with all creation;
Come, Spirit of Life and bless our feasting at this table of reconciliation
that baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Spirit we may live as the just and righteous presence of the Crucified and Risen One...
Praise and glory,
wisdom and thanksgiving,
honor and power and
strength to our God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
endlessly throughout eternity,
Alleluia, Amen, Alleluia!!!
© leah chang 2009-2013