Disert Missal - Celtic Catholic Church USA

Holy Eucharist - A Celtic Advent Service

 

A celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the Celtic Tradition for the season of Advent:

Waiting and listening for God

 

Opening words

Celebrant

            The God of love is with us.

People

            The Spirit of love is in us.

Celebrant

            Blessed be the one God, whose prophets foretold the coming of the Light;

People

And blessed be the Son, whose coming we await.

 

The Lightning of the Three Lights

Celebrant

            We will light a light in the name of the Maker –

People

            God who spoke in the silence and gave the gift of sound.

Celebrant

            We will light a light in the name of Christ –

People

            Jesus, whose human ears heard the sounds of his Father’s creation.

Celebrant

            We will light a light in the name of the Spirit –

People

            The Holy One who speaks to us with a still, small voice.

 

Opening Prayer

Celebrant

The Lord be with you.

People

            And also with you.

 

Celebrant

            Let us pray.

Almighty and eternal God, to you our hearts are open and our inmost desires known; we cannot hide our most intimate secrets from you. We ask you to be present at all times in our thoughts and our hearts and to purify them, so that we may love you with the love of the Spirit and praise your name with humility and joy, through Christ our Lord.

All

            Amen.

 

A Hymn of Praise

Celebrant

            Let us praise the Holy One in the words of Mary.

All

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

            He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel, for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.

 

A prayer for the day

Celebrant

The Lord be with you.

People

An also with you.

 

Celebrant    

            Let us pray

Grant all your faithful, powerful God, the desire to come and meet Christ when He comes and by doing good works we might be seated at his right hand in your heavenly kingdom, through our Lord Jesus name.

All

            Amen

The First Reading

            (After reading…)

All

            Thanks be to God.

The Second Reading

            (After reading…)

All

            Thanks be to God.

The Gospel

Deacon or Celebrant

            The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…

People

            Glory to you, Lord Christ.

(Here the Gospel is read – after the reading..)

Deacon or Celebrant

            The Gospel of the Lord.

People

            Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

The Sermon

 

An Affirmation of Faith

Celebrant

            Let us join in affirming our faith in God.

All

            We believe in God above us,

Maker and sustainer of all life,

Of sun and moon, of water and earth,

Of male and female.

We believe in God beside us, Jesus Christ,

The word made flesh,

Born of a woman, servant of the poor,

Tortured and nailed to a tree.

A man of sorrows, he died forsaken.

           He descended into the earth to the place of death.

           On the third day he rose from the tomb.

           He ascended into heaven, to be everywhere present,

           And his kingdom will come on earth.

           We believe in God within us,

           The Holy Spirit of Pentecostal fire,

           Life-giving breath of the church,

           Spirit of healing and forgiveness,

           Source of resurrection and of eternal life. Amen.

 

The prayers of the People

Celebrant

With prayers for a world waiting in hope, let us turn to the Lord, and we shall be saved.

Intercessor

For the church, still waiting for unity, still hoping for renewal. May all the faithful be blessed by the sound of the Gospel proclaimed to the ends of the earth.

People

           Come, Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Intercessor

 For all nations, still waiting for peace, still hoping for an end to war, still searching for common ground. May all peoples be blessed by the sound of understanding between clans and tribes, rulers and races.

People

          Come, Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

 

 

 

Intercessor

For those who have lost hope, still waiting for a job, still hoping for a cure, still searching for a place to call home. May those without joy this season be blessed by the sound of God’s promise for them fulfilled.

People

         Come, Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Intercessor

For travelers and visitors, families and friends, still waiting for welcome, still hoping for reconciliation, still searching for a way to mend what has been broken. May everyone we encounter this season be blessed by greetings of peace, compassion, and hospitality.

People

          Come Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Intercessor

For the sick and the dying and those who care for them, still waiting for results, still hoping for a miracle, still searching for courage and comfort, including those we now name, ________________________________.  May all the sick be blessed by the sound of God’s healing word and the                     strength of our prayers.

People

           Come, Lord Jesus, hear our prayers.

Intercessor

For the dead – loved ones whom we miss this season, forgotten ones who died alone, innocent ones caught in the crossfire of violence, including those we now name______________________. May all who have died be blessed by the sound of God welcoming them home.

People

          Come, Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Celebrant

You are near to us, Lord, as close to us as the child in the womb of her mother. And yet we wait in expectant hope for your coming. Attune our ears to hear your voice in all those we meet, and open our eyes to see your abiding presence in our world. Hear our prayers and makes us turn to you that we may leap for joy at the sound of your saving word, Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us, for ever and ever.

People

        Amen.

 

Confession and Forgiveness

Celebrant

As we await the coming of Jesus, so we often wait for others to forgive us. Our sin separates us from God and from one another. Let us forgive our brothers and sisters and confess our own sin together.

All

God of all people, as we await once again the birth of your love in our hearts, we confess that we have lost sight of that love. In this busy season we turn away from pain and poverty, we avoid the sick and the lonely, and we ignore the outcast and the oppressed. Have mercy on us and give us the strength to truly welcome Christ into our hearts and to live our lives according to your will. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Celebrant

The Lord enrich us with grace, and further us with heavenly blessing. The Lord defend us in adversity and keep us from all evil. The Lord receive our prayers and graciously absolve us from our offenses. In God’s name we pray.

All

            Amen.

 

Sharing the Peace

Celebrant

            God makes peace within us.

People

             Let us claim it.

Celebrant

              God makes peace between us.

People

               Let us share it.

Offertory

Deacon/Helper

                -Brings gifts and does the collect

Celebrant

                - Washes hands and prepares the altar

 

The Great Thanksgiving

Celebrant

                The Lord be with you.

People

             And also with you.

Celebrant

             Lift up your hearts.

People

             We lift them up to the Lord.

Celebrant

             Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People

             It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrant

            All things are yours, O god of all creation,

People

            And so we return our gifts of treasure to you.

Celebrant

Blessed are you, O God of creation, through whose goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made;

People

           May it become for us the bread of life.                                                        

Celebrant

Blessed are you, O God of creation, through whose goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands;

People

           May it become for us the cup of blessing.

Celebrant

           Receive these gifts, dear God, and accept in them the sacrifice of ourselves.

People

           In life and in death may we be an offering to you for ever.

 

Celebrant

We offer you praise and hearts lifted high, O God, who is father of all life and of all sound. Though our days vanish like mist, and the sounds of the earth fade away in the distance, still your spirit is within all life, and every human soul is born of your likeness. And so with the whole created order, with the stars that silently glisten with life’s glory, with the wind that howls and the gentle breeze that whispers, with the trumpets of heaven’s messengers and the echo of the saints, we join in the song of your unending greatness:

 

The Sanctus

All

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 

The Eucharistic Prayer

Celebrant

Blessed are you, O God, whose wisdom from above has inspired men and women through the ages to fulfill on each your purposes-to hear the cry of the poor, to act with mercy, and to live together in gentleness and peace. We bless you for the coming of Christ, who in life and in death embodied the law of love. By his rising again, he has saved our souls from despair, and by the gift of the Holy Spirit, he has given us courage and hope to face the forces of evil and death that rage around and within us.

On the night he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, and having blessed it, e broke the bread, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat, this is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way he took wine, and having given thanks for it, he shared it with his disciples, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

People

Remembering his eternal self-giving, we proclaim the mystery of Christ among us. Made one with him, and one with each other, we offer these gifts, and with them ourselves, a single, holy living sacrifice.

Celebrant

O God, whose generosity is unbounded and who wills that we should lack no good thing, bless this bread and this wine with your holy spirit, that in receiving them into ourselves we may be made whole again, strengthened not merely to hear the truth, but to do it, and be blessed in our doing through Christ, by whom, with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is your, almighty God, world without end.

All

           Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Celebrant

           And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we pray:

All

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

 

The breaking of the bread

Celebrant

           The spirit we await is with us in the bread.

People

            The voice of the holy one speaks to us in this cup.

 

The sharing of a holy meal

             -all receive communion-

 

The closing prayers

Celebrant

             Let us stand and join in thanking God for this holy meal.

All

O God, we have heard your call to us, and we have responded by gathering in your name to await your voice.

Help us to listen to your presence in silence and in sound – the voices of your people, the noises of your animals, the music of creation – that, reconnected with you and one another through this holy meal, we may hear the voice which calls us home to you, our creator, redeemer, and sanctifier. Amen.

Celebrant

Lord of all light, as we go forth into the world, we extinguish the lights that here represent the presence of the holy in our midst,

People

But we will carry the light in our hearts, and we pray as we go about our work in the world, we will shine with the love of God. Amen.

 

The Blessing

Celebrant

May the wonderful counselor guide you, the mighty God protect you, the everlasting Father be with you, and the prince of peace comfort you. And the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be upon you now and ever more.

All

            Amen

 

The Dismissal

Celebrant

             Let us go forth with joy to love and serve the Lord.

People

             Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

         

 

 

                                                                                               

                                                                                        

          

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