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31st January – Online Service (Text File)

Holy Communion
for The Presentation
of Christ in the Temple

The Greeting
In the name of the Father
and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.
All Amen.
The Lord of glory be with you.
All And also with you.
The president welcomes everyone and introduces the Liturgy

Prayers of Penitence
The president says
Hear the words of our Saviour Jesus Christ:
‘I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me shall never walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life.’
Let us therefore bring our sins into his light
and confess them in penitence and faith.

All Father eternal, giver of light and grace, we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour, in what we have thought,
in what we have said and done, through ignorance, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love,
and marred your image in us. We are sorry and ashamed,
and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us, forgive us all that is past; and lead us out from darkness
to walk as children of light.

May the God of all healing and forgiveness
draw you to himself, and cleanse you from all your sins
that you may behold the glory of his Son, the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gloria in Excelsis
All 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.

The Collect
The president introduces a period of silent prayer
Let us pray that we may know
and share the light of Christ.
Silence is kept. The Collect is said and all respond
All Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word
First Reading
Malachi 3:1-5.

Second Reading
Hebrews 2:14-18.

At the end of each the reader says
This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading
Luke 2:22-40.
Alleluia, Alleluia.
This child is the light to enlighten the nations,
and the glory of your people Israel.
All Alleluia.
The Lord be with you.
All And also with you.
Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
All Glory to you, O Lord.
At the end
This is the gospel of the Lord.
All Praise to you O Christ.

The Sermon

The Creed
All I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Prayers of Intercession
This response may be used
Lord, in your mercy
All Hear our prayer.
At the end
Merciful Father,
All accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament
The Peace
In the tender mercy of our God
the dayspring from on high has broken upon us,
to give light to those who dwell in darkness
and in the shadow of death
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
All and also with you.
Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Preparation of the Table
Taking of the Bread and Wine
The president takes the bread and wine and says
Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power,
the glory, the splendour, and the majesty;
for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
All All things come from you,
and of your own do we give you.

Heavenly Father,
as your Son Jesus Christ was presented in the Temple,
let our offering today be acceptable to you
and grant that we may see in him, who is our salvation,
the glory of your people and the light of all the nations;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
All Amen.

The Eucharistic Prayer
The Lord is here.
All His Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
All We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All It is right to give thanks and praise.
It is indeed right and good,
always and everywhere to give you thanks and praise
through Jesus Christ, who is one with you from all eternity.
For on this day he appeared in the temple
in substance of our flesh
to come near to us in judgement.
He searches the hearts of all your people
and brings to light the image of your splendour.
Your servant Simeon acclaimed him
as the light to lighten the nations
while Anna spoke of him
to all who looked for your redemption.
Destined for the falling and rising of many,
he was lifted high upon the cross
and a sword of sorrow pierced his mother's heart
when by his sacrifice he made our peace with you.
And now we rejoice and glorify your name
that we, too, have seen your salvation
and join with angels and archangels
in their unending hymn of praise:
All Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

We praise and bless you, loving Father,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord;
and as we obey his command,
send your Holy Spirit,
that broken bread and wine outpoured
may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.
On the night before he died he had supper with his friends
and, taking bread, he praised you.
He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.
When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.
Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,
in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice
made once for all upon the cross.
Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,
we proclaim his death and resurrection
until he comes in glory.
All Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.
Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.
Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms and bring us with the Holy Family, Simeon and Anna,
and all the saints to feast at your table in heaven.
Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father, for ever and ever.
All Amen.
Silence may be kept.

The Lord’s Prayer
Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us, let us pray as our Saviour has taught us:
All Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Breaking of the Bread
The president breaks the consecrated bread
We break the bread of life,
and that life is the light of the world.
All God here among us,
light in the midst of us,
bring us to light and life.

Agnus Dei
All Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

Giving of Communion
The president says the invitation to communion
God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.
All Jesus Christ is holy,
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Prayer after Communion
All Lord, you fulfilled the hope of Simeon and Anna,
who lived to welcome the Messiah:
may we, who have received these gifts beyond words,
prepare to meet Christ Jesus when he comes
to bring us to eternal life;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Final Responsory
The Nunc Dimittis is said
All Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep may rest in peace.

1 Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.
2 My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
3 A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.
All Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

All Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.

Father, here we bring to an end our celebration of the Saviour’s birth.
All Help us, in whom he has been born,
to live his life that has no end.
Here we have offered the Church’s sacrifice of praise.
All Help us, who have received the bread of life,
to be thankful for your gift.
Here we have rejoiced with faithful Simeon and Anna.
All Help us, who have found the Lord in his temple,
to trust in your eternal promises.
Here we have greeted the Light of the world.
All Help us never to forsake the light of Christ.
Here we now stand near the place of baptism.
All Help us, who are marked with the cross,
to share the Lord’s death and resurrection.
Here we turn from Christ’s birth to his passion.
All Help us, for whom Lent is near,
to enter deeply into the Easter mystery.

The Sending Out
The Blessing
Christ the Son of God, born of Mary,
fill you with his grace to trust his promises
and obey His will;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
All Amen.

The Dismissal
Go in the light and peace of Christ.
All Thanks be to God.

Extracts from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England are copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000 and are reproduced by permission.