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Picture of Sweet KissingPicture of Christ the LightgiverAll Saints Old Catholic Church

An Old Catholic Church  located in Clarksville, Tennessee.  Married Clergy allowed. 

Ordination information, Old Catholic Church History, and more.

Old Catholic Diocese of the Holy Spirit of the Old Catholic Communion in North America

AKA as the Old Catholic Church of America Inc.*

 

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All Saints Independent Old Catholic Church

Independent Old Catholic Church  located in Clarksville, Tennessee.  Married and Female Clergy. 

Ordination information, Old Catholic Church History, and more.

Diocese of the Holy Spirit of the Old Catholic Church of North America

AKA as the Independent Old Catholic Church of America Inc.*

 

 

The following is the Liturgy currently in use at All Saints Church. Our particular denomination allows each parish to be flexible in the liturgy that they select. For example a parish might decide to use the Book of Common Prayer.

 

Pax,

 

Fr. Michael

 

 

 

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Entrance Song (Standing)

[ An entrance song is sung or an antiphon is recited as the priest and the ministers enter the church and process to the altar; after reverencing the altar, they go to their chairs.]

 

Greeting (Standing)

Celebrant: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. [ All together make the sign of the cross.]
All: Amen.

Celebrant: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

All: And also with you.

Or

Celebrant: The Lord be with you. [or Bishop: Peace be with you.]

All: And also with you.

 

Penitential Rite  (Kneeling)

Celebrant: As we prepare to celebrate the mystery of Christ's love, let us acknowledge our failures and ask the Lord for pardon and strength.

 

Form 1:

All: Almighty Father, You know my deepest secrets. I confess that I have, through my own fault, sinned against Your holy laws in my thoughts, in my words, and in what I have done or failed to do. I sincerely regret my sins and I am truly sorry for offending You. I ask, Father, that in Your mercy You pardon my sins. I promise to change my way of living so that through a deeper holiness I may better serve You throughout the rest of my life. I ask the Blessed Virgin Mary, all the saints and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord, our God.

Form II:

All: Most holy and merciful Father, we confess to you, to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed;  by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven. Have mercy on us sinners, O God. 

Celebrant: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive our sins and bring us to everlasting life. Amen

 

 (ALL Remain kneeling while the Bishop, when present, or the Priest alone, stands and says)

Bishop (or Priest): Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has left power to his Church to absolve all sinners who truly repent and believe in him, of his great mercy forgive you all your offenses; and by his authority committed to me, I absolve you from all your sins: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen

 

Kyrie (Kneeling)

[ The following acclamations are sung or recited, either in English or Greek.]

Celebrant: Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.
Celebrant: Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.
Celebrant: Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

 

Celebrant: Kýrie, eléison.

All: Kýrie, eléison.
Celebrant: Christe, eléison.

All: Christe, eléison.
Celebrant: Kýrie, eléison.

All: Kýrie, eléison.

 

 

Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling Holy Water (Standing)

[ This rite is commonly celebrated during the Easter Season, but may also be used at other times. When it is used, the Penitential Rite is omitted, and the Mass continues with the Gloria (on most Sundays and solemnities) or with the Opening Prayer (during Advent and Lent, and on weekdays).

Celebrant: Dear friends, this water will be used to remind us of our baptism. Let us ask God to bless it, and to keep us faithful to the Spirit he has given us. [ or similar words of introduction]

 

Celebrant: God our Father, your gift of water brings life and freshness to the earth; it washes away our sins and brings us eternal life. We ask you now to bless this water, and to give us your protection on this day which you have made your own. Renew the living spring of your life within us and protect us in spirit and body, that we may be free from sin and come into your presence to receive your gift of salvation. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

 

[ After blessing the water, the priest moves through the church sprinkling all of the people while an antiphon or other song is sung. When the sprinkling and the song is finished, the priest concludes this rite as follows:]

 

Celebrant: May almighty God cleanse us of our sins, and through the Eucharist we celebrate make us worthy to sit at his table in his heavenly kingdom. All: Amen.

 

Gloria  (Standing)

[ This ancient hymn of praise is used on all Sundays outside of Advent and Lent, on solemnities and feasts, and in solemn local celebrations. It is normally sung, preferably by the whole congregation, but may also be recited.]

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. Amen.

 

Opening Prayer  (Standing)

Celebrant: Let us pray.
[ After a time of silent prayer, the Priest sings or says the Opening Prayer, which is different for each Mass. At the end, the people proclaim their consent.]
All: Amen.

 

 

LITURGY OF THE WORD

 

First Reading (Seated)

Lector: A reading from the Book (or Letter, or Acts) of...
[ Different readings are prescribed for each day; after the lector ends, the people respond:]
Lector: The Word of the Lord.
All
: Thanks be to God!

 

Responsorial Psalm  (Seated)

[ The choir and/or cantor sing or recite the psalm; the people join in the repeated response.]

 

Second Reading  (Seated)

[ A second reading is prescribed for all Sundays and major feasts, but not for most weekdays or minor feasts. The lector's introduction and conclusion and the people's response are the same as in the First Reading.]

 

Alleluia or Gospel Acclamation or Hymn (Standing)

Choir or Cantor: Alleluia! All repeat: Alleluia!
Choir or Cantor: [ verse] All repeat: Alleluia!

[ During the Season of Lent, a different "Gospel Acclamation" is used. The celebrant may elect to substitute an appropriate hymn in place of the Alleluia]

 

Gospel  (Standing)

Before the Gospel Proclamation:
Celebrant:
The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.
Celebrant: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to...
All: Glory to you, Lord!

 

After the Gospel Proclamation:
Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.
All
: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Homily (Seated)

 

 

Profession of Faith (Standing)

[ On Sundays and solemnities, the Nicene Creed is normally recited by everyone after the homily. In celebrations of Masses with children, the Apostles' Creed may be used instead.]

 

 

Intercessions or Prayers of the People (Kneeling)

[Leader and People pray responsively as instructed by the leader. Or the leader may elect to use one of the following prayers [BCP 1979] ]

Lector: …let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer. [ or a similar response, repeated after each petition]

The Peace (Sanding)

Celebrant: Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles: I leave you peace, my peace I give you. Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom where you live for ever and ever.
All: Amen.

Celebrant: The Peace of the Lord be with you always.
All: And also with you.

Celebrant: : Let us offer each other a sign of peace.

 

Announcements (Seated) 

LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

Preparation of the Gifts (Seated)

[A psalm or hymn are sung at the preparation.  There may also be silence or instrumental music. The gifts are brought to the altar. If there is no singing during the presentation of the gifts, the priest may say the preceding prayers aloud, and the people may respond. But if a presentation song is being sung, the priest recites these prayers inaudibly, and the people's response is omitted.]

 

The celebrant takes the paten with the bread, holds it raised above the alter and says:

Celebrant: Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread  to offer, which earth has given  and human  hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life.

People: Blessed be God forever.

 

The deacon (or the celebrant) pours wine and, after blessing it, a little water into the chalice saying

Celebrant: By the mystery of this wine and + water may we come to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled Himself to share in our humanity.

 

The celebrant takes the chalice and holds it above the alter saying

Celebrant: Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become our spiritual drink.  

People: Blessed be God forever. 

 

He places the chalice on the corporal. Bowing, he says

Celebrant: Lord God, we ask You to receive us and be pleased with the sacrifice we offer You with humble and contrite hearts.

Extending his hands, he continues:

Celebrant: Come, Holy Spirit and bless + this sacrifice which we have prepared for the glory of Your Holy Name. Pray, brethren, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God,

the almighty Father.  

People: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our sake and the good of all his Church.

 

The celebrant stands to the side of the alter, washes his hands and says quietly

Lord, wash away my iniquity; cleanse me from my sin.

 

  

Prayer over the Gifts

[ The Priest sings or says this prayer, or the appointed prayer which is different for each Mass.]

Receive this offering, most Holy Trinity, which we make in memory of the passion, resurrection and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ and in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints. May they, whose memory we honor on earth, intercede for us in heaven.

All: Amen

 

 

The Holy Communion (Standing)

Celebrant:     The Lord be with you.

People:         And also with you.

Celebrant:     Lift up your hearts.

People:         We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant:     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:          It is right to give our thanks and praise

 

Preface [Now follows the first part of the Eucharistic Prayer, the Preface is said by the celebrant].

 

 

Sanctus

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing/say this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

 

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.

 

 

The Eucharistic Prayers  (Kneeling)

 

Eucharistic Prayer A (Old Catholic Church of Germany)

We give you thanks, O God, our Father, through your beloved Son, Jesus. You sent him in the fullness of time to be our Saviour and redeemer. As the angel of your holy will He is your eternal Word, inseparable from you. Through him you created everything, and you saw that it was good. He became human by the power of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary. You revealed him as your Son. To accomplish your will and to gather a holy people for you, he stretched out his hands in suffering, to bring release to those who place their hope in you. He gave himself freely to death to break the power of death, to shatter the chains of evil, to banish the darkness and to reveal the resurrection.

 

On the night he was handed over, he took bread and gave you thanks, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

[Sanctus Bells]

[He elevates the Host, genuflects in adoration and continues with his hands extended.]

After supper he like wise took the cup, and when he had given thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, saying, Take, drink, this is the cup of the new and eternal covenant, my blood which is shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.

[Sanctus Bells]

[He elevates the Chalice, genuflects in adoration and continues with his hands extended.]

Remembering, therefore, the death and resurrection of your Son, we bring you this bread and this cup and celebrate the mystery of our faith.

 

People: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.   

[At the following words concerning the bread and the wine,

the Celebrant is to hold it, or to lay a hand upon it;]

 

We thank you that you have made us worthy to stand before you and to serve you. We ask you, Send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts of +Bread and of +Wine, and upon the celebration of your Church. Gather it to unity at your Table. Strengthen it by your Spirit in its faith in you and keep it in the truth, that we may praise you and give you glory through your Son Jesus.

 

All:         Through Him, with Him, in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

                all honor and glory is Yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever . Amen

(Continue with the Lords Prayer)

 

Eucharistic Prayer B  (Union of Utrecht Canon)

Blessed are You God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of mercy and God of all consolation. For You so loved the world that You gave Your only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. He then established a lasting memorial of Your salvation. On the evening in which He willingly surrendered Himself, He took bread, gave You thanks, blessed it and broke it saying,

Take this all of you and eat it,

FOR THIS IS MY BODY

WHICH IS GIVEN FOR YOU.

[Sanctus Bells]

[He elevates the consecrated Host, replaces it on the paten and then genuflects in adoration.]

When supper had ended, He took the cup. In the same way He gave You thanks, blessed it, saying:

Take this all of you and drink from it:

FOR THIS IS THE CUP OF MY BLOOD; THE BLOOD

OF THE NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT,

WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY

FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.

As often as you do this, do it in remembrance of Me.

[Sanctus Bells]

[He elevates the Chalice, genuflects in adoration and continues with his hands extended.]

So, we recall before You, Father, the Incarnation of Your Son, His words and deeds, how He humbled Himself and obediently accepted death, even death on the cross. Therefore You have raised Him up and given Him a Name which is above every name so that in heaven and under the earth every knee shall bow and every tongue proclaim to the glory of God the Father that Jesus Christ is Lord. We offer this Sacrifice of Your Son before You, Father, with praise and thanksgiving and ask that You accept this oblation.   

[Extending his hands over the Oblation, the celebrant says]

Send Your Holy Spirit and fill these Gifts with His life-giving power that they may be for us the +Body and +Blood of Your dearly beloved Son. Grant that the Bread which we break may be the +Body of our Lord and the Cup over which we give thanks may be one with the +Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In the company of Mary, the Mother of God, with Your apostles and martyrs, with holy Willibrord and all the saints, together with N., our Presiding Bishop and N., our bishop and with all bishops, priests and deacons as well as Your whole Church we praise and glorify You and look forward to the coming of Your beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.

All:         Through Him, with Him, in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

                all honor and glory is Yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen

 

(Continue with the Lords Prayer on Page)

 

 

Eucharistic Prayer C: ( The Dutch Old Catholic Canon)

Blessed are You, Lord of all majesty and King of eternal glory through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ. In Him Your Word was made flesh. In Him the fullness of Your grace was revealed in splendor. In all things, He fulfilled Your will and glorified Your name. He proclaimed Your Kingdom to us. He Broke the power of darkness over us. He took our guilt upon Himself. He reconciled us to You and unlocked the new paradise for us. As the Way, the Truth and the Life, He has revealed Your love to us. He humbled Himself and became obedient even to death on a cross, and by rising restored our life.

 

On the night in which He was betrayed to undergo that suffering which He Himself had chosen, He took bread into His hands and, lifting His eyes to You His heavenly Father, He gave thanks. He blessed the bread, broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying:

Take this, all of you, and eat it,

FOR THIS IS MY BODY

WHICH IS GIVEN FOR YOU.

[Sanctus Bells]

[He elevates the consecrated Host, replaces it on the paten and then genuflects in adoration.]

 

When supper had ended, He took the cup and gave thanks to You. He blessed it, and gave it to His disciples, saying:

Take this all of you and drink from it:

FOR THIS IS THE CUP OF MY BLOOD; THE

BLOOD OF THE NEW AND EVERLASTING

COVENANT, WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU

AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.

As often as you do this, do it in remembrance of Me.

[Sanctus Bells]

[He elevates the consecrated Host, replaces it on the paten and then genuflects in adoration.]

 

The congregation may sings or says:

All:         Your death, Lord Jesus, we proclaim!

                Your resurrection we celebrate!

                Your return in glory we await!

 

The celebrant continues:

Therefore, Father, we remember His saving passion, His glorious resurrection and His exaltation at Your right hand. We await His coming in the fullness of majesty. We here set forth this sign of our faith in Him Who offered You the perfect sacrifice and gained for us eternal salvation.

 

[The celebrant extends his hands above the Oblation and says]

Send Your Holy Spirit, the Giver of life and holiness, upon us and upon these Gifts: the +Bread and +Wine of eternal life.

[The celebrant joins his hands and the congregation may respond]

All:         Holy Spirit come to us. Fill us with Your gift of grace.

 

The celebrant continues:

Take these Gifts from our hands, Lord God, as an acceptable sacrifice through which we offer ourselves to You so that the Bread which we break and the Cup which we bless my be a sharing in the +Body and the +Blood of Your Son. May all who receive from Your heavenly altar always remain united with You, together with all Your saints and chosen ones;

with the blessed and glorious Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Lord; [and with Saint N., whose memory we keep this day;] with Your prophets and apostles with Your martyrs and confessors and with all who stand about Your throne in praise and prayer.

 

Grant also, Lord a share in that glory to the departed and to those whom we remember before You [especially. . .].

 

[He prays briefly with joined hands for those whom he desires to remember. The faithful should likewise pray for deceased relatives and friends. He extends his hands and continues]

 

Deal with them and with all people according to Your merciful kindness and let perpetual light shine upon them. Remember also Your servants on earth for whom we invoke Your mercy [especially. . .].

 

[He prays briefly with joined hands for those remembered and then extending his hands, continues]

 

Bless Your Church throughout the world. Grant it unity and peace. Renew the earth according to Your promise. Remember all peoples and grant that all nations may give You thanks, worshiping and praising Your holy name. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.

 

[Holding the Sacred Host above the Chalice and lifting them up, the celebrant sings or says]

 

Through Him, with Him, in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and

glory is Yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

THE COMMUNION RITE

 

The Lord's Prayer (Kneeling)

Either: Admonished and taught by our Lord's instruction, we are bold to say:

Or: Let us pray as the Lord taught us to pray:

Or: We have received the Spirit who makes us children of God. Therefore we are bold to say:

 

[The celebrant extends his hands and sings or says with the congregation]

 

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.

 

[With hands extended, the celebrant sings or says\

 

Deliver us Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day.

In Your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety

as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

All:         For the kingdom, the power and the glory are Yours,

                now and for ever and ever. Amen.

 

[Holding the Sacred Host over the Chalice, the celebrant divides it into two parts.  He places one half on the paten and breaks a particle from the other half and says]

Celebrant: The Cup of Blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ? The Bread which we break, is it not a participation in the Body of Christ?

People: Because there is one Bread we who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one Bread.

 

[Dropping the particle of the Host into the Chalice, the celebrant says]

 

Celebrant: May the union of divinity and humanity in Jesus Christ bring us sanctification and eternal life. Amen.

 

[The celebrant, striking his breast, joins the congregation in saying or singing]

All:         Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

                                have mercy on us.

                Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

                                have mercy on us.

                Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,

                                grant us peace.

 

Communion Prayer

[The celebrant joins his hands and says]

Celebrant: Let us pray together:

All: Lord Jesus Christ,

Son of the Living God,

by the will of the Father

and the work of the Holy Spirit,

Your death brought life to the world.

By Your holy Body and Blood

Free me from all my sins

and from every evil.

Keep me faithful to Your teaching

and never let me be parted from You. Amen

 

[The celebrant takes the Host saying]

 

Celebrant: I will take the Bread of Heaven and call upon the name of the Lord.

 

Celebrant: May the Body of Christ bring me to everlasting life.

[He reverently consumes the Sacred Host. Taking the Chalice, he says]

Celebrant: May the Blood of Christ bring me to everlasting life.

 

The Communion of the Faithful

 [Facing the people, elevating the Host above the Chalice or Intinctorium, the celebrant says]

Celebrant: This is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to the table of the Lord.

Or

Celebrant: The Gifts of God for the people of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you and feed on Him with thanksgiving.

 

All: Lord, I am not worthy to receive You,

But only say the word and I shall be healed.

[The faithful come forward and receive the Blessed Sacrament. It is preferred that you receive the Host in the palm of your hand and the intinct into the Chalice. We respectfully ask that adults both instruct and assist their children as to the reception of the Sacrament. ]

 

Celebrant: The Body and Blood of Christ.

Response: Amen.

 

 

Communion Song/s (Seated)

 

[The chalice and the celebrant's fingers are purified with wine and water. He consumes the ablution and quietly says]

 

Celebrant: Lord, may I possess with a pure heart that which I have taken as food, and may the gift I have received bring me healing and strength now and forever.

 

[A period of silence is held before the Prayer after Communion.]

 

 

CONCLUDING RITE

 

Prayer after Communion (Kneeling)

[This or another suitable prayer will be offered. See back cover, missal, or insert as directed]

Celebrant: Let us pray.

 

All:         Eternal God, heavenly Father,

                you have graciously accepted us as living members

                of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,

                and you have fed us with spiritual food

                in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.

                Send us now into the world in peace,

                and grant us strength and courage

                to love and serve you

                with gladness and singleness of heart;

                through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Blessing  (Standing)

 

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People:      And also with you.

 

Celebrant: The almighty God bless you, +Father, +Son and +Holy Spirit

People:      Amen.

 

The liturgy may be closed with a hymn.

 

Dismissal

Celebrant: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

People:     Thanks be to God.

Or

Celebrant: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, alleluia, alleluia.

People: Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia.