Thursday, 22 January 2009

Ge'ez 2

The priest comes to the altar, makes the customary reverence and kisses the altar. He puts the bread and chalice on the altar, leaving them unveiled, and washes his hands.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit, One God.

How wondrous is this day and how marvellous this hour in which the Holy Spirit comes down from the highest Heaven and covers this sacrifice with the power of God, making it holy. Stand in silence and reverence, and pray that the peace of God will be with me and with all of you.

A masob is the woven straw container on which injera, traditional bread is served.
Lord our God, You said to the Prophet Moses, Your servant: Make Me choice vessels and set them in My tabernacle upon Mount Sinai. So now, Almighty God, stretch forth Your hand in blessing over this masob to make it worthy to carry the sacred body of Your only Son. For to
You, with Your only Son and the Holy Spirit, is glory both now and forever, world without end.
You are the pure golden masob that contains the mysterious manna, the Bread come down from Heaven that gives life to all the world.

Lord our God, throughout history You have accepted the sacrifices of men and women in different circumstances and in different places, You accepted the offerings of Abel in the wilderness, Noah in the Ark at the time of the flood, Abraham on the mountain, Elijah on Mount Carmel, as well as those of David at the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, and
the widow who presented her offering in the Temple, Likewise accept the sacrifices of your servant and forgive his sins. May he be rewarded both in this world and in the world to come. Glory to You, now and forever, world without end.

+ Blessed be the Lord, Almighty Father, our God.
+ And blessed be the only-begotten Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
+ And blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, the comforter and cleanser of us all.

The Priest blesses both bread and wine.
+ Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit always coequal, both now and forever, world without end. Amen.

The priest, standing upright and with hands extended, says aloud:
God the Father is Holy, the Son is Holy, the Holy Spirit is Holy. 
Truly the Father is Holy, truly the Son is Holy; truly the Holy Spirit is Holy.

O, Praise the Lord, all you nations.
Acclaim Him, all you peoples.
For His merciful-kindness is great toward us.
And His faithfulness endures for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
Both now and forever, world without end. Amen

Place yourselves in God's Presence for prayer.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Peace be with you.
And with your spirit.

We give thanks to the merciful LORD, the Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, for He has delivered us, helped us, protected us and brought us near to Himself He received us, shielded us, and strengthened us even until this very hour. Let us, therefore, pray that our LORD, the God, Who sustains all, may protect us this day, and keep us all the days of our lives in peace. Amen.

(Deacon) Pray, pleading with the Lord, to have mercy on us, that He may have pity on us, and accept the prayer and intercession from His Saints on our behalf May He, in His goodness make us worthy to receive the Blessed Sacrament, by forgiving our sins.
Kyrie eleison.
And again, let us beseech the almighty God, the Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, on behalf of those who bring an offering here, to this holy place. Whether their offering is a sacrifice, or first-fruits, a tithe, a thank-offering, or a memorial, whether it is little or big, whether it is given in secret or openly, may He accept it, together with the intentions of those who wish to give yet have nothing to give. May God Who has the power to bless, grant them the promise of the Heavenly Kingdom.

(Deacon) Pray for those who bring an offering.
Accept the offering of our brothers and sisters, and also accept our own offering and sacrifice.

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