Thursday, 22 January 2009

Ge'ez 3

While covering the chalice and the bread with the veil, the Priest says the Prayer of Wrappings
I am covering this blessed paten with the veil, creating the likeness of the tomb in which You stayed three days and three nights. Make my hands like those of Joseph and Nicodemus, who wrapped Your body and gained comfort, peace, and honour from the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.

(Deacon) This is the law of our fathers, the holy apostles: Let no one hold any ill-will in his heart, nor the desire for revenge, neither any hatred or jealousy towards his neighbour or towards anyone.
Adore and worship the Lord with fear. (Bowing)
In Your presence, O Lord, we adore and praise You. (Bowing)

On Sundays and Feast Days:
Let us adore the Holy Trinity... 3 times, bowing his head.
The Father, the Son and Holy Spirit, in three Persons, one God...3 times bowing their heads.
Peace be with You.
O Holy Church, dwelling of the Divinity.
Intercede for us,
Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

On Ordinary days only:
O Mary, You are...
... the Golden Censer, that bore the Glowing Charcoal. Blessed is the person who receives Him from the sanctuary, the One Who forgives sin and blots out faults. He is God's Word, Your Son, O Mary, Who offered Himself to His Father as incense and an acceptable sacrifice. We adore You, O Christ, together with Your gracious heavenIy Father and with the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life.

If my memory serves me rightly, there is no lectionary as such; the celebrant chooses, according to whatever he feels appropriate, a passage from a rather restricted selection of passages, all from St Paul.
(Deacon) From the Letter of St. Paul to ... May his blessing be with all of us, for ever and ever.

After the reading:
(Deacon) May the blessing of the Father, the love of the Son and the fruit of the Holy Spirit which descended upon the apostles in the holy upper room of Sion, be multiplied and come down upon us in a like manner.
O Saint Paul, good preacher and healer of the sick, you received a crown of reward; intercede and pray for us that the Lord may save our souls according to His infinite kindness and mercy, for His holy Name's sake.

O Lord, our God, You revealed to Your holy apostles the mystery of the glorious Gospel of the Messiah. You gave them great and im-measurable riches from Your grace. You sent them to preach the abundance of Your grace and mercy to all the ends of the world. We too, Lord our God, pray and beseech that You make us worthy of their inheritance and portion that we may walk in their ways and follow in their footsteps. Allow us always to imitate their love and perseverance. Allow us, through our godly worship, to participate in their labour. Protect Your holy Church which You have founded for their sake. Bless + (blesses himself) the sheep of Your flock +(blesses the people). Also, multiply this vine + (blesses the offerings on the altar) which You have planted with Your right hand. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit now and forever.
Holy, holy, holy are You, God the Father, Who sustains all things. Holy, holy, holy are You, the only Son, Word of the Living God. Holy, holy, holy, are You, Holy Spirit, Who knows all things. 

During Easter Time: The people STAND and say Three times:
Christ is risen from the dead; He has died and trampled Death under foot; and, for those in the tomb, He has granted life and eternal rest.
In Ordinary Time: TRISAGION (thrice holy)
O Holy Triune God, have mercy on us. O Holy Triune God, spare us. O Holy Triune God, have compassion on us. And the people repeat:
O Holy Triune God, have mercy on us. O Holy Triune God, spare us. O Holy Triune God, have compassion on us.

Rejoice, Rejoice, Rejoice, O Virgin Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with You,
Blessed are You among women.
And blessed is the Fruit of Your Womb.
Pray and intercede for us with Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ,
That He may forgive us our sins.
All glory and honour to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, at all times, both now and forever. Amen.

(Deacon) Stand for prayer!
Lord, have mercy on us.
Peace be with all of you.
And also with your Spirit.

Lord Jesus Christ, Our God, You said to Your holy disciples and apostles: But blessed are Your eyes, for they see, and Your ears, for they hear. Truly I tell You, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it. Through the intercession of Your saints, Lord, make us worthy of hearing and practicing the words of Your Holy Gospel.

(Deacon) Pray on account of the Holy Gospel.
Make us worthy to listen to Your Good News.

(Deacon) O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to You Hide not Your Face from me in the day of my distress.
O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to You Hide not Your Face from me in the day of my distress.
Listen to the Holy Gospel, Alleluia. The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

The Priest now blesses to the north, south, east and west.

A reading from the Holy Gospel, the Word of the Son of God, according to...
Glory to You, O Christ, my Lord and my God, now and forever.

After the reading, the Priest says: Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass, said the Lord.
We truly believe in the Father, and we truly believe in the Son, and we truly believe in the Holy Spirit, one God in three persons.

We beseech You, O God, Sustainer of all and the Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We invoke and seek Your clemency, O Lover of mankind. Remember, O Lord, the peace of Your Holy, One, Apostolic and Catholic Church. Bless all the people and all Your flock +(Blesses the people).

(Deacon) Pray for the peace of the Church on earth.
Kyrie eleison.
And again we beseech You, O God, to remember our congregation and bless it. +(Blesses the people)

(Deacon) Pray for this Church and the unity of this congregation.
Lord bless our unity and keep us in Your peace.

(Deacon) In the wisdom of God, let all of us profess our faith:
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He 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, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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 life everlasting. Amen

The priest washes his hands, saying:
O my Lord and my God, Creator of the universal order, Giver of peace and love, uproot from me all that is evil.

Great and eternal God, You created man and found Your work was excellent. By the coming of Your living Son, our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ, You destroyed death, the result of sin, which entered into the world through the envy of Satan. You filled all the earth with Your peace, for which the hosts of angels praise You, singing:
Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to those on whom his favour rests.

O Lord, in Your kindness, fill our hearts with Your peace, wash away all our sins and impurities. Take away all envy and ill-will, all wrongdoing and all bad thoughts that bring death. Make us worthy to greet each other in holiness.
(Deacon) Pray for perfect peace and love and offer each other a sign of peace.
O Christ our God, make us worthy to greet one another in holiness.

All make a sign of peace, by bowing to each other.

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