Thursday, 22 January 2009

Ge'ez 4

They then say three times:
Look upon us mercifully, O Lord, and do not take into account our sins.
The host of angels of the Saviour of the world, stand here before Him. They praise the Saviour, the Body

An anaphora corresponds to the Canon or Eucharistic Prayer of the Western Rite.

The Lord be with you. + (Making the Sign of the Cross)
And with your spirit.
Give thanks to our God. + (blessing the people)
It is right to give Him thanks and praise.
Lift up your hearts. + (blessing the servers)
We lift them up to the Lord.

We give thanks to You, O Lord, through Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ Whom, in the last days, You sent to us as Saviour. Redeemer and Advocate. He is Your Word through whom You made all things by Your will.

(Deacon) We pray for the Catholic, Apostolic Church, made holy by the precious blood of Christ, as an instrument of peace and we pray for our blessed and holy pope, Abuna ... and also our bishop, Abuna... all bishops, priests and deacons and all the Christian faithful. We ask Holy Mary, Mother of God, together with the Apostles and the fathers of the Church to intercede for us. And may eternal light shine forever on the faithful departed.

To these, and to all the dead, grant eternal rest and have mercy on them, O You Who sent Your Son from heaven into the womb of the Virgin.

(Deacon) You who sit, arise!
STAND from now until you return from Communion.

He was made flesh, was carried in the womb, and His birth was proclaimed by the Holy Spirit.

(Deacon) Look to the East!

The multitudes of holy angels and archangels stand before You in adoration and worship, O Lord...

(Deacon) Be watchful!

You are extolled by Your venerable Seraphim and Cherubim who have six wings. With two wings they cover their face, with two they cover their feet and with two they fly from one end of the world to the other. Unceasingly they bless You and glorify You together with all who praise You, therefore accept our praise as we say:

(Deacon) Respond!
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts, the heavens and the earth are full of the holiness of Your glory.

The Priest blesses himself, saying: Truly the holiness of Your glory has filled the heavens and the earth through our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Your only Son was born of the Virgin Mary and came to gain everlasting reward for Your people by doing Your will.
Lord, remember us in Your Kingdom; remember us, O Lord our Master; remember us, Lord, in Your Kingdom as You remembered the good thief on the right when You were on the holy, wooden Cross.

The Priest stretching his hands over the elements, says:
He stretched out his arms for the Passion; suffering, to save those who trusted in Him. He offered himself, of His own will, as a sacrifice to the Father that He might overcome death, break the bonds of Satan, trample upon Sheol and lead forth the saints, establish the Sacrament and reveal His resurrection.

The priest places his hands on the corporal, then taking the bread in his hands, says:
In the same night He was betrayed, He took bread in His holy, blessed and immaculate hands.
We believe that this is He, truly we do believe.
The Priest makes the sign of the Cross three times, then indents the Host lightly with his thumb in five places, without breaking the Host, representing the nails and spear.

The people, standing, bow their heads.

He looked up to heaven toward You, His Father, He gave thanks +, blessed it +, sanctified it +, and He broke it and gave it to His disciples and said to them: TAKE THIS AND EAT. THIS BREAD IS MY BODY WHICH IS BROKEN FOR YOU FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
Amen, amen, amen. We believe and confess that This is truly Your Body. We praise You, our Lord and our God.

In the same way, He took the cup and giving thanks +, He blessed it +, sanctified it + and gave it to His disciples saying: TAKE THIS AND DRINK. THIS IS THE CUP OF MY BLOOD WHICH WILL BE SHED FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS ON BEHALF OF THE MANY.
Amen, amen, amen. We believe and confess that This is truly Your Blood. We praise You, our Lord and our God.

Whenever You do this, do it in remembrance of Me.
Lord, we proclaim Your death, and Your holy resurrection; we believe in Your ascension and in Your second coming. We praise You. We trust in You. We pray to You, our Lord and our God, and we beseech You for Your mercy.

And now, Father, commemorating the death and resurrection of Your Son, we offer You this bread (pointing) and this cup of wine (pointing) as a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. We thank You for the grace of being in Your Presence and serving You. We implore You, Father, to send Your Holy Spirit down upon this bread (pointing) and upon this wine (pointing) so that He may change them into the Body + and Blood + of Jesus Christ, Who is our Lord and Saviour for ever and ever.
Amen. Lord, have mercy on us; Lord, have pity on us; Lord, forgive us our sins.

Father, bring together in unity all who partake of the most precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, Your Son. Grant that their Holy Communion may be for their sanctification, for the indwel1ing of the Holy Spirit, and for a steadfast belief in the true faith. Grant, also, that they may glorify You and praise You through Your beloved Son together with the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.

(Deacon) With all our heart, let us implore the Lord our God to grant us the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
As it was and is and shall be, from generation to generation, for ever and ever. Amen

The Priest breaks the Sacred Host as he leads the people in prayer. The people repeat the words after him:
1. Through Your Holy Spirit help us to be united
2. And redeem us by this sacrifice
3. So that we may live in You,
4. Throughout all time
5. For ever and ever
6. Blessed is the Name of the Lord;
7. And blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord;
8. And blessed be His glorious Name.
9. Amen,
10. Amen,
11. Blessed be the Lord.
12. Pour out the grace of the Holy Spirit upon us.

(Deacon) Be attentive for prayer!
Lord, have mercy on us.
Peace be to you.
And with your spirit.

I give You thanks, O Lord my God, Sustainer of the whole universe Who sits on the chariot of the Cherubim. You reside in the highest Heaven, and You receive praise from the humble while You dwell in that glorious light. O Giver of stillness to the world, You revealed Yourself to us through the Cross of Your Son. Who is as holy and merciful as You? O Lord our God, You conferred the authority of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. They served You with humble hearts and offered You the fragrance of goodness. Lord our God, Sustainer of all things, do not remove Your authority from us. We ask this through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
(Deacon) Let us pray together the prayer taught us by our Saviour:
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 the Kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours, now and forever.

and Blood of the Redeemer of the world. Standing in adoration, let us come before the Face of the Saviour of the world.
(Deacon) Adore and worship the Lord in fear. (Bowing)
In Your presence, O Lord, we adore and praise You. (Bowing)

Lord our God, Who takes away the sins of the world, accept the repentance of these Your children and shine the light of eternal life over them. Forgive them their sins, I humbly plead with You, for You are merciful and most kind, slow to anger and rich in mercy and You love all mankind. If we have sinned against You, Lord, in our thoughts, words, or deeds, forgive us. Be gracious to us, for You are compassionate and a lover of mankind. O Lord, set us free, absolve + all Your people, including me, + Your sinful servant. Remember always, Lord, our pope, Abuna N, and our Bishop, Abuna N., preserve them in peace. Remember, O Lord, all archbishops and bishops, priests and deacons, readers and singers, nuns and monks, widows, orphans, men and women, the elderly and the children, and all Your Christian faithful here present in Your holy Church. Strengthen them in the faith of Christ.
At this moment, the priest will mention those who have died recently
Remember, O Lord, all who have fallen asleep in the true faith. May eternal light shine on them and place their souls in the bosom of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Free us from all evil and grant us, O Lord, wisdom and steadfastness of heart, knowledge and discernment so that we may always avoid and flee from the works of Satan. Help us, O Lord, to do Your will and what pleases You at all times. Write our names in the Book of Life in Your Kingdom of Heaven together with those of all Your saints and martyrs. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, through Him, with Him and with the Holy Spirit, glory and dominion are Yours, now and forever.

(Deacon) Be attentive to our Lord, present on the altar.
These holy mysteries are for those who believe in them.
God the Father is Holy, the Son is Holy, the Holy Spirit is Holy.
The Lord be with you.
And with your Spirit.

The priest then elevates the Sacred Host on the paten and says 12 times, with the people repeating after him:
(Lord Christ, have mercy on us.)

(Deacon) You, who are in penitence, humbly bow your heads.
The people bow their heads in prayer:
O Most Gracious God, look down upon those who are penitent. Have pity on them according to Your great mercy, and take away all their sins. Shelter them and protect them from all evil, and grant them peace in their souls. Once You have made them whole again, reunite them in the communion of the Holy Church. This we ask through the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ Who lives for ever and ever. Amen.

(Deacon) Be attentive and place yourself in God's presence.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Peace be with you,
And with your spirit.

This (pointing) is truly the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, which is given for the fullness of life, the salvation of mankind, and the forgiveness of sins of those who receive Him with faith.

This (pointing) is truly the most precious Body and Blood of Emmanuel, our God.

I truly believe and give witness, even to my last breath, that this (pointing) is the Body and the Blood of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ. He took His Body from our Lady, the holy and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, thereby uniting His humanity with His Divinity without any confusion or change, and without division or separation. He indeed was a good witness to the Truth in the days of Pontius Pilate, and He offered Himself on the Cross for our sake and for the life of all.

I truly believe and confess that His Divinity has never been separated from His Humanity, not for an hour, not even for the twinkling of an eye. He offered His Body on the Cross for our sake: for the fullness of life, the salvation of mankind and the forgiveness of the sins of those who receive Him with faith.

I truly believe, and profess that this (pointing) is indeed the Body and the Blood of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him all praise and adoration is due, together with His most gracious heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, now and for ever.

Then the priest takes a small piece of the Sacred Host in his hand, dips It into the Precious Blood, and makes the Sign of the Cross with It on the Body, and over the Blood, silently saying:
Blessed be our Lord God, the Father, Sustainer of the whole universe; blessed be His only begotten Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; and blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Comforter and Purifier of us all.

The priest shall then say this prayer quietly:
Lord, our God, behold the body of Your Son, the Sacrifice that pleases You. Your only-begotten Son died for my sake, so, through Him, forgive all my sins. Here is the immaculate blood of Your Messiah, which was shed for me on Calvary. Behold this precious blood speaks, cries out in my behalf. Let it be for the remission of my sins, and for its sake accept my petition, for Your beloved Son was pierced for my sake with a spear and the nails and suffered to fulfill Your will. After I was saved, the devil returned and wounded me with his darts. Grant me Your forgiveness, Lord, for the adversary is more powerful and he has killed me with the guilt of my sins. Defend me from that insolent foe that never stops battling me to deviate me from salvation. Lord, You are my King, my God and my Redeemer, heal for me, Your servant, the wounds of my soul and my body.

Meanwhile, all Communicants shall say:
O my Lord Jesus Christ, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. I have made You angry by doing wrong things. You created me in Your own image and likeness but I have wounded my body and soul by disobeying Your commandment of love, and have sinned against You. For the sake of Your life-giving death on the Cross and Your resurrection on the third day, wash me clean trom all my sins. In Your mercy and love, forgive my wrongdoing, heal me, and bring life everlasting to my soul and body, When I receive You in the Holy Eucharist, be my life and salvation. O Life of the World, I ask this through the intercession of Our Lady, the holy Virgin Mary, John the Baptist, the angels, and all the saints, Amen.

While receiving the Holy Communion, the priest shall say to himself:
O Lord Jesus Christ, may this mystery be for the purification of my body and soul rather than for my condemnation. This is truly the precious body and blood of Emmanuel our God, that came down from the heaven. O Lord, You who have become man for our salvation, fill my mouth with praise, my heart with joy, my soul with gladness because I have partaken of this Divine Mystery.

(Deacon) Let us pray for each other and for all those who have asked for our prayers. Let us beg God for peace; and, for the love of Jesus Christ, let us give Him all praise and glory.
Lord, reward those whom You have called and sanctified by sharing with them the merits of this Holy Sacrifice; strengthen them with Your love and protect them with Your almighty power. Grant this through Jesus Christ, in Whom You are glorified.

While the communicants receive Holy Communion, the following prayer is recited:
Holy, Holy, Holy, Ineffable triune God, grant that I may partake of this life-giving Body and Blood without condemnation, and live only for You, always doing Your will. Grant, O Lord, that I may bear fruit that is pleasing to You and eventually appear before Your Glory. With confidence I call You Abba, Father. O Lord, may Your Kingdom come to fruition in me, and may Your Name be forever blessed. You are almighty, glorious, worthy of honour and praise for ever and ever, Amen.

When the priest gives the Holy Communion, he shall say:
This is the precious Body and Blood of Emmanuel our God.
Then the Communicant shall say: Amen, Amen.

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