The Caiming Mass

The Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist
A Celtic Catholic Caiming Mass

Compiled and edited by The Rt. Rev. Brian E. Brown, OSH
According to the use of the Order of the Shepherd’s Heart
An Ecumenical Religious Order in the Celtic Catholic Tradition

As authorized by the office of the Abbot General
Feast of Saint Samthann December 18, 2005

Imprimatur: Feast of Saint Samthann December 18, 2005
+The Right Reverend Brian Ernest Brown, OSH

Saint Willibrord Press
Hollister Missouri

The Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist

With the people standing an introit may be said or sung, a hymn may also be sung.

Leader:
+ In the Name of the Three: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

Leader and people alternating:

Lord open our lips;
AND OUR MOUTH SHALL DECLARE YOUR PRAISE.
Lord open our eyes;
AND WE SHALL BEHOLD YOUR GLORY IN OTHERS.
Lord open our hearts;
AND WE SHALL DISCOVER YOUR LOVE IN LOVING OTHERS.
Lord open our lives;
AND ALL LIVING SHALL DECLARE YOUR PRESENCE.

Leader:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

The Litany

Leader and people alternating:

I surrender it all to Jesus.
I SURRENDER IT ALL TO GOD’S WILL.
I surrender it all for the Kingdom of God.
I SURRENDER MY LIFE, MY ALL.

God to enfold me, God to surround me,
GOD IN MY SPEAKING, GOD IN MY THINKING,
God in my sleeping, God in my waking,
GOD IN MY WATCHING, GOD IN MY HOPING,
God in my life, God in my dreams,
GOD IN MY HEART, GOD IN MY SOUL.

Circle me O God,
KEEP HOPE WITHIN, DESPAIR WITHOUT.
Circle me O God,
KEEP PEACE WITHIN, KEEP TURMOIL OUT.
Circle me O God,
KEEP CALM WITHIN, KEEP STORMS WITHOUT.
Circle me O God,
KEEP STRENGTH WITHIN, KEEP WEAKNESS OUT.

Lord, have mercy. LORD, HAVE MERCY.
Christ, have mercy. CHRIST, HAVE MERCY.
Lord, have mercy. LORD, HAVE MERCY.

Christ, hear us.
CHRIST, HEAR US.
God, the Father of Heaven,
HAVE MERCY ON US.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
HAVE MERCY ON US.
God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,
HAVE MERCY ON US.
Holy Trinity, One God,
HAVE MERCY ON US.

The saints whose names are preceded by an asterisk are always invoked. After each name in the litany the people respond, Pray for us.

*Holy Mary, PRAY FOR US.
*St. Michael,
*All Holy Angels and Archangels,
*St. John the Baptist,
*St. Joseph,
St. Peter,
St. Paul,
St. Andrew,
*St. John,
St. James,
St. Philip,
St. Bartholomew,
St. Thomas,
St. Matthew,
St. James,
St. Thaddeus,
St. Simon,
St. Mark,
St. Luke,
*St. Mary Magdalene,
St. Stephen,
St. Anthony,
*St. Martin,
*St. Joseph of Arimathea,
*St. Ninian,
St. David,
*St. Brendan,
*St. Columba,
St. Columbanus,
*St. Patrick,
St. Kieran,
*St. Kevin
St. Comgal,
St. Gall,
*St. Brigid,
*St. Dymphna,
St. Ita,
*St. Samthann,
*St. Melangell,
*St. Willibrord,
*St. Martin of Westwood,
*St. Karl Prüter,
*St. Robert Christopher,
*St. Mary Ann,
*St. Dwain Houser,

Other names may be added. Leader and people alternating:

Be merciful,
DELIVER US, O LORD.
Be merciful,
SPARE US, O LORD.
Be merciful,
GRACIOUSLY HEAR US, O LORD.
From all evil,
DELIVER US, O LORD.
By your Cross,
DELIVER US, O LORD.
Son of God,
WE BESEECH YOU TO HEAR US.
Lamb of God,
HEAR US.
You who take away the sins of the world,
HAVE MERCY ON US.
O Christ,
HEAR US.

The Gloria in Excelsis

Then shall be said or sung when appointed:

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.

The Collect

Leader:
The Lord be with you.

People:
AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.

Leader:
Let us pray.

The people may kneel while the collect for the day or some other prayer shall be said.

People:
AMEN.

The Readings

With the people seated one or two lessons, as appointed, are read, the reader first saying:

Reader:
A Reading from ____________________________________.

After the reading, the reader shall say:

Reader:
The Word of the Lord.

People:
THANKS BE TO GOD.

A Psalm or hymn may follow each reading.

All:
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER, W AND TO THE SON, AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, IS NOW, AND EVER SHALL BE: WORLD WITHOUT END. AMEN.

The Prayers of the People

The people may kneel. The prayers of the people are according to the form provided, some other form, or extemporaneous. Deacon and people alternating:

Litany from Psalm 28 Ad Te Domine

O Lord, we call to you; our Rock do not be deaf to our cries.
MY WORLD HAS BEEN SHAKEN TO ITS FOUNDATION AND I FEEL MY CRIES UNHEARD IN THE CHAOS.

For if you do not hear us, we will be like those who went down to the pit.
I NEED YOUR COMFORT AND SAVING PRESENCE. TEACH ME THAT I AM NOT ALONE.

Hear the voice of our prayers as we cry out to you for help.
YOU HEAR EVERY CRY OF YOUR CHILDREN AND FEEL THE DROP OF EVERY TEAR.

We lift up our hands to your most holy sanctuary.
YOU TAKE MY HAND AND HOLD ME. YOUR LOVE WILL NEVER LET ME GO.

Blessed is the Lord, who has heard the sound of our pleadings.
YOUR STRENGTH GIVES POWER TO MY VOICE. I AM FORGIVEN AND HEALED.

The Lord is our strength and our shield.
MY HEART TRUSTS IN YOU AND LIVES.

The Lord is the strength of his people.
YOU ARE MY SAVING REFUGE. GRANT ME PEACE.

Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance.
BE MY SHEPHERD, AND CARRY EACH LOST SHEEP HOME.

With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord, saying “Lamb of God, hear our prayer.”

For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the Holy Catholic Church of God, for the Order of the Shepherd’s Heart and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For the Pope, the Patriarchs, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of Utrecht, for .N. our (Abbot, Bishop), and .N. our Pastor, for all Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and all other Clergy, let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For our President, for the leaders of the nations, and for all who sit in the seat of Caesar and Herod, let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For this city, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For seasonable weather, and for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For those who travel on land, on water, or in the air or through outer space, let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For all those who need or ask for our prayers especially, .N., let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, especially .N., let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For the absolution and remission of our sins and offenses, let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Defend us, deliver us, and in thy compassion protect us, O Lord, by thy grace.
LAMB OF GOD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

In the communion of .N. and of all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.
TO THEE, O LORD OUR GOD.

Leader:
O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O Lover of Souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. AMEN.

The Censing of the Jerusalem Altar

The priest prepares the incense and censes the altar and people while saying:

Priest:
May this incense be + blessed by him in whose honor it is to be burned. AMEN.

As this incense rises before you O Lord, so let our prayers be set forth in your sight. Let your Holy Angels encompass your people and breathe forth upon them the spirit of your blessing. AMEN.

The Preparation of the Chalice

The chalice is now uncovered by the priest, who pours wine into it. The bread is placed on the paten The chalice is elevated while the following is said or sung:

Priest:
Let our prayers come like incense
before your sight, O Lord,

All:
THE LIFTING UP OF OUR HANDS,
LIKE AN EVENING SACRIFICE.

The priest blesses the water with the sign of the cross. Three drops of water are now poured into the chalice, and the priest says:

Priest:
I pray to you, O Father,
I believe in you, O Son,
I call upon you, O Holy Spirit.

Three drops of wine are poured into the chalice, and the priest says:

Priest:
May the Father restore us,
May the Son forgive us,
May the Holy Spirit be merciful.

Come, Almighty and Eternal God, the Sanctifier, and bless X this sacrifice prepared in your Holy Name. AMEN.

The Reading of the Gospel

With all standing, here may be said or sung a gradual psalm, hymn, or an anthem.

Deacon:
The Lord be with you.

People:
AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.

Deacon:
+ The Holy Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ according to St. ___________.

People:
HOLY,HOLY,HOLY, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY,
WHO WAS, AND IS, AND IS TO COME.

The Deacon reads the Gospel, after which he says:

Deacon:
The Gospel of the Lord.

People:
BLESSING AND HONOR AND GLORY AND WISDOM
AND MIGHT BE TO GOD AND THE LAMB FOREVER.

The Sermon

All may be seated.

Preacher:
+ May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be always acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. AMEN.

The Nicene Creed

With all standing here follows when appointed:

All:
WE BELIEVE IN ONE GOD,
THE FATHER ALMIGHTY,
MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH,
OF ALL THAT IS, SEEN AND UNSEEN.

WE BELIEVE IN ONE LORD, JESUS CHRIST,
THE ONLY SON OF GOD,
ETERNALLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER,
GOD FROM GOD, LIGHT FROM LIGHT,
TRUE GOD FROM TRUE GOD,
BEGOTTEN, NOT MADE,
OF ONE BEING WITH THE FATHER.
THROUGH HIM ALL THINGS WERE MADE.
FOR US AND FOR OUR SALVATION
HE CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN:

Here all may genuflect.

BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
HE BECAME INCARNATE FROM THE
VIRGIN MARY AND WAS MADE MAN.

FOR OUR SAKE HE WAS CRUCIFIED
UNDER PONTIUS PILATE;
HE SUFFERED DEATH AND WAS BURIED.
ON THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN

All stand.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SCRIPTURES.
HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN,
AND IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER.
HE WILL COME AGAIN IN GLORY TO JUDGE
THE LIVING AND THE DEAD.
AND HIS KINGDOM WILL HAVE NO END.

WE BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT,
THE LORD, THE GIVER OF LIFE,
WHO PROCEEDS FROM THE FATHER.
WITH THE FATHER AND THE SON HE IS
WORSHIPPED AND GLORIFIED.
HE HAS SPOKEN THROUGH THE PROPHETS.

WE BELIEVE IN ONE HOLY, CATHOLIC,
AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH,
WE ACKNOWLEDGE ONE BAPTISM
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SIN,
WE LOOK FOR THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD +
AND THE LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME.
AMEN.

Confession of Sin

The following form of confession is intended to instill the practice of reconciliation and not to supplant it. Every Christian should avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation often, by making a regular confession to a priest in a private setting.

Leader:
Dear brothers and sisters, as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the Sacred Mystery, let us call to mind our sins against God and our neighbor.

The people may kneel. Silence may be kept.

All:
GRACIOUS GOD, MY SINS ARE TOO HEAVY TO CARRY, TOO REAL TO HIDE, AND TOO DEEP TO UNDO.

FORGIVE WHAT MY LIPS TREMBLE TO NAME, WHAT MY HEART CAN NO LONGER BEAR, AND WHAT HAS BECOME FOR ME A CONSUMING FIRE OF JUDGMENT.

SET ME FREE FROM A PAST THAT I CANNOT CHANGE; OPEN TO ME A FUTURE IN WHICH I CAN BE CHANGED.

GRANT ME GRACE TO GROW MORE AND MORE IN YOUR LIKENESS AND IMAGE, THROUGH THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. AMEN.

Priest:
May Almighty God have mercy on you, X forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in everlasting life. AMEN.

Leader and people alternating:

I praise the wounds and the Blood of the Lamb
THAT HEALS THE WEAKNESS OF MY BODY.
I praise the wounds and the Blood of the Lamb
THAT HEALS THE WEAKNESS OF MY SOUL.
I praise the wounds and the Blood of the Lamb
THAT HEALS THE WEAKNESS OF MY SPIRIT.
Praise be to the Blood of the Lamb
IN HIS FORGIVING POWER.
Praise be to the Blood of the Lamb
IN HIS RELEASING POWER.
Praise be to the Blood of the Lamb
IN HIS VICTORIOUS POWER.
Praise be to the Blood of the Lamb
IN HIS RENEWING POWER.
Praise be to the Blood of the Lamb
IN HIS PROTECTING POWER.
I praise the Blood of the Lamb
THAT MAKES ALL THINGS NEW.
ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

The Peace

Leader:
My brothers and sisters, the peace and grace of our Lord
Jesus Christ be always with you.

People:
AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.
A Litany of Peace or Saint Patrick’s Breastplate may be prayed here.

Leader:
Christ, Prince of Peace, Christ, King of Tenderness,
Bind us with a bond of peace that cannot be loosened.
Bind us with a bond of love that cannot be broken.

People:
AMEN.

Leader:
See that you are at peace amongst yourselves, my children, and love one another in Jesus Christ our Lord, just as he first loved us.

The ministers and people shall stand and greet each other with the sign of peace.

The Offertory

Leader:
Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.

The gifts to be offered to God are placed on the altar. As they are brought forward, a hymn may be sung. The people stand to sing.

The people may kneel. As he offers the bread, the priest says:

Priest:
Kindly receive us, O Lord, for we are humble in spirit and penitent of heart, and may the sacrifice we offer this day in the breaking of this bread be pleasing to you, our living and true God. AMEN.

As he offers the chalice, the priest says:

Priest:
We offer to you, O Lord, the chalice of salvation, imploring your mercy, that our offering may rise with a pleasing fragrance before your divine majesty for the salvation of ourselves and for that of the whole world. AMEN.

The priest may read the names of the departed, as follows:

Priest:
Beloved, bless the departed, (especially .N.) Let light perpetual shine upon them.

Priest:
We offer to you, Lord Jesus Christ, Lamb of God, who suffered for us and rose from the dead on the third day, these offerings and sincere oblations for the souls of our loved ones, that their names may be written in the book of eternal life. Of your mercy, be pleased to rescue them, you who lives and reigns from age to age. AMEN.

Priest:
May all our gifts be pleasing to you which your people offer to you to the praise of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in commemoration of the Virgin Mary, and of your blessed apostles, martyrs, and confessors (especially .N. whom we remember today, and .N. our patron). With special intentions for .N. our (Abbot, Bishop), for our Priests and Deacons, for those dear to our hearts, for our families, for our friends, and for our penitents. Through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. AMEN.

The Censing of the Heavenly Altar

The water having already been blessed, the priest washes his hands while saying:

Priest:
I will wash my hands in innocence, O Lord,
That I may go in procession round your altar,
Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving
And recounting all your wonderful deeds.
Lord, I love the house in which you dwell
And the place where your glory abides.
Do not sweep me away with sinners,
Nor my life with those who thirst for blood,
Whose hands are full of evil plots,
And their right hand full of bribes.
As for me, I will live with integrity;
Redeem me, O Lord, and have pity on me.
My foot stands on level ground;
In the full assembly I will bless the Lord.

The priest blesses the incense and censing the altar shall say:

Priest:
May this incense be + blessed by him in whose honor it is to be burned. AMEN.

May the angels of Heaven protect us this day and circle us with the fragrance of peace. May Christ our Lord and loving friend protect us this day and circle us with affection and love. May the Spirit of truth who dwells in our heart protect us this day and circle us and fill us with joy. AMEN.

The Sursum Corda and Sanctus

Then shall follow all standing with the leader and people alternating:

The Lord be with you.
AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.

Lift up your hearts.
WE LIFT THEM UP TO THE LORD.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
IT IS RIGHT TO GIVE HIM THANKS AND PRAISE.

God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.
GLORY TO YOU FOR EVER AND EVER.

At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.
BY YOUR WILL THEY WERE CREATED AND HAVE THEIR BEING.

From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.
HAVE MERCY, LORD, FOR WE ARE SINNERS IN YOUR SIGHT.

Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a maiden, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.
BY HIS BLOOD, HE RECONCILED US. BY HIS WOUNDS, WE ARE HEALED.

And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:

All:
HOLY,HOLY,HOLY,LORD,
GOD OF POWER AND MIGHT,
HEAVEN AND EARTH
ARE FULL OF YOUR GLORY
HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST.
W BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES
IN THE NAME OF THE LORD
HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST.

The Canon

The people shall kneel.

Priest:
Truly holy are you, truly blessed are you, truly loving are you, and truly wondrous are you, God our heavenly Father.

Here shall follow a proper memorial.

Priest:
Therefore, most merciful Father, we humbly beg and entreat you through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, to accept and bless these + gifts, these + offerings, these + holy and spotless sacrifices, which we offer to you for your holy Catholic Church, that you would be pleased to keep her in peace, preserve her in unity, and govern her throughout the world; especially for those who keep the apostolic faith in this place, with .N. our (Abbot, Bishop).

Where indicated, the names of the living may be read.

Priest:
Remember also, O Lord, (your servants .N. and .N. and) all here present, whose faith, devotion, and love are known to you, for whom we offer this sacrifice of praise, on their behalf, and on behalf of all who are theirs, for the redemption of their souls, the integrity of those in authority over them, the purity of all pastors, the chastity of virgins, the courage of the lonely; for fair weather; for the abundance of the earth, the return of peace and the end of turmoil, the safety of the people and the return of captives; for the hopes of those here present, the memory of the martyrs, the remission of our sins, the correction of our errors, and the gentle repose of the dead; for bishops, priests, and all in ecclesiastical orders; for all rulers, especially .N. our president; for safety in our journey; for our lost brothers and sisters; for our faithful brothers and sisters; for our brothers and sisters whom from the dimness of the world you, O Lord, have lovingly summoned; that divine goodness may receive them in the eternal peace of the heavenly light; for our brothers and sisters who are afflicted with various sorrows, that divine goodness may lovingly care for them; and for the hope of protection and salvation for all who here pay their vows to you, the eternal, living, and true God.

In the unity of holy fellowship…

Here the priest may say the proper communicants.

…and venerating the memory first of all of the Virgin Mary, Mother of our God and Lord Jesus Christ, along with blessed Joseph, his foster father, and also blessed John the Baptist, the blessed Apostles Andrew, Peter, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James, Thaddeus, and Simon; the blessed Paul, Mark, Luke, Mary Magdalene, Joseph of Arimathea, Stephen, Anthony, Martin, Ninian, David, Brendan, Patrick, Columba, Columbanus, Kieran, Kevin, Comgal, Gall, Brigid, Dymphna, Ita, Samthann, Melangell, Willibrord, Martin of Westwood, Karl Prüter, Robert Christopher, Mary Ann, Dwain Houser, and of all your saints, through whose merits and prayers, grant that we may ever be strengthened in all things by the help of your protection; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

We therefore beg you to accept, O Lord, this offering of our worship and that of your whole household, which we offer in honor of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in memory of your martyrs in this Church, which your servants built to the honor of your Name. We beseech you, O Lord, to deliver us and all people from the worship of idols and turn us to you, the true God.

Almighty Father, regulate the days of our lives that they may be spent in your peace; spare us from eternal damnation and help us to be numbered in the fold with your flock; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Here the priest may bow three times, while striking his breast, and saying each time:

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on me!
Jesus, Bearer of my sins, have mercy on me!
Jesus, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on me!

All:
CHRIST BE WITH US, CHRIST BE IN US, CHRIST BEHIND US, CHRIST BEFORE US, CHRIST BESIDE US, CHRIST TO WIN US, CHRIST TO COMFORT AND RESTORE US. CHRIST BENEATH US, CHRIST ABOVE US, CHRIST IN QUIET, CHRIST IN DANGER, CHRIST IN HEARTS OF ALL WHO LOVE US, CHRIST IN MOUTH OF FRIEND AND STRANGER.

Priest:
And so dear Father, we who have been redeemed by your Christ, and made a new people through your Holy Spirit in the waters of baptism, now bring before you these gifts. We summon you O God, most merciful Father, to bless +, consecrate +, and approve +, this offering, making it reasonable and acceptable. We summon the Holy Spirit radiating like light, shining all around us and upon us + and upon this offering, so that it may become for us the forgiving and healing Body + and Blood + of Jesus, child born in a stable, High King of heaven made flesh ever to dwell among us.

Who on the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

The priest elevates the host, kneels, and makes the sign of the cross.

After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

The priest elevates the chalice, kneels, and makes the sign of the cross.

Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving:

All:
WE CELEBRATE HIS LIFE, DEATH, AND RESURRECTION,
AS WE AWAIT THE DAY OF HIS COMING.

Here the priest may bow three times, while striking his breast, and saying each time:

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on me!
Jesus, Bearer of my sins, have mercy on me!
Jesus, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on me!

Priest:
We your servants, O Lord, and with us your holy people, calling to mind the blessed passion of the same Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, and also his resurrection from the grave and glorious ascension into heaven, offer to your supreme majesty, of the gifts bestowed upon us, a pure +, holy +, and perfect + sacrifice, the holy + Bread of eternal life, and the + Chalice of everlasting salvation.

Be pleased to look upon these offerings with a gracious and kindly countenance, and accept them as it pleased you to accept the offering of your just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our father Abraham, and that which your great high priest Melchizedek offered to you, a holy sacrifice and a spotless victim.

Humbly we implore you, Almighty God, bid these offerings be carried by the hands of your holy angels to your Altar on high, before your divine majesty, so that those of us who, by sharing in the sacrifice at this Altar, shall receive the sacred + Body and + Blood of your Son, and may be filled W with every grace and heavenly blessing. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Remember, O Lord, the names of those who have gone before us + in the sign of faith and rest in the sleep of peace.

Remember, also, all the holy and venerable priests throughout the world who offer for the whole assembly of the Catholic Church a spiritual sacrifice to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, that they may, with the ranks of the venerable patriarchs, prophets, apostles, martyrs, and all the saints, graciously intercede for us to the Lord our God.

All:
TO US ALSO YOUR SINFUL SERVANTS, WHO TRUST IN YOUR BOUNDLESS MERCY, GRACIOUSLY GRANT FELLOWSHIP AND A PLACE WITH YOUR HOLY APOSTLES AND MARTYRS AND ALL YOUR SAINTS. INTO THEIR COMPANY WE BEG YOU ADMIT US, NOT WEIGHING OUR UNWORTHINESS, BUT FREELY GRANTING US FORGIVENESS. THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN.

Priest:
It is ever through Jesus Christ your Son that all good gifts, created by you, Almighty Father, are by you sanctified +, endowed with life +, blessed +, and bestowed upon us.

Priest:
Lord God of our Fathers: God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.

People:
RISEN LORD, BE KNOWN TO US IN THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD.

Here the priest elevates the host over the chalice.

Priest:
Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer

Leader:
And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say:

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,
AND THE POWER, AND THE GLORY
FOR EVER AND EVER. AMEN.

The Breaking of the Bread

The priest breaks the bread, and says the following:

Priest:
Alleluia, Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!

People:
THEREFORE LET US KEEP THE FEAST, ALLELUIA!

During Lent or with presanctified elements, the following is used:

Leader:
The cup of blessing which we bless,
is it not a sharing in the Blood of Christ?
The bread which we break,
is it not a sharing 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.

Here the priest shall reverently place a particle of the host into the chalice, saying:

Priest:
May the mingling of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ be for us a sign of salvation unto everlasting life. AMEN.

The Adoration

One of the following adoration prayers is offered, the leader and people alternating:

Behold the Lamb of God,
ALLELUIA!
Behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
ALLELUIA!
My peace I give to you,
ALLELUIA!
My own peace I leave with you.
ALLELUIA!
The King of Heaven comes in peace,
ALLELUIA!
Full of the fragrance of life.
ALLELUIA!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
ALLELUIA!
Sing to the Lord, all the whole earth.
ALLELUIA!
They knew the Lord,
ALLELUIA!
In the breaking of the Bread.
ALLELUIA!

Anima Christi

Soul of my Savior, sanctify my breast;
ALLELUIA!
Body of Christ, be thou my saving guest;
ALLELUIA!
Blood of my Savior, bathe me in thy tide,
ALLELUIA!
Wash me with water flowing from thy side.
ALLELUIA!
Strength and protection may thy passion be;
ALLELUIA!
O blessed Jesus, hear and answer me;
ALLELUIA!
Deep in thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me;
ALLELUIA!
So shall I never, never part from thee.
ALLELUIA!
Guard and defend me from the foe malign;
ALLELUIA!
In death’s dread moments make me only thine;
ALLELUIA!
Call me and bid me come to thee on high,
ALLELUIA!
Where I may praise thee with thy saints for aye.
ALLELUIA!

Priest:
Come, eat My Bread.

People:
AND DRINK THE WINE
I HAVE MINGLED FOR YOU.

Priest:
He who eats My Body and drinks My Blood

People:
REMAINS IN ME, AND I IN HIM.

Leader:
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, in your tender mercy send us the Spirit of the Lamb. +

People:
JESUS, LAMB OF GOD: HAVE MERCY ON US. JESUS, BEARER OF OUR SINS: HAVE MERCY ON US. JESUS, REDEEMER OF THE WORLD, GIVE US YOUR PEACE.

Leader:
Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his table.

All:
LORD, I AM NOT WORTHY TO RECEIVE YOU, BUT ONLY SAY THE WORD AND I SHALL BE HEALED.

The Communion

Hymns may be sung before and after communion. The ministers and the people receive the sacrament in both kinds.

Deacon:
All are invited to receive our Lord in the Eucharist. You have received general absolution. All your sins have been forgiven. No matter how you have lived your life, no matter what you have done before, the Lord accepts you just the way you are. Come to the table he has prepared for you.

The bread and chalice are given to the people with these words:

The Body of Christ broken for you. AMEN.
The Blood of Christ shed for you. AMEN.

If the Christian names of the communicants are known to the minister, they may be used.

Postcommunion

Leader:
The Lord be with you.

People:
AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.

Leader:
Let us pray.

The people may kneel. A proper thanksgiving may be used if one is appointed for the day, or else the following:

Leader:
We believe, O Lord, that in this breaking of your Body and pouring out of your Blood, that we become a redeemed people. We confess that by our sharing of this Sacrament we are strengthened to endure in hope, until we lay hold and enjoy its true fruits in your heavenly kingdom. AMEN.

All:
MY BELOVED LORD JESUS CHRIST, MOST SWEET AND MOST KIND, WHO EVEN NOW, OF YOUR OWN GREAT GOODNESS, HAS ENTERED INTO THIS POOR AND HUMBLE ABODE, ADORN IT AND ENRICH IT WITH YOUR TREASURES, THAT IT MAY BE MADE WORTHY OF YOUR INDWELLING. TAKE UP YOUR REST HERE WITHIN ME, THAT MY HEART MAY FIND ITS REST IN YOU ALONE.

LET IT NOT SATISFY YOU, O LORD, TO HAVE GIVEN ME YOUR SACRED BODY AND BLOOD; BUT BE PLEASED TO GIVE ME ALSO THE TREASURES OF GRACE WHICH YOU BRING WITH YOU; FOR IT WILL PROFIT ME LITTLE TO EAT THE BREAD OF ETERNAL LIFE AND DRINK OF THE CHALICE OF EVERLASTING SALVATION, IF I REMAIN UNFILLED BY YOUR GRACE.

BE SO KIND TO GRANT ME, O LORD, A HEART COMPLETELY TRANSFORMED BY YOU INTO LOVE; GIVE ME A LIFE THAT SHALL BE ALL YOURS AND A QUIET DEATH THAT SHALL BE THE BEGINNING OF ETERNAL LIFE.

THAT IS WHAT I LOOK FOR, PRAY FOR, AND HOPE FOR FROM YOU, MY ETERNAL GOD, BY VIRTUE OF THIS MOST BLESSED AND HOLY SACRAMENT. IT IS IN YOUR SWEET AND PRECIOUS NAME I PRAY. AMEN.

The Final Blessing and Dismissal

Then the Abbot or Bishop if present, shall bless the people.

Priest:
May the Father of Life pour out his grace upon you, + AMEN.
May the Son of God be Lord in all your ways, + AMEN.
May the Holy Spirit comfort you and make you strong, + AMEN.

And may the blessing of God: + the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you and abide with you this day and may you be held forever in the hollow of his hand. AMEN.

Then the Deacon, or the appointed person, shall dismiss the people with the following:

Deacon:
Go out into the world in peace;
have courage; hold on to what is good;
return no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted;
support the weak; help the suffering;
honor everyone; love and serve God;
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit!

People:
THANKS BE TO GOD!
ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

Samhain Liturgy

I wanted to share a wonderful liturgy resource from the Celtic Catholic Church, Diocese of Saint Brendan. We have used these prayers for years now in our annual liturgical celebration of All Hallows’ Eve within Shepherd’s Heart. May you find them as meaningful and beautiful as we do.

The following prayers et cetera are designed to be utilized within the regular Liturgy of the Mass on Samhain. For those of you who will not be celebrating the mass I would invite you to follow along as appropriate and perhaps at least participate in the Prayers of the People with your evening prayers. Blessings and Happy New Year everybody! (For those perhaps not familiar, Samhain marks the beginning of the Celtic New Year!)

Samhain Liturgy

Introit

Those who keep my covenant
I will bring to my holy mountain
and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Is. 56:7
Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous;
it is good for the just to sing praises. Ps. 33:1
Glory be. . . . Those who keep my covenant. . . .

Prayers of the People

O Lord, in your mercy forgive our iniquities: spare us, good Lord, deliver your people, whom you have redeemed with your own precious Blood.
Good Lord, deliver us.

From temptation and sin, from all assaults of the devil, from hell-fire and damnation,
Good Lord, deliver us.

From pride, anger, and covetousness; from lust, envy, sloth, and gluttony.
Good Lord, deliver us.

From the snares of the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Good Lord, deliver us.

At the hour of our death and judgement, into heaven, out of hell,
Good Lord, deliver us.

From lightning, tempest, and earthquake,
Good Lord, deliver us.

From plague, pestilence, and famine;
Good Lord, deliver us.

From flood and fire,
Good Lord, deliver us.

From battle and murder,
Good Lord, deliver us.

From dying suddenly and unprepared,
Good Lord, deliver us.

From unseen and unknown dangers that would harm us,
Good Lord, deliver us.

From heresy and false doctrine, from the broad and easy way that leads to perdition, from hardness of heart and slowness to love and serve,
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your holy Nativity, and by your Circumcision,
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your Epiphany to the Gentiles, and by your Baptism,
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your agony and bloody sweat, by your betrayal and arrest, and by your Cross and death,
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your descent into hell, by your holy Resurrection, and by your glorious Ascension into heaven,
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your coming again at the end of the ages,
Good Lord, deliver us.

By the intercessions of all your saints, by the prayers of Holy Mary, saints Joseph the foster-father, Michael the archangel, John the Paranymphos, Philip the Apostle, Joseph of Arimathea, Mellangel, the blessed Aelhaiarn, Cadfan, Clydai, Clydwyn, Cynddilig, Dingad, Dona, the five Dyfrwry, Gwen, Gwynno, Gwynnoro, Celynin, Ceitho, Gwenfyl, Callwen, Gwynlleu, Rhwydrys, Morhaiarn, and Peulan, have mercy on us and save us.
Good Lord, deliver us.

We sinners beseech you to hear us:
And that it would please you to keep the world in peace and safety,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would deliver us from the fires of war, giving understanding in the place of suspicion, and love in the place of fear,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would give to the rulers of the nations grace and wisdom for the safety, prosperity, and welfare of all peoples,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would keep our president, .N., in health and prudence,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would give discernment and the spirit of justice to the judges of this and every land,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would endow our lawmakers with insight, knowledge, and compassion,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it would please you to bless and keep all your people,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would maintain your one Church in the way of truth and in the bond of love, giving us grace to lay aside the pride which separates us,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would give us a heart to love and serve you, living according to your commands,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would give your people grace to hear and receive your word, and not to hear it only but to do it, bringing forth fruit worthy of the Spirit,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would bring back to the way of truth all who have strayed, and bring to salvation those who have not known you,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That we may be truly welcoming stewards of the House of your Mysteries, attracting many and driving away none,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would bless our Abbot .N. with true godliness and spiritual wisdom,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to illumine all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons with a true and lively knowledge of your Word and Holy Spirit, that in their lives and teaching they may show forth the light of that knowledge,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would call many to Holy Orders and to Minor Orders, and that they answer your call for the welfare of the Church,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would send laborers into the harvest, and draw the world into your Kingdom,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to call brothers and sisters into community, that the love and devotion of your family might be shown forth and nurtured,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to help all members of your Church to be, always and everywhere, Christ’s body on earth, light for the world, the leaven of sincerity and truth,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would grant us grace to revive and renew our baptismal covenant, being true to that covenant wherever we may be,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would grant seasonable weather and abundant harvests,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That you would summon forth from the ground the fruits of the earth, that all peoples may enjoy your bounty,
We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

We ask you to hear our prayer, O Lord:
And especially for all in any need,
Hear our prayer, O Lord.

For prisoners, and those in chains or exile,
Hear our prayer, O Lord.

For refugees and wanderers, for the homeless and the hungry,
Hear our prayer, O Lord.

For all who are in sorrow, trouble, need, sickness, or any other adversity,
Hear our prayer, O Lord.

For those who are persecuted for the cause of right and the Name of Christ, for all who are imprisoned and tortured for the sake of conscience, and for all innocent victims,
Hear our prayer, O Lord.

For virgins, widows, and orphans, and for those who have no one to plead their cause,
Hear our prayer, O Lord.

For those who stumble and fall; for those who weep and mourn; for those who despair and have no hope;
Hear our prayer, O Lord.

For those who have gone before us in the sign of faith;
Hear our prayer, O Lord.

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon them.
+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercies of God, rest in peace.
Amen.

Help us, save us, have mercy, and keep us, O God, by your grace.
Amen.

O God, whose nature and property is always to have mercy and to forgive: Receive our humble petitions, and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let your great mercy free us. Spare all who confess their sins to you, bestowing upon them both pardon and peace.
Amen.

Almighty and Everlasting God, have mercy upon your servant, .N., our Abbot, and according to your great goodness direct him into the way of everlasting salvation; that by your grace he may desire those things which are pleasing to you, and with all his strength do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth, whose Son and true Word our Lord Jesus Christ tore the veil between this physical creation and your heavenly kingdom, by entering our world as a human child, by dying on the cross, and by descending to hell and opening from there a gate to Heaven: Hear our prayers at this holy time, and grant that, as we begin a new year of grace, we may always walk between the worlds, with one foot here and one foot there, one eye now and one eye then; so that, when our bodies dissolve back to dust from which they were made, we may enter into your land of eternal joys which we will already know; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Collect

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.
Amen.

Propers

Gradual

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth be moved,
and though the mountains topple into the depths of the sea. Ps. 46:1,2
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Preface
For in the multitude of your saints, you have surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses, that we might rejoice in their fellowship, and run with endurance the race that is set before us; and together with them, receive the crown of glory that never fades away.

Memorial
Countless throngs of saints and angels stand before your throne day and night, constantly proclaiming your praise, and offering through your Son their prayers for those of us in your Church here on earth.

Post-Communion
Grant, O Lord, that this year, begun in you, may find its meaning and completion in you, and that all our years may end in glory, when your Son returns to take us home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same, the Three in One, and One in Three.
I bind this day to me forever, by power of faith, Christ’s Incarnation;
His baptism in the River Jordan; His death on the Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spiced tomb; His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom; I bind unto myself today.

Prayer to Forgive God

Come close, Lord, and hear my prayer as I come with great hesitation seeking reconciliation to you, my God.

I find that my lips will hardly form these words, and yet, if I am honest, I know that at times there has been hidden in my heart a resentment toward you, my God.

The reason, Lord, is that from the start you have shaped my world, formed my body, gifted my mind and placed me within my family. I have held you responsible when these seemed unjust and, though afraid, have often wanted to raise my fist to you.

This, Lord God, is one of those times!

Litany of Penitence

Most holy and merciful Father: We confess to you and 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 neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

Litany for Peace

Lord, Heavenly Father help us to become peacemakers, that we may be called, “The Children of God”

Lord, hear out prayer, and grant us Thy peace.

Lord, Heavenly Father, help us purge ourselves of those attributes which make not for peace but which set the stage for war.

Lord hear our prayer, and grant us Thy peace.

Celtic Litany for Peace

Let us pray to the Lord, saying, Lord have mercy.

For the peace from above, and for tranquility in our time for the Holy Catholic Church, that she may reach to the ends of the earth, let us pray to the Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

That God may soon manifest his Kingdom of peace, where no sword is drawn and no tear is shed, let us pray to the Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

The Prayer of Shepherd’s Heart

Father Almighty, God most high, God of hosts, Lord of the world, invisible, incorruptible, immortal, perfect, and merciful; God of the earth, of fire, of the waters, of the great winds, of the shining stars; God who made the world: Draw near and bend down to hear the prayers of your children.

In the shelter of your anointed Son, help us to be orderly, cheerful, and polite, civil, sensible, and honorable, quiet and discreet, generous, welcoming, and friendly, open-handed, truly loving, and full of humanity.

Help us to be willing, worthy, and respectful; and let us be outstanding for kindness and mercy, ministering to the poor and those in prison, for the harvest is ripe and ready for us to reap it.

Give us the purity of an angel and the chastity of a maiden, the simplicity of a dove and the cunning of a serpent, sweet humility and precious lowliness, and the spirit of the apostles on fire in our souls.

Give to us the patience of Job prepared for hardship, the joy of achieving peace, prudence, tranquillity, and mildness, for these are the fruits of our flowers in the gap of danger.

Grant us courage to build our community in love, that we might become your bride, sustained by the sweet wine of your passion, and fed by the fullness of your Incarnation. Let our Order reflect your Divine Peace and may our Rule be our life’s measure of your Divine Plan.

High King of Heaven, give judgment in our favor and moisten our eyes with the continuing stream of your grace, that the Holy Spirit might dwell in us, and the sweet Name of Jesus be written graciously in the center of our hearts.

This we ask in that same dear Name, for ever and always.

Amen.