14 April 2018

It glimmered

But for a blink of an eye in time, yet this is the Eucharistia from Sweden under King John III (1576). Thanks to Dr. Tighe for sending along a copy of the Red Book. I would never have dreamed I would one day own a copy of this gem:

During Offering:

I wash my hands in innocence, O Lord, and go to Your altar, that I may declare with a voice of thanksgiving and tell of Your wondrous works.

After Offering:

Almighty, eternal God, Heavenly Father, You have promised us the Spirit of grace and intercession. We beg You, grant us grace, that according to Your commandment and promise, we may call upon You in spirit and in truth. Let Your Holy Spirit govern our hearts, for without You we cannot please You.

We humbly pray You and heartily desire, then, most merciful Father that through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, You would graciously accept our prayers and hear our petitions for Your holy universal Church, that You would grant it peace and govern it throughout the world, together with all government, spiritual or civil, or whatever sort or name it may be, and also all true Christians who love and confess the true catholic and Apostolic faith. 

O Lord God, who willed that Your Son's holy and most worthy Supper should be to us a pledge  and promise of Your mercy; awaken our heart, that we who celebrate His Supper may have a salutary remembrance of Your benefits and humbly give You our true and dutiful thanks, glory, and praise forever. Help us Your servants and Your people that we may in this Supper remember the holy, pure, immaculate and blessed sacrifice of Your Son, which He made upon the cross for us, and worthily celebrate the mystery of the New Testament and eternal covenant. Bless and sanctify with Your Holy Spirit's power that which is prepared and set apart for this holy use, bread and wine, that rightly used they may be for us the holy body and blood of Your Son, the food of eternal life, which we desire and yearn for with greatest longing. Through the same, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Preface and Canon:

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.

Lift up your hearts to God. We lift them up.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right and fitting.

Truly it is right and fitting, appropriate and salutary that we should at all times give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God at all times, but especially and chiefly on this day on which our Paschal Lamb is offered. For He is the very Lamb who has taken away the sin of the world. By His death, death has been destroyed and by His resurrection life has returned. 

Who, that we might never forget His benefits, on the night that He was betrayed celebrated a supper during which He took bread into His holy and venerable hands, lifted His eyes to heaven, gave thanks to You, His holy Father, almighty and eternal God, blessed it, broke it and gave it to His disciples and said: "Take and eat; this is My body which is given for you; this do in remembrance of me."

Likewise also after the Supper, He took the cup into His holy and venerable hands, looked up to heaven, gave thanks to You, His holy Father, almighty and eternal God, blessed and gave it to His disciples and said: "Take and drink you all of this. For this is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins. This do as often as you drink it in remembrance of me."

Therefore with angels and archangels, with thrones and dominions, with all the hosts of heaven, we sing the song of praise that has no end to Your honor, saying:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth. 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.

And so we remember, O Lord God, this blessed command of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, His holy passion and death, His resurrection and ascension. In Your boundless mercy You have sent and given Him to us that He might be an offering for our sins, and that He by His one sacrifice on the cross pay the price of our redemption, fulfill Your righteousness, and bring to perfection such an offering as might serve for the salvation of all Your chosen until the end of the world. The same, Your Son, the same offering which is a pure, holy, and immaculate sacrifice, we beg You to set before us for our reconciliation, shield, and defense and covering against Your wrath and against the terrors of our sin and of death. Grant that we may now receive it with faith and offer it before Your glorious majesty with our humble supplications. For these Your great benefits we give You fervent thanks with heart and mouth, yet not as we ought, but as we are able.

And we humbly beg You through Your Son whom You have in Your godly and secret counsel set before us as our sole Mediator, to look upon us and our prayers with Your mercy and pitying eye. Grant that they may come to Your heavenly altar before Your divine majesty and be pleasing to You, that all we who partake at this altar of the blessed and holy food and drink, the holy bread of eternal life and the cup of eternal salvation, which is the holy body and blood of your Son, may be filled with all heavenly benediction and grace.

We pray You likewise, O Lord, our God, that You would be pleased to grant us poor sinful people who trust in Your manifold mercies, that we may be received among Your holy apostles, martyrs, and all Your saints, among whom we beg You to welcome us, not due to our deserving, but due to Your compassion, for You are He who forgives our sins and failings; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

By whom, O Lord, You ever create, sanctify, quicken, bless and grant us every good thing. Through Him, with Him, and in Him be all honor and glory and praise to You, almighty God, Heavenly Father, with the Holy Spirit, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen.

Taught by Your saving precepts and formed by divine institution, we cry to you and say: Our Father...deliver us from evil. Deliver us, O Lord, from all evil, both past, present and future. Grant us gracious peace in our days that beneath Your merciful protection and defense, we may be set free from sins and kept safe from all affliction, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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