Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Liturgical Suggestions for the Feast of Mary the Virgin (15 August)

Saint Faith's will be anticipating the feast of Mary the Virgin (15 August) on Sunday, 14 August 2011.  Here is the liturgical ordo we shall be observing on that day.

Mary the Virgin
14 August 2011

Saint Faith’s Anglican Church
Vancouver BC

Introductory Responses[i]

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
may all the earth be filled with God’s glory.
Light has sprung up for the righteous,
and joyful gladness for those who are true-hearted.
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth.

Collect of the Day[ii]

O God,
you chose the blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of your incarnate Son.
May we who have been redeemed by his blood,
share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


Isaiah 7.10-15
Psalm 132.6-10, 13-14
Galatians 4.4-7
Luke 1.46-55

Affirmation of Faith[iii]

You, O God, are supreme and holy.
You create our world and give us life.
Your purpose overarches everything we do.
You have always been with us.
You are God.

You, O God, are infinitely generous,
good beyond all measure.
You came to us before we came to you.
You have revealed and proved
your love for us in Jesus Christ,
who lives and died and rose again.
You are with us now.
You are God.

You, O God, are Holy Spirit.
You empower us to be your gospel in the world.
You reconcile and heal; you overcome death.

You are our God.  We worship you.

Confession of Sin[iv]

We pray to you for the forgiveness of our sins.

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;
in your compassion, forgive us our sins,
known and unknown,
things done and left undone;
and so uphold us by your Spirit
that we may live and serve you in newness of life,
to the honour and glory of your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

God the Creator brings you new life,
forgives and redeems you.
Take hold of this forgiveness
and live your life in the Spirit of Jesus.  Amen.

The Exchange of the Peace

To Mary the angel of the Lord said,
“God’s peace to you, highly favoured one.”
May that peace be with you all.
And also with you.

Prayer over the Gifts

God of mercy,
receive all we offer you this day.
May we share with the Virgin Mary
the joys of your eternal kingdom,
and live with you in unending love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving[v]

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
we give you thanks and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who in the mystery of his incarnation
was made fully human
of the flesh of the Virgin Mary his mother;
in him we have seen a new and radiant vision of your glory.
Therefore with all the angels of heaven,
we lift our voices and sing our joyful hymn of praise
to proclaim the glory of your name.

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
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.

How wonderful the works of your hands, O Lord.
As a mother tenderly gathers her children,
you embraced a people as your own.
When they turned away and rebelled
your love remained steadfast.
From them you raise up Jesus our Saviour, born of Mary,
to be the living bread,
in whom all our hungers are satisfied.
He offered his life for sinners,
and with a love stronger than death
he opened wide his arms on the cross.

On the night before he died,
he came to supper with his friends
and, taking bread, he gave you thanks.
He broke it and gave it to them, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.
At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,
he gave you thanks, and said:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
Dying you destroyed our death,
rising you restored our life:
Lord Jesus, come in glory.

God our Abba, we plead with confidence
Christ’s sacrifice made once for all upon the cross;
we remember his dying and rising in glory,
and we rejoice that he intercedes for us at your right hand.
Pour out your Holy Spirit
as we bring before you these gifts of your creation;
may they be fore us the body and blood of your dear Son.

As we eat and drink these holy things in your presence,
form us into the likeness of Christ,
and build us into a living temple to your glory.
Remember, Lord, your Church in every land.
Reveal her unity, guard her faith
and preserve her in peace.
Bring us at the last with ever-blessed Virgin Mary,
blessed Joseph, blessed Faith and all the saints
to the vision of that eternal splendour
for which you have created us;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
by whom, with whom and in whom,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Source of all that is,
in songs of everlasting praise:

Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever.  Amen.

Prayer after Communion

God of grace,
today we raise our voices
to magnify your holy name,
and, in our own generation, to call her blessed
who became the mother of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
May we who have shared this holy food
continue, with her, in your glorious kingdom,
founded and established in Jesus Christ our Lord.
We ask this in his name.  Amen.

Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

[i] The Introductory Responses are adapted from the ‘Incarnation’ responses in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 96.

[ii] The Collect is adapted from the collect for Mary the Virgin in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 419.

[iii] The Affirmation of Faith is taken from A Prayer Book for New Zealand (1989), 481.

[iv] The Confession of Sin is taken from The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 127.  The Absolution from A Prayer Book for New Zealand (1989), 460.

[v] The Great Thanksgiving is adapted from ‘Eucharistic Prayer G’ in Common Worship (2000), 201-203.

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