Notes for the Liturgy of Communion

General outline for Communion

  1. Introduction
  2. Prayer of Communal Confession
  3. Silence (examination of conscience)
  4. Word of Invitation
  5. Reading
  6. Invitation to Communion
  7. Response

Structure for the Prayer of Communal Confession

  • Praising God
    • Helpful to pull from psalms
  • Request for Help
  • Confess our sins
  • Forgive us Lord
    • Forgive us Lord.
      We have sinned against you
      in thought, word and deed.
      In what we have done
      and in what we have left undone.
  • Amen

General Liturgy for Communion

Introduction

Jesus invite me to your table.
And I will proclaim your death until you return.

Prayer of Communal Confession

Almighty God we praise you.
All of creation is held in your hands.
Without you we would fall apart.

Lord as you sustain us, help us.
Give us courage to live as you did.

Help us see the poor as ourselves,
grant us meek hearts and gentle spirits,
and let us love widely so those weeping invite us in.
Help us turn from ourselves,
to choose love over our safety and comfort,
share your eyes with us,
to see your love for all including ourselves,
and keep us from hurting others with our wants.

Forgive us Lord.
We have sinned against you
in thought, word and deed.
In what we have done
and in what we have left undone.

Alleluia
Amen

Silence (examination of conscience)

Holy Spirit graciously meet us, and assist us in examining ourselves.

Word of Invitation

Our Lord invites us to his table.
To sit with Him,
with those who came before,
and who are yet to come.
To share the eternal meal,
that began on the night Jesus was betrayed.

Reading

Year C: Luke 22:14-20

    And when the hour came, Jesus, with his apostles, reclined at the table. Then He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you that I shall not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." 
	And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, "Take this and share it among yourselves. For I say to you that I will no longer drink the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
	And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it. Then gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which is being given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." And in the same way, after they had eaten, He took the cup, saying, "This cup, which is poured out for you, is the new covenant in My blood."

Invitation to Communion

We come together, and do this in remembrance of Jesus.

This bread is the body of Christ.
It has been broken for you.
Take.
Eat.

pause to allow them to eat

This cup is the new covenant in Christ’s blood.
It has been poured out for many.
Take.
Drink.

pause to allow them to drink

When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come again.

Responatory

His body broken.
R Broken for us.

His blood shed.
R Shed for us.

Gods promise kept.
R Kept for us.

Gods eternal presence.
R Present with us.

R Christ has Died.
Christ has Risen.
Christ will come again.
Alleluia
Amen.