The Mass of the Prince of Peace

The Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist
The Mass of the Prince of Peace

Compiled and written by The Most Rev. Karl Prüter
Edited by The Rt. Rev. Brian E. Brown, OSH
According to the use of The Society of the Servants of the Prince of Peace
Christ Catholic Church Diocese of the Prince of Peace

As authorized by the office of the Abbot General
Feast of Saint Willibrord November 7, 2009

Imprimatur: Feast of Saint Melangell May 27, 2010
+The Right Reverend Brian Ernest Brown, OSH

Saint Willibrord Press
Hollister Missouri

Welcome!

Christ Catholic Church is a community of believers, centered on Jesus Christ, holding to the faith and traditions of the apostles as expressed in Holy Scripture and the ancient creeds of the undivided Church: The Apostle’s Creed, The Nicene, The Creed of Saint Athanasius.

We are a Christ-centered and Trinitarian people, believing the Sacraments impart the grace which they signify, and that Apostolic Succession unifies and empowers us to administer the Sacraments and to proclaim the Gospel given to the Church by our Lord Jesus Christ, the author of our salvation.

We freely accept the continued revelation of the Word of God through the Holy Spirit and the call to love God with all of our heart, mind, and soul while loving our neighbors as our self in the same sacrificial way that Christ has loved us.

Christ Catholic Church sees itself as only one expression of God’s truth among many such Christian expressions and it holds firm to the belief that the Church really is one. It knows no national boundaries, no ethnic allegiance, no historic founder except Jesus Christ, no imperial court, and no secular government. Being truly free in the “free church” tradition, it has known neither papal prince nor earthly king. It seeks to be truly universal or catholic and ecumenical, serving all of God’s children with love, welcoming all to His Sacraments, and inviting all people to His care and fellowship. It does so regardless of race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, historic tradition, or state of grace, and at the same time holds fast to the Apostolic Faith.

We practice an open communion welcoming all Christians. We would turn down no one from receiving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

During the liturgy you are invited to receive our Lord in the Eucharist. You will have received general absolution during the General Confession. All your sins will have been forgiven. No matter how you have lived your life, no matter what you have done before, after your confession the Lord accepts you just the way you are. Please, come to the table he has prepared for you.

The Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist

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

Priest:
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

Let us go before the altar of the Lord.
O Lord, open thou my lips.

People:
AND MY MOUTH SHALL SHOW FORTH THY PRAISE.

Priest:
Our help is in the name of the Lord,

People:
WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH.

The Confession of Sin

Priest:
Beloved in the Lord: Let us draw near with a true heart, and confess our sins unto God, our Father, beseeching him, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to grant us forgiveness.

All kneel and say together:

All:
ALMIGHTY AND MOST MERCIFUL FATHER
WE HAVE ERRED AND STRAYED FROM THY WAYS LIKE LOST SHEEP.
WE HAVE FOLLOWED TOO MUCH THE DEVICES
AND DESIRES OF OUR OWN HEARTS.
WE HAVE OFFENDED AGAINST THY HOLY LAWS.
WE HAVE LEFT UNDONE THOSE THINGS WHICH WE OUGHT TO HAVE DONE,
AND WE HAVE DONE THOSE THINGS WHICH WE OUGHT NOT TO HAVE DONE.
BUT THOU, O LORD, HAVE MERCY UPON US.
SPARE THOU THOSE WHO CONFESS THEIR SINS.
RESTORE THOU THOSE WHO ARE PENITENT
ACCORDING TO THY PROMISES DECLARED UNTO MANKIND IN CHRIST JESUS.
AND GRANT, O MOST MERCIFUL FATHER
THAT WE MAY HEREAFTER LIVE A GODLY, RIGHTEOUS, AND SOBER LIFE.
TO THE GLORY OF THY HOLY NAME. AMEN.

The Kyrie Eleison

Priest and people alternating:

Lord, have mercy upon us.
LORD, HAVE MERCY UPON US.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
CHRIST, HAVE MERCY UPON US.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
LORD, HAVE MERCY UPON US.

The Absolution

Priest:
Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live; and hath given power and commandment to his ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins: + He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do at this present, and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

The First Censing

Priest:
Let us pray.

Here the people shall offer silent prayers and the priest shall cense the altar.

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

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

The Introit

All stand for the introit for day.

Priest:
+ Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Church:
AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, IS NOW, AND FOREVER SHALL BE: WORLD WITHOUT END. AMEN.

Priest:
Let us pray.

The People kneel for the collect. The Priest recites the collect of the day.

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.


The Reading of the Gospel

With all standing, here may be said or sung a gradual psalm, hymn, or an anthem. The Celebrant or Deacon may process into the midst of the people.

Deacon:
The Lord be with you.

People:
AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.

Priest:
The Gospel lesson for today is written in St. ___________________________

At the conclusion of the Gospel lesson the priest shall say:

Priest:
The Gospel of the Lord.

People:
PRAISE BE TO THEE, O CHRIST.

The Sermon

Priest:
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. AMEN.

The Nicene Creed

With all standing:

All:
I BELIEVE IN ONE GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY,
MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH,
AND OF ALL THINGS VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE.

AND IN ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD,
BEGOTTEN OF HIS FATHER BEFORE ALL AGES,
GOD OF GOD. LIGHT OF LIGHT.
VERY GOD OF VERY GOD.
BEGOTTEN, NO MADE,
BEING OF ONE SUBSTANCE WITH THE FATHER,
BY WHOM ALL THINGS WERE MADE;
WHO FOR US MEN, AND FOR OUR SALVATION CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN,
AND WAS INCARNATE BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF THE VIRGIN MARY,
AND WAS MADE MAN,
AND WAS CRUCIFIED ALSO FOR US UNDER PONTIUS PILATE.
HE SUFFERED AND WAS BURIED,
AND THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES,
AND ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN,
AND SITTETH ON THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER.
AND HE SHALL COME AGAIN WITH GLORY
TO JUDGE BOTH THE QUICK AND THE DEAD:
WHOSE KINDOM SHALL HAVE NO END.

AND I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT,
THE LORD AND GIVER OF LIFE,
WHO PROCEEDETH FROM THE FATHER,
WHO WITH THE FATHER AND THE SON TOGETHER
IS WORSHIPPED AND GLORIFIED,
WHO SPAKE BY THE PROPHETS.
AND I BELIEVE IN ONE CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH.
I ACKNOWLEDGE ONE BAPTISM FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS.
AND I LOOK FOR THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD,
AND THE LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME.
AMEN.

The Offertory

The people kneeling.

Priest:
We adore thee, O God, who art the source of all life and goodness and with true and thankful hearts we offer unto thee this token of thine own life giving gifts bestowed upon us, thou who art the giver of all.

Priest pours wine and water into the chalice.

According to immemorial custom, we now mix water with this wine, praying thee O Lord, that we may evermore abide in Christ and he in us.

Priest offers the cup.

We offer unto thee O Lord, this cup with joy and gladness; may the worship we offer ascend before thy divine majesty as a sacrifice pure and acceptable in thy sight; through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Second Censing of the Altar

With the people seated.

Lavabo

Psalm 26

I will wash my hands in innocency, O Lord, and so will I go unto thine altar.
That I may show the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
Lord, I have loved the habitation of thine house,
And the place where thine honor dwelleth.
O shut not up my soul with the sinners, nor my life with the bloodthirsty:
In whose hands is wickedness, and their right hand is full of gifts.
But as for me, I will walk innocently: O deliver me and be merciful unto me.
My foot standeth right, I will praise the Lord in the congregations.
Glory be to the Father, 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 Orate Fratres

Priest:
May my prayer be as an incense offering in thy sight, my uplifted hands as an evening sacrifice. Set, O Lord, a watch over my mouth, and a guard over the door of my lips. Permit not my heart to turn to evil, seeking excuses for wickedness.

The people stand.

Priest:
Brothers and sisters, pray that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father.

People:
MAY THE LORD ACCEPT THE SACRIFICE AT YOUR HANDS TO THE PRAISE AND GLORY OF HIS NAME, FOR OUR GOOD, AND FOR THE GOOD OF HIS HOLY CHURCH EVERYWHERE. AMEN.

Sursum Corda

Priest:
Lift up your hearts.

People:
WE LIFT THEM UP UNTO THE LORD.

Priest:
Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.

People:
IT IS MEET AND RIGHT SO TO DO.

Priest:
It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto thee, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Everlasting God; therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify they glorious name: evermore praising thee and saying:

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD,
GOD OF HOSTS,
HEAVEN AND EARTH
ARE FULL OF THY GLORY
HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST.
+ BLESSED IS HE THAT COMETH
IN THE NAME OF THE LORD
HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST.

The Canon

The people kneel for the Canon.

Priest:
Wherefore, O most loving Father, we thy servants do pray thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord, to receive and bless these + gifts, these + offerings, this + holy and spotless sacrifice. We offer this holy sacrifice first for thy holy catholic church, that it may please thee to grant her peace, to watch over her, to bring her unity, and to guide her throughout the world. Likewise, for thy servant .N. our bishop, for all our clergy and for all believers and professors of the orthodox, catholic, and apostolic faith.

The Commemoration of the Living

Be mindful, O Lord, of thy servants and handmaids, .N. and all here present whose faith and devotion are known unto thee for whom we offer and who themselves desire to offer, this sacrifice of praise. That it may avail for themselves, their families and friends, for the redemption of their souls, for the health and salvation which they desire and for which they now present their vows unto thee, the living and true God.

The Commemoration of the Departed

Remember, O Lord, thy servants and handmaids .N. who have gone before us with the sign of faith and rest in the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and all who rest in Christ, grant, we beseech thee, a place of refreshment, light, and peace. Through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

The Invocation

We beseech thee, O Most Merciful Father, to send thy Holy Spirit upon + us, and upon these elements of bread and wine, that the bread which we break + may be to us the Communion of the Body of Christ, and the Cup of Blessing which we bless + the Communion of the Blood of Christ.

We beseech thee to accept this, our service of praise and thanksgiving, together with the consecration of ourselves + unto thee, and to thy holy service, through thy Son, Jesus Christ. AMEN.

People:
WE GIVE THANKS UNTO THEE O LORD.

The Eucharistic Prayer

Priest:
Jesus Christ on the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread (here shall the priest take bread into his hand) and when he had given thanks, he broke it, (here shall the priest break the bread) and said, “Take, eat; this is My Body which is broken for you. This do in remembrance of me.”

After the same manner, also, he took the cup (here the priest shall take the cup into his hands) when he had supped saying, “This Cup is the New Testament in My Blood. This do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Wherefore having in remembrance his holy life, we, his servants, do set forth this memorial which he has commanded us to make.

Lord God Almighty, who alone art holy and who dost accept the sacrifice of praise from such as call upon thee with their whole heart, accept also the prayer of us sinners and receive us at thy holy altar. Enable us to present thee gifts and spiritual sacrifices for our sins and for the ignorance of thy people and count us worthy to find favor before thee that our sacrifice may be well pleasing and that the good spirit of thy grace may be upon + us, and upon these gifts + here set forth, and upon all thy people. Through the mercies of thy Son, Jesus, with whom and with thine all holy, gracious, and life giving spirit thou art blessed now and forever, world without end. AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer

Priest:
Let us pray.

All:
OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN,
HALLOWED BE THY NAME,
THY KINGDOM COME,
THY WILL BE DONE,
IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD,
AND FORGIVE US OUR SINS,
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.

Priest:
O Almighty God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift, and who poureth out on all who desire it, the spirit of grace and supplication: deliver us when we draw nigh to thee from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind. That with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections we may worship thee in spirit and in truth. AMEN.

The priest shall commune by intinction.

Priest:
Lord, I am not worthy that though shouldst enter under my roof but speak the word only and my soul shall be healed.

Receiving the elements he shall say:

Priest:
The Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ + preserve my soul unto everlasting life. Amen.

The Communion of the Faithful

Priest:
All ye that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity of your neighbors and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God and walking henceforth in his holy ways: draw near with faith and take this Holy Sacrament to your comfort.

As each communicant comes forward and receives the elements the priest shall say:

Priest:
The Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ + preserve your soul unto everlasting life. AMEN.

The Thanksgiving

Priest:
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good.

People:
AND HIS MERCY ENDURETH FOREVER.

All:
WE GIVE THANKS UNTO THEE, ALMIGHTY GOD,
THAT THOU HAST REFRESHED US WITH THIS, THY SALUTORY GIFT
AND WE BESEECH THEE, OF THY MERCY,
TO STRENGTHEN US THROUGH THE SAME IN FAITH TOWARD THEE,
AND IN FERVENT TOWARD ONE ANOTHER.
WE ASK THIS THROUGH THE SAME JESUS CHRIST
WITH WHOM WE HAVE BROKEN BREAD
AND RECEIVED THE WINE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT,
AND WHO LIVETH AND RAINETH WITH THEE AND THE HOLY SPIRIT,
EVER ONE GOD, WORLD WITH OUT END. AMEN.

The Litany of Peace

Priest:
The Lord be with you.

People:
And with your spirit.

Priest: Let us pray.

Priest and people alternating:

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

LORD, HEAR OUR 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.

Lord, open our minds to see ourselves as Thou seest us, or even, as others see us, and save us from all unwillingness to know our infirmities.

LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER, AND GRANT US THY PEACE.

From all hasty utterances of impatience; from the retort of irritation and the taunt of sarcasm; from all infirmity of temper in provoking or being provoked; from love of unkind gossip, and from all idle words that may do hurt, save us, O Lord.

LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER, AND GRANT US THY PEACE.

Grant us, O Lord, the strength to obey Thy commandments, that we defraud our brother in nothing. May we never commit adultery or do anything to disturb our neighbor’s home or family.

LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER, AND GRANT US THY PEACE.

Lord, Heavenly Father, grant that we covet nothing that is our neighbors, neither his house, nor his auto, his bank account, his job, nor anything that is our neighbors.

LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER, AND GRANT US THY PEACE.

Heavenly Father, help us to maintain peace within our own households, with our neighbors in our communities, within our own nations, and in the world.

LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER, AND GRANT US THY PEACE.

Lord, Heavenly Father we pray not only for the absence of war, but more especially for Thy peace, which passeth all understanding.

LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER, AND GRANT US THY PEACE.

Lord, Heavenly Father, grant us Christ’s wish that we may become One with Him, and with Thee; that in union with Thee, we may desire only what Thou dost desire, and thus come to know Thy perfect peace.

LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER, AND GRANT US THY PEACE, THIS DAY AND FOR EVERMORE. AMEN.

Benediction

Priest:
The blessing of God Almighty, + the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always. AMEN.

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!