United Catholic Church
Order of Worship
Ecumenical Sample Mass
(Posted November 2006)
(The following order of Mass
was designed to enhance the comfort and participation of the congregation in an
ecumenical celebration where those present come from a
variety of denominational backgrounds, as would be the case, for example, in an
institutionalized setting. This order of worship is built on the German Old
Catholic Liturgy base and is enhanced with short prayers or response echoes from
the Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican and Reform Protestant traditions.)
Meditation or Hymn
Call to Worship
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of
the Holy Spirit be with you all.
All: And also
Prayer of Confession
Hear what the Holy Spirit said by the Apostle St. John: If we say that we have
no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our
sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from
all unrighteousness. Let us therefore take a moment to examine our conscience,
and to repent of our past sins. (moment of reflective silence)
All: O Lord, You
have created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of your own
eternity; yet often we forget the glory of our heritage, and wander from the
path which leads to righteousness. But you, O Lord, have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are ever restless till they find their rest in you. Look with
the eyes of your love upon our manifold imperfections, and pardon all our
shortcomings, that we may be filled with the brightness of your everlasting
light, and become the unspotted mirror of your power and the image of your
goodness. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
P: God, who is
both power and love, forgive us and free us from our sins, heal and strengthen
us by his Spirit, and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.
All: 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.
Prayer that reflects
the teachings of the day. .... Amen.
Lessons of the Day
(In an ecumenical
celebration the use of the Revised Common Lectionary readings for the day is
1 Kings 17:8-16
The word of the LORD came to Elijah....
Here ends the
(The Psalm may be
read by the Lector with a response from the congregation, in its totality by the
congregation or in an alternating manner as shown below.)
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth,
for there is no help in them.
When they breathe
their last, they return to earth,
and in that day their thoughts perish.
All: Happy are they
gives justice to those who are oppressed...
All: The LORD shall
reign for ever, your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah!
L: Christ did
not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he
entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.
Here ends the
Alleluia or Gospel
Happy are they who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
Teaching in the temple, Jesus said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk
around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces” ...
(Lifting the Book of
These are the words
of the Holy Gospel, the are words of eternal life.
All: Praise to you
Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayers of the
Let us pray to the
Lord our God and give him our needs and thanksgivings. Almighty and ever
living God, who in your holy Word has taught us to make prayers and
supplications, and to give thanks for all men: Receive these our prayers which
we offer unto your divine majesty, beseeching you to inspire continually the
Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity and concord; and grant that all
those who do confess your holy name may agree in the truth of your holy word,
and live in unity and godly love.
1: We pray for
peace in the world; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all
people. (All:) Lord hear our prayer.
2: We pray for
the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in difficulties of any
kind. Lord hear our prayer.
3: (If in a
specialized setting) We pray for those here present and for all those at this
facility, for their families and loved ones. Lord
hear our prayer.
4: We pray for
all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of him, for all who have lost their
faith, And for those whose faith has grown tepid. Lord
hear our prayer.
We pray for all of God's people;
grant that we may be delivered from hardness of heart and
forth your glory in all our actions. Lord
hear our prayer.
We pray for the special
needs and concerns held in the hearts of each person in this
Lord hear our
7: We thank you
Lord for this day and for all the blessings you have given us and our loved
ones in this life. Lord receive our thanks.
P: Grant these our
prayers, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate.
P: May the God of
hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in
hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. The peace of the Lord be with you all.
(Handshake of peace given here if this action is customary for the
All: And also with
Offering Song (if
desired) and Preparation of the Gifts
received and prepared by the Presider.)
the water and wine are
the mingling of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of
Christ who humbled himself to share in
washes his/her hands:
Lord, wash away my inequity, cleanse me of my sins.
hands pointing to the chalice and paten) Blessed are you Lord God of all
creation. It is through your goodness we have this bread and this wine to
offer, gifts of the earth and work of human hands. Through your mercy and grace
they will become for us the gifts of life.
Pray my brothers and sisters that our gifts be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.
God, your Son calls us to his table and gathers us to the fellowship of his
supper. Grant us what these gifts of bread and wine signify, the life that never
dies, Christ our Lord.
Lord be with you.
also with you.
up your hearts.
lift them to the Lord
us give thanks to the Lord our God.
is right to give him thanks and praise.
P: It is indeed
right, and a good and joyful thing, to thank you, Father in heaven, and to
praise you with all creation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He suffered the
darkness of this world and of death, but you raised him to new life. Therefore
in him we are a new creation. Through him we bless your mercy now and forever
and join with all the heavenly host in singing the praise of your glory:
holy, holy, Lord God of power and might,
and earth are full of your glory.
in the highest!
in he who comes in the name of the Lord.
in the highest!
P: We give you
thanks, O God, our Father, through your beloved Son Jesus, the Christ. You sent
him in the fullness of time to be our saviour and redeemer, as the angel of your
holy will. He is your eternal Word, inseparable from you. Through him you
created everything, and you saw that it was good. He became human by the power
of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary. You revealed him as your
Son. To accomplish your will and to gather a holy people for you, he stretched
out his hands in suffering, to bring release to those who place their hope in
you. He gave himself freely to death to break the power of death, to shatter the
chains of evil, to banish the darkness and to reveal the resurrection.
On the night he
was betrayed, he took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread and gave it
to his disciples, saying, Take this, all of you and eat it: this is my body
which will be given up for you. After supper he like wise took the cup, and
when he had given thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, saying, Take this,
all of you and drink it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and
eternal covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be
forgiven. Do this in memory of me.
Let us proclaim
the mystery of our faith:
has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
And we offer our
sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all, presenting to you,
from your creation, this bread and this wine. We pray you, gracious God, to
send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts and upon this celebration of your
Church. Gather it to unity at your Table. Strengthen
by your Spirit in its faith in you, and keep us in the truth, that we may praise
you and give you glory through your Son Jesus, the Christ though whom you give
us everything that is good.
the chalice and paten and lifts them up and says with the congregation)
All: Through him
and with him and in him, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, all glory and
honor is yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen.
pray as the Lord taught us to
All: Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
will be done,
earth as it is in heaven.
this day our daily bread.
forgive us our trespasses,
we forgive those who trespass against us.
lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
P: Deliver us Lord
from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from
sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the return of
our Savior, Jesus Christ,
All: For yours is
the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, now and forever. Amen.
Breaking of the
God, in token of your great Sacrifice, we break this your Body. And in token of
your triumph over death, the reuniting of your soul and body, and your glorious
resurrection, we unite this Body with this your blood, praying that we may be
one with you even as you are one with the Father, and this action ordained from
of old may be to us and to all the world a means of grace everlasting.
All: The lamb
that was slain and reconciled us to God by his blood, is worthy to receive all
glory and honor, and thanksgiving, and praise.
P: Draw near and
receive this most Precious of
the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation.
the Holy Meal & Communion Meditation Music:
is offered communion in both kinds.
is received first by the congregation and
then by the presider. A period of silence is observed after the distribution
has been completed.
P: Let us pray.
Gracious God, you have strengthened us with the bread of life and the cup of
salvation. May your power work in us, and enable us to spend our lives
following your Son who lives and gives life with you, now and forever.
P: The Lord be
A: And also with
May the Lord
bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you. And may
he show you his loving kindness and bring you peace. May almighty God bless
you, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
P: Go in peace to
love and serve the Lord.
A: In the name of