From time to time, I'm moved to write something liturgical: often prayers and texts for specific occasions and sometimes hymns. I've been encouraged to share them so in honour of today, here's a Eucharistic Prayer I wrote on the inspiration of the Magnificat. I may yet refine it further, but we'll see. Feedback would be appreciated.
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.
Our souls magnify you, O Lord, and our spirits rejoice in you, for you are our Saviour. In every generation, you have shown the lowly your favour and have blessed the poor in their need. When the time had come, you looked with favour on Mary in her lowliness and by the power of your Holy Spirit she gave birth to your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
With all generations, we call her blessed, and with her we rejoice in your saving help. Through her, through us, and through your whole Church you have done great things by your might and so with Mary, with saints, with angels and archangels, with all your people on earth and in heaven, we proclaim the holiness 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.
Holy God, let your Spirit come upon these gifts of bread and wine and let the power of your Spirit overshadow them, that they may become holy and be, for us, the body and the blood of Jesus Christ, your Son and Mary’s Son.
For on the night that he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, 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.
Similarly, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks and gave it to them saying, Drink from this, all of you, this is my blood of the new covenant which is poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.
When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,
until you come in glory.
So with this bread and this cup we remember that your mercy endures from age to age on all who seek you. We proclaim your greatness and might and the strength of your arm, as you scatter the proud and raise the lowly. Fill us and all who hunger with good things and remember with your saving help all in need of your mercy.
For you are the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob,
of Mary and of Joseph,
of the saints of every age;
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom and with whom and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, we worship you gracious and holy God, for ever and ever. Amen.
This is copyright me. You are free to reproduce it (without alteration) for use in worship. If you do so, I'd love to hear about it!