Holy Eucharist (Sunday, August 16, 2020)
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THE OPENING ACCLAMATION
Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
THE COLLECT FOR PURITY
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray. O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Liturgy of the Word
THE FIRST LESSON Genesis 45:1-15
Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Send everyone away from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, 5 you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.’ And now your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my own mouth that speaks to you. You must tell my father how greatly I am honored in Egypt, and all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.” Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, while Benjamin wept upon his neck. And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The Song of Mary Magnificat Luke 1:46-55
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him *
in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, *
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
THE SECOND LESSON Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
THE GOSPEL Matthew 15: 21-28
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Luke
Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you Lord Christ.
THE SERMON The Rev’d. Yamily Bass-Choate
THE NICENE CREED
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, Eternally begotten of the Father. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
As we pray to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we say with Mary: Lord, have mercy on those who fear you. Holy is your name.
Your prophet of old foretold a day when a virgin would conceive and bear a son who would be called God-with-us. Help us to look forward to your deliverance and to seek the fullness of your kingdom. Lord, have mercy on those who fear you. Holy is your name.
Your angel declared to Mary that she was to be the mother of the Saviour. Help all of us gathered here and every Christian person to be open to your word and obedient to your will. Lord, have mercy on those who fear you. Holy is your name.
Mary rejoiced with Elizabeth and sang your praise, ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.’ Help us to live joyful lives that sing your praise. Lord, have mercy on those who fear you. Holy is your name.
Mary bore a son of David’s line, a king whose reign would never end. Bless these United States of America and all the nations of the world with Christ’s gift of peace. Lord, have mercy on those who fear you. Holy is your name.
The child Jesus grew in wisdom and stature in the home of Mary and Joseph. Strengthen our homes and families, and keep under your protection all those whom we love. Lord, have mercy on those who fear you. Holy is your name.
At the foot of the cross of Christ stood his mother, and from the cross she received his lifeless body in her arms. Give comfort and healing to [all on our parish prayer list] and all who suffer, as well as those who watch the suffering of those they love. Lord, have mercy on those who fear you. Holy is your name.
The apostle John saw a vision of a woman in heaven, robed with the sun. Bring us with [… and] all those who have died in the faith of Christ to share the joy of heaven with Mary and all the saints. Lord, have mercy on those who fear you. Holy is your name.
Almighty and everlasting God, your handmaid Mary magnified your name and rejoiced in your saving love: trusting in that same love, we ask all these our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
OFFERING OF INTERCESSIONS AND THANKSGIVING
• We pray for the reposed souls for the over 161,000 who have died due to complications related to COVID-19; we pray for their grieving family and friends
• We pray for the repose of the souls of all those who have lost their lives to gun violence in our communities
• We pray for those who are suffering in mind, body and spirit from any illness, fear, anxiety. • We pray for all workers, especially our medical workers, law enforcement, sanitation, groceries restaurant, front line workers, employers and employees around this country.
• We pray for those who have lost their jobs/income.
• We pray for our Bishops: Andrew, Allen and Mary as well as all Priests, Deacons, Lay Leaders and Congregations as some churches have opened or are planning to re-open soon.
• We pray for the President and Vice President of the United States; Governor of NYS; Mayor of NYC and all Federal, State and Local government officials.
• We pray for everyone on our Parish Prayer List including: Father Lewis Marshall, Denise Ciluffo, Christopher Still, Francis Cheah, Mother Rhoda, Frank and Janet Cangemi and Edwin Dean.
• We pray in Thanksgiving for all those celebrating birthdays especially Janet Allen
• We pray in Thanksgiving for all those celebrating anniversaries.
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbour.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.
Let us offer one another a sign of peace.
All may exchange a “socially distanced” sign of peace from their places either with a bow or a wave. As a reminder, please do not hug or shake hands.
THE WELCOME AND THE ANNOUNCEMENTS
WALK IN LOVE, AS CHRIST LOVED US AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR US, AN OFFERING AND SACRIFICE TO GOD. EPHESIANS 5:2
The Holy Communion
AT THE OFFERING OF THE BREAD
BLESSED ARE YOU, LORD, GOD OF ALL CREATION THROUGH YOUR GOODNESS WE HAVE THIS BREAD TO OFFER WHICH THE EARTH HAS GIVEN AND HUMAN HANDS HAVE MADE. IT WILL BECOME FOR US THE BREAD OF LIFE.
BLESSED BE GOD FOREVER.
AT THE OFFERING OF THE WINE
BLESSED ARE YOU LORD, GOD OF ALL CREATION THROUGH YOUR GOODNESS WE HAVE THIS WINE TO OFFER FRUIT OF THE VINE AND WORK OF HUMAN HANDS. IT WILL BECOME OUR SPIRITUAL DRINK.
BLESSED BE GOD FOREVER.
THEN THE PRESIDENT TAKES THE OFFERING IN THEIR HANDS AND SAYS WITH THE PEOPLE.
YOURS, LORD, IS THE GREATNESS, THE POWER, THE GLORY, THE SPLENDOUR, AND THE MAJESTY; FOR EVERYTHING IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH IS YOURS. ALL THINGS COME FROM YOU, AND OF YOUR OWN DO WE GIVE YOU. AMEN.
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING A
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 him thanks and praise.
It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth: And now we give you thanks because in choosing the blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son you have exalted the humble and meek. Your angel hailed her as most highly favoured; with all generations we call her blessed and with her we rejoice and magnify your holy name. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn 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.
Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world. On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."
After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, "Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me." Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom. All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. Amen.
And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, 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.
Alleluia, Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
Therefore let us keep the feast, Alleluia!
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.
The gifts of God for the people of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.
THE COMMUNION PLEASE WAIT TO BE DIRECTED TO COMMUNION BY THE USHERS
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
Let us pray.
God of abundance,