From the Diocesan Bishop, David Hamid, the following piedces of liturgy are intended for home use during
the coronovirus lock down.
An Agapé or Love Feast is a way of breaking bread together as Jesus did with people in all sorts of settings.
You may like to join in at home with some bread and wine or juice.
We have bread and wine,
gifts of this good earth,
enough for all, if we can share!
Gracious God we give you thanks
for all the many blessings in our lives
and ask that you would bless us now
as we share your good gifts
in Jesus’ name.
Loving God, you provide enough for everyone:
this earth is fertile, fruitful and abundant,
but we are sometimes greedy, wasteful
Many go hungry
despite our plenty,
are left outside while we enjoy a feast.
But on the hillside, in the wilderness,
with five thousand and more hungry people,
Jesus took the bread that they had,
broke it and gave thanks to you.
He shared the bread,
so that no one should be left out,
and they all ate and were satisfied.
Blessed be God forever!
Hurting God, you hurt with our pains,
you weep with our tears;
when you see how we struggle and suffer.
You long for our peace, yet we so often make war.
You long for our healing and wholeness,
yet we so often turn away from you.
But at a wedding in Cana when the wine ran out,
Jesus asked them to fill the empty jars with water,
and by your grace, water became wine,
sadness was turned to joy,
and all were able to share in the best
wine of all.
be God forever!
you long for us to dream your dream,
of a world at peace, a people made one,
a feast for all;
where bread is broken and shared with companions on the road,
where wine is blessed
and shared with all who are hurting,
and all are caught up together
in the Kingdom of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
bread can be shared, using the words:
Bread for the world to share.
The wine can be shared using the words:
The best wine, saved till now.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Gracious God we thank you,
for your abundant love in creation,
your compassionate, healing touch in our hurting,
your inspiration for our venturing.
Thank you for bread, and wine to share.
Give us grace to follow
in the footsteps of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
who longs for our healing,
us in our hurting,
stands with us,
in our brokenness,
we may be made whole.
who anoints us with power,
us with your grace,
we may reach out to others.
blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Be with you, now and for ever.
When Unable to Attend a Celebration of the Eucharist
If a household are praying together one person may act as leader
and the others as the congregation and they join in the sections in bold type.
If alone read all the words aloud.
You may want to light a candle before you begin, and have a
bible, cross or crucifix to look at.
is here. The Spirit is with us.
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: 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.
You may want to pray the Collect of the
Day here from an app or book.
You could use one or more of the readings of the day or the following short readings:
First Reading - Revelation 3:20
stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he
Psalm - Psalm 62
On God alone my soul in stillness waits; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold, so that I shall never be shaken.
Gospel - John 15:5
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it
is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Spend a few moments praying for the people you know and love, the needs of the world and
for an end to the current Pandemic.
The Lord’s Prayer
OUR Father, which 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 trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against
us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever
and ever. Amen.
Act of Contrition
I love you, Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart
of having offended you. Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with
me what you will.
Act of Spiritual Reception
In union, dear Father, with Christian people throughout the world
and across the centuries gathered to make Eucharist, hearing your holy Word and receiving the Precious Body and Blood, I offer
you praise and thanksgiving. Even though I am exiled from tasting the Bread of Heaven and drinking the Cup of Life I pray
that you will unite me with all the baptised and with your Son who gave his life for us. Come Lord Jesus, dwell in me and
send your Holy Spirit that I may be filled with your presence.
O LORD and heavenly Father, we your humble servants entirely desire your fatherly goodness
mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching you to grant, that by the
merits and death of your Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we and all your whole Church may obtain
remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion.
THE peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his son Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among
us and remain with us always.