Communion Liturgy - Epiphany

St Peter’s Onchan


Holy Communion




The Gathering

In the name of the Father

and of the Son

and of the Holy Spirit



Welcome & Notices

The Greeting

The President Greets the People

The Lord be with you

All:  and also with you


Prayer of Preparation

All   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.



Prayers of Penitence


Summary of the Law

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

The first commandment is this:

‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your soul, with all your mind,

and with all your strength.’


The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

There is no other commandment greater than these.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.


All   Amen. Lord, have mercy.


Invitation to Confession

The grace of God has dawned upon the world through our Saviour Jesus Christ, who sacrificed himself for us to purify a people as his own. Let us confess our sins:



Almighty God,

Our heavenly Father,

We have sinned against you, and against our neighbour

In thought, word and deed,

Through negligence,

through weakness

Through our own deliberate fault.

We are truly sorry,

and repent of all our sins.

For the sake of your Son,

Jesus Christ who died for us,

Forgive us all that is past;

And grant that we may serve you

in newness of life

To the glory of your name. Amen


The president says

Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you,

pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All   Amen.


Gloria in Excelsis

All   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.



The Collect 


The president introduces a period of silent prayer with the words ‘Let us pray’ or a more specific bidding. The Collect is said, and all respond   All   Amen..


Please see the notice sheet for the words of the specific collect

The Liturgy of the Word

Either one or two readings from Scripture precede the Gospel reading.

First Reading

At the end of each the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.

All   Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

An acclamation may herald the Gospel reading.

When the Gospel is announced the reader says


Alleluia, Alleluia

Christ was revealed in flesh

Proclaimed among the nations

And believed in throughout the world.

All: Alleluia


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N.

All   Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All   Praise to you, O Christ.




The Creed

The President says:


Let us declare our faith In God, Father, son and Holy Spirit.


We say


I believe in God,

the Father Almighty

Creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ,

his only Son our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit

Horn of the virgin Mary

Suffered under Pontius Pilate

Was crucified,

And was buried;

He descended to the dead.


On the third day he rose again;

He ascended into heaven,

He is seated at the right hand of the Father,

And he will come to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit,

The holy catholic church

The communion of saints

The forgiveness of sins

The resurrection of the body,

And the life everlasting.



Prayers of Intercession

Lord, in your mercy

All   hear our prayer.


And at the end

Merciful Father,

All   accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.




The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

Our Saviour Christ is the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end.

Isaiah 9.6,7


The peace of the Lord be always with you

All   and also with you.


Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

All may exchange a sign of peace.


The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you        

All   and also with you.                   


Lift up your hearts.

All   We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All   It is right to give thanks and praise.


Father, we give you thanks and praise

through your beloved Son

Jesus Christ, your living Word,

through whom you have created all things;

who was sent by you

in your great goodness to be our Saviour.


By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh;

as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin,

he lived on earth and went about among us;

he opened wide his arms for us on the cross;

he put an end to death by dying for us; and

revealed the resurrection by rising to new life;

so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.


All honour and praise be yours always and everywhere,

mighty creator, ever living God,

through Jesus Christ your only Son our Lord:

for at this time we celebrate your glory

made present in our midst . 

In the coming of the Magi

the King of all the world was revealed to the nations. 

In the waters of baptism Jesus was revealed as the Christ,

The Saviour sent to redeem us.

In the water made wine the new creation was revealed

at the wedding feast.

Poverty was turned to riches, sorrow into joy.

Therefore with all the angels of heaven

we lift our voices to proclaim the glory of your name

and sing our joyful hymn of praise:


All:   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


Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; 

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,

and according to your holy will,

these gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;


who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body

which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.


In the same way, after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

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. Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.



Christ has died:

Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.


And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,

his perfect sacrifice made once

for the sins of the whole world;

rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,

and looking for his coming in glory,

we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.


As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,

we bring before you this bread and this cup

and we thank you for counting us worthy

to stand in your presence and serve you.


Send the Holy Spirit on your people

and gather into one in your kingdom

all who share this one bread and one cup,

so that we, in the company of [N and] all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord;

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory be yours,

almighty Father, for ever and ever.

All: Amen


The Lord’s Prayer


As our Saviour taught us, so we pray


All   Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.



Breaking of the Bread


The president breaks the consecrated bread.

We break the bread of life,

and that life is the light of the world.


All   God here among us,

light in the midst of us

bring us to light and life.


The Agnus Dei


All   Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

grant us peace.


Giving of Communion



Christ is the true bread which has come down from heaven

All: Lord give us this bread always


The president says one of these invitations to communion

God’s holy gifts

for God’s holy people.

All   Jesus Christ is holy,

Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.



We do not presume

to come to this your table, merciful Lord,

trusting in our own righteousness,

but in your manifold and great mercies.

We are not worthy

so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table.

But you are the same Lord

whose nature is always to have mercy.

Grant us therefore, gracious Lord,

so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ

and to drink his blood,

that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body

and our souls washed through his most precious blood,

and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.




A Prayer of Spiritual Communion


Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire you in my soul. Since I cannot receive you now sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my soul. As though you were already there, I embrace you and unite myself wholly to you; permit not that I should ever be separated from you. Amen



Prayer after Communion


Silence is kept


Lord God, the bright splendor whom the nations seek:

may we who with the wise men have been drawn

by your light discern the glory of your presence in your Son, the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord

All: Amen.


All   Almighty God,

we thank you for feeding us

with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

Through him we offer you our souls and bodies

to be a living sacrifice.

Send us out

in the power of your Spirit

to live and work

to your praise and glory.



The Dismissal




Christ the Son of God perfect in you the image of his glory and gladden your hearts with the good news of his kingdom;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All   Amen.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All   In the name of Christ. Amen.