Lent Liturgy


Holy Communion



Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father 

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

and also with you.






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. Amen.


Prayers of Penitence


A minister introduces a time of confession


Compassion and forgiveness belong to the Lord our God,  let us then renounce our wilfulness and ask his mercy by confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

We keep a moment of silence for personal reflection on our lives before God…


We confess to you our selfishness and lack of love:

fill us with your Spirit.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord have mercy


We confess to you our fear and failure

in sharing our faith:

fill us with your Spirit.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy


We confess to you our stubbornness and lack of trust:

fill us with your Spirit.

Lord have mercy

      Lord, have mercy


The presiding minister announces God’s forgiveness:


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.



The Collect


The Liturgy of the Word


The first reading from Scripture.

At the end the reader says:


This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.            




Gospel Reading


The Gospel is acclaimed with these words:

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ

according to N.

Glory to you, O Lord 


At the end the reader says:


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

               Praise to you, O Christ.         



Pause for reflection


The Creed


              Let us affirm our faith in God.      


This is love, not that we loved God,

but that he loved us and sent his Son.


He is the sacrifice for our sins,

that we might live through him.


If God loves us so much

we ought to love one another.


If we love one another

             God lives in us.


Prayers of Intercession


These responses may be used 


Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.    


Merciful Father,

accept these prayers       

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.



The Peace


Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us access to his grace.                                          

(Romans 5:1–2)

and then says


The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.




This prayer is said at the preparation of the Table:

God of our journey,

as we walk with you

on your path of obedience,

sustain us on our way

and lead us to your glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The presiding minister takes the bread and wine.


The Eucharistic Prayer (D)


The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.


Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.


Almighty God, good Father to us all,    

your face is turned towards your world.    

In love you gave us Jesus your Son    

to rescue us from sin and death.    

Your Word goes out to call us home          

to the city where angels sing your praise.    

We join with them in heaven's song:      


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.



Father of all, we give you thanks          

for every gift that comes from heaven.          

To the darkness Jesus came as your light.  

With signs of faith and words of hope    

he touched untouchables with love

and washed the guilty clean.          


This is his story.

This is our song:                                                      

Hosanna in the highest.      


The crowds came out to see your Son,          

yet at the end they turned on him.    

On the night he was betrayed    

he came to table with his friends          

to celebrate the freedom of your people.    


This is his story.

This is our song:    

Hosanna in the highest.    


Jesus blessed you, Father, for the food;    

he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said:    

This is my body, given for you all.    

Jesus then gave thanks for the wine;    

he took the cup, gave it and said:  

This is my blood, shed for you all          

for the forgiveness of sins.    

Do this in remembrance of me.  


This is our story.

This is our song:    

Hosanna in the highest.  


Therefore, Father, with this bread and this cup    

we celebrate the cross    

on which he died to set us free.    

Defying death he rose again    

and is alive with you to plead for us and all the world.     


This is our story.

This is our song:    

Hosanna in the highest.        


Send your Spirit on us now    

that by these gifts we may feed on Christ                       

with opened eyes and hearts on fire.          

May we and all who share this food    

offer ourselves to live for you    

and be welcomed at your feast in heaven          

where all creation worships you,    

Father, Son and Holy Spirit:      


Blessing and honour                                

and glory and power    

be yours for ever and ever. Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer


As our Saviour taught us, we are bold  to pray


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,    

the power and the glory,    

for ever and ever. Amen.


Breaking the Bread


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. 

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.


Then the presiding minister says:

Jesus is the Lamb of God

who takes away the sin of the world.

Blessed are those who are called to his supper:      



Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, 

but only say the word,

and I shall be healed.




A Prayer of Spiritual Communion  (for those joining in at home)


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


we pray together:


Father of all, 

we give you thanks and praise, 

that when we were still far off 

you met us in your Son

and brought us home. 


Dying and living,

he declared your love, 

gave us grace,

and opened the gate of glory. 


May we who share Christ's body

live his risen life; 

we who drink his cup

bring life to others;         

we whom the Spirit lights

give light to the world. 


Keep us firm in the hope

you have set before us,      

so we and all your children shall be free                      

and the whole earth live

to praise your name;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.



The Blessing and Sending


The president offers the people God’s blessing


Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,

to deny yourselves, take up your cross,

and follow him;

and the blessing of God almighty

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

be among you and remain with you always. Amen


A minister says: 


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

© Archbishops' Council 2011