Eucharistic Prayer B (BCP)

Eucharistic Prayer B – The Great Thanksgiving

The people remain standing. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest, 
faces them and sings or says

                The Lord be with you.
People        And also with you.
Celebrant    Lift up your hearts.
People        We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People        It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

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.

Here a Proper Preface is sung or said on all Sundays, and on other 
occasions as appointed.
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:

Celebrant and People

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.
The people stand or kneel.

Then the Celebrant continues

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love 
which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling 
of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the 
prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your 
Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from 
the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. 
In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy 
to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error 
into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, 
or to lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or 
place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be 

On the night before he died for us, 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, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People

We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory;

The Celebrant continues

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, 
O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this 
bread and this wine.

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon 
these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of 
Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your 
Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, 
being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, 
put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to 
that heavenly country where, with [                           and] all your 
saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and 
daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all 
creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our 

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.

Book of Common Prayer, 1979. (367-369)