Eucharistic Prayer A (BCP)

Eucharistic Prayer AThe 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

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 

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 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:

Celebrant and People

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

The Celebrant continues

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.

Book of Common Prayer, 1979. Holy Eucharist: Rite II (361-363)