Eucharistic Prayers of Reconciliation from the 1998 Sacramentary/ Missal

These are especially appropriate during the Lenten Cycle C.  While Cycle A focuses our attention on preparation for full initiation into the Church (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist), and Cycle B’s focus is on God’s covenant promises- and our engagement with those promises- Cycle C plumbs the depths of reconciliation.  We move from our human need to repent (turn around so as to see our One, True, Merciful God), to God’s overflowing, abundant, constant, continual, never ceasing desire for us.

     The 1998 Sacramentary offers two Eucharistic Prayers of Reconciliation.  The first is more personal, the second more global.  Both are poetic and “of noble simplicity.”

 

Eucharistic Prayer I for Masses of Reconciliation

The Preface

Holy Father,

compassionate and good,

it is right to give you thanks and praise,

for you never cease to call us

to a new and more abundant life.

 

Though we are sinners,

you constantly offer us pardon

and ask us to trust in your mercy alone.

Time after time, when we broke your covenants,

you did not cast us aside;

but through the incarnation of Jesus, your Son,

you bound the human family to yourself

with a new and unbreakable bond.

In Christ you give your people

a season of reconciliation and grace:

a time to draw new breath

for our journey back to you,

a time to open our hearts to your Spirit

and respond to the needs of all.

In wonder and gratitude

we join our voices with the choirs of heaven,

as we proclaim with joy the power of your love

and sing the endless hymn of your glory:

“Holy, Holy” 

The priest continues with hands outstretched.

From the beginning, O God,

all you have done for the human family

you have done for our good,

that we may be holy, as you yourself are holy.

Look with kindness, then,

on your people gathered before you.  (hands joined, outstretched over the offerings)

Send forth your Spirit in power,

that the gifts may become for us (making the sign of the cross)

the body + blood of Jesus Christ, your beloved Son,

in whom we too are your children.

(with hands joined)

When we were lost

and our hearts were far from you,

you showed the depth of your love:

your Son, who alone is the Just One,

gave himself into our hands

and was nailed to the wood of the cross.

 Before he stretched out his arms between heaven and earth

as the lasting sign of your covenant,

he desired to celebrate the Passover

in the company of his disciples.

Words of institution

While they were at table,

he took bread and gave you thanks and praise;

he broke the bread,

gave it to his disciples, and said:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT IT:

THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

At the end of the meal,

knowing he would reconcile all things in himself

by his blood poured out on the cross,

he took the cup filled with wine;

again he gave you thanks,

and, handing the cup to his friends, he said:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT:

THIS IS THE CUP OF MY BLOOD,

THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT.

IT WILL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR ALL,

SO THAT SINS MAY BE FORGIVEN.

DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

Invitation and Memorial Acclamation

(The priest continues with hands outstretched…)

We remember Jesus Christ, our Passover and our lasting peace,

we celebrate his death and resurrection,

we await the blessed day of his return.

And so we present to you, God ever faithful and true,

the offering that restores the world to your grace.

Merciful Father,

look with love on those you draw to yourself

through their sharing in the sacrifice of Christ.

by the power of your Spirit,

may they become the body of your risen Son,

in whom all divisions are healed.

Keep us in communion of mind and heart,

together with N. our Pope and N. our Bishop.

Help us to work for the coming of your kingdom,

until at last we stand in your presence

and take our place among the saints,

with the Virgin Mary and the apostles,

and with our departed brothers and sisters,

Whom we commend to your mercy.

Then, in the glory of your new creation,

Freed from the sting of death,

We shall sing to you the hymn of thanksgiving

which rises from Christ the living Lord.

Doxology and Amen.

 

Eucharistic Prayer II for Masses of Reconciliation

The Preface

Merciful God and Father,

it is truly right to give you thanks

through Christ our Lord

for the working of your grace in the world.

In the midst of human conflict

you turn our minds to thoughts of peace.

Your Spirit stirs our hearts,

so that enemies speak again to each other,

adversaries join hands in friendship,

and nations seek to live in harmony.

Through your healing power

the love of peace quells violence,

mercy conquers hatred,

and vengeance yields to forgiveness.

For this we praise you without end

and join with the choirs of heaven

as they sing the hymn of your glory:

Holy, Holy

(The priest continues with hands outstretched.)

Lord of power and might,

we bless you through Jesus Christ, your Son,

who comes in your name.

He is the word that brings salvation,

the hand you stretch out to sinners,

the way that leads to your peace.

God our Father,

when we had wondered far from you,

you called us back through your Son.

You gave him over to death,

that we might turn to you again

and find our way to one another.

We now celebrate the reconciliation

gained for us by Christ. (joining hands and holding them outstretched over the offerings)

We ask you to sanctify these gifts

by the coming of your Spirit, (making the sign of the cross over bread and cup)

As we fulfill your Son’s + command.

Words of institution

Before he laid down his life for our deliverance,

he took bread in his hands and gave you thanks;

he broke the bread,

gave it to his disciples, and said:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT IT:

THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

So, too, on that last evening,

he took into his hands the cup of blessing;

he praised your mercy,

gave the cup to his disciples, and said:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT:

THIS IS THE CUP OF MY BLOOD,

THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT.

IT WILL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR ALL,

SO THAT SINS MAY BE FORGIVEN.

DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

Invitation and Memorial Acclamation

 

(Priest continues with hands outstretched…)

Lord our God,

your Son has left us this pledge of his love.

We celebrate, therefore, the memorial of his death and resurrection,

offering you the very gift you have given us,

the sacrifice of perfect reconciliation.

Father most holy,

accept us together with your own beloved Son,

and, through our partaking of this banquet,

fill us with his Spirit,

who heals every wound and division.

May that Holy Spirit preserve us in unity,

together with N. our Pope, N. our Bishop,

all the bishops and your entire people.

Make your Church throughout the world

a sign of unity and an instrument of peace.

Lord,

as you have welcomed us here to the table of your Son

in fellowship with Mary, the virgin Mother of God,

and all the saints,

so gather at the one eternal banquet

people of every race, nation, and tongue,

in that new world

where the fullness of peace will reign

through Jesus Christ the Lord.

Doxology and Amen.