The Holy Communion / The Great Thanksgiving
Patriarch/Matriarch: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the aeons of aeons.
People of the Order: Amen. Amen
Patriarch: On the night he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus Christ joined together with his disciples for the Paschal Supper. Afterwards the lights were kindled. Yeshua arose from the table, laid aside his garment, donned an over garment of pure white linen without spot or seam, girded himself with a towel, poured water into a basin, and washed the feet of each of the fourfold Twelve.
Matriarch: AND then, he sat at the table and said unto them, Know ye what I have done unto you? Ye call me Lord and Master, and if then your Lord and Master have washed your feet, ye ought also to wash one another's feet. For I have given this example, that as I have done unto you, so also should ye do unto others.
The following hymn is sung:
Put on a promise of humility
Serve your brother,
Wash his feet.
That he may walk
In the way of the Lord
Patriarch: A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another and all the creatures of God. Love is the fulfilling of the law. Love is of God, and God is love. Whosoever loves not, knows not God.
Matriarch: Yeshua said unto them, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, and give them light for their darkness and let the spirit of love dwell within your hearts, and abound unto all. And again I say unto you, Love one another, and all the creation of God.
People of the Order Blessed be God.
Patriarch/Matriarch: Then he lifted up his voice, and they joined him, saying: As the heart pants after the water brooks, So pants my soul after thee, O God.
Patriarch: Then Yeshua, placing before him the platter, and behind it the chalice, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, gave thanks for the goodness of God in all things and unto all, and after that he took in his hands the unleavened bread, and blessed it; the wine likewise mingled with water and blessed it; chanting the Invocation of the Holy Name the Sevenfold, calling upon the thrice Holy Father-Mother in Heaven to send down the Holy Spirit and make the bread to be the bread of everlasting life, and the fruit of the vine to be the wine of eternal salvation, to all who obey the gospel.
Matriarch: Then lifting up the Oblation towards heaven, Yeshua said, The Son who is also the Daughter of man is lifted up from the earth, and I shall draw all men unto me; then it shall be known of the people that I am sent from God.
Patriarch: These things being done, Yeshua spoke these words, lifting his eyes to heaven. Abba Amma, the hour is come, Glorify thy Son that Thy Son may be glorified in thee. And now as our Savior has taught us we pray:
Everyone: Holy Father-Mother, I will also, that they whom Thou hast given me, yea all who live, be with me where I am, that they may partake of my glory which thou givest me, for Thou lovest me in all, and all in me, from before the foundations of the world. The world hath not known Thee in Thy righteousness, but I know Thee, and these know that Thou hast sent me.
Patriarch: And Yeshua declared unto them Thy Name that the love wherewith Thou hast loved me may be in them, and that from them it may abound, even unto all Thy creatures, yea, even unto all These words being ended, they all lifted up their voices with him: And now as our Savior has taught us we pray:
"Holy Parent, I will also, that they whom Thou hast given me, yea all who live, be with me where I am, that they may partake of my glory which thou givest me, for Thou lovest me in all, and all in me, from before the foundations of the world. The world hath not known Thee in Thy righteousness, but I know Thee, and these know that Thou hast sent me."
Matriarch: And Yeshua declared unto them, "Thy Name that the love wherewith Thou hast loved me may be in them, and that from them it may abound, even unto all Thy creatures, yea, even unto all These words being ended, they all lifted up their voices with him:"
Everyone: Our Father-Mother Who art above and within:
Hallowed be Thy Name in twofold Trinity.
In Wisdom, Love and Equity
Thy Kingdom come to all.
Thy will be done,
As in Heaven so in Earth.
Give us day by day
to partake of Thy holy Bread,
and the fruit of the living Vine.
As Thou dost forgive us our trespasses
so may we forgive others who trespass against us.
Show upon us Thy goodness,
that to others we may show the same.
In the hour of temptation,
deliver us from evil.
For Thine are the Kingdom,
the Power and the Glory;
From the Ages of ages,
Now and to the Ages of ages.
Patriarch: THEN our Master took the holy Bread and broke it, and the Fruit of the Vine also, and mingled it, and having blessed and hallowed both, and casting a fragment of the Bread into the Cup, he blessed the holy Union.
The Breaking of the Bread
Patriarch: Then he gave the bread which he had hallowed to his disciples saying, Eat ye, for this is my Body, even the Body of the Christ, which is given for the Salvation of the body and the soul.
Likewise he gave unto them the fruit of the Vine which he had blessed saying unto them, Drink ye, for this is my Blood, even the Blood of the Christ which is shed for you and for many, for the salvation of the soul and the body.
Facing the people, the Patriarch presents the invitation:
Patriarch: As we assemble together in his Name, we make this Oblation in Memorial of Him. The Bread of everlasting life and the Wine of eternal salvation. We eat and drink with pure heart, so that we shall receive the Substance and the Life of God, which dwells in Him. The Gifts of God for the Children of God.
The ministers receive the Sacraments from Abba & Amma and them deliver it to the people.
The Members of the Order may sing or chant softly and somberly.
The Bread and the Cup are given with these words:
The bread of everlasting life (Amen)
The wine of eternal salvation (Amen)
Matriarch: Afterwards, Yeshua and his disciples sung a hymn, Yeshua stood up in the midst of his apostles, and going to him who was their Centre, as in a solemn dance, they rejoiced in him. And then he went out to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. In this tradition, let us all blessedly follow.
Matriarch: After His manner, therefore we pray:
Thou hast glorified us, filling our hearts with fire.
Thou hast set lamps on our right hand and on our left,
so that no part of our being should be without light.
Thy Love shineth on our right hand,
and Thy Wisdom on our left.
Thy Love, Thy Wisdom, Thy Power are manifest in us.
And now may Thy joy be fulfilled within us,
As Thou promised.
Keep us from Evil and
Sanctify us through Thy truth,
For Thy word is Truth.
As Thou sendest us into the world,
Help us to sanctify Thee
That we also may be sanctified through the Truth.
Patriarch: May He bless thee with every good, may he keep thee from all evil and illuminate they heart with the knowledge of light and favor thee with wisdom. And may he give His Sevenfold blessings upon thee to everlasting Peace. Let us go forth in peace to love and serve the Lord, keeping the holy communions.
Patriarch /Matriarch: Let us go forth in peace, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.
Order: Let us forth go in peace! Amen! Amen!
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