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A Liturgy from the Book of Hebrews 5

The concluding prayers of my experimental liturgy based on the language of Hebrews are fairly obvious choices. After the Lord’s Prayer and the Breaking of Bread comes the Communion proper:

Communion

(Upon receiving the bread: )

We have been sanctified once for all through the body of Jesus Christ. (Heb 10:10)
Amen.

(Upon receiving the cup: )

This is the blood of the covenant that God has ordained for you. (Heb 9:20)
Amen.

Prayer after Communion

We thank you, O living God,
that we have an altar
from which those who officiate in the tent
have no right to eat.

Since Jesus also suffered outside the city gate
in order to sanctify the people by his own blood,
let us then go to him outside the camp
and bear the abuse he endured.
For here we have no lasting city,
but we are looking for the city that is to come. (Heb 13:10, 12-14)

(A final hymn may be sung, then: )

Benediction

Now may the God of peace,
who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great shepherd of the sheep,
by the blood of the eternal covenant,
make you complete in everything good
so that you may do his will,
working among us that which is pleasing in his sight,
through Jesus Christ,
to whom be the glory forever and ever.
Amen. (Heb 13:20-21)

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4 Comments

  1. mike says:

    [15] Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
    [16] Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

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  2. I put those verses in the opening prayer, Mike, but I could very easily see them here as well.

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  3. mike says:

    Please, Darrell, don’t expect me to remember the beginning of Mass by the time we get to the end.

    Next you’ll be asking me to multitask.

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  4. It’s kind of like the Bible, Mike: The good guys win. The rest is just details.

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