O Antiphon Eucharist from Canada

imagesAA022283Richard Bott of Vancouver, Canada, offers a Eucharist for Advent rooted in the ancient hymn “O Come, Emmanuel” O — did I mention Richard Bott is one of the From the Psalms to the Cloud writers?

One:                  God is with you.
All:                  And also with you.
One:                  Lift up your hearts.
All:                  We lift them up to God.
One:                  Let us give thanks to God, our God.
All:                  It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Cantor (sung):          
O come, o come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
One:
God, most holy, we do give you thanks as we gather at Christ’s table,
as we remember your love, holy and whole,
a love that has held us from the beginning of the beginning,
and a love that will hold us for as long as time exists.
Cantor (sung):
O come, O Wisdom from on high, who orders all things mightily,

To us the paths of knowledge show, and teach us in her ways to grow.
Cantor/Choir (sung):
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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We need your Wisdom, God.
We need your guidance.
We need your invitation – your calling –
Your whispers and your shouts –
Through the voices of prophets and priests,
Grandmothers and grandfathers,
Children and infants,
All who listen and speak your love.
Choir (sung):
O come, o come, great God of might, who to your tribes on Sinai’s height,<
In ancient times once gave the law in cloud, and majesty, and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
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Because we didn’t always listen –
Because we don’t always listen –
You gave to us your Christ,
Alive in the world!
Choir (sung):
O come, O Rod of Jesse’s stem, form every foe deliver them

That trust your mighty power to save, and give them victory o’er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O Key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery.
All (sung):
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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Wholly God and wholly human,
A tiny baby, a youth, an adult,
A teacher, a healer, a challenger, a saviour,
He laughed with those who laughed
And cried with those who cried –
But, most of all, he loved us with a love that never ever ends.
A love that surpasses even death.
A love that brings new life –
Not only to us… but to all creation!
Alleluia!
All (sung):
O come, O Dayspring, from on high, and cheer us by your drawing nigh;

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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On the night before he was taken to his death on a cross,
Jesus gathered with his disciples. No… he gathered with his friends.
He shared with them a meal of remembrance and freedom.
After an act of utmost humility and hospitality – washing their feet –
He blessed the bread and broke it, saying,
All:
“Take this and eat it.

This is my body, given for you.
Each time you eat this bread, remember me!”
One:
As the meal drew to a close, he blessed a cup of wine and passed it to them, saying,
All:
“Take this and drink it.

This is my promise in my life’s blood
that sins are forgiven.
Each time you drink, remember me!”
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So we eat, we drink, and we remember!
Holy God, send your Spirit upon us, and upon these gifts,
That they – and we – might truly be Christ’s body and blood –
Alive in the world!
Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
All glory is yours, God most holy,
Now and forever.
All:
Amen.

(sung)O come, Desire of nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind;
O bid our sad divisions cease, and be for us the Prince of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
One:
We pray all these things to you, God – Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer –
Because we know that you are like a Mother who gives us life,
You are like our
All:
Father, who art in heaven…
Amen.
Cantor (sung):
O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!</i
One:
The gifts of God, for all Creation!
All:
Thanks be to God!

 
The Bread and Wine are shared.
 
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All:
With this taste of the Bread of Life,

With this taste of the Cup of Love,
Send us into the world, God –
So that we might whisper your coming,
So that we might sing your Advent,
So that we might live your birth,
Now and forever! Amen!

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3 Responses to O Antiphon Eucharist from Canada

  1. Nancy Rockwell says:

    Lovely, Lovely. I suspect you yourself have written many of the words here – thanks for them.

  2. rezrevres says:

    Excellent liturgy Richard, and one that I shall no doubt return to on a regular annual cycle. Thanks for sharing, and thank you Maren for providing the forum for sharing.

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