I am always so grateful when folks share their liturgical resources with the Gifts in Open Hands blog. Susan Langle send this Eucharistic Prayer. She suggests it for Maundy Thursday and certainly it is a wondeerful prayer for all the season of Lent.
The Great Thanksgiving
Leader: God is here.
People: The Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer is with us.
Leader: May our hearts be open.
People: Let us lift them up to God.
Holy One, we thank you for giving us everything necessary for life and for joy.
We remember that you gave humankind good things to eat from the first day of creation. We remember that you gave bread and water to your people wandering in the desert between slavery and freedom. We remember that you taught us to leave grain in the fields for those who are hungry, and time in our lives to make feasts with our family.
We remembered for a time, but forgot your ways. We forgot when we saw how easy you made life. When we saw how much we had to lose, and we were filled with fear. We forgot our need to take of each other.
But you did not forget the people you made in love. You came to us in Spirit and in flesh and blood, teaching us again and again that when food is shared, the loaves multiply. You came to us, teaching us again and again that when healing is shared, the human family is restored. Even when your lessons were rejected you taught us forgiveness with your arms open wide on the Cross.
We thank you for patiently teaching us to sing your praises with the Angels and Saints:
Holy Holy Holy God of Power and Might Heaven and Earth are full of your Glory Hosanna in the Highest Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord Hosanna in the Highest
We remember that night when Jesus got up from the table and gently washed our tired feet, and tenderly dried them. We remember that last dark night, in an upper room in the heart of Jerusalem, when he knew that he was about to be arrested and killed. He sat with his friends, loving us to the end.
He took a loaf of warm dark bread, and blessed it. He broke it apart and offered it saying: “Take this, all of you, and eat. This is my Body, given for you. Whenever you do this, remember me.”
Then he took a cup, full of the fruit of life. He blessed it and held it out saying: “Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the New Covenant, poured for you, and for the whole human family, for forgiveness. Whenever you do this, remember me. “
Leader and People: We remember that he died. We proclaim that he rose from the dead and we live in joyful confidence that he will come in glory.
Now O Holy One, pour out your Spirit on this bread and this cup, that they may be for us the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus, the food of whole and holy life. Pour our your Spirit on us, your people longing to be faithful to your call to walk with compassion, that we might have the grace to depend on your steadfast care, and the courage to offer our lives in service to the world you have made.
This we ask in the Name of the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, Three and yet One, bound together in Love. AMEN