Order of Service for Samhain
Prelude and Lighting of Altar Candles (Sit)
Processional Hymn (Stand)
P: The grace of the great God be upon you.
C: The grace of the Virgin Mary's Son be upon you.
Invocation (Sit or Kneel)
P: We call on the Father of lights, we call on the Champion of fights (+), we call on the Strength of Heaven.
St. Patrick's Creed (Stand)
A: There is no other god, nor ever was, nor ever will be than God the Father, unbegotten, without beginning, from whom is all beginning, the Lord of the Universe, as we have been taught; and His Son Jesus Christ, whom we declare to have always been with the Father, spiritually and ineffably begotten by the Father, before the beginning of the world, before all beginning; and by Him are made all things visible and invisible. He was made man, and, having defeated death, was received into heaven by the Father, and He has given Him all power over all names in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue shall confess to Him that Jesus Christ is Lord and God, in whom we believe, and whose advent we expect soon to be, Judge of the living and of the dead, who will render to all according to their deeds; and He has poured forth upon us abundantly the Holy Spirit, the gift and pledge of immortality, who makes those who believe and obey children of God and joint heirs with Christ; and Him do we confess and adore, one God (+) in the Trinity of the Holy Name. Amen
Collect of Purity (Sit or Kneel)
P: Enkindle, we beseech You, O Lord, the light of our understanding, and pour love into our hearts, that we may be able to worthily love and worship You.
Call to Repentance (Sit or Kneel)
P: Sin has weakened our resolve. Sin has blunted our stewardship. Sin has soured our relationships. Sin has fragmented the body of Christ which is the Church. Sin has set us in frozen isolation from one another. Sin has blighted our cities and soil. Let us reflect on our sins and their manifold consequences on us and on God's world.
Kyrie (Sit or Kneel)
General Confession (Sit or Kneel)
P: Heavenly Father; we are the race that helped make the cross on which Your Son was crucified. We are the race that helped make the nails which pierced His body. We are the race that continues to betray Him. Lord, have mercy and hear us when we pray.
A: O Father of Light, and Giver of every good gift: Evil and sin cannot for ever make their home where you are welcomed in. Fear and fault-finding have no place where your love is invited in. Loneliness and self-sufficiency have no place where your saints are welcomed in. Forgive for the place where your Light has been shut out. Forgive me for the places where your love has been shut out. Forgive me for the places where I have shut out your saints. Lord, have mercy on me and forgive me my sins for the sake of Your beloved Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
P: As a called and ordained minister of Christ's Church and on His authority I declare unto you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, through His atoning death and glorious resurrection; in the Name of the Father, and of the Son (+), and of the Holy Spirit.
Collect of the Day (Sit or Kneel)
P: Loving Christ, Who was hanged upon the tree, each day and each night may we remember Your Covenant; in our lying down and in our rising up may we yield to Your Cross; for in our lives and in our deaths You are our health and our peace.
Prophetic Lesson (Sit)
L: A reading from the Book of Amos. "Thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: 'Seek the Lord and live. Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, with no one to quench it in Bethel ~ You who turn justice to wormwood, and lay righteousness to rest in the earth!' He made the Pleiades and Orion; He turns the shadow of death into morning and makes the day dark as night; He calls the waters of the sea and pours them out on the face of the earth; the Lord is His name. He rains ruin upon the strong, so that fury comes upon the fortress." The Word of the Prophets.
C: Thanks be to the Lord of the Elements, God of all nations.
The Psalm (Stand)
L: He appointed the moon for seasons;
C: The sun knows its going down.
L: You make darkness, and it is night,
C: In which all the beasts of the forest creep about.
L: The young lions roar after their prey,
C: And seek their food from God.
L: When the sun arises, they gather together,
C: And lie down in their den.
L: Man goes out to his work,
C: And to his labor until the evening.
Apostolic Lesson (Sit)
L: A reading from the First Epistle of Peter. "But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for 'love will cover a multitude of sins.' Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen." The Word of the Apostles.
C: Thanks be to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gradual (Stand)
P: He that loves wisdom, loves life.
C: And they that seek her early shall be filled with joy.
P: Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes.
C: And I shall keep it unto the end.
The Holy Gospel (Stand)
The Holy Gospel verses are read from the pulpit or in the midst of the congregation.
P: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John.
C: Glory be to You, O Lord.
P: "Then Jesus said to them, 'A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you.; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.' These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them." The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
C: Praise be to You, O Christ.
Intercessory Prayers (Sit)
(The Deacon or other assigned person offers prayers for the special needs of the community.)
Nicene Creed (Stand)
A: I believe in one God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in all things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried, the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; he shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and Son is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the Prophets. And I believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic church; I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead (+), and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Gloria Patri (Stand)
P: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son (+), and to the Holy Spirit.
C: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
The Peace (Stand)
P: Jesus Christ, the King of Tenderness, binds us with a bond of love that cannot be broken. My brothers and sisters, the peace of Christ be with you.
C: And also with you.
The Offering (Sit)
A hymn is sung while the offertory alms are collected. The alms are brought to the altar at which point all stand.
P: Heavenly Father, from Your own we offer that which is Yours, asking you to receive this our token of thanks for your blessings, an offering of ourselves, our time, our talent, and our treasure. By the power of your Holy Spirit sanctify it and consecrate us in service to your Kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Doxology (Stand)
The offertory alms are removed from the altar after the Doxology. The people are seated. If Holy Eucharist is to be celebrated the Priest begins with the offering of the host. If there is no Eucharist the service continues with:
The Lord's Prayer (Sit or Kneel)
P: And now we pray as our Savior taught us.
C: Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Benediction (Sit or Kneel)
P: May the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son (+), and the Holy Spirit be with you now and remain with you always.
Recessional Hymn (Stand)
Extinguishing of Candles & Postlude (Sit)
D: The Gospel of Christ, King of salvation, be as a mantle to your body.
C: And as a mantle to your body. Amen.