EUCHARISTIC PREFACE (for use with Additional Eucharistic Prayer 2)
You made us to love and be loved,
to care for one another in good times and in bad,
and to live as your children on earth
until you welcome us home in heaven.
EXTENDED PREFACE for use with the Eucharistic Prayers that allow for one, based on the Common Worship version of the Song of St Anselm. The / marks are where you’d have your first change of note if you’re chanting it.
All glory and honour be yours always / and ev’ry where:
loving cre/ator, ever living God.
For like a mother you gather your peo/ple to you:
longing to gather us in your arms, as chicks are /gathered to the mother hen.
For you weep over our sins / and our pride:
Tenderly drawing us from hatred and judgement into the /warmth of your embrace.
For you comfort us in sorrow and bind /up our wounds:
in sickness you nurse us, and / with pure milk you feed us.
Your warmth gives life / to the dead:
your healing / touch makes sinners righteous.
In your compassion bring grace / and forgiveness:
for the beauty of heaven / may your love prepare us.
Your family on earth now lifts our voice to join with the fami/ly of heaven:
ever / praising you and singing:
[continue with Sanctus]
All our blessings
Tune: All things bright and beautiful
All our blessings, all our joys
With thankful hearts we sing,
Lord of life and Lord of love,
Accept the praise we bring.
For parents and for children,
For husbands, wives, and friends,
For those whose care enfolds us
With love that never ends.
For fellowship and friendship
We both receive and give,
For those who’ve shared our journey
And taught us how to live.
For all who’ve shared our sorrow,
Walked with us in our pain,
Who’ve held our hand through darkness
And showed us light again.
In sacrifice and service
Your love is clearly shown,
Your outstretched arms embrace us
to bring us safely home.
For those who give us life and breath
Tune: O Waly Waly
For those who gave us life and breath,
For love that’s stronger far than death,
Today we bring our thankful hearts,
For all a mothering love imparts.
For kindness, patience, warmth and care,
For each embrace, each smile, each tear,
Each word of peace, each healing touch,
These simple gifts which mean so much.
We look to you, our mothering Lord,
Who shows love’s cost, and love’s reward,
Your passion fiercer than the grave,
Nailed to the world you came to save.
So teach your people how to live,
How to endure, how to forgive,
Teach us to trust, to sacrifice,
To share the love that has no price.