HOLY COMMUNION OUTSIDE MASS
Before the Priest Arrives
In emergency, Holy Communion may be given anywhere at any time, and the priest will not require any particular preparation to have been made.
But when the priest has arranged to give Holy Communion at home, a table should be prepared in advance, with a clean white cloth on it, one or two candles, and an icon, crucifix or statue.
It is also good to spend a little time beforehand stilling the heart and getting ready to receive the Lord Jesus in this special way. Many people include the reading of one or more of these Psalms in their spiritual preparation: 84; 85; 86; 116:10 - end; 130, as well as this traditional prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Angels,
though I cannot see thee in thy glory,
yet I believe that thou art coming to me
according to thy Word;
open my eyes that I may see;
open my ears that I may hear;
and touch my heart that I may know
the splendour of thy presence. Amen.
Priest: + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Priest: The Lord be with you.
People: And with thy spirit.
The priest prays the Collect for Purity:
unto whom all hearts be open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hid:
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love thee,
and worthily magnify thy holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Reading From the Word of God
A passage of Scripture is read. Depending on the circumstances the priest may give a short explanation of the text.
This exhortation is read by the priest:
Ye that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins,
and are in love and charity with your neighbours,
and intend to lead a new life,
following the commandments of God,
and walking from henceforth in his holy ways:
Draw near with faith,
and take this Holy Sacrament to your comfort;
and make your humble confession to Almighty God,
saying with me:
After a pause for reflection all say this General Confession:
Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Maker of all things, Judge of all men:
We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness,
Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed,
By thought, word, and deed,
Against thy Divine Majesty,
provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us.
We do earnestly repent,
and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings;
The remembrance of them is grievous unto us;
The burden of them is intolerable.
Have mercy upon us,
Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;
For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake,
Forgive us all that is past;
And grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee
in newness of life,
To the honour and glory of thy name;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The priest says:
Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
who of his great mercy
hath promised forgiveness of sins
to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith
turn unto him;
have mercy upon you;
pardon and deliver you from all your sins;
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness;
and bring you to everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In emergency when a deacon or lay minister is the officiant, this prayer is said in place of the foregoing:
May almighty God, have mercy upon us,
forgive us our sins
and deliver us from all evil,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and bring us to everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
All say this prayer:
We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord,
trusting in our own righteousness,
but in thy manifold and great mercies.
We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table.
But thou art the same Lord,
whose property is always to have mercy;
Grant us therefore, gracious Lord,
so to eat the Flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ,
and to drink his Blood,
that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his Body,
and our souls washed through his most Precious Blood,
and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
The priest holds up the Blessed Sacrament and says:
Behold the Lamb of God, behold him that taketh away the sins of the world.
The people respond:
Lord, I am not worthy
that thou shouldst come under my roof,
but speak the word only, and my soul shall be healed.
Holy Communion is now given.
After a time of silence, the priest says:
Let us pray. As our Saviour Christ hath commanded and taught us, we are bold to say:
All say together:
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;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil,
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
The priest says a prayer of thanksgiving.
The priest blesses the people.
In the case of a lay minister the liturgy concludes:
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all evermore. Amen.