The Eucharist is at the heart of all that we do as Christians. The word 'Eucharist' means 'thanksgiving'.
The pinnacle of the service is the great Thanksgiving Prayer, where we recall the mighty acts of God, and
the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross; the giving of his body and blood for us all.
We come together as a community time after time, to engage with the act of love which Jesus shows to us all
on the cross through the reading of scripture, the hearing of the Good News of our Lord's Gospel, and the
words of our Lord and Saviour at the Last Supper.
As we come together we may prepare by praying:
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
Common Worship: Services and
Prayers for the Church of England, material from which appears on this page,
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