Structure of a Celebration of Holy Communion


The people and the priest:

    greet each other in the Lord’s name

    confess their sins and are assured of God’s forgiveness*

    keep silence and pray a Collect*

The Liturgy of the Word

The people and the priest:

    proclaim and respond to the word of God

[a Gospel reading must be included]

[a Creed or authorized Affirmation of Faith must be included on Sundays or Principal Holy Days]


The people and the priest:

    pray for the Church and the world

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The people and the priest:

    exchange the Peace

    prepare the table

    pray the Eucharistic Prayer*

    break the bread

    receive Holy Communion

The Dismissal

The people and the priest:

    depart with God’s blessing.

Sections marked with an asterisk* must follow an authorized text.

For further details, see Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England pages 21–27, 155–204 and 330–334.

Common Worship: Additional Eucharistic Prayers - with Guidance on Celebrating the Eucharist with Children, material from which is included here,
is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2012 and published by Church House Publishing.

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