1) laity - (or lay person or lay) all nonordained Christians (ordained means selected for an specific ministry)

2) crucifer - person who carries the cross in the procession

3) priest - (or rector) person ordained whose role is to enable the people of God to be what they are called to be.

4)  Collect(s) - short prayer containing an invocation, a petition, and a claiming of the right to appeal in Christ's name or an ascription of glory to God.

5) Old Testament - collection of canonical (accepted by the church) books which the Christian church shares with Judaism.

6) Psalms - one of the 160 Hebrew poems that make up the Book of Psalms.

7) New Testament - the canonical (accepted) books of the Bible whose authority is recognized by the Christian church but not by Judaism.

8) Gospel - the third reading from the Bible at the Eucharist, which is always taken from one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John).

9) Lay Eucharistic Minister - a specially trained lay member of the church who helps the priest during the worship service and with serving communion.

10) Homily - sermon

11) Absolution - the priest formally pronounces the forgiveness of sins

12) Eucharist - (or Communion, Lord's Supper, Mass) the sacrament of Christ's resurrection and his ongoing presence among us - it is the identifying act of the Christian community.

13) Elements - the Bread and Wine of the Eucharist.

14) consecrated - in the Eucharist, when the Elements have become the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

The next section of the worship service is The Liturgy of the Eucharist12. The first part of the Eucharist is a telling of the story of Christ's sacrifice for us and the world. We participate in the story through Communion11. During this part the Elements13 are consecrated14. The Lord's Prayer is said in unison and the priest breaks the consecrated Bread.

 All baptised Christians who want to participate in Communion come to the altar to receive the Bread & the Wine, the second part of this section. You can stand or kneel at the communion rail (most kneel). There are hymns, and afterward we join together to say a prayer of thanks to God for letting us share in this wonderful sacrifice Jesus made.

The priest says a blessing over us, and there is a reverse procession away from the altar, with the crucifer leading. We sing a hymn while this happens. At the end of the hymn the priest gives a final blessing/prayer, we all respond "Thanks be to God, Alleluia, Alleluia", and the service is officially over, signified by a joyous ringing of our bell, usually by the children. At the end, the congregation is sent out to be God's hands and feet in the world.

We leave the service and head for the parish hall, where parish members have prepared all sorts of refreshments to eat while we enjoy each others' fellowship.