Communion under Special Circumstances

This form is intended for use with those who for reasonable cause cannot
be present at a public celebration of the Eucharist.

When persons are unable to be present for extended periods, it is
desirable that the priest arrange to celebrate the Eucharist with them
from time to time on a regular basis, using either the Proper of the Day or
one of those appointed for Various Occasions. If it is necessary to shorten
the service, the priest may begin the celebration at the Offertory, but it is
desirable that a passage from the Gospel first be read.

At other times, or when desired, such persons may be communicated
from the reserved Sacrament, using the following form.

It is desirable that fellow parishioners, relatives, and friends be present,
when possible, to communicate with them.

The Celebrant, whether priest or deacon, reads a passage of Scripture
appropriate to the day or occasion, or else one of the following

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that
whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal
life.    John 3:16

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall
not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
John 6:35

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Jesus said, “I am the living bread which came down from
heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and
the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my
flesh. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink
indeed. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in
me, and I in him.”    John 6:51, 55-56

Jesus said, “Abide in me, as I in you. As the branch cannot
bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can
you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the
branches. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much
fruit, and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved
me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.”    John 15:4-5a, 8-9

After the Reading, the Celebrant may comment on it briefly.

Suitable prayers may be offered, concluding with the following or some
other Collect

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he
suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood:
Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in
remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy
mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who lives and
reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

A Confession of Sin may follow. The following or some other form is

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

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We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

The Priest alone says

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins
through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all
goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in
eternal life. Amen.

A deacon using the preceding form substitutes “us” for “you” and “our”
for “your.”

The Peace may then be exchanged.

The Lord’s Prayer is said, the Celebrant first saying

Let us pray in the words our Savior Christ has taught us.

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 tresspasses,
    as we forgive those
        who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
    and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your Name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
        on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
    as we forgive those
        who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
    and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
    and the glory are yours,
    now and for ever. Amen.

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The Celebrant may say the following Invitation

The Gifts of God for the People of God

and may addTake them in remembrance that Christ died for
you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith,
with thanksgiving.

The Sacrament is administered with the following or other words

The Body (Blood) of our Lord Jesus Christ keep you in
everlasting life.  [Amen.]

One of the usual postcommunion prayers is then said, or the following

Gracious Father, we give you praise and thanks for this Holy
Communion of the Body and Blood of your beloved Son
Jesus Christ, the pledge of our redemption; and we pray that
it may bring us forgiveness of our sins, strength in our
weakness, and everlasting salvation; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

The service concludes with a blessing or with a dismissal

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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