The people remain standing. The Celebrant
faces them and says
Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them to the Lord
Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant
It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and
everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator
of heaven and earth.
Nossinan/Father, our Great Spirit, Gichi-Manidoo, from
the depths of our hearts we give you thanks. We say Miigwech
now and forever. From the place of the rising sun in the
East-Waabanong to the South-Zhaawahong where the warm
winds blow, from the West-Ningaabii'an where the soft
rain comes to the coldness of the North-Giiwedin
Miigwech, Miigwech, niibowa. We unite with all creation
from the four directions-Wayndahnimuk in everlasting thanksgiving
and praise for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. With
hearts lifted, we join with angels, the guardian spirits,
the saints, and all our ancestors as we say:
Celebrant and People
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven
and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosannah
in the highest.
The people stand or kneel
Then the celebrant continues
O great Spirit, Our Creator, Gichi-Manidoo, from whom
all holiness comes, we, your poor servants, humbly come
before you again today. Just as in generations past, like
our grandfathers and grandmothers, we come to worship
you and acknowledge your greatness. We marvel at your
creation. You sent Jesus into creation because people
had turned away from you and no longer loved each other,
bringing death and destruction to all. Sharing our living
and dying, Jesus opened our eyes and our hearts to understand
that we are all relatives and that you, our Creator, are
the Father of us all.
Stretching out his arms upon the cross, he became a perfect
offering for all, uniting in beauty all that is, with
all that has been, and with all that ever will be.
On the night he was handed over to suffering and death,
our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given
thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples,
and said, "Odaapinamoog o'o miijig, mii sa o'o Nijaw,
which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of
After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had
given thanks, he gave it to hem, and said, "Odaapinamoog
o'o minikweg, mii sa o'o miniskwiim, which is shed for
you and for all the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you
drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."
Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Celebrant and people
Christ giinibo / Christ has died
Christ gii-onishkaa /Christ is risen
Christ da-biizhaa miinawaa / Christ will come again.
The minister continues
In this ceremony of sacrifice and thanksgiving that Jesus
gave us, we celebrate our salvation, Nossinan. In our
offering of praise and thanks, we stand strengthened in
love by remembering his death, resurrection, and ascension.
Remembering him, we make our offering. By your Holy Spirit,
make our gifts of bread and wine holy, so that they may
be spiritual food and drink, the body and blood of Jesus
Christ. Make us holy, so that we may respectfully receive
this feast and serve you in each other.
Surrounded now by our Holy Ancestors, and all the saints,
with the heavenly community that gives you worship forever,
we marvel as we see the unit of all things restored in
your Son. May we also be this unity and live as relatives
to all ninoododadwin in harmony.
All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. By him
and with him and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit
all honor and glory are yours, Nossinan Gichi-Manidoo,
now and forever. Amen.