Mass | United Benefice of Corringham and Fobbing

United Benefice of Corringham and Fobbing

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The Holy Mass has its origins in the Last Supper celebrated by Jesus with his disciples before his death and resurrection. This service is also known as the Eucharist, Holy Communion and Lord's Supper. It is the central focus of our life as a Church and is celebrated by Christian communities throughout the world.

The word 'Mass' itself comes from a latin word missa which means dismissed and concluded the service. We still use it today because it reminds us as Christians that the Mass is really about being sent back out into the world to do the work of God.

During the Mass the priest remembers the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and re-presents for us. The thinking here is quite complicated but we believe it is the same sacrifice Jesus offered so it is particularly significant for us.

Even more central is our understanding of Christ's presence in the bread, his body, and the wine, his blood. Because we believe that these are the body and blood of Christ we show them the utmost respect. We kneel before them, they are kept in vessels made from precious metals and we consume them with the reverence. Our respect for the eucharist should be the same as our respect for Christ because it is Christ.
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Structure
The service follows a basic shape though the words, prayer and music can change depending on the season. We begin with a Greeting which is followed by our preparation in the form of a Confession. The there is the Liturgy of the Word, which contains readings, prayers and a sermon. Following this is the Liturgy of the Sacrament where the bread and wine are made Christ's body and blood through prayers and the power of the holy spirit. This ends with our communion, or eating of Christ's body and blood that we might become one with him. Lastly there is a Dismissal where we are sent out into the world to bear witness to our faith.
Prayer before Communion
We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O Merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worth so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou are the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of they dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.
Amen
So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.'
Gospel of John 6:53