Communion Liturgy for the Christmas lamentations service

This is the communion liturgy used at Blessed are those who mourn: lamenting at Christmas. I wrote this first section.

Prayer for the bread

God we come today from our broken situations, from our experiences of suffering, of pain and of loss. We break this bread, your body, a symbol of your suffering, your pain and your loss – as Christ called out to the father “Why have you forsaken me?”

Prayer for the cup

We take this cup and drink , your blood, a symbol of your humanity. You gave up your privilege and became just like us, experiencing the things that we experience.

We come knowing that you understand our pain, that we find you present amongst the difficult situations that we face. We bring our lamentations, knowing that you will hear.

The following section is taken from the communion liturgy here, apart from the italicised phrase, which I changed slightly for this service.

Prayer together 

What do you bring to Christ’s table?

We bring bread, made by many people’s work, from an unjust world where some have plenty and many go hungry.

At this table all are fed, and no one turned away.

Thanks be to God. 

What do you bring to Christ’s table?

We bring the cup, made by many people’s work, from an unjust world where some have leisure and many struggle to survive. 

At this table all share the cup of pain and celebration, and no one is denied.

Thanks be to God. 

These gifts shall be for us the body and blood of Christ.

Our witness against hunger, our cry against injustice, and our hope for a world restored, where pain and suffering are no longer known.

For these gifts

Thanks be to God.

Amen.

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