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A Liturgy for Feasting with Friends



 

This liturgy is taken from Every Moment Holy Volume 1 from Rabbit Room Press. You can find more liturgies like these at EveryMomentHoly.com.

 


 

By Doug McKelvey


CELEBRANT: To gather joyfully

is indeed a serious affair,

for feasting and all enjoyments

gratefully taken are,

at their heart, acts of war.

PEOPLE: In celebrating this feast

we declare that

evil and death,

suffering and loss,

sorrow and tears,

will not have the final word.


But the joy of fellowship, and the welcome

and comfort of friends new and old,

and the celebration of these blessings of

food and drink and conversation and laughter

are the true evidences of things eternal,

and are the first fruits of that great glad joy

that is to come and that will be unending.


So let our feast this day be joined

to those sure victories secured by Christ,

Let it be to us now a delight, and a glad

foretaste of his eternal kingdom.

Bless us, O Lord, in this feast.


Bless us, O Lord, as we linger over our cups,

and over this table laden with good things,

as we relish the delights of varied texture

and flavor, of aromas and savory spices,

of dishes prepared as acts of love and blessing,

of sweet delights made sweeter by

the communion of saints.


May this shared meal, and our pleasure in it,

bear witness against the artifice and deceptions

of the prince of the darkness that would blind

this world to hope.

May it strike at the root of the lie that

would drain life of meaning, and

the world of joy, and suffering of redemption.


May this our feast fall like a great hammer blow

against that brittle night,

shattering the gloom, reawakening our hearts,

stirring our imaginations, focusing our vision

on the kingdom of heaven that is to come,

on the kingdom that is promised,

on the kingdom that is already,

indeed, among us,

For the resurrection of all good things

has already joyfully begun.


ALL PARTICIPANTS NOW LIFT THEIR GLASSES OR CUPS


May this feast be an echo of that great

Supper of the Lamb,

a foreshadowing of the great celebration

that awaits the children of God.

Where two or more of us are gathered,

O Lord, there you have promised to be.

And here we are.

And so, here are you.

Take joy, O King, in this our feast.

Take joy, O King!


GLASSES ARE CLINKED WITH CELEBRATORY CHIME, AND PARTICIPANTS IN THE FEAST

SAVOR A DRINK, ADMONISHING ONE ANOTHER HEARTILY WITH THESE SINCERE WORDS:


Take joy!

CELEBRANT: All will be well!


PARTICIPANTS TAKE UP THE CRY:


All will be well!

Nothing good and right and true will be lost forever.

All good things will be restored.

Feast and be reminded! Take joy, little flock.

Take joy! Let battle be joined!

Let battle be joined!


Now you who are loved by the Father,

prepare your hearts and give yourself wholly

to this celebration of joy,

to the glad company of saints,

to the comforting fellowship of the Spirit,

and to the abiding presence of Christ

who is seated among us both as our host

and as our honored guest, and still yet

as our conquering king.

Amen.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

take seat, take feast, take delight!

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