Two Canons of the Mass

Updated: May 13, 2019

At the suggestion of one of the brothers here at San Damiano, I have done my best to create, for fun, Eucharist Canons. The first one is composed of (mostly) writings from Saint Francis with bits and pieces extracted from various Eucharist Prayers in the Episcopal Church's 1979 Book of Common Prayer and other Roman Catholic sources. The second one is less original as it is almost entirely from the Communion of the Nonjurors and dates back to 1718. In both Canons, I updated and modernized spelling in certain places and phrasing. In the latter Canon, I also tried making the overall theology of the Canon in greater alignment with Franciscan and catholic ideas. To see the Communion of the Nonjurors in its complete form, please visit http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/Communion_Nonjurors.htm.

Also, I apologize to mobile users. I have posted this using my laptop so it has not been formatted to fit precisely on mobile devices. I think the readers will be forgiving though.

The Franciscan Eucharistic Canon

The Great Thanksgiving


Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them up to the Lord.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right to give him thanks and praise.


The Celebrant continues


It is truly right, a good, and joyful thing that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto you, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, and everlasting God.


Here shall follow the Proper Preface, according to the time, if there be any specially appointed; or else immediately shall be said,

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify your glorious Name, evermore praising you and singing/saying:


All: 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.

Hosanna in the highest.


The Celebrant continues


Almighty, most holy, most high and supreme God, holy and just Father, Lord king of heaven and earth, we give thanks to you because by your holy will, and by your only Son, you have created all things spiritual and corporal in the Holy Spirit. From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.


You offered the world our Lord Jesus Christ, who is your Word, and the words of the Holy Spirit, which are spirit and life, that Our Lord should redeem us captives by his cross and blood and death. The Word of the Father, so worthy, so holy and glorious, whose coming you announced from heaven by the holy archangel Gabriel to the holy and glorious Virgin Mary, in her blessed womb the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, receiving true flesh of our humanity and frailty. He, being rich above all, willed with his most Blessed Mother, to choose beloved poverty.


Yet, though we beheld his glory, the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own did not receive him. But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, to those who believed in his name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.


Holding his hands extended over the offerings, the Celebrant says:


We beseech you, O Lord, to bless, acknowledge, and approve this offering in every respect; that the fiery and sweet strength of your Spirit may descend upon these gifts of bread and wine, becoming for us the Body and Blood of your most beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.


At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, or lay a hand upon it, and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated.


When his Passion was nigh, he celebrated the Passover with his disciples and, taking bread, he gave thanks and blessed and broke the bread saying:


Take this and eat.

This is My Body.


And, taking the chalice, he said:


This is my Blood of the New Covenant, which shall be shed for you and for all

for the remission of sins.

Do this in remembrance of me.


Let us proclaim the mystery of faith


All: Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.


The Celebrant continues


Such was your will, most Holy Father, that your Son, blessed and glorious, whom you gave to us, and who was born for us, should by his own blood, sacrifice, and oblation, offer himself on the altar of the cross, not for himself, but for our sins, leaving us an example that we should follow his steps.


Therefore, O Lord, as we celebrate the memorial of the blessed passion, the resurrection from the dead, and the glorious ascension into heaven of Christ, your Son, our Lord, we, your servants and your holy people, offer to your glorious majesty from the gifts that you have given us, this pure victim, this holy victim, this spotless victim, the holy bread of eternal life and the chalice of everlasting salvation.


O humble sublimity! O sublime humility! that the you, the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbled yourself that for our salvation you come to us in these holy gifts of bread and wine.


Absorb ours souls from all things under heaven that we may die for love of your love as you deigned to die for love of our love.


We earnestly beg the glorious Mother, the most Blessed Mary ever-Virgin, with Blessed Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and all the choirs of the blessed spirits, seraphim, cherubim, angels and archangels, along with blessed John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, Peter, Paul, the blessed patriarchs and prophets, apostles, evangelists, martyrs, confessors, with Francis and Claire, Louis and Elizabeth, with Joseph, our father founder, and all the saints who have been and are, and ever shall be, to share in their fellowship where we may give thanks for these things to the most high, true, eternal and living God, together with your most dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, for ever and ever.


With the Body and Blood of Our Lord in both hands and raised, the celebrant then concludes


Almighty, most holy, most high, and supreme God, highest good, all good, wholly good, who alone are good; to you we render all praise, all glory, all thanks, all honor, all blessing and every good. Amen. Amen. So be it. So be it. AMEN.




A Communion Office from the Nonjurors’ Communion Liturgy (1718)

The Great Thanksgiving


Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right to give him thanks and praise.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.


The following Preface for Trinity Sunday is omitted when a Proper Preface is appointed.


For with your co-eternal Son and Holy Spirit, you are one God, one Lord, in Trinity of Persons and in Unity of Being; and we celebrate the one and equal glory of you, O Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


All: 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.

Hosanna in the highest.


The Celebrant continues


Holiness is your nature and your gift, O Eternal King;

Holy is your only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ,

by whom your have made the worlds;

Holy is your ever-blessed Spirit,

who searches all things,

even the depths of your infinite perfection.


Holy are you, almighty and merciful God;

you created man and woman in your own image,

brought them into paradise,

and placed them in a state of dignity and pleasure:


And when they lost their happiness by transgressing your command,

you, of your goodness, did not abandon and despise them.

your providence continued,

your law was given to revive their sense of duty,

your prophets were commissioned to reclaim and instruct them.

And when the fullness of time had come,

you sent your only begotten Son to satisfy your justice,

to strengthen our nature,

and renew your image within us.


For these glorious ends your Eternal Word came down from heaven,

was incarnate by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

conversed with humanity,

and directed his life and miracles to our salvation:


And when his hour had come to offer the perfect sacrifice upon the cross;

when he, who had no sin himself,

mercifully undertook to suffer death for our sins,

in the same night that he was betrayed

he took bread; and when he had given thanks,

he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,


Take, eat; this is my body

which is given for you:

do this in remembrance of me.


Likewise, after supper, he took the cup;

and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying


Drink this, all of you;

For this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for all

for the forgiveness of sins:

do this as often as you drink it

in remembrance of me.


Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:


All: Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come in glory.


Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

Recalling Christ’s death and his descent among the dead, proclaiming his resurrection and ascension to your right hand,

awaiting his coming in glory;

and offering to you, from the gifts you have given us,

this bread and this cup,

we praise you and we bless you,

giving thanks to you through him,

that you have given us the honour to stand before you,

and to offer this sacrifice to you.


And we beseech you, all-powerful God,

to look favourably on these gifts that are before you.


Holding his hands extended over the offerings, the Celebrant says:


We pray you to accept them to the honour of your Christ;

and send down your Holy Spirit upon this sacrifice,

that it may become the Body and Blood of your Son,

our Lord, Jesus Christ.


May we who partake of this sacrifice,

be confirmed in godliness,

obtain remission of our sins,

be delivered from the Devil and his snares,

be replenished with the Holy Spirit,

know ourselves worthy of your Christ,

and obtain everlasting life.


Help us, who are baptized into the fellowship of Christ’s body to live and work to your praise and glory;

may we grow together in unity and love until at last,

in your new creation,

we enter into our heritage

in the company of Mary, the Virgin Mother of God,

with Francis and Claire, Louis and Elizabeth,

with Joseph, our father founder,

[with N.],

with the apostles and prophets,

and of all our brothers and sisters living and departed,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


With the Body and Blood of Our Lord in both hands and raised, the celebrant then concludes


By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy

Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and

for ever. AMEN.


Brother James Nathaniel can be contacted at jamesnathanielssf@gmail.com.

OUR PRAYER

+ May our holy father Francis pray to the Lord that we may have the grace to observe the Gospel with greater devotion.  Amen.

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