Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and stand with fear and trembling,
And lift itself above all earthly thought. For the King of kings and Lord of lords,
Christ our God, cometh forth to be our oblation, and to be given
for food to the faithful. Before Him come the choirs of angels with every
principality and power; the Cherubim with many eyes, and winged Seraphim,
who veil their faces as they shout exultingly the hymn, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. Let
all mortal flesh keep silence, and stand with fear and trembling.
Alternately titled: Why I’m an Episcopalian now:
May the angels lead you into paradise,
may the martyrs receive you in your coming,
and may they guide you into the holy city, Jerusalem.
May the chorus of angels receive you
and with Lazarus, once a poor beggar,
may you have eternal rest.