Holy Eucharist, Rite I, the 25th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, November 22, 2020

To See Him Hungry


The Celebrant and LEM stand, maintaining physical distance. There is no procession.

Opening Rites

Celebrant:   Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

LEM:             And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever.


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Celebrant:   Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,

LEM:             Have mercy upon us.

Celebrant:     Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.


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Celebrant:   The Lord be with you,

LEM:           And also with you.

Celebrant:     Let us pray.

The Celebrant says the Collect.

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all
things in thy well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of
lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided
and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together
under his most gracious rule; who liveth and reigneth with
thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The Lessons

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11 “‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.

20 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns until you have driven them away, 22 I will save my flock, and they will no longer be plundered. I will judge between one sheep and another. 23 I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. 24 I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I the Lord have spoken.


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15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love[e] toward all the saints, and for this reason 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 

19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20 God[f] put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.


The Gospel

Then, all standing, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying

Celebrant:       The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

LEM:                  Glory to you, Lord Christ.

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31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,[g] you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”


Deacon or Priest:     The Gospel of the Lord.

LEM:                               Praise to you, Lord Christ.

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To See Him Hungry

Feast of Christ the King Year A, 22 November 2020

This feast is one of the stranger of the church’s celebrations, often observed more in the breach than to the full, for a number of reasons. First, it comes at the end of the church year, and right before the US’s Thanksgiving Day which, with the massive consumption of overstuffed turkeys and the arrival of Santa at Macy’s at the end of the parade, mark the beginning of what we call The Holidays. Our dance card is full, you might say; no room for one more.
Second, of course: the US, like the ancient Roman republic, is not fond of kings. Sure, we love to see the pageantry and trials, the adulations and tribulations, the fusty big homes and horses and ordinariness of the British royal family, if less so those of the monarchies of, for example, Spain, Sweden, or Saudi Arabia, but when it comes to kings and queens on home soil, the US has had its fill. Those who would make themselves monarchs or autocrats tend, though not always easily, to be made to relinquish the power they worked so desperately and disastrously to seize. The only monarchs we like having around a lot, I think, are butterflies.
Third: Christ didn’t live as a king, didn’t want to be a king, and was only called one by those who sought and caused his death. Pilate wrote to be placed above his head, as he was crucified, “The King of the Jews,” but the only crown this king wore on earth was one made of thorns, and that by his killers. How he came to be a monarch arising on clouds ascending, the Son of Man come at the last and terrible day to judge the earth, culling the goats from the sheep, and making sure the righteous were redeemed and the unrighteous cast out, is quite tale.
Tl;dr? Sure, there’s a simple way to tell it: people want good, strong leadership that responds to their needs and doesn’t ruin their lives. They often don’t get it, but it doesn’t mean they stop needing it, or stop seeking it. Imagining Christ as king enables one to hold all other earthly rulers up to Christ’s standards: did you serve your people as well as he served his? Did you bless and heal, feed and save, or did you lord it over your fellows only to enrich yourself and gaslight them into thinking they should let you? Did you build up, or did you cast down? Did you feed the people, or let them starve? Did you provide them with clean water, or leave it full of diseases and poisons? Inquiring minds want to know. Did you set people free, or keep them in chains? The answer to this question may matter most of all, for Christ as a king is there to set people free, and to hold to account those who will not do so.
All of which brings us to the gospel appointed for today: Matthew 25:31-46. One of the most remarkable things about this passage is that neither the righteous nor the accursed, neither the sheep nor the goats, knew who Christ was when they did what they did. Those who fed the hungry did not know they were feeding Christ. Those who let the hungry starve did not know that they were denying Christ food, too. On this hangs much: the king, sitting in judgment, will judge based on whether or not you did well to those in need, mindful of nothing but that it is meet and right so to do. It would appear that God is less interested in what we say we believe, or in how we worship or even whether we do, or in whether or not we Followed The Rules, than if we made sure people had what they needed simply because we believe it is right to do so. That appears to be the only rule that matters. Did we find the golden rule written on our hearts, and use that rule to measure all our actions and decisions? If not, we have done as those who are cursed. If so, we have done as those who are already blessed.
It’s not always easy to address the needs of others, particularly when times get tough. I’m reminded that aid workers who serve in areas of drought and famine, and don’t have enough food or water to give, often have to be compelled to take care of themselves, make sure they have enough to keep them healthy so that they’re at their strongest as they try to heal the hurts of the world. I know I struggle with this sort of thing, not least because, were we to get out the scale, I would not find myself numbered among the lean sheep. How does the old hymn go –
“There’s a wideness in God’s clergy, like the wideness of the sea”? But let us judge not, that we be not judged. We must take care of our bodies as well as of our minds, since they are the only ones we’ll ever have, and God did not give them to us to waste, mistreat, ignore, or abuse. You, too, could be one of the hungry or the thirsty, the sick or the naked, whom to ignore and pass by would be to ignore or pass by God.
Remember that to see Christ the king in each person’s face means also to see it in the mirror.
Anything we need enough of, we deserve to have, be it wealth or health, wit or time, freedom or trust, name your blessings what you will. I find myself drawn to the ethic, “From each according to his or her ability, to each according to her or his needs,” yet to value individual freedoms as much as I do the common good, seeing in the progress and advance of individual freedoms much common good, so long as people do not use their freedom(s) to degrade the lives, livelihoods, and freedoms of others. When they do, it is not good.
It is also not good when people cannot see the face of Christ in other people as well as in themselves. It is not good when we get lost in the winds and wiles of our own spirituality, confusing the God we seek to serve and the devices and desires of our own hearts, demanding that others hear, attend, and bear witness to the call we feel and the God we know, without we take to find out if this God is one whom others know and other share. We must take the time, make the effort to find out how what we feel and what we think we know resonates with those in our community who might have to bear the burden of what we feel and think – those whose service is our highest calling. When our fellow members of the body of Christ hear echoed in their own lives and understandings what we know as a calling from God, we can then trust that call as being more than the instress of our own inscape, or the devises and desires of our own hearts. We know then that we are not talking when we should be listening, and that we understand prayer not so much as the words we say but the attitude we bear: an open heart, open ears, and an open mind. It is well to do this, as people of God – so that we are conduits for God’s grace.
For all the attention we’re paying to Christian women mystics in our weekday evening study, and to a certain degree of late in meetings, it is well to remember that for most of us, God can be distant and difficult, hard to find and devilishly difficult to hear. Perhaps that is God’s design. Imagine being powerful enough to bring all that is into being, that it might live as itself and distinctly. Why would you want all those things to be constantly thinking about you? What glory would that bring you? What joy, happiness, or fulfillment? Only a narcissist longs to make everything Always About Them, or All About Their Vision or Call. No, the God who is God, the God whose name is Love, wants us, I am increasingly convinced, to live well, discover truth, make beauty, show love, and do all else that is good because we want to, not because God wants us to or we fear that if we don’t, we’ll be punished. Blessed are they who fed the hungry and gave drink to those who thirst simply because they knew it was the right thing to do, and wanted above all to do what it was meet and right to do.
Sometimes, I think, God has set us free from God, writing the moral law within our hearts that we might follow it because we want to, choose to, and decide to because we are good, and it is good. Sometimes, I think, God wants us to have chosen to be good because we know that it’s worth it, even if we don’t ‘feel’ it. We see its effects, and we praise them, and feel good about them. Think less about God, and more about your sisters and brothers, and, I suspect, God will be the more pleased.
No ruler worth the name longs for praise or adulation, or thinks that everything is All About Them. Certainly no ruler as praised in the readings from Ezekiel and Ephesians that are before us wants those things. God wants our praise only insofar as giving it helps us, keeps us on the right(eous) path. This tells us something else about leadership, too. No ruler worthy of the name wants to have to distinguish the righteous from the unrighteous, the sheep from the goats, but to have already inspired people to make righteous choices, and not to take the metaphoric goat’s path. Why these poor little creatures come in for so much biblical disdain is beyond me, but the choice laid forth in today’s gospel are clear enough. The only reason to warn people about them is because one’s choice in this matter will make a difference. Christ, walking among us in no way like an actual king, wants us to choose to make a positive difference, not merely so that we will not be judged, but so that the good we do might, contra the warning in Shakespeare, live after us, and any evil that we do be buried in the grave. That way, when he returns as a king, when the last trump shall sound and the dead be raised, he can look at us as those who recognized his face in ourselves, one another, and all with whom we dealt in this fair world and wide. That way, when he returns as king, he can welcome us to the land of blessed promise, and have lost none of those given to him. Amen.




The Creed

The LEM then says

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We believe in one God,
    the Father Almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth,
    and of all things visible and invisible;

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
    the only-begotten Son of God,
    begotten of his Father before all worlds,
    God of God, Light of Light,
    very God of very God,
    begotten, not made,
    being of one substance with the Father;
    by whom all things were made;

   who for us and for our salvation
        came down from heaven,
    and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,
        and was made human;
    and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate,
    suffered and was buried;
    and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
    and ascended into heaven,
    and sitteth on the right hand of the Father,
    and shall come again, with glory,
        to judge both the quick and the dead,
    whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life,
    who proceedeth from the Father and the Son;
    who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped
        and glorified;
    who spake by the Prophets.
    And we believe one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
    We acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins;
    and look for the resurrection of the dead,
        and the life of the world to come. Amen.



The Prayers of the People

The Deacon or other person appointed says. 

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Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church and the world.

I ask your prayers for all God’s people; for our bishops, our clergy, and this gathering, and for all ministers and people. Pray for the Church.


I ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all. Pray for justice and peace.


I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison.
Pray for those in any need or trouble.


I ask your prayers for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of God.
Pray that they may seek, and pray that they might find.


I ask your prayers for the departed [especially N.N.]. Pray for those who have died.


I ask your prayers for those on the prayer list of this parish, and those whose needs are known to you alone.


The Celebrant adds a concluding collect.



Confession of Sin

If the confession is not omitted, the Deacon or Celebrant then says

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Silence is kept.

The Deacon or LEM then says

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Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, maker of all things, judge of all people:

We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us.

We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto us, the burden of them is intolerable.

Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son our  Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honor and glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Bishop when present, or the Priest, stands and says

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Minister may then say one or more of the following sentences, first saying

Hear the Word of God to all who truly turn to God.

Come unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.    Matthew 11:28

God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.    John 3:16

This is a true saying, and worthy to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15

If anyone sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the perfect offering for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole
world.    1 John 2:1-2



The Peace

The People stand.

Celebrant:  The peace of the Lord be always with you,

LEM:         And with thy spirit.

The Ministers and People greet one another in silence while keeping physical distance

There is no passing of plates and no reception the collection or other gifts.


The Holy Eucharist: The Great Thanksgiving

The Deacon or Priest prepares the altar and sanctuary for the Eucharist.

When the table is prepared, the Celebrant continues, saying


Celebrant:   The Lord be with you,

LEM:           And also with you.

Celebrant:   Lift up your hearts.

LEM:           We lift them up unto the Lord.

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

LEM:           It is meet and right so to do.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds


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It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we shouldst all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God, for thou art the source of light and life, thou hast made us in thine image, and thou callest us to new life in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,

The LEM says

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts:
Heaven and earth are full of thy Glory.
Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.

Blessed is the one that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.


The people stand or kneel. The Celebrant continues

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All glory be to thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that thou, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there, by his one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again.

For in the night in which he was betrayed, he took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake 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 ye all of this; for this is my Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins. Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son our Savior Jesus Christ, we, thy humble servants, do celebrate and make here before thy divine Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same.

And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to  hear us; and, of thy almighty goodness, vouchsafe to bless and sanctify, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine; that we, receiving them according to thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ’s holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood.

And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant that, by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we, and all thy whole Church, may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion.

And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, our selves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee that we, and all others who shall be partakers of this Holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him.

And although we are unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses, through Jesus Christ our Lord;

By whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. AMEN.


Now, as Christ taught us, we are bold to say,

The LEM prays

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Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread, and then keeps a period of silence.

The Celebrant continues

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Celebrant:   [Alleluia.] Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

LEM:           Therefore, let us keep the feast. [Alleluia.]

The following or some other suitable anthem may be sung or said here

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,         have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,         have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,         grant us thy peace.

The LEM may then say this prayer

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 worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

Celebrant:   The Gifts of God for the People of God.

The people come forward to retrieve the hosts, maintaining physical distance. They consume the hosts upon returning to their seats.

After Communion, the Celebrant says

Let us pray. 

The Celebrant or LEM then says this prayer

Almighty and ever-living God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom. And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.



Blessing and Dismissal

The Bishop when present, or the Priest, gives the blessing

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.


The LEM says

          Let us go forth, in peace, to love and serve the Lord.

The Celebrant, the LEM, and the People depart, maintaining physical distance.


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[1] The readings are from the Revised Common Lectionary. See: https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/.

The table for readings in Year A for the Season After Pentecost may be found at: https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/lections.php?year=A&season=Season%20after%20Pentecost