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New Eucharistic Prayers

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Directory for Worship offers the following outline for the church's Great Thanksgiving, or eucharistic prayer:

The one presiding is to lead the people in the prayer,
  (a) thanking God for creation and providence, for covenant history, and for seasonal blessings, with an acclamation of praise;
  (b) remembering God’s acts of salvation in Jesus Christ: his birth, life, death, resurrection, and promise of coming, and institution of the Supper (if not otherwise spoken), together with an acclamation of faith;
  (c) calling upon the Holy Spirit to draw the people into the presence of the risen Christ so that they
    (1’) may be fed,
    (2’) may be joined in the communion of saints to all God’s people and to the risen Christ, and
    (3’) may be sent to serve as faithful disciples;
   followed by an
ascription of praise to the triune God, and
  (d) the Lord’s Prayer.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Order, W-3.3613

This collection of new eucharistic prayers seeks to offer a variety of models for praying the Great Thanksgiving, with an emphasis on brevity, biblical imagery, and fresh language. Three kinds of eucharistic prayers are provided: prayers for general use, lectionary based prayers, and prayers for other occasions. All are available free of charge for congregational use; for permission to reprint, contact the Office of Theology and Worship.

Prayers for General Use

Brief Eucharistic Prayer
Thank, Praise, Glorify
Revelation Four
Great Thanksgiving with Children

Lectionary Based Prayers

See the Book of Common Worship (Westminster John Knox Press, 1993) 165-400 for Great Thanksgivings for festivals of the Christian year (Christmas, Epiphany, Baptism of the Lord, and so on). 

Christmas Cycle
Season of Advent: Year A, Year B, Year C  
Sundays After Christmas: Year C 

Time After Epiphany / Ordinary Time
Sundays after Epiphany: Year C: January, February

Easter Cycle
Season of Lent: Year A, Year B, Year C
Season of Easter: Year A, Year B, Year C

Time After Pentecost / Ordinary Time
Sundays after Pentecost: Year B: October, November

Prayers for Other Occasions

World Communion Sunday
Service of Healing
Healing and Wholeness (Oil)
Peacemaking and Ecology
Economic Crisis
Gifts of Artists



  • Still hoping some new Eucharistic prayers will appear for post-Pentecost Year C! by Kristin Rice on 08/27/2013 at 3:01 p.m.

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