A New Zealand Prayer Book / He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa

Eucharistic Liturgy

Thanksgiving and Praise

The Māori and the English are parallels.

The Ministry of Word and Prayer

The Gathering of the Community

The people may be greeted informally.

The theme may be introduced and subjects of special concern or thanksgiving suggested.

Then all standing, the presiding priest or minister continues

E te whānau a te Karaiti,
welcome to this holy table;
welcome to you,
for we are Christ’s body,
Christ’s work in the world.
Welcome to you whose baptism makes you
salt of the earth and light to the world.
Rejoice and be glad.
Praise God who gives us forgiveness and hope.

Christ is our light,
the joy of our salvation.

Praise and glory to Christ,
God’s new beginning for humanity
making ritual water gospel wine,
cleansing all our worship.

Love and loyalty to Christ,
who gives us the gospel.
Praise to Christ who calls us to holiness.

Song of Praise

A psalm, canticle or hymn may be used, or the following.


Christ is the living water
cleansing, refreshing, making all things new.
Christ is the living bread;
food for the hungry,
strength for the pilgrim and the labourer.

So now we offer our thanks
for the beauty of these islands;
for the wild places and the bush,
for the mountains, the coast and the sea.

We offer thanks and praise to God for this good land;
for its trees and pastures,
for its plentiful crops
and the skills we have learned to grow them.

Our thanks for marae and the cities we have built;
for science and discoveries,
for our life together,
for Aotearoa, New Zealand.


Christ is the good shepherd
who knows and cares for every one of the sheep
in different folds.
In Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile;
in Christ there is no discrimination
of gender, class or race.
In Christ the poor are blessed,
the simple receive truth hidden from the wise.

God of justice and compassion,
you give us a work to do
and a baptism of suffering and resurrection.
From you comes power to give to others
the care we have ourselves received
so that we, and all who love your world,
may live in harmony and trust.


The congregation kneels.

The minister then says

We come seeking forgiveness
for all we have failed to be and do
as members of Christ’s body.


In God there is forgiveness.

Loving and all-seeing God,
forgive us where we have failed to support one another
and to be what we claim to be.
Forgive us where we have failed to serve you;
and where our thoughts and actions have been
contrary to yours we ask your pardon.

The presiding priest says

God forgives us; be at peace.


Rejoice and be glad,
for Christ is resurrection,
reconciliation for all the human race.

The minister and people say

We shall all be one in Christ,
one in our life together.
Praise to God who has created us,
praise to God who has accepted us,
praise to God who sends us into the world.

The Sentence of the Day may be read.

A Collect of the Day shall be said here, or before or after the Sermon.

The congregation sits.

The Proclamation

The Readings

The appointed readings follow, the reader first saying

A reading from ... (chapter ... beginning at ...)

Silence may follow each reading.

The reader may say

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

A psalm, hymn or anthem may follow each reading.

Then, all standing, the reader of the Gospel says

The Holy Gospel according to ... (chapter ... beginning at ...)
Praise and glory to God.

After the Gospel, silence may be kept.

The reader says

This is the Gospel of Christ.
Praise to Christ, the Word.

The Sermon

The Sermon is preached here or after the Affirmation of Faith.

The Affirmation of Faith

The Apostles’ Creed (page 461), The Nicene Creed (page 410), or A Liturgical Affirmation as follows may be said or sung, all standing.

You, O God, are supreme and holy.
You create our world and give us life.
Your purpose overarches everything we do.
You have always been with us.
You are God.

You, O God, are infinitely generous,
good beyond all measure.
You came to us before we came to you.
You have revealed and proved
your love for us in Jesus Christ,
who lived and died and rose again.
You are with us now.
You are God.

You, O God, are Holy Spirit.
You empower us to be your gospel in the world.
You reconcile and heal; you overcome death.

You are our God. We worship you.

The presiding priest or minister says

Let us pray for the Church and for the world,
giving thanks for God’s goodness.

The Prayers of the People

Prayer is offered with thanksgiving and intercession for

the universal Church and the local Church
the world and our nation
the local community and the community of heaven
those in need, and our ministries.

A form of intercession and thanksgiving is provided below, or intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered by a minister or members of the congregation in their own words.

After each particular intercession or thanksgiving any one of the following may be used.


For your love and goodness
we give you thanks, O God.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Give thanks to our God
who is gracious
whose mercy endures for ever.


God of love
grant our prayer.

God of grace
you hear our prayer.

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

Lord, hear our prayer
and let our cry come to you.

Periods of silence may be kept.

The Prayers of the People may conclude with an appropriate collect such as appear on pages 417, 464 and 483.

Additional forms of thanksgiving and intercession are found on pages 413-418, and 462-466.

Intercession and Thanksgiving

The minister and people pray responsively.

Particular intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered before any section.

Periods of silence may be kept.

Blessed are you eternal God,
to be praised and glorified for ever.

Heavenly Father, hear us as we pray for the unity of the Church.
May we all be one that the world may believe.

Grant that every member of the Church
may truly and humbly serve you,
that the life of Christ may be revealed in us.

We remember those who have died.
Father, into your hands we commend them.

(Remembering N)
We praise you for all your saints
who have entered your eternal glory.
May we also come to share your heavenly kingdom.

Have compassion on those who suffer from sickness,
grief or trouble.
In your presence may they find strength.

Look with your kindness on our homes and families.
Grant that your love may grow in our hearts.

Make us alive to the needs of our community.
Help us to share one another’s joys and burdens.

Inspire and lead those who hold authority
in the nations of the world.
Guide us and all people in the way of justice and peace.

Strengthen all who minister in Christ’s name.
Give us courage to proclaim your Gospel.

We pray in silence for our own needs...

The Prayers of the People may conclude with one of the following or another appropriate collect.


Praise to you, abundant God,
for when we ask, you give;
when we seek, you show the way.
When we knock, you answer.
Praise to you for your unfailing grace.
Make us now your faithful people.


God our hope,
may your blessing empower
our thanksgivings and our prayer;
for we put our trust in you the living God,
risking disappointment, risking failure,
working and waiting expectantly.


Thanksgiving, blessing and praise be yours,
God of the incarnation;
because you care for us and for our prayer.
May our love for you and our likeness to you
be strengthened every time we pray.

The Lord’s Prayer (which is to be used at least once in the service) may be said here, introduced by these, or similar words.

As Christ teaches us we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.    Amen.

The Ministry of the Sacrament

The Peace

All standing, the presiding priest says to the people

Blessed be Christ the Prince of Peace
who breaks down the walls that divide.

The peace of God be always with you.
Praise to Christ who unites us in peace.

The presiding priest may invite the people to exchange a sign of peace according to local custom.

The Preparation of the Gifts

The offerings of the people are presented. Bread and wine for communion are placed on the table.

Variations as provided on pages 491 - 493 may be used in The Great Thanksgiving.

The Great Thanksgiving

It is recommended that the people stand or kneel throughout the following prayer.

The presiding priest says or sings

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed.

Lift your hearts to heaven
where Christ in glory reigns.

Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to offer thanks and praise.

It is the joy of our salvation,
God of the universe,
to give you thanks
through Jesus Christ.

You said, ‘Let there be light’;
there was light.
Your light shines on in our darkness.
For you the earth has brought forth life
in all its forms.

You have created us
to hear your Word,
to do your will
and to be fulfilled in your love.
It is right to thank you.

You sent your Son to be for us
the way we need to follow
and the truth we need to know.

The Variation for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany or Palm Sunday may follow here.

The presiding priest continues

You sent your Son to give his life
to release us from our sin.
His cross has taken our guilt away.

The Variation for Lent, Passiontide, Easter, Ascensiontide, Pentecost, Marriage or a Saint may follow here.

The presiding priest continues

You send your Holy Spirit
to strengthen and to guide,
to warn and to revive your Church.
Therefore, with all your witnesses
who surround us on every side,
countless as heaven’s stars,
we praise you for our creation
and our calling,
with loving and with joyful hearts:

Holy God, holy and merciful, holy and just,
glory and goodness come from you.
Glory to you most high and gracious God.

Blessed are you, most holy, in your Son,
who washed his disciples’ feet.
‘I am among you,’ he said, ‘as one who serves.’

On that night before he died
he took bread and gave you thanks.
He broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said:
Take, eat, this is my body
which is given for you;
do this to remember me.

After supper, he took the cup,
and gave you thanks.
He gave it to them and said:
Drink this. It is my blood of the new covenant,
shed for you, shed for all,
to forgive sin;
do this to remember me.

Therefore with this bread and wine
we recall your goodness to us.

God of the past and present,
we your people remember your Son.
We thank you for his cross and rising again,
we take courage from his ascension;
we look for his coming in glory
and in him we give ourselves to you.

Send your Holy Spirit,
that we who receive Christ’s body
may indeed be the body of Christ,
and we who share his cup
draw strength from the one true vine.

Called to follow Christ,
help us to reconcile and unite.
Called to suffer,
give us hope in our calling.

For you, the heavenly one, make all things new;
you are the beginning and the end, the last and the first.

Praise, glory and love be yours,
this and every day,
from us and all people,
here and everywhere. Amen.

Silence may be kept.

The Communion

The Lord’s Prayer (which is to be used at least once in the service) may be said here, introduced by these, or similar words.

As Christ teaches us we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.    Amen.

The priest breaks the bread in silence and then says

Christ’s body was broken for us on the cross.

Christ is the bread of life.

The priest may lift the cup.

The priest says

His blood was shed for our forgiveness.

Christ is risen from the dead.

The Invitation

Lifting the bread and cup, the priest invites the people, saying

Come God’s people,
come to receive Christ’s heavenly food.

The presiding priest and people receive communion.

The minister says the following words (or any of those provided in the other Eucharistic Liturgies) to each person.

The body of Christ keep you in eternal life.

The blood of Christ keep you in eternal life.


The bread of life, broken for you.

The cup of blessing, poured out for you.

The communicant may respond each time


If there is insufficient bread and wine for the number of communicants the presiding priest prepares more, using the words on page 516.

Prayer After Communion

Silence may be kept

The Lord’s Prayer (if it has not been used before) shall be said here.

The priest says

Blessed be God who calls us together.
Praise to God who makes us one people.

Blessed be God who has forgiven our sin.
Praise to God who gives hope and freedom.

Blessed be God whose Word is proclaimed.
Praise to God who is revealed as love.

Blessed be God who alone has called us.
Therefore we offer all that we are and all that we shall become.

Accept, O God, our sacrifice of praise.
Amen. Accept our thanks for all you have done.
Our hands were empty, and you filled them.

The Dismissal of the Community

A general blessing or one appropriate to the theme may be given.

The presiding priest or the bishop may use one of the Gospel sayings of Jesus.

The congregation is sent out with these words.

(Go now to love and serve the Lord.) Go in peace.
Amen. We go in the name of Christ.