Sundays, worship/Holy Eucharist 
St. Paul Church of Teaneck, NJ
At Gloria Dei
213 Virginia Ave.
New Milford, NJ
           
Sunday mornings, 
8:30 AM Spoken Eucharist
10:30 AM Sung Eucharist
CUSTOMARY 


This Customary is written:
Because God is worthy of our highest praise.
To equip the ministers of the Eucharist in offering their gifts and talents in 
worship.
To encourage and equip our community to be welcoming and inclusive as we
praise the Good News of God in Jesus Christ.

Prior to the liturgy: (the Celebrant will)
alert the Altar Guild of any changes in worship:
baptisms
feast days
other liturgies that impact the number and/or roles of service 
participants
notify ushers of any changes

Prior to start of the liturgy:
Servers will fill the Baptismal Font
Acolyte will light candles
Servers will gather for prayer near baptismal font
Ushers, greeters will welcome people and distribute pertinent material

Gathering
Prelude
Welcome
Confession/Absolution 
Takes place at baptismal font
Process to back of church (narthex) for entrance hymn
Gathering Hymn
Procession
Thurifer (feast days)
torch - Crucifer - torch (feast days)
book bearer
Celebrant
The book bearer stands the lectionary on the place of reading.  On feast days, the celebrant will cense the altar, receive the thurible from the thurifer.

Greeting
Prayer of the Day
Liturgy of the Word
The Reading(s)
     The lector (reader) pauses to reverence the altar then proceeds to the place of reading.  The reading is announced: “A reading from…” The lector gives full attention to the reading, not attempting to make eye contact with the congregation. The reading concludes with “The word of the Lord”.

Psalm
     If there isn’t a choir, the reader starts the Psalm with the Psalm response.

Gospel
As the Gospel acclamation is sung, the  Gospel procession forms (crucifer, book bearer, Celebrant) and proceeds to the place of reading in the center aisle.  The crucifer turns and faces the book bearer and celebrant. The book bearer holds the book on their body to steady the book.  (The celebrant will turn pages if necessary). The procession returns to the altar with the crucifer leading the procession. On feast days, torches and incense will accompany the procession.  On feast days, the celebrant will cense the Book before procession forms.

Sermon
Hymn of the Day
Creed
Prayers
    The prayers will be read by the reader (lector), giving time for the congregation to add their petitions. The final petition is spoken by the Celebrant.

Offering
At the beginning of the offering, the acolyte will hand the offering plates to the ushers. The communion assistants will vest and be prepared to bring the elements of communion from the narthex.  As the congregation sings the offertory, the ushers and communion assistant(s) process to the altar. The usher hands the plates to the acolyte, step aside, and the communion assistant place the ciborium and chalice on the altar.  The ushers will direct communion, starting from the back of the church (being mindful that the back is often where visitors sit and may need gentle direction).

Offering Prayer
    The communion assistant(s) join the celebrant at the altar.  The communion assistant invites the congregation to pray, raising hands in a position of prayer.

Preface
Sanctus
The communion assistant will ring the sanctus bells three times during the singing.
Words of Institution
The communion assistant will ring the bells once during the elevation of the host and once during the elevation of the chalice.

Fraction
Communion
The celebrant will commune the assistants, acolyte/crucifer first, and will be communed by the communion assistant after the people have received.

Blessing
Post communion Canticle (depending on the season)
Post Communion Prayer
Started by the communion assistant, arms upraised, at the altar.
Blessing
Sending Song
Dismissal
The assisting minister shall announce the dismissal.
Postlude

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