‘Tis a hard, stormy night!
The wind is angry, and blasts against the window of my cell.
Streaks of lightning crash upon the roaring waves, smashing our tiny island.
No sleep this night.
A voice comes to me out of the dark, a soft, relentless sound, over and over and over again.
I pull the covers tight around my head; my body curls into a fetal position; it is still there, somewhere. It is clearer now: “Do this in remenbrance of Me…in remembrance….of Me. Do this….” I hear.
Awake now, and fully about, I light the candle and am at my desk…writing quickly by what feels like a guiding hand…writing, I know not what, or why, but…writing as fast as I can: there, now a picture of all this begins to flood my mind!
It says: “Someone, somewhere is searching to bring a short form of Holy Communion to his small church in the mountains;” that’s what I think I see in my mind. Yes.
Again, I hear the voice: “What you write will be received with joy, for I have ordained it to be so.”
And when first light of the morning flooded my room, it was finished; and I sent it abroad, and placed another copy in a bottle, sealed it, and sent it afloat in the sea. This was the message I wrote:
From Brother Monk
A Holy Communion Service
To Whom It May Concern
Greetings, and welcome dear and loved ones in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, to this blessed Holy Communion Service…
Therefore, Grace be unto to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us pray;
Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know thee as thou art revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of thy love. Amen.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
In our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, let us bless his Holy name forever; blessed be the name of Almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and forevermore. Amen.
Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, no secrets 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 Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Let us lift up unto Almighty God our prayers of concern for our loved ones who are on our minds and hearts at this time, that thou, O Lord, will hear and comfort and have mercy on all those who in this transitory life are in trouble, doubt, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other condition, as we now name…
Grant theses our prayers, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
Christ invites to his table all who love Him, and earnestly repent of their sins:
Therefore, let us humbly and silently confess our sins unto Almighty God:
Almighty God has promised forgiveness of sins to all who truely turn to Him and repent and believe His Holy Gospel, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ said:
Thou shall 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 shall love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
And, That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thy heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shall be saved.
For with thy heart man believes unto righteousness; and with thy mouth confession is made unto salvation.
FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
God our Father, whose Son our Lord Jesus Christ in a wonderful Sacrament has left us a memorial of His Passion: Grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of His Body and Blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of His redemption; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jesus said: I am the Bread of Life; whosoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood, shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for the blessed mystery of Holy Communion, the Supper of our Lord, in remembrance and celebration, that receiving these holy gifts of bread and wine, may be the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus; and that we, receiving them in remembrance of His precious death, His mighty resurrection, and His glorious ascension, until He comes again, may be partakers of His most blessed Body and Blood, that He may dwell in us, and we in Him…
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.”
Come, blessed in the Lord to the gifts of God for the people of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on Him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.
The Body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven. Amen.
The Blood of Christ, the Cup of Salvation. Amen.
Almighty and everliving God, we thank you that you have feed us with these holy mysteries with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and that in Him, and through Him, and by Him, we are the children of God and Saints of thy everlasting Kingdom unto life with You now, and forever. Amen.
And now, O Lord God, we pray the prayer our Lord Jesus taught us to pray:
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 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 peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessings of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.
Do this, and remember Me…because I love you…and remember you forever.