10. THE BUILD UP

I. If you are praying this by yourself:

Pray, with hands extended, as follows (v. slightly n-o-a):

The Lord be with me as,
amidst a cloud of witnesses,
I lift up my heart,
giving thanks to the Lord our God.
It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
Today we keep the festival of your holy city,
the heavenly Jerusalem, our mother,
where around your throne
the saints, our brothers and sisters,
sing your praise for ever.
Their glory fills us with joy,
and through their communion with us in the Church
you give us inspiration and strength
as we press forward on our pilgrimage of faith.
In company with them and with all the angels
we cry out with a single voice
in praise of your glory:

(if you have a preferred musical version of the Sanctus, now would be the time to play it, or you may of course sing it yourself)

Holy, Holy, Holy,
Lord God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest!

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II. If more than one of you are praying this together:

Pray, with hands extended, as follows:

The Lord be with you.
(response)— And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
(response)— We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
(response)— It is right to give thanks and praise.
It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
Today we keep the festival of your holy city,
the heavenly Jerusalem, our mother,
where around your throne
the saints, our brothers and sisters,
sing your praise for ever.
Their glory fills us with joy,
and through their communion with us in the Church
you give us inspiration and strength
as we press forward on our pilgrimage of faith.
In company with them and with all the angels
we cry out with a single voice
in praise of your glory:

Holy, Holy, Holy,
Lord God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest!

☞ Now move on to the next section