Patronal Festival Eucharist

The Collegiate Church of Saint Nicholas, Church of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

This Partronal Service focuses on Saint Nicholas as the patron saint of sailors and those who work on the sea through the selection of hymns, readings, and prayers

St Nicholas and the sea
Patron Saint of Sailors Banner
Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, Galway
Photo: C Myers, St Nicholas Center

Order of Service

Please STAND at the entrance of the entrance of the choir and clergy.

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden;
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 Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rejoice, people of God, praise the Lord.
Let us keep the feast in honour of our patron Saint Nicholas and of all God's saints,
in whose victory the angels rejoice and glorify the Son of God.

Open me the gates of righteousness:
and I will enter and give thanks to the Lord
All you people, praise the Lord:
let the sea make a noise and all that is in it.
Let us proceed in peace.
In the name of Christ. Amen.


Ye watchers and ye holy ones

The president greets the people and then informally introduces the service. Then is said:

You raise the dead to life in the Spirit.
Lord, have mercy. Kyrie eleison.
You bring pardon and peace to the sinner.
Lord, have mercy. Christe eleison.
You bring light to those in darkness.
Lord, have mercy. Kyrie eleison.
May almighty God have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life. Amen

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated on the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

The Ministry of the Word


THE GRADUAL PSALM: Verses from Psalm 107.

O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness:
and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men

They that go down to the sea in ships: and occupy their business in great waters;
these men see the works of the Lord: and his wonders in the deep.
For at his word the stormy wind ariseth: which lifteth up the waves thereof.
They are carried up to the heaven and down again to the deep:
their soul melteth away because of the trouble.
They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man: and are at their wits end.
So when they cry unto the Lord in their trouble: he delivereth them out of their distress.
For he maketh the storm to cease: so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad because they are at rest:
and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.

O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness:
and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men.

THE EPISTLE: I Tim 6 vs 6-11


Will your anchor hold in the storms of life


Will your eyes behold through the morning light,
The city of gold and the harbour bright?
Will you anchor safe by the heavenly shore,
When life's storms are past for evermore.


Creedal Responses

Do you believe and trust in God the Father who made the world?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ who redeemed the world?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit who gives life to the people of God?
We believe and trust in him.
This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith. We believe in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Prayers of the Church

Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.

And for all the departed:
Rest eternal grant them, O Lord:
And let light perpetual shine upon them.

The prayers conclude with this response:
God our Saviour, you know and love us and hear our prayer:
keep us in the eternal fellowship of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

The Ministry of the Sacrament

The Peace


Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!

During this hymn the offerings of the people are presented and bread and wine are placed on the Lord's Table.
The president takes the bread and wine and says:

Blessed are you, Lord, King of the universe,
You bring forth bread from the earth.
Blessed be God forever.

Blessed are you Lord, King of the Universe,
You create the fruit of the vine.
Blessed be God forever.

The Great Thanksgiving

(all remain standing)

The Lord is here
His Spirit is with us

Lift up your hearts
We lift them up to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

. . . .for ever praising you and singing:
Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

A short SILENCE is kept

The Lord's Prayer

(all standing)

The presiding priest breaks the bread in preparation for communion during which is said:

Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Happy are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word and I shall be healed.

The Communion of the People

At the Breaking of the Bread is sung by all:

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Lamb of God, grant us your peace.

The gifts of God for the people of God:
Jesus Christ is holy,
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

All are invited to receive the sacrament of Christ's body and blood.
Communicants should approach the altar from the central aisle and return via the side aisles.

During Communion: Jesu, thou Joy of loving hearts.Plainsong.

A period of SILENCE is kept following communion after which is said a seasonal prayer.

Then all shall join in this prayer of thanksgiving:

Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us
with the spiritual food of the body and
blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and
bodies to be a living sacrifice. Send us out in
the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.


Hymn after Communion

Eternal Father, strong to save

All remain standing as the ministers of the eucharist leave the Church

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen

From the Collegiate Church of Saint Nicholas, Church of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.

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