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Lift Up Your Hearts

The prayer begins with a dialogue between the priest and the assembly called the Sursum Corda, a Latin phrase that means "lift hearts," because the presider says to the congregation, "Lift up your hearts."  This dialogue has been a part of eucharitic prayers since at least the third century A.D. The injunction might have originated in Jewish worship calling the faithful to stand and to put their hearts in the heavenly temple.

After the Sursum Corda follows a brief section of Praise and Thanksgiving for the mighty acts of God in creation.  A Proper Preface provides the context of the church year or event such as a baptism.

This section culminates with the Sanctus, "Holy, Holy, Holy."  The prophet Isaiah in a vision saw the heavenly host singing this song in the heavenly throne room (Isaiah 6:1-3).  Those present join their voices with "angels and archangels" in the worship of the living God.  The last lines of the Sanctus come from the words that greeted Jesus on his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the Highest!"

Sursum Corda

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
People:      And also with you.
Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.
People:      We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People:      It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Praise and Thanksgiving

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-
where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of
heaven and earth.

Proper Preface

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who on the first day of the
week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious
resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and
Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever
sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


Celebrant and People:
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.