At the entry of the ministers, a hymn may be sung.
The bishop greets the people, using these or other suitable words
Bishop: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
People: Blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
or from Easter Day to Pentecost
Bishop: Alleluia Christ is risen.
People: He is risen indeed. Alleluia.
There is one body and one spirit.
There is one hope to which we were called;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.
The bishop may introduce the service.
Gloria in excelsis may be used.
The bishop introduces a period of silent prayer with the words
Let us pray
or a more specific bidding.
by the power of your Holy Spirit
you give to your faithful people new life in the water of baptism.
Guide and strengthen us by the same Spirit,
that we who are born again may serve you in faith and love,
and grow into the full stature of your Son, Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
now and for ever.
The Liturgy of the Word
Either one or two readings from Scripture may precede the Gospel reading. At the end of each the reader may say
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The psalm or canticle follows the first reading; other hymns and songs may be used between the readings.
An acclamation may herald the Gospel reading.
When the Gospel is announced the reader says
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N.
Glory to you, O Lord.
At the end
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.