An extended preface for Year C, Proper 16 (for use with Eucharistic Prayers A, B & E) – based on the lectionary reading from Hebrews chapter 12

Almighty God,
at whose voice the earth shakes
and the mountains tremble,
judge of all, consuming fire,

we come with reverence and awe
to give you praise and thanks through Jesus,
by whose sprinkled blood
we are made righteous in your sight.

Through him, your living word
you speak the words that wake in us
the hope of life eternal.

Therefore with innumerable angels in festal gathering,
and with the assembly of the firstborn, enrolled in heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
for ever praising you and saying