Archives March 2011

Wise Words

Words from an ordination address delivered by Hensley Henson, Bishop of Durham, in 1936. Some of the ways of putting things may have dated, but I think the main point is worth considering, even today:

Nearly fifty years have passed since I was myself ordained in Cuddesdon Parish Church on a lovely summer morning in 1887.

How well I remember the tumult of conflicting thoughts which raged in my mind, and perhaps hindered me from entering as fully as I would have entered into the solemn yet exalting service! How little I guessed what lay before me! 
The immense failures 
which would overtake my too-ardent beginnings; 
the disappointments which would shadow 
my later course; the growing sense of inadequacy 
which would become a settled resident in my mind…

The happiest years of my ministry were those in which, as the vicar of a great industrial parish, 
I was nearest to the people. Faces look out at me from the past — toil-worn faces radiant with love and confidence. Nothing of what men foolishly call success is worth comparison 
with the experiences which those faces recall…

I say to you then — love God and love your people. Count nothing excessive that you can do for them. Serve them in your office for the love of Christ, 
and they will surely give you back more 
than you can ever give them.


Shrine Mary's Shrine

Mary, child of the Father’s giving

Mary, Mother of all the living,

Mary, gentlest of all human creatures

Mary, wisest of all human teachers

Pray for us

Pray for us

 

Chorus

Shrine, Mary’s Shrine

Destination of faithful pilgrims

Foretaste of heaven

open wide your doors

Shrine, Mary’s Shrine

Holy House, England’s Nazareth

Our Lady’s home:

Here we honour her name!

 

We have a fantastic time here,

Prayed and praised, and known God’s very near

Walsingham, holy destination,

Walsingham, Mary’s throne in our nation

Holy Mary,

Your Son sets us free

 

Music: Graham Kendrick

Words: a combination of Wealands Bell, Philip North, Simon Rundell & Rachel Gouldthorpe (although no-one can quite recall which bits!)


Vespers, Lent 1

Introduction

 

O God, come to my aid.

O Lord, make haste to help me.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

 

Office Hymn

 

O Trinity, most blessèd Light,

O Unity of sovereign might,

As now the fiery sun departs,

Shed thou thy beams within our hearts.

 

To thee our morning songs of praise,

To thee our evening prayer we raise;

Thee may our souls for evermore

In lowly reverence adore.

 

All praise to God the Father be,

All praise, eternal Son, to thee,

Whom with the Spirit we adore,

For ever and for evermore.

 

O lux beata Trinitas, Ambrose of Milan (340-397)

translated by John M Neale (1818-1866)

 

Psalm 109 (110)

 

You must worship the Lord, your God, and serve him alone.

 

The Lord has said to my lord:

“Sit at my right hand

while I make your enemies your footstool.”

 

From Zion the Lord will give you a sceptre,

and you will rule in the midst of your foes.

 

Royal power is yours in the day of your strength,

among the sacred splendours.

Before the dawn, I begot you from the womb.

 

The Lord has sworn, and he will not repent:

“You are a priest for ever,

a priest of the priesthood of Melchisedech.”

 

The Lord is at your right hand,

and on the day of his anger he will shatter kings.

 

He will drink from the stream as he goes –

he will hold his head high.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

 

You must worship the Lord, your God, and serve him alone.

 

Psalm 113A (114)

 

Now is the favourable time: this is the day of salvation.

 

When Israel came out of Egypt,

Jacob’s people from a land of strangers,

Judah became his sanctuary

and Israel his domain.

 

The sea saw it, and fled;

the Jordan flowed backwards at the sight;

the mountains leapt like rams;

the hills, like yearling sheep.

 

Sea, what was it, what made you flee?

And you, Jordan, why did you flow uphill?

Mountains, why did you leap like rams?

Hills, like yearling sheep?

 

Tremble, Earth, at the presence of the Lord,

the presence of the Lord of Jacob,

who has turned the rock into a pool of water

and made a fountain out of the flint.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

 

Now is the favourable time: this is the day of salvation.

Canticle: 1 Peter 2

Now we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man will come true.

 

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, to follow in his path.

 

He committed no sin, in his speech there was no deceit;

when they cursed him, he did not curse them;

 

when he suffered, he did not threaten retribution, but committed them to the one just judge.

 

He endured our sins in the sufferings of his body on the tree,

so that we would die to our sins and live for righteousness –

and by his bruises you have been healed.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

 

Now we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man will come true.

 

Short reading: (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)

All the runners at the stadium are trying to win, but only one of them gets the prize. You must run in the same way, meaning to win. All the fighters at the games go into strict training; they do this just to win a wreath that will wither away, but we do it for a wreath that will never wither.

 

Short Responsory

R: Lord, listen and take pity on us, for we have sinned against you. repeat R

Christ, hear those who cry to you. R

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. R

 

Canticle: Magnificat

 

Keep watch over us eternal Saviour. Do not let the cunning tempter overcome us, for you have become our helper at all times

 

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God, my salvation.

 

For he has shown me such favour –

me, his lowly handmaiden.

 

Now all generations will call me blessed,

because the mighty one has done great things for me.

 

His name is holy,

his mercy lasts for generation after generation

for those who revere him.

 

He has put forth his strength:

he has scattered the proud and conceited,

torn princes from their thrones;

but lifted up the lowly.

 

He has filled the hungry with good things;

the rich he has sent away empty.

 

He has come to the help of his servant Israel,

he has remembered his mercy as he promised to our fathers,

to Abraham and his children for ever.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.

 

Keep watch over us eternal Saviour. Do not let the cunning tempter overcome us, for you have become our helper at all times

 

Prayers and Intercessions

 

Response: Lord have mercy upon your people

 

Our Father…

 

Through our annual Lenten observance, Lord,

deepen our understanding of the mystery of Christ

and make it a reality in the conduct of our lives.

We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.

Amen

 

Hymn Before Benediction

 


Prayers before the Blessed Sacrament, Lent 1

Blessed, praised, hallowed and adored, be Our Lord Jesus Christ on his throne of glory.

and in the most holy sacrament of the altar

Father, I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
and in all Your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands,
without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,

For you are my Father.

Charles de Foucault, 20th Century

Image of God,
born of God’s breath.
Vessel of divine Love,
after his likeness.
Dwelling of God,
capacity for the infinite.
Eternally known,
chosen of God.
Home of the Infinite Majesty,
abiding in the Son.
Called from eternity,
life in the Lord.
Temple of the Holy Spirit,
branch of Christ.
Receptacle of the Most High,
wellspring of Living Water.
Heir of the kingdom,
the glory of God,
abode of the Trinity,
God sings this litany,
eternally in his Word.

This is who you are.

Anonymous Trappist

God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.

God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.

God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.

God in my sufficing,
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in mine eternity.

You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart’s eternal spark
You are the door that’s open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day.

celtic oral tradition – 1st millennium

concludes with the Divine Praises


Liturgy: Lent 1, Year A

 

1st Sunday of Lent, Year A

 

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Grace, mercy and peace from God Our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit be with you all

 

and also with you

When he calls to me, I will answer; I will rescue him and give him honor. Long life and contentment will be his. (Psalm 91:15-16)

 

My dear friends in Christ we begin Our Lenten journey today, over these five weeks we will travel through the mysteries of Christ which lead us to his passion and glorious resurrection.

 

It is a journey which should not be taken lightly, for on this journey we may have the opportunity to learn much about Our Lord and His Teaching but also about ourselves.

 

We pray for the life, work and witness of this parish, and the building work, the first phase of which continues apace, but which still needs to be supported by your generosity and your prayers.

 

The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit;

 

a broken and contrite heart God will not despise.

Let us come to the Lord, who is full of compassion,

and acknowledge our transgressions in penitence and faith.

 

I confess…

 

 

The Collect

Let us pray

 

Father,
through our observance of Lent,
help us to understand the meaning
of your Son’s death and resurrection,
and teach us to reflect it in our lives.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Gospel Acclamation

 

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

Man does not live on bread alone

But on every word that comes from the mouth of God

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

The Peace

 

Since we are justified by faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has given us access to his grace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you


 

Prayer after Communion

 

Father,
you increase our faith and hope,
and deepen our love in this communion.
Help us to live by your words
and to seek Christ, our bread of life,

who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Notices

Blessing

Christ, who has nourished us with himself the living bread,
make you one in praise and love,
and raise you up at the last day;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

The mass is ended. Go in the peace of Christ.

All    Thanks be to God.

 


Blesséd Lenten Journey 2011 – FREE Daily Text Meditation

Once again Blesséd are offering a FREE text journey through Lent – a series of meditations, reflections, rituals and scriptures to walk with you through this Lenten season.

All you have to do is go to the Blesséd Text webpage and I will add you to the list. They are sent out manually using my own phone, and although this means they often arrive first thing in the morning, there is some variation which may (or may not) be significant – the not knowing is part of it.

It is completely free to UK mobile phone users.

** If you are not based in the UK, then you can still see the daily texts via Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/BlessedAltW **


Walsingham Children's Pilgrimage Introduction

A very basic idea inspired by a recent viral video.

[vimeo 20836495

I hope it will amuse the young people enough in the first visit next Friday evening…

I am proud to say that we have 7 young people going on the Children’s Pilgrimage – and that we are certainly not the only progressive parish to be bringing kids. You should take young people also – give it a go!


Liturgy: Ordinary 9, Year A

Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

 

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

 

Grace, mercy and peace from God Our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit be with you all

and also with you

 

O look at me and be merciful, for I am wretched and alone. See my hardship and my poverty, and pardon all my sins. [Psalm 25:16, 18

 

My dear friends in Christ, we come together this morning to worship Almighty God in word and sacrament, and to build our faith on the solid rock of Christ.

 

We pray for the life, work and witness of the parish, and pray that when the floods come in our lives, as they surely must, we will have the faith and the fortitude to be unscathed.

 

For that, we must dig deep, engage in our faith and build a strong foundation. Key to that is recognising what prevents us from coming to God.

 

So let us made amends by recognising and confessing our sins.

 

I confess…

 


The Collect

Let us pray

 

Father,

Your love never fails.

Hear our call.

Keep us from danger

And provide for all our needs.

 

We make our prayer through Jesus Christ, your Son

Who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God, for ever and ever.

 

Amen.

 

Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the vine, you are the branches says the Lord.

Whoever remains in me, with me in him,

Bears fruit in plenty

All    Alleluia.

 

The Peace

 

God has made us one in Christ.

He has set his seal upon us

and, as a pledge of what is to come,

has given the Spirit to dwell in our hearts.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you

 

Let us offer one another the sign of peace.

 


Prayer after Communion

Lord

As you give us the body and blood of your Son,

Guide us with your Spirit,

That we may honour you

Not only with our lips

But also with the lives we lead

And so enter your kingdom.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, the Lord.

Amen

 

Blessing

 

The Lord be with you

And also with you

 

The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the +Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All    Amen.

 

The mass is ended. Go in the peace of Christ.

All    Thanks be to God.