Blesséd – Pregnant with Expectation – Eucharistic Prayer & Gospel

All of the videos can be seen and slowly downloaded from here.

Lots of the videos were in use last week, just tweaked or modified slightly. Not really enough time in this season to go right back to the drawing board.

The Eucharistic Prayer Liturgy is – and you’d better sit down for this – straight Eucharistic Prayer B with the Extended Preface for Advent from Common Worship! No odd Eastern Rites, no strange interlocutions, but set (of course) to music. No messing around with the liturgy for the sake of innovation for its own sake, just a desire to do it well and do it right.

The numbers on the bottom left of the screen are the cues for the following text, and on the bottom right are 15 second cues. It works.


Eucharistic Prayer (Prayer B)

1 The Lord be with you

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

2 It is indeed right and good to give you thanks and praise,

almighty God and everlasting Father,

through Jesus Christ your Son.

For when he humbled himself to come among us in human flesh,

he fulfilled the plan you formed before the foundation of the world

to open for us the way of salvation.

3 Confident that your promise will be fulfilled,

we now watch for the day

when Christ our Lord will come again in glory.

And so we join our voices with angels and archangels

and with all the company of heaven

to proclaim your glory,

for ever praising you and saying:

4 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.

5 Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,

and according to your holy will,

these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us the +body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

6 Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me. +

7 In the same way, after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me. +

8 Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
Dying you destroyed our death,

rising you restored our life:

Lord Jesus, come in glory.

9 And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,

his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;

rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,

and looking for his coming in glory,

we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

10 As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,

we bring before you this bread and this cup

and we thank you for counting us worthy

to stand in your presence and serve you.

11 Send the Holy Spirit on your people

and gather into one in your kingdom

all who share this one bread and one cup,

so that we, in the company of Our Blesséd Lady,

Saint Thomas the Apostle, Saint John the Baptist

and all the saints,

may praise and glorify you for ever,

through Jesus Christ our Lord;

12 by whom, and with whom, and in whom,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,

for ever and ever.


The Gospel is similarly challenging: the distillation of Luke and John, which actually (despite how it looked at Coventry) was not my idea, but the splendidly creative Fr. Wealands Bell. I can take no credit, other than making it a reality. It was Fr. Carl Turner who turned the idea and the original scripture (I think it was the Birth Narrative in Fr. WWB’s version) into the Annunciation.


Gospel: Two Gospels for the price of one: John and Luke Redux

As  two readers begin their Gospels, a foetus on shown on screen. Audio: Foetal heartbeat begins very low and rises in volume.
The Lord be with you

And also with you

The Lord be with you

And also with you

Hear the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

Glory to you, O Lord

Hear the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Glory to you, O Lord

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
And Gabriel came to Mary and said, “Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God.”
All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.
Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.
And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.”
But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”
There is an almost imperceptible pause

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

The audio cuts out suddenly


This is the Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you, O Christ

The audio of the foetal heartbeat is quite oppressive. I think in the right environment it will have great impact.

The set-up of the Church promises to be hugely interesting. I have a vision of a womb (with a view?) into which we will all huddle and celebrate with projection around the outside. Photos will illustrate afterwards.