Blessed Trinity at Greenbelt 2009

For the insight and edification of those of who who cannot make it, and if you are coming (11pm, New Forms Cafe) you can join in at your favourite bits!

Theme: The mystery of the Trinity after S. Gregory of Nyssa


Video: 01 – Lambeth Call to Worship + 01a Gathering Smokebelch Busy Short


Video: 02 – Liturgical Greeting

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

The Lord be with you
And also with you

Greenbelt 09 Introduction Slides

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My dear friends in Christ. (1) This Mass is a Vigil Mass of Sunday (as we are unable to come together around the Lord’s Table tomorrow).

We gather together this evening to ponder a great mystery: (2) the mystery of the Holy Trinity.   If the theme of this festival is standing in the long now, then we celebrate the longest of long nows, (3) the eternal and the mystical, the trinity which creates, redeems and sustains us across all time.

Tonight we think especially (4) of Saint Gregory of Nyssa, who was born at Caesarea in what is now Turkey around the year 330, unlike his elder brother Basil, he was academically undistinguished, but ultimately proved to be the most original of the group of the theologians known as the Cappadocian Fathers (5), and their main contribution to our faith was the grasping of the mystery that is the Holy Trinity: God revealed in three persons, one God, different revelations.

For Gregory, (6) God is met not as an object to be understood, but as a mystery to be loved.(7) In our objective, scientific, rational, facebook obsessed, celebrity saturated lives, we have lost some of the sense of that mystery(8), forgotten that sometimes it is just okay to be, to allow God to be.

Gregory died in the year 394. (9) He joins us around this holy altar with all the angels and the saints, the prophets and the patriarchs as Christ is made present here, on

So giving thanks to God, for the life, work and witness of Saint Gregory and seeking to reach out ourselves towards the mystery of God, let us worship…

Screen: reconcile

Penitential Rite:

Video: Bittersweet for Greenbelt

Equipment: 18 Balti Dishes, 18 laminated signs, Spoons, Honey, Lemons

1 min 45 sec introduction:

Life is complex and hard. Life is challenging and not without its fair share of pain. The preacher on TV who offers you untold riches, health, wealth, healing and joy has clearly never read the book of Job.

Life is beautiful and delicate. Life is filled with joy and laughter. The glass which was created by God is always at least half-full, beyond half-full, and closer to full to overflowing.

To see life as either one or the other is to miss the point of life in all its rollercoaster of variety. We learn in life to take the bitter and the sweet.

Around this sacred space are six stations, where you may taste in the lemon the bitterness of life, where you can offer to God in penitence those difficult, trying, hard things in your life. You may also taste a spoonful of honey – to taste and see that the Lord is good as the Psalmist said, and to give thanks to God for his many many blessings.

Without one, there is no other. Without both, life is meaningless. Offer them both to God in penitence and faith, and let us now be reconciled to God.

Stations: Four or six stations with a balti dish of lemons (and a bin + wipes) and a dish of honey with small spoons to taste a lemon and a spoon of honey.

Each station has text by it:

Taste the bitterness of life
Without this, the sweet,
good times are nothing.
Give to God the pain, the
sadness and the hurt.
Taste & See that the Lord is good

Taste the sweetness of life
Without this, the bitter,
ugly, hard times become
Give thanks to God for the joy,
the pleasure and the laughs.
Taste & See that the Lord is good

In Happy moments, praise God.
In Difficult moments, seek God.
In Quiet moments, worship God.
In Painful moments, trust God.
In Every moment, thank God


Screen: you are forgiven

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has left power to his Church to absolve all sinners who truly repent and believe in him, of his great mercy forgive you all your offences; and by his authority committed to me, I absolve you from all your sins:+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord has put away all your sins, and of your charity, pray for me, a sinner also



Let us pray…

Lord of eternity, creator of all things,
in your Son Jesus Christ
you open for us the way to resurrection
that we may enjoy your bountiful goodness:
may we who celebrate your servants Gregory and Macrina
press onwards in faith to your boundless love
and ever wonder at the miracle of your presence among us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Video: 04 – Word

Matthew 28:16-20

Video: Great Commission. Reading live. Images behind.

The Lord be with you
And also with you

The Gospel of Matthew

16-17Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.

18-20Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you, O Christ


Video: 05 – Strip Intercessions

Equipment: Strips of paper, Felt Pens

The people write their intercessions on the strips of paper

Start handing out paper strips and pens

If you want to write down your prayers, what would it look like?

A shopping list?
Would it be more like a doodle?
Would your prayers form a little sketch?
A spider diagram?
A single word?
Logical in structure? Random or chaotic?
Does it matter?

Handing out finishes

Before you write anything down, pause and reflect.
What is your main concern?
What do you need to bring before God?
For yourself.
For others.
For the Church.
For the world.
For the sick, the ailing, the addicted, the troublesome
For the dead and the mourning..
We do not pray alone.
We join these prayers with all the others written tonight.
Weaved together. Linked. Joined.
Joined with the angels, the saints, the prophets, the patriarchs.
Joined with the prayers of our Blesséd Lady…

Hail Mary,Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.

How did they turn out?

No need to sign your prayers
God knows.
He knows your needs,
Your desires
Your concerns…
…and he listens.
He responds.
Whether you prayed a picture, a list, a diagram, a single word…
God responds.
Maybe Yes
Maybe No
Maybe Not Yet
Not always the answer to your prayers that you want.
…but he answers.



Video:  06 – Trinity Meditation + 06a John Donne “Batter My Heart”

The Trinity…   God…   Three…   One…   Three equal figures…
with identical faces, carrying equal staffs of authority, none more important than another…
One God enthroned, but not, as a human king, at the end of a great hall where we must bow and scrape, rather  God enthroned at a table, shaded from the harsh, unforgiving glare of the sun, a table which has been prepared for us, inviting us to draw near with faith…
to enter in to the eternal circle, where the gaze passes lovingly from one to another, and stretches out in overflowing love, to us and to the world beyond…
Three figures united, God robed in blue the colour of divinity, the colour of the heavens…
God robed in blue, wrapped in green. God the Holy Spirit…
Vibrant green, the energising colour of new life, restful green the colour of lush meadows and race courses, of relaxation and recreation…
The Spirit’s hand rests upon the table, earthing the the divine life of God, transforming all she touches.
The fountain of all holiness that will transform the gifts of Bread and Wine that they may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. That will transform our lives.
God robed in blue, wrapped in brown, with a stripe of gold. God the Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ…
Brown the colour of earth, of humanity, of soil and toil. Gold for a king, who was crowned  with thorns…
The Christ rests two fingers on the table, laying upon it his divine and human nature, gesturing towards the cup.
The cup that is filled with wine, his blood that was poured out for us.
God robed in blue, wrapped in shimmering, ethereal fibre. God the Father…
A shimmering ethereal, un-name-able colour, not visible to the human eye. The creator, who cannot be seen by his creatures.
The Father clasps his staff with both hands, The Father who holds all authority. But this authority is not grasped to himself. It is freely given to those whom he loves, to accomplish his good and perfect will. To the Son, to the apostles, authority which surrenders itself. Paradox.
Three persons united in their love, for one another, and for us.
Three persons whom we know to be One God, met not as an object to be understood, but as a mystery to be loved, worshipped.


Video: 07 – God Waits


Screen: Video: 08 – Hands Peace

Christ is our Peace. He has reconciled us to God in one body by the cross.
We meet in his name and share his peace…
The peace of the Lord be with you
and also with you

In these times of contagion, we are not permitted to do what the Church has done for centuries. You are free to express God’s peace as you wish with each other.
(move swiftly on)


Matt Maher – Litany of the Saints (sung a capella)

As the bread and wine are brought haphazardly to the front through the congregation

St Gregory Pray for us
St Basil Pray for us
St Thomas Pray for us
Holy Mary Pray for us
Ora Pro Nobis Ora Pro Nobis
St Simon, pray for us
St Jude, pray for us
St Peter, pray for us
John Keble, pray for us
Ora Pro Nobis, Ora Pro Nobis
St Faith, pray for us
St John, pray for us
Blesséd Francis, pray for us
St Paul, pray for us
Ora Pro Nobis, Ora Pro Nobis
Ora Pro Nobis, Ora Pro Nobis
Ora Pro Nobis, Ora Pro Nobis

Eucharistic Prayer:

Video: 09 – Pregnant with Expectation Eucharistic Prayer

Equipment: Bells, Bread, Wine, Chalice, Paten, Linen, Monstrance, Pyx, Host

1 The Lord be with youand 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 Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,we do well always and everywhere to give you thanksthrough Jesus Christ our Lord.
You renew the Church in every age by raising up men and women outstanding in holiness, living witnesses of Your unchanging love.Saint Gregory brought us close to your mystery,And taught us to love you as Glorious Trinity: three in one
3 We joyfully proclaim our faith in the mystery of Your Godhead.You have revealed Your glory as the glory also of Your Sonand of the Holy Spirit:
three Persons equal in majesty,
undivided in splendour,
yet one Lord, one God,
ever to be adored in Your everlasting glory.
And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven,
we proclaim your glory and join in their unending hymn of praise:
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 supperhe 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 all 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 thanksgivingwe bring before you this bread and this cupand we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.
11 Send the Holy Spirit on your peopleand gather into one in your kingdomall who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of Our Blesséd Lady,
Saint Thomas the Apostle, Saint Gregory of Nyssa
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.

Lord’s Prayer:

Screen: As our saviour taught us, so we pray along

Video: 10 – My Friend Video Trad Short


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ
Though we are many, we are one body because we share in the one bread

Agnus Dei:

Video: 11 – Agnus Dei – Rufus Wainwright


This is the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, blessed are those who are called to his supper
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word, and I shall be healed

Communion Antiphon:

Screen: St Paul reminds Titus:

Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured.

Titus 2. 7, 8


Video: 12 – Prayer of the Heart

The Chalice will remain on the altar for those who wish to commune in that kind. One Communion station at the front: the people come forward to receive.

Post Communion Prayer:

The Sacrament is placed in the Monstrance and remains on the altar.

Let us pray…

God of truth,
whose Wisdom set her table
and invited us to eat the bread and drink the wine
of the kingdom:
help us to lay aside all foolishness
and to live and walk in the way of insight,
that we may come with your servants Gregory and Macrina
to the eternal feast of heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Video: 13 – Tantum Ergo version 5 (No Candles)

Equipment: Monstrance, Bells, Humeral Veil


Video: 14 – Coventry Dismissal


Video: 15 – Polyphonic Spree