Blesséd Trinity – Mass for S. Gregory of Nyssa

We are long past the Feast of Holy Trinity, but in celebration of the work of S. Gregory of Nyssa, whose principal contribution was an understanding of that mystery, we celebrate a Mass of the Trinity



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

My dear friends in Christ. We gather together this evening to ponder a great mystery: the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Today is the feast day of Saint Gregory of Nyssa, who was born at Caesarea in what is now Turkey around the year 330, the child of an aristocratic Christian family.

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. He was introduced to the spiritual life by his elder sister Macrina who exercised a formative influence upon him, and with whom he maintained close bonds of friendship throughout his life. It was she who, after the death of their father, converted the household into a sort of monastery on one of the family estates.

Gregory married a deeply spiritual woman, Theosebia, and at first refused ordination, choosing to pursue a secular career. He was ordained only later in life, and in 372 was chosen to be bishop of Nyssa. In the year 379 both his brother Basil and his sister Macrina died, and this deeply affected him; but out of this darkness emerged a profound spirituality. The Cappadocian Fathers: Gregory, Basil and Gregory Nazianzius are most recognised for their discernment of the Holy Trinity, a reaching out towards a mystery beyond our comprehension.

For Gregory, God is met not as an object to be understood, but as a mystery to be loved. He died in the year 394.

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

Screen: reconcile

Penitential Rite:

Video: Prayers of the Saints

Equipment: Balti Dishes and Charcoal, Incense

So, my dear friends, we prepare to become enveloped by God in these Holy and Sacred Mysteries by first calling to mind our sins.

We offer our sinfulness, our weakness, our addiction up to Almighty God, wrapped in this incense, which rises towards the throne of God.

We add incense to the charcoals to fire away our sins. (Possible fade at 6.25min)


Your forgiveness is so real, you can smell it…

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


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.



Matthew 28:16-20

Video: Great Commission. Reading live

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


Equipment: Strips of paper, Felt Pens

I wasn’t allowed this one on Youtube because of the Amanda Palmer sample on the soundtrack. Vimeo are much better

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.




Sr Jane Louise SSM’s Ikon Meditation

During which the chains will be linked together and at the end wrapped around the altar


In the dark catacombs, sheltering from persecution and the sword, the faithful met to bring Christ into their midst. They greeted their brothers and sisters in baptism with a kiss of peace, a further communion, a closer unity as community, and they share something special, unique and holy.

At this point a text message “The Peace of the Lord be always with you. Share this.” is sent to all those who have given their numbers at the beginning.


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:

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 Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,

we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks

through 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 Son

and 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 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.


Lord’s Prayer:


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:


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:

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


Post Communion Prayer:

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.



Dismissal Video 2


Polyphonic Spree (I expect) as usual