Blesséd: Washed Clean – Feast of Title for S.John Baptist, Winchester

fabulous night, and a powerful worship: so many positive comments from a diverse parish community.


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Sins confessed are disolved in the font


Washed Clean – a graphic illustration of the power of baptism


Above: Renewal of Baptismal Vows


Typical comment: “Brilliant”

High points: Eucharistic Prayer working. Low point: dropping the tie mic twice as I got up to adminsister Communion

God is indeed good.

Blesséd Liturgy for St. John the Baptist, 24th June 2009


Smokebelch Gathering:



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

Screen:      There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came to bear witness to the light, to prepare an upright people for the Lord. (Jn 1:6-7; Lk 1:17)

My dear friends, on this Solemnity for the birth of S. John, Baptiser we gather in this sacred space to offer this holy sacrifice, to burn incense before the Lord as John’s father, Zechariah did in the temple and to be refreshed by the waters of Baptism which John introduced and which our Blessed Lord sealed for us as the sign of our redemption.

God is here. Make yourselves at home. In this worship tonight we will explore in fire and water the mystery of salvation won for us by Christ and give thanks to God for the Baptister, the last of the Old Testament Prophets and the first of the New. We look, as he did, for the coming of the Lord in power and awe in our worship. So, my friends, immerse yourself in this worship and draw close.

However, Baptism marks a turn-around in our lives: repentance, metanoia, to face the other way and turn from those times when we have let ourselves, other and our Lord down.

Let us reflect on those times, write them on these special papers and then consign them to the waters of the font, where Christ will wash them away by the streams of living water that flow from his baptismal font.

Penitential Rite


Equipment: Dissolvo Sheets, Felt-Tip Pens, Paddling Pool, AquaJet

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



Van Morrison Gloria


Let us pray…

God our Father,
you raised up John the Baptist
to prepare a perfect people for Christ the Lord.

Give your Church joy in spirit
and guide those who believe in you
into the way of salvation and peace.

we ask 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.


Video: Mark 1:7-11

Renewal of Baptismal Vows

Video with Ritual:


God Waits Video:

Visual Intercessions




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. Andrew Pray for us

St John Baptist 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.

We praise your greatness

as we honour the prophet

who prepared the way before your Son.

You set John the Baptist apart from other men,

marking him out with special favour.

His birth brought great rejoicing:

even in the womb he leapt for joy,

so near was man’s salvation

3 You chose John the Baptist from all the prophets

to show the world its redeemer,

the lamb of sacrifice.

He baptised Christ, the giver of baptism,

in waters made holy by the one who was baptised.

You found John worthy of a martyr’s death,

his last and greatest act of witness to your Son.

In our unending joy we echo on earth

the song of the angels in heaven

as they praise your glory for ever:

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

My Friend Video:

Agnus Dei

Rufus Wainwright Video:

Communion Antiphon

Through the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us.

Distribution of Communion


Post Communion Prayer

Let us pray…


you have renewed us with this eucharist,

as we celebrate the feast of John the Baptist,

who foretold the coming of the Lamb of God.

May we welcome your Son as our Saviour,

for he gives us new life,

and is Lord for ever and ever.


Blessing and Dismissal


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