Late Night Worship at the Portsmouth Diocese Clergy Conference: Blessed Sacramentals

All of these videos can be downloaded from the Agnus Dei website

a) Reconciliation – Late Night Prayer

Gathering Video: Busy



The Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end



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.

At the end of a busy conference day, we come together in night prayer, to recall all that we have said and done, all that we have not said and have failed to do. This is a night prayer offered by Blesséd with a focus upon reconciliation. Reconciliation between ourselves and God and reconciliation for the world.

As we recollect our actions and our lives, we seek the sacrament of forgiveness and the opportunity to look towards the dawn in the light of forgiveness. In this darkness, watch for the resurrection dawn that comes with God’s forgiveness.

So as we prepare to wash away our sins, completely and utterly, we let the bubbles of God’s forgiveness wash over us.

Like bubbles they might seem so fragile, so ephemeral, so small and yet so filled with beauty, each one reflecting for a moment that perfection that can only be created and sustained by God and so we can fill this sacred space with bubbles of forgiveness.

So my dear friends in order to prepare ourselves for these holy and sacred mysteries, let us reflect first on the sins and injustices we inflict upon God’s creation…

Ritual Seeking forgivness for the World: David Ford


Bubbles are blown


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.

Book of Common Prayer, Visitation of the Sick p317

Word: Psalm 4

Lord, have mercy and hear me.

When I call, answer me, O God of justice;

from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me!

O men, how long will your hearts be closed,

will you love what is futile and seek what is false?

It is the Lord who grants favours to those whom he loves;

the Lord hears me whenever I call him.

Fear him; do not sin: ponder on your bed and be still

Make justice your sacrifice, and trust in the Lord.

‘What can bring us happiness?’ many say.

Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

You have put into my heart a greater joy

than they have from abundance of corn and new wine.

I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once

for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

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.


Lord, have mercy and hear me.

The healing of the world begins with ourselves…

Ritual seeking forgiveness for ourselves: Gathered Stones



Nunc Dimittis

Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:

your word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

A light to reveal you to the nations

and the glory of your people Israel.

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.


Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.

Blessing & Dismissal

God loves you. God forgives you. Go from this place assured of his forgiveness, and pray for me, a sinner als

Let us pray…

Come to us, Lord, this night, and give us the strength to rise at dawn rejoicing in the resurrection of your Anointed, who lives and reigns for ever and ever, Amen.

Take Bubbles and/or Stones away with you.

 b) Healing – Evening Prayer

Gathering Video: Call to Worship


O God make speed to save us

O Lord make haste to help us

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.


We gather towards the end of our day in Conference attentive to God. We are drawn into the raising of our hands in the evening sacrifice of praise and we yearn for his healing in our lives.

This Evening Prayer reminds us that it is okay to be broken, for all are broken in some way. Our ministry to others calls us to be broken to an extent before God, to accept our weakness and our limitations and if we are to be truly ministers of His healing and grace in our communities, to be conformed to the wounded healer himself.

Towards the end of this evening prayer those who desire it will be offered the ministry of laying on of hands and anointing with the oil of healing, to both heal us within ourselves and be equipped for the healing of individuals in our care, communities and the whole world. The indelible sign of the cross on our foreheads and on the palms of our hands, visceral, literal signs of God’s healing on our bodies and a sacrament of the inner healing which He works in us.

Let us reflect on our need for healing and look for the signs of the kingdom which are close at hand and heralded by the work of Christ in our lives 

Word: Broken Open


Scripture 1: Lamentations Chapter 3: 1-9, 22-24, 31-33

As the first 9 verses are heard, a cairn of broken bricks is formed. At the latter part, tea lights are placed upon the cairn to symbolise hope.

1        I am one who has seen affliction
under the rod of God’s wrath;
2        he has driven and brought me
into darkness without any light;
3        against me alone he turns his hand,
again and again, all day long.
4        He has made my flesh and my skin waste away,
and broken my bones;
5        he has besieged and enveloped me
with bitterness and tribulation;
6        he has made me sit in darkness
like the dead of long ago.

7        He has walled me about so that I cannot escape;
he has put heavy chains on me;
8        though I call and cry for help,
he shuts out my prayer;
9        he has blocked my ways with hewn stones,
he has made my paths crooked.

22      The steadfast love of Yahweh never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
23      they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24      ” Yahweh is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
31      For Yahweh  will not
reject us forever
32      Although he causes grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33      for he does not willingly afflict
or grieve anyone.

Prayer: Lord’s Prayer Challenge


Our Father in heaven.Hallowed by your nameYour Kingdom comeYour will be done On earth as in heavenGive us this day our daily bread

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin  against us

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen


Don’t say ‘Father’ if you do not behave like a son or daughter. Don’t say ‘Our’ if you only think of your self.Don’t say ‘Hallowed’ if you do not honour that name.Don’t say ‘Your Kingdom come’ if you are weighed down with material goodsDon’t say ‘Thy will be done’ if you do not accept the hard bitsDon’t say ‘as it is in heaven’ if you only think about earthly matters

Don’t say ’Our daily bread’ if you have no concern for the hungry or the homeless

Don’t say ‘Forgive us our sins’ if you remain angry with someone

Don’t say ‘Lead us not into temptation’ if you intend to continue sinning

Don’t say ‘Deliver us from evil’ if you are not willing to make a stand against injustice

Don’t say ‘AMEN’ without considering the words of your prayer!

Laying on of hands and anointing

The ministry takes place while a version of the Video featuring Bjork’s Prayer of the Heart is played. 6min.

After the anointing


Father in heaven,

through this holy anointing grant us comfort in our tribulation.

When we are afraid, give us courage,

when afflicted, give us patience,

when dejected, afford us hope,

and when alone, assure us all of the support of your holy people.

We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Blessing & Dismissal

Go from this place in peace, filled with the healing power of Christ

Venture back to your communities with hope and with love

Show to each other the marvellous works Christ has begun in you

And be empowered by His Spirit to transform all those whom you will meet.

Take from our broken cairn of lamentations a candle to enable you to shine in the darkness as a healed member of the body of Christ

…and may the Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you his peace… and the blessing of God Almighty, +Father, Son & Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you, this night and always. Amen

Take candles away with you