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31st May 2020, Whitsunday the feast of Pentecost

“And there appeared to them tongues as if of fire, which parted and rested on them- and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit”

Scroll down for the readings and guide to  support Live Streamed Services  or to use for your own   Home Prayers with spiritual communion-    open  this page on your smart phone;   set up your PC  for  live streaming;  click the link in time and wait for  the Youtube to go live at 10.10

Live stream link:     https://t.co/I6jkrKr9FX 

For all records of Services:    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WOhyk3ipWaQuionX65rxA

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ – pray for the Mission of the Church.
We are asked to join this world-wide  wave of prayer  originally initiated by our Archbishops. We are asked to  pray daily for 5 friends or family members . Those in the WhatsApp  groups have  been  receiving the  ‘intention cards’ Fr Stuart has been making  each day to facilitate  busy people. 

Report your Lent Jar 2020  total  –  for the work of Practical Action World Wide
People are counting up  and sending in totals.  Two of our children saved and donated  £42.  We have already sent off £400 for the Africa Drought Areas Special Appeal, and  this attracted a further £400 in Government matched funding. Please  let Fr Stuart know your total by text, phone, or email.  Put in an envelope keep it safe ready for our return to church. if youd like to send it in by BACS  you can do so: tag carefully ‘Lent’

Totals so far:   1. £25    2. £120   3. £265   4. £85 
 5. £40   6. £35   7. £50   8. 37.50   9. £30    10. £42  11. £20  12. £60   13. £50  14. £12   15. £70  16. £10  17.  £20.  18. £20   21. £100  22. £ £50   23. £28.50   24. £60  25. £40  26.  £40  27. £30  28. £30  Total £1,425

Live Stream Eucharist  
 We will continue with the live stream until we have news of return to church – its been wonderful, though, to have some many people join us on the live-stream both those with a  strong connection and those who  have taken an interest in worship because of the slow down. Public worship will be among the last things to return to  some normality along with hospitality  orientated  businesses.   It give a chance to see first  if  businesses with less contagious interfaces, and schools bring about an unmanageable  infection rate.

Lewisham Citizens Covid 19 Fund  – questionnaire – your help needed
If you have been affected by loss of income or any hardship  or if you know any Households that have  – please fill in this questionnaire  urgently to help us work out how to direct funds.  https://lewishamcitz.typeform.com/to/XwpDZJ

Envelope Giving
Some of you are asking what to do.  We need the cash and the envelopes together :
If you have put your weekly pledge in the envelopes – save them up carefully
If it in separate Cash  keep it along with the  envelopes to hand back together.
If you  are a tax payer  you  can  write a cheque  or use the BACS details above.
 If you are worried that there is a lot of cash in your house call Fr Stuart and someone will come to collect the envelopes from your  door – appropriate distancing  will  be observed and the envelopes will be quarantined  in the Church  Safe.

Whitsunday  Liturgy Sheet 10:10 am

Introit
The Spirit of the Lord fills the whole world.  It holds things together it holds all things  together,  and knows every word spoken by man. Alleluia

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

The Greeting

    Alleluia the Lord is risen !
       He is risen indeed. Alleluia
    The Lord be with you
      and also  with you

Prayers of Penitence

My brothers and sisters, what God has prepared for those who love him, he has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything. Therefore, let us in penitence open our hearts to the Lord, who see all things, that we may receive of the Spirit that has been poured out upon us

 Silence for reflection.
Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you
   with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours
  as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly,
love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen.

 The President declares God’s forgiveness of our sins: we respond
Amen

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Glory to God  / in the Highest
and peace / to his people on earth.
Lord God, / Heavenly King,
almighty God  / and Father,
we worship you,
we give you thanks,
we praise you  / for your glory.   

Lord, Jesus Christ,
only Son / of the Father.
Lord God, / lamb of God,
you take away / the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
You are seated
 at the right hand /of the Father:
receive our prayer.     

For you alone / are the Holy One,
You alone / are the Lord,
You alone / are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory / of God the Father.  
Amen

 The Collect

God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

 The Liturgy of the Word

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles – Acts  2:1-

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

         This is the word of the Lord.
         Thanks be to God.

The Responsorial psalm
Response:   Send forth your Spirit O Lord and renew the face of the earth

The New Testament Reading – 1 Peter 4:13-16

No one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. `
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

         This is the word of the Lord.
         Thanks be to God.

Alleluia
Please Make ready to greet Our Lord in the reading of His Gospel.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
 Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Come Holy Spirit,  fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
 Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The Gospel – John 20:19-23 

The Lord be with you.
  And also with you.
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
  Glory to you, O Lord.

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

 This is the Gospel of the Lord.
   Praise to you, O Christ.

The Sermon

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit
and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic
and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

Prayers of Intercession
This bidding and response may be used:
Lord hear us,
Lord Graciously hear us.

The Church throughout the world  that  we may have a deep unity in our desire to Love our Lord and grow in his Spirit.  For Bishop Christopher ( Our own diocesan if we are in another place);  the Bishops and leaders of all Churches; for our local parish priest; our own  minister or pastor and for our regular congregation.

That we all might receive the gifts of the Spirit  to play our part in building up the church and proclaiming  kingdom of God, to  protect guide  encourage each other.

That the Spirit of prayerful expectation, and readiness to serve may be in our hearts as lift them to God for the Mission of the Church –  that our own congregation my grow  in strength of Spirit and members.  Let us name  in our hearts those friends, family or neighbours we would like to come to faith and join  our  congregation.

That Christian families may be a special sign of God kingdom  through the presence of Holy Spirit  in  wisdom,  joy and loving patience.

For Our Queen our Government,   that they may guide a safe return to work and  to school,  that they protect the vulnerable and troubled,

We continue to pray for all the nations and peoples:  that  this crisis may  be a still-point for  reflection and renewal.  That God may  protect and prosper all whose leadership brings  health-giving renewal for the whole creation. 

For the work of Practical Action  and Change for Childhood with teh most ve

For Families and Schools managing a return to class and nursery, for living with financial loss.
For Businesses, and organisations, small and large returning to daily life  – especially those struggling to survive.

For those troubled of body, mind or spirit:  For those Alone, Frightened or in hospital. 
for  those who have been bereaved  for Glen, Dan and Kathy Walker, with  Rob Garner, and with  Laura and family, for Diana and the Cooke family,  Marie Handysides,

For the Sick of bodyDavid Parsons, Shirley Barrett, Samuel Palmer,  Richard Mitchell, Daniella Broadbury, Chloe Hendrickson, Amelia Forrester, and for Lee Ward adn for  Bernd Bonenkaemper.

For those Recently departed: Margaret Rowe, Morfydd Cooke, Emma Board.
& Those whose anniversaries fall this week:  Nancy Rainsford, Eleanor Nicholls, Owen Bates, George Hinds, Regina Parper, Stanley Kempster, George Brazier, Doreen Muggeridge, James Wright, Frederick Bligh, and Emma Turner.

For the prayers of the saints: the patron saint of our own parish,  – Especially let us  ask  the prayers of Our Lady and the apostles that we might receive together the Spirit  of Pentecost.

Merciful Father,
 accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

 The Peace

God has made us one in Christ.
He has set his seal upon us and, as a pledge of what is to come, has given the Spirit to dwell in our hearts.          
The peace of the Lord be always with you
   and also with you.
Let us offer one another the sign of peace. if we can

Preparation of the Altar

 Pray brothers and sisters that this sacrifice and yours
 may be acceptable to God the Almighty Father.
May the Lord accept
 the sacrifice at your hands,
for the praise and glory of his name
for  our  good
 and the good of all his church

 The Eucharistic Prayer

  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 him thanks and praise.

 ( The president proclaims the Easter mystery; our cause of thanksgiving to God )

 ……..Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we proclaim your great and glorious name for ever praising you and saying: 

   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.

(The Holy Spirit is called down upon the gifts)

  Great is the Mystery of Faith:
   Dying you destroyed our death,
  Rising you restored our life.
   Lord Jesus, come in glory.

 The prayer continues until…….
 by whom,  with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,  all honour and glory are yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 The Lord’s Prayer

 Let us pray with confidence to the Father in the words Our Saviour gave us

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. 
Amen.

Breaking of the Bread
The President breaks the Host, saying:

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

Agnus Dei

    Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
    have mercy on us.
    Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
     have mercy on us.
   
  Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
      grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

Behold the Lamb of God.  Behold him 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.

Fr Stuart will receive communion physically for us all: We invite Our Lord’s living presence to well up in our hearts and flow through our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit given at our Baptism, and so we make a ‘spiritual communion’ in and  through  mystery of the Divine Life which God shares with us. 

We say together the Veni Creator as we open our hearts to the renewal of  the Spirit

Creator Spirit, Lord of grace,
come, make in us your dwelling place;
O purest Light, in darkness shine;
fill loveless hearts, O Love Divine.

Consoler, hear your people’s cry;
come down, O Gift of God, Most High.
Descend in peace, O heav’nly Dove;
come Fount of Life; come Flame of Love.

As once on Christ the Servant’s head
the oil of sevenfold grace you shed,
so now anoint from love’s deep springs
your chosen prophets, priests and kings.

Of ev’ry gift the living source,
of mighty deeds the unseen force,
the Father sends his promised One
to speak for all who serve his Son.

Keep far all those who wish us ill,
O Dove of Peace, be with us still,
in ev’ry danger at our side
O Friend, befriend us; be our guide.

Reveal to us the Father’s love,
reveal his Son, who reigns above.
To truth, O Truth, make us all true;
in love, O Love, make all things new

 Post Communion if used

They were all filled with they Holy Spirit and they spoke of eh Great things God had done. Alleluia!

The Notices

Hymn

Come down, O Love Divine,
seek Thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with Thine own ardour glowing.
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
And kindle it,
Thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
 til earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes
in its heat consuming;
And let Thy glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round,
the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity
mine outward vesture be,
And lowliness become
mine inner clothing;
True lowliness of heart,
which takes the humbler part,
And o’er its own shortcomings
 weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong,
with which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the power
of human telling;
For none can guess its grace,
 till he become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit
makes His dwelling.

Blessing

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

May Father of Light who enlightened the minds of the disciples
by the outpouring of his Holy Spirit
give you the gifts of his spirit for ever
and the blessing of God almighty ……
Amen.

Dismissal – Sending out

Go in the peace of Christ Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thanks be to God Alleluia! Alleluia!

Whitsun Music from Tudor England   – ‘and they  began to speak in differnt tongues’

Music to  prepare us for Whitsunday  the feast of Pentecost. The commandments of Christ  are :  Love oneanother as he has loved us ; Proclaim  the Good news to all people; Carry our Cross ; Loose our lives to find our True Lives; Enter by the narrow way; Have life in in its fulness; find freedom in him the Way the Truth and the Life; Wait for the Spirit from on high;  Set others free in his name; do ‘this’ in remembrance of him; Anoint the sick that they may be healed; Proclaim the  Kingdom of God

Now the Green blade riseth – if you like this Easter hymn you can here  it sung here by  young people,  alongside beautiful images
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVduV0ustWw

A prayer of St Theresa of Avila

Christ has no body now but ours,

No hands, no feet on earth but ours,
ours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
ours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
ours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
ours are the hands, ours are the feet,
ours are the eyes, we are his body.
Christ has no body now but ours,
No hands, no feet on earth but ours,
ours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but ours. 


 You can find the readings for  every day  and a  short commentary for reflection  at  http://www.godgossip.org      
https://www.missale.net
A very helpful resource for home reflection on the Gospel for this Sunday may be found at  https://www.americanbible.org/resources/lectio-divina       

 
 
 
 
 

Father of all,
we give you thanks and praise
that, when we were still far off,
you met us in your Son / and brought us home.
 Dying and living, / he declared your love,
gave us grace / and opened the gate of glory.
 May we who share Christ’s body / live his risen life;
we who drink his cup / bring life to others;
 we whom the Spirit lights / give light to the world.
Keep us firm / in the hope you have set before us
so we and all your children shall be free
and the whole Earth live to praise your name,
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

Music to prepare for worship or for personal reflection – this is a beautiful modern  call to Lent using OT scripture themes:  Lent Song by John Michael Poirier    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AflpKCF3BnM 

Easter Garden making Activity for Good Friday/ Holy Saturday
We are inviting anyone who would like to make an Easter Garden as a Good Friday/ Holy Saturday  activity (you can web search to see examples) interpret how you wish -it could even be a cake, a drawing or  ‘minecraft’  instead of  the traditional flowers moss and stones.  Please  post a   photo fo yoru garde  direct to Twitter  @saint_hildas  or to  our  Facebook.  

 Appreciations   
Appreciations to those who have been  contacting congregation members to express fellowship and care. Many have also  been  in touch with neighbours and friends; are already  caring for more vulnerable people, and helping each other minimise  shopping trips. The sick and fearful remain lifted up in our prayers.

Holy Week services to be streamed from the Vicarage:
Maundy Thursday 8pm     Mass of the last Supper
Good Friday  3pm  Liturgy  (if you wish to join the Veneration have a cross,  crucifix,  an image of a cross, or  icon of the Crucifixion  ready with you).
Easter Sunday  10.10  Lighting of New Fire, and Easter Mass  with renewal of Baptismal Promises

Please remember  to keep  up your Lent Jars and save them up- people are relying on us.  If you give by envelope to  save them up every Sunday ( I  know most of you already have done so) and have them ready  for when we are able to meet again in body in Church.

From the Diocesan  team:  Holy Week Live Streaming from  the Diocese
If you scroll to the very end of this mail there are notices form the diocesan communications Officer with links to  worship opportunities during Holy Week  from the Bishops Chapel and the Cathedral.  There are also  times and a link to Bishop Jonathan’s Holy Week  Service Streaming from St Andrews Holborn. 

From the Diocesan  team:  The Bridge ( Diocesan newspaper)
The decision has been made to publish the Bridge online only for the next few months.  The April edition can be found here: https://southwark.anglican.org/thebridge.

Guide Sheet for uniting with the Eucharist while at home

Set everything up to start at 10.10 am  – click the picture on Youtube  which says
Palm  Sunday Mass  – it will go live at 10.10     here’s the link again –
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WOhyk3ipWaQuionX65rxA

Introit:

In the name  of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
Amen

The Lord  be with you    (for live streaming)
And also with you

Make confession and  preparation together  

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen.

Absolution  – use the (us) if you are saying this alone at home

Almighty God who forgives all who truly repent
have mercy upon (us)/ you
Pardon  +  and Deliver (us)/ you  from all your sins
Confirm and Strengthen (us)/ you  in  all goodness
and keep (us)/ you  in life eternal Amen

Kyrie

Kyrie eleison  kyrie eleison;  
Christe eleison   Christe Eleison;   
Kyrie eleison kyrie eleison

 The Collect

Amen

New Testament Reading   St Paul to the Philippians 2:5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

6 who, though he was in the form of God,
    did not regard equality with God
    as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
    taking the form of a slave,
    being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
    he humbled himself
    and became obedient to the point of death—
    even death on a cross.

Therefore God also highly exalted him
    and gave him the name
    that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus
    every knee should bend,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue should confess
    that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father

Reader:  This is the word of the Lord
All:  Thanks be to God

Gospel Acclaimation
Reponse:   Praise to You O Christ, King of Eternal glory

Hear the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Crhist according to Matthew
Glory be to you O Lord

GospelMatthew 21:1-11

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.a] This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,  Look, your king is coming to you,
    humble, and mounted on a donkey  and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowdb] spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
    Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise  to you O Christ

You can also  use the ‘lectio divna’ page  which  illuminates the  Gospel reading for  the day – you could do this on your own later in the day in a quiet time  https://www.americanbible.org/resources/lectio-divina

Creed:
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit
and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic
and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

The  Intercessions,

 Please pray for…

The Church throughout the world – Our Bishop  Christopher,  and  Diocesan team pastoring the Diocese. For our Archbishops, for Pope Francis and the Bishops and leaders of all Churches. For  our own local chruch  or congregation

For this time to be a time of closeness between people of faith thorough  the world – especially praying for India and Pakistan

For our parish  – for Fr Stuart ,  for Church Wardens Trish and Tony , for St Hilda’s ‘Communications and support  Team’

The world and all who govern  -Our Queen our Government  the Ministries of State especially the Ministry for Health
Our local services – Police,  health/ hospitals/GPs   and social services

For a transformation of world consciousness to live lovingly and sustainably with creation,  and creatively  and justly with each other.
For  the  wellbeing and safety of indigenous peoples and their environment;   
For just treatment of animals:  for sustainable farming;  an end to cruelty, trafficking and destruction of wild animals and their environments
For  the closing of the live animal markets in China and elsewhere throughout the world

For local groups and neighbours supporting each other

Preparing for Marriage  Ade & Derek, Richard & Emilia

For those Troubled of body, mind or spirit:  For those Alone,  Frightened  or in hospital.  For Richard Maragh,  Hermine Wiggan, David Parsons. Petrina Brown, Richard Mitchell,  Daniella Broadbury, Chloe Hendrickson,  Amelia Forrester, Shirley Barrett. 
 
Recently departed:  Albert Blackmoor,  Pat Whittle,  all those who have died  in the past  week. 

& Those whose anniversary of death falls this week—Harriet Jones, Mavis King, Herbert Partridge, Catherine Bailey, Gerald Leeworthy

For the prayers of: St Mary, St Hilda,  St Cyprian and all the saints  to  keep us  steady of heart and mind in God’s Service.

Offertory : For those watching live streaming

Pray brothers and sisters
that this my sacrifice and yours
may be acceptable to God the Almighty Father.
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands,
for the praise and glory of his name
for  our  good,   
and the good of all his church

Eucharistic prayer  For those watching live streaming

  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 him thanks and praise.

 (The president proclaims  our thanksgiving to God for the Sacrifice through which Our Lord has opened for us the gate of glory)

……..Therefore with angels and arch angels and with all the company of heaven we proclaim your great and glorious name for ever praising you and saying:

    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.

 (The Holy Spirit is called down  upon the gifts offered as Our  Saviour has commanded)

 Let us proclaim  the Mystery of Faith:
Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free. 
You are the Saviour of the world.

(The prayer continues  that all will be taken up through the benefits of Christ’s work of  Salvation and that we will be enfolded in the peace of the kingdom with the whole church, living, departed, and triumphant in heaven)

..through him, with him, in him
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is  yours,
Almighty Father, for ever and ever.
  Amen.

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

 Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
   who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. 
Amen.

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

Lamb of God,  you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
 Lamb of God,   you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,   you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

Behold the Lamb of God.  Behold him 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.

For Making a ‘spiritual’ communion:

 Lift up your intention,  and then…Ask God to  unite you with the blessings flowing from  Our Lord  through  the  Eucharist;  for the Spiritual benefits  of communion with Our Lord to  be evident in your life: keep a time of deep inner focus  relaxing into the knowledge of  God’s Love made present to us in Jesus the means of Grace 

We will say together the general thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants
give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace,
and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts
we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up ourselves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages.
Amen.

Spend a moment in silence  to  ask God’s blessing to abide in your heart and home,  and with everyone  lifting up our Lord today.

Post communion

Lord Jesus Christ,
you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant,
and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:
give us the mind to follow you
and to proclaim you as Lord and King,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen

Notices and Blessing for those  joining the Streaming

Holy Week services  being  streamed this week

Maundy Thursday 8pm     Mass of the last Supper
 Good Friday  3pm  Liturgy   (if you wish to join the veneration have a cross a crucifix,  an image of a cross, or   icon of the Crucifixion  ready with you at home).
Easter Sunday  10.10  Lighting of New Fire and Easter Mass  with renewal of baptismal promises(throwing of the Easter egg  is postponed till the first Sunday back in church).

Please remember  to keep  up your Lent Jars and if you give by envelope to  save them up every Sunday and have them ready  for when we are able to meet again in body in Church.

Other Resources for children

 Diddy Disciples will be hosting compline bedtime prayers on their Facebook page every night, live streamed on facebook @diddydisciples

Pray for the world, led by a child. I believe this is at 7pm but do connect on Facebook and check.

Just for fun!

One of our counterparts in another diocese has created a CV-19 Spotify playlist. If you just need to smile today, you can check it out here

Worship—Public worship has been  suspended.  This does not mean that daily prayers and  Eucharist must not be offered to unite heaven and earth in every faithful parish church.  As the Eucharist is not to be public, you should  not attend in church unless invited.  Fr Stuart will offer mass at 10.10 am on Sunday  .  Faithful church members are being asked to join in the live streamed Sunday Mass form the vicarage  OR  read the Sunday readings and offer intercessions AND   pray for spiritual communion uniting themselves with fellow church members at the time the Eucharist is lifted up ( 10.10 am) .  To do so, even though we may not be present bodily in the church is to participate in the Eucharist by intention and to contribute to the life of the body of Christ with devotion and love for our Lord,  and each other. 

 

Pastoral care – We have already formed a communications and support group with a dedicated mobile phone.  We hope to achieve our first phone round of all our members by the end of the coming week. If anyone has urgent need of sacramental administration Fr. Stuart will make arrangements and if he is ill and isolated, Fr. David of St. Saviours will be contacted.  Otherwise pastoral administration will be by telephone. 0208 613 0033 / 0208 6991277

 

Fellowship— We will need to express our fellowship in different  and creative ways;  We are all asked to be mindful of those who might be alone in isolation and to call them for a chat. and to check if they have any needs.  Please make a special effort to use WhatsApp and emails. Please read the Digest as it will be an important means of uniting us together.  We hope to improve the website and the twitter feed in due course.

It has been suggested that we do creative things on line, like quiz, fun competitions, puzzles.  If you have any good ideas or offers please email them to: church.admin@saint Hildas.org

 

Cuppa & Chat will not be meeting for the foreseeable future due to the corona virus situation.  However, we intend to keep in touch with you all on a weekly basis by phone, preferably on a Tuesday morning. If you do not want to receive a call from any of us, please let us know.

 

 

Good Friday Liturgy Sheet

The Gathering

STAND as the ministers enter in silence, then all KNEEL as the President and Deacon prostrate themselves.

 The Collect

Let us pray.

President and people spend time in silence preparing to pray together.

From the throne of grace, O God of mercy, at the hour your Son gave himself to death, hear the devout prayer of your people. As he is lifted high upon the cross, draw into his exalted life all who are reborn in the blood and water flowing from his opened side. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our passover and our peace, who lives with you now and always in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
  Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

The First Reading:  Isaiah 52:13-53:12

 This is the word of the Lord.
 Thanks be to God.

The Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 31/32

R./     Father into your Hands I commend my spirit

The Second Reading:  Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 Acclamation

Priase to you O Christ King of eternal glory.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
Christ was humbler yet,even to accepting death, death on a cross.
But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all names.
Praise to you, O Christ,  King of eternal glory.

The Passion

Hear the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

No RESPONSE.

Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate went out to them and said, `What accusation do you bring against this man?’   They answered,

`If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.

Pilate said to them, `Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.’
The Jews replied,

`We are not permitted to put anyone to death.

(This was to fulfil what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.) Then Pilate entered the headquarters+ again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, `Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, `Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?’ Pilate replied, `I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?’ Jesus answered, `My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.’ Pilate asked him, `So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, `You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ Pilate asked him, `What is truth?’ After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, `I find no case against him. But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?’  They shouted in reply,

`Not this man, but Barabbas!

Now Barabbas was a bandit. Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe.
They kept coming up to him, saying,

`Hail, King of the Jews!

and striking him on the face.  Pilate went out again and said to them, `Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him.’ So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, `Here is the man!’
When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted,

`Crucify him! Crucify him!

Pilate said to them, `Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.’
The Jews answered him,

`We have a law,   and by that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.‘  Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever. He entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, `Where are you from?’ But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate therefore said to him, `Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?’ Jesus answered him, `You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.’ From then on Pilate tried to release him,but the Jews cried out,

`If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king sets himself against the emperor.

When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge’s bench at a place called The Stone Pavement, or in Hebrew Gabbatha. Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, `Here is your King!’  They cried out,

`Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!

Pilate asked them, `Shall I crucify your King?’   The chief priests answered,

`We have no king but the emperor.

Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, `Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.’ Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it  was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.  Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate,

`Do not write, “The King of the Jews”, but, “This man said, I am King of the Jews.”

Pilate answered, `What I have written I have written.’ When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top.So they said to one another,

`Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.

This was to fulfil what the scripture says, `They divided my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.’ And that is what the soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, `Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, `Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfil the scripture), `I am thirsty.’ A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, `It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

ALL pause and GENULFECT / BOW

 Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crossduring the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead,  one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.) These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, `None of his bones shall be broken.’ And again another passage of scripture says, `They will look on the one whom they have pierced.’

 No response.

 The Homily

 The Intercessions

Deacon:
Let us pray for the Church of God throughout the world— for unity in faith, in witness and in service, for bishops, priests and deacons, and those whom they serve, for Tom, our bishop, and the people of this diocese, for all Christians in this place, for those to be baptized, for those who are mocked and persecuted for their faith, – that God will confirm his Church in faith, increase it in love and preserve it in peace.
Silence

Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

 President:
Almighty and everlasting God
by whose Spirit
    the whole body of the Church
    is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer
    for all your faithful people;
that in their vocation and ministry
each may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your Name;
through our Lord
    and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

 Deacon:
Let us pray for the nations of the world and their leaders—for Elizabeth our Queen and the Parliaments of this land, for those who administer the law and all who serve in public office, for all who strive for justice and reconciliation—that by God’s help the world may live in peace and freedom.
Silence

Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

 President:
Most gracious God and Father,
in whose will is our peace:
turn our hearts
    and the hearts of all to yourself,
that by the power of your Spirit
the peace which is founded on justice
may be established throughout the world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Deacon:
Let us pray for God’s ancient people, the Jews, the first to hear his word—for greater understanding between Christian and Jew, for the removal of our blindness and bitterness of heart—that God will grant us grace to be faithful to his covenant and to grow in the love of his name.

Silence

Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

 President:
Lord God of Abraham,
bless the children of your covenant,
    both Jew and Christian;
take from us all blindness
    and bitterness of heart ,
and hasten the coming of your kingdom,
when Israel shall be saved,
the Gentiles gathered in,
and we shall dwell together
    in mutual love and peace
under the one God and Father
    of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

 Deacon:
Let us pray for those who do not believe the Gospel of Christ—for those who have not heard the message of salvation, for all who have lost faith, for the contemptuous and scornful, for those who are enemies of Christ and persecute those who follow him, for all who deny the faith of Christ crucified—that God will open their hearts to the truth and lead them to faith and obedience.

Silence
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

President:
Merciful God,
creator of all the people of the earth,
have compassion
    on all who do not know you,
and by the preaching of your Gospel
    with grace and power,
gather them into the one fold of the one Shepherd;
Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Deacon:
Let us pray for all those who suffer—for those who are deprived and oppressed, for all who are sick, for those in darkness, in doubt and in despair, in loneliness and in fear, for prisoners, captives and refugees, for the victims of false accusations and violence, for all at the point of death and those who watch beside them—that God in his mercy will sustain them with the knowledge of his love.

Silence
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

President:
Almighty and everlasting God,
the comfort of the sad,
    the strength of those who suffer;
hear the prayers of your children
    who cry out of any trouble:
and to every distressed soul grant
    mercy, relief, and refreshment,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Deacon:

Let us commend ourselves and all God’s children to his unfailing love, and pray for the grace of a holy life, that, with all who have died we may come to the fullness of eternal life and the joy of the resurrection.

Silence
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

President:
O God          
look favourably on your whole Church living and departed,
And by the working  of your providence,
accomplish in tranquillity
   the work of salvation.
 Let the whole world see and know
that things which were cast down
    are being raised up,
and things which had grown old
    are being made new,
and that all things are being brought
    to their perfection,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 The Proclamation of the Cross

STAND

The  Cross  is revealed in three stages:

This is the wood of the cross,
on which hung the Saviour of the world.
Come, let us worship.

 The President  venerates the Cross  and the peopel venerate  their corsses at home

Faithful Cross! above all other,
one and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit thy peer may be;
sweetest wood and sweetest iron,
sweetest weight is hung on thee.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

While the Deacon prepares the altar and then brings the Sacrament to the altar (please GENUFLECT as it passes you) we sing:

Glory be to Jesus,
who, in bitter pains,
poured for me the life-blood
from his sacred veins.

Grace and life eternal
in that blood I find;
blest be his compassion
infinitely kind.

Blest through endless ages
be the precious stream,
which from endless torments
did the world redeem.

Abel’s blood for vengeance
pleaded to the skies;
but the blood of Jesus
for our pardon cries.

Oft as it is sprinkled
on our guilty hearts,
Satan in confusion
terror-struck departs;

Oft as earth exulting
wafts its praise on high,
angel-hosts rejoicing
make their glad reply.

Lift ye then your voices;
swell the mighty flood;
louder still and louder
praise the precious blood.

 The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

 Deliver us ,O Lord from every evil,
 And grant us peace in our day.
In your mercy keep us free from sin
And protect us from all anxiety
As we wait in joyful hope for
the coming of our saviour Jesus Christ.
For  the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours,
for ever and ever.   Amen.

Giving of Communion

The President presents the Host to the people and invites them to receive Communion, saying:

 Behold the Lamb of God.  Behold him 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.

 The Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Most merciful God,
by the death and resurrection
     of your Son Jesus Christ
you delivered and saved humankind:
grant that by faith in him
     who suffered on the cross,
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 Prayer over the People

 Lord,  Send down your abundant Blessing
upon your people who have devoutly recalled the death of your Son
In the sure hope of the Resurrection.
Grant them pardon; bring them comfort.
May their faith grow stronger
And their eternal salvation be assured
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord
Amen

The liturgy is over, but so that we rest Jesus in the Tomb of our hearts to allow his resurrection to sink into the deepest and most difficult parts of our being to  call them to life   – a cantor returns from the vestry ..

 The burial of Jesus in the Tomb

Stay if you wish to hear the final part of John’s story of how Jesus came to burial or

 

 depart in silence……..

 

 

 

 

 

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