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Sunday, 5th April, 2020
Palm Sunday

Abridged version for on-line publication


Father Robert Norbury (Vicar) 01273 727362

Father Richard Tuset (Assistant Curate) 01273 203056


Tony Potter                            Adrian Girvan

Churchwarden (01273 501588)            Churchwarden (07733 278289)

John Burdett

Parish Administrator (01273 203231)


Hon. Assistant Priests

Father Simon Hobbs                          Father Bill Wilson

Father Kevin Humphrys


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A Meditation before or after Mass

Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




Priest:        In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

People:     Amen.

Priest:        The Lord be with you.

People:     And also with you.

An introduction to the Mass that leads into the Penitential Act:

Priest:        Lord, you were sent to heal the contrite heart. Lord have mercy.

People:     Lord have mercy.

Priest:        Lord, you came to call sinners. Christ have mercy.

People:     Christ have mercy.

Priest:        You plead for us at the right hand of the Father. Lord have mercy.

People:     Lord have mercy

Priest:        May Almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins
and bring us to everlasting life. 

People:     Amen.


Priest:        Almighty ever-living God,
who as an example of humility for the human race to follow
caused our Saviour to take flesh and submit to the Cross,
graciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering
and so merit a share in his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever..

People:     Amen.


1st Reading Isaiah 50:4-7)

The Lord has given me a disciple’s tongue. 
So that I may know how to reply to the wearied he provides me with speech. 
Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple. 
The Lord has opened my ear. 
For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away. 
I offered my back to those who struck me,
my cheeks to those who tore at my beard;
I did not cover my face against insult and spittle. 
The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults. 
So, too, I set my face like flint; I know I shall not be shamed.

Priest:        The Word of the Lord.

People:     Thanks be to God.       


Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 21)

Response: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

All who see me deride me.

They curl their lips, they toss their heads.

‘He trusted in the Lord, let him save him;

let him release him if this is his friend.’  R

Many dogs have surrounded me,

a band of the wicked beset me.

They tear holes in my hands and my feet

I can count every one of my bones.  R

They divide my clothing among them.

They cast lots for my robe.

O Lord, do not leave me alone,

my strength, make haste to help me!  R

I will tell of your name to my brethren

and praise you where they are assembled.

‘You who fear the Lord give him praise;

all sons of Jacob, give him glory.

Revere him, Israel’s sons.  R


2nd Reading(Philippians 2:6-11)

His state was divine, yet Christ Jesus did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave and became as men are; and being as all men are, he 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 other names so that all beings in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld, should bend the knee at the name of Jesus and that every tongue should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Reader:        The Word of the Lord.

People:        Thanks be to God.


The Gospel Acclamation:

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 GOSPEL (Matthew 27:11-54)

Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus said, ‘You say so.’ But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. Then Pilate said to him, ‘Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?’ But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, ‘Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over.

While he was sitting on the judgement seat, his wife sent word to him, ‘Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.’ Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’ And they said, ‘Barabbas.’ Pilate said to them, ‘Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ All of them said, ‘Let him be crucified!’ Then he asked, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Let him be crucified!’

So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.’ Then the people as a whole answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’ So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him. Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’

Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.’

In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, “I am God’s Son.” ’ The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.

From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘This man is calling for Elijah.’ At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.’ Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.


At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.

After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!




We profess our faith.

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

(All bow)     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.




We remain standing for the intercessions. At the end of each petition:

        Priest:      Lord, in Your mercy
        People:    hear our prayer.

or    Priest:      Lord, hear us.
        People:   Lord, graciously hear us.

or    Priest:      Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord.
        People:   And let light perpetual shine upon them.

After the intercessions, we ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for us, saying:

All:                  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 our death.


After a moment of silent prayer, the Priest concludes the prayers:

Priest:              Merciful Father, …

People:           … accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen..


The Priest offers the bread and then the wine:

Priest :             Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you:
fruit of the earth and work of human hands,
it will become for us the bread of life.

People:           Blessed be God for ever.

Priest :             Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you:
fruit of the vine and work of human hands,
it will become our spiritual drink.

People:           Blessed be God for ever.

Priest :             Pray that this sacrifice which is both yours and mine
may be acceptable to God the Father Almighty.

People:           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 Holy Church.



The priest says the Prayer over the Gifts, to which all respond Amen.


Priest:              The Lord be with you

People:           And also with you.

Priest :             Lift up your hearts

People:           We lift them up to the Lord.

Priest :             Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

People:           It is right to give him thanks and praise.


The priest says the Preface, thanking God for His mighty works in creation and redemption.
Everyone says the Sanctus and Benedictus (Holy, Holy, Holy…)

People:           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 Priest says the words of Consecration.

Priest:              The mystery of faith.

People:           Christ has died,

                         Christ is risen,

                         Christ will come again.

At the end of the Eucharistic Prayer, all join in with Amen.



Priest:              At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine teaching,
we are bold to say:

All:                  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.

Priest:              Deliver us, Lord, we pray … our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

People:           For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.



The priest prays for the unity of the Church.

Priest:              Lord Jesus Christ,
who said to your Apostles:
Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,
look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and graciously grant her peace and unity
in accordance with your will.
Who live and reign for ever and ever.

People:           Amen.

Priest:              The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People:           And also with you.

Priest:              Lamb of God,

People:           … 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.

Priest :             Behold the Lamb of God,
Behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to the supper of the Lamb.

All:                  Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word and I shall be healed.


The priest says the prayer and all respond Amen.


Priest:              The Lord be with you.

People:           And also with you.

Priest :             May Almighty God bless you,    

                    the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

People:            Amen.

Priest:              Go forth: the Mass is ended.  

People:            Thanks be to God.




Fr Beaumont Brandie; Roger Brasier; Fr Michael Bryant; Nicholas Clayton; Helena Cope; Martin Curwain-Broad; John & Ruth Daniels; Dennis Davis; Joseph Garcia; Amy Gobey; Yvonne Harman; Caroline Jarvis; Malcolm Kemp; Christine Laurent; Sophie Layard; Stephen Milton; Lisa Newlyn; Emma & Janette Pritchett; Rupert Radcliffe-Genge; Harry Speller; Hilary Thomas; George Walter; Joan Watts; Lena Williams


Matthew Charlesworth; Ivan Codrington; John Cole; Theresa de Giorgio; John Fagan; Gordon; Derek, Dominic & Jonathan Harman; Jeanne Harvey; Adrian Haughton; Hazel Hickman; Dagmar Huggett; Pamela James; Ann Jarrold; Alice Kelly-Purnell; Swee Kim; Corinne Milner; Ann Norbury; Jackie Tilson; Fr Brian Tyler



Joseph Griffiths Masten .................. (5th)

May Knighton

George Austin .................................. (6th)

Louise Anne Thompson

John Baghot de la Bere, Priest ........ (7th)

Formerly on the staff of S. Paul's

Ada Mary Allen

William Richard Gill, Priest ........... (8th)

Dom Christopher Cunningham OSB

Emily Oakley ............................... (9th)

Louisa Mary Gibson ................. (10th)

Frederick Paget

Muriel Bulkeley

Laura Gibson ............................. (11th)

Ernest Sturt

Ellen Hummel

Bernard John Selmes


CALENDAR: 14th – 21st April:

(Intensions for Holy Week)


Sunday 14th         PALM SUNDAY(Our Parish)

Monday in Holy Week (for the renewal of the faith)

Tuesday in Holy Week (for the renewal of prayer)

Wednesday in Holy Week (for the renewal of catholic witness)

MAUNDY THURSDAY Reflections on the Lord’s Supper & Mandatum (for greater devotion to the Eucharist)

GOOD FRIDAY – Prayers from the Liturgy of the Passion & Death of the Lord

HOLY SATURDAY Easter devotions will be posted on social media and the web-site

Sunday 21st          EASTER DAY – Mass – a live webcast 10.30 am  (Our Parish)



THE ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING was due to take place following Mass today but has been postponed until further notice.

SUNDAY 19th APRIL – Wagner Group Easter Celebration:  This event has been cancelled.

THANK YOU to those who contributed towards the cost of Easter flowers. 
The money raised will be put to use once the church is open again.

PALM CROSSES Fr Robert will bless Palm Crosses for distribution when we are able.

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Dear Friends,

On Sunday, we entered Passiontide, the final period of Lent, as we move towards our annual observance of Our Lord’s Passion.

I hope that many of you will have had a chance to watch Sunday’s Benefice Mass, which is still available on Facebook and YouTube. Mass for Palm Sunday will be live streamed on Facebook at 10.30am and then available to watch later in the day on YouTube.

Attached to this letter are copies of my homily and of ‘The raising of Lazarus’ by Giotto, to which Paula has kindly added a brief commentary on the painting.

Holy Week will of course be rather different this year, but the plan is for a reflection to be available on Maundy Thursday and a simple liturgy and reflection on Good Friday, further details to follow.

Please can I remind you that there are a small group of volunteers who are willing (when their circumstances allow) to get any essential shopping you may require, if you would like to make use of this please call: 07525 625909.

With my continued prayers and good wishes.

Father Robert

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PASSIONTIDE by Christina Rossetti

It is the greatness of Thy love, dear Lord, that we would celebrate
With sevenfold powers.
Our love at best is cold and poor, at best unseemly for Thy state,
This best of ours.
Creatures that die, we yet are such as Thine own hands deigned to create:
We frail as flowers,
We bitter bondslaves ransomed at a price incomparably great
To grace Heaven's bowers.

Thou callest: “Come at once”—and still Thou callest us: “Come late, tho' late”—
(The moments fly)—
“Come, every one that thirsteth, come”—“Come prove
Me, knocking at My gate”—
(Some souls draw nigh!)—
“Come thou who waiting seekest Me”—“Come thou for whom I seek and wait”—
(Why will we die?)—
“Come and repent: come and amend: come joy the joys unsatiate”—
—(Christ passeth by . . .)—
Lord, pass not by—I come—and I—and I.