Benefice of Brighton, Saint Michael & All Angels and Saint Paul


The Parish Church of Saint Paul, Brighton

Corpus Christi
Sunday 14th June 2020




Processional Hymn

ALL for Jesus! all for Jesus!

This our song shall ever be;

For we have no hope nor Saviour,

If we have not hope in thee.


2. All for Jesus! thou wilt give us

Strength to serve thee, hour by hour:

None can move us from thy presence,

While we trust thy love and power.


3. All for Jesus! at thine altar

Thou wilt give us sweet content;

There, dear Saviour, we receive thee

In the solemn sacrament.


4. All for Jesus! Thou hast loved us;

All for Jesus! thou hast died;

All for Jesus! thou art with us;

All for Jesus crucified.



5. All for Jesus! All for Jesus!

This the Church’s song shall be,

Till, at last, thy flock is gathered

One in love and one in thee.



Entrance Antiphon

He fed them with the finest wheat

and satisfied them with honey from the rock.


The Introduction

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Lord be with  you.  Alleluia! Alleluia!

and also with you.   Alleluia! Alleluia!


The priest introduces the Mass and invites us to examine our conscience before the penitential rite.

God kept his people alive in the desert by giving them food and drink from heaven. The food and drink he gives us in this sacrament is the body and blood of his Son, given for the life of the world.


Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgement upon themselves.

We therefore examine ourselves and call to mind our sins. 


You were sent to heal the contrite of heart: Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

You came to call sinners: Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins,

and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

The Gloria

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.
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.



The Opening Prayer

Let us pray.

O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament

have left us a memorial of your Passion,

grant us, we pray,

so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood

that we may always experience in ourselves

the fruits of your redemption.

Who live and reign with God the Father

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.




First reading – Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14-16

Moses said to the people: ‘Remember how the Lord your God led you for forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, to test you and know your inmost heart – whether you would keep his commandments or not. He humbled you, he made you feel hunger, he fed you with manna which neither you nor your fathers had known, to make you understand that man does not live on bread alone but that man lives on everything that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

‘Do not become proud of heart. Do not forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery: who guided you through this vast and dreadful wilderness, a land of fiery serpents, scorpions, thirst; who in this waterless place brought you water from the hardest rock; who in this wilderness fed you with manna that your fathers had not known.’

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm –  Psalm 147:12-15,19-20

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

Zion, praise your God!

He has strengthened the bars of your gates

he has blessed the children within you.

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

He established peace on your borders,

he feeds you with finest wheat.

He sends out his word to the earth

and swiftly runs his command.

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

He makes his word known to Jacob,

to Israel his laws and decrees.

He has not dealt thus with other nations;

he has not taught them his decrees.

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!


Second reading – 1 Corinthians 10:16-17

The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ,
and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ.
The fact that there is only one loaf means that,
though there are many of us, we form a single body
because we all have a share in this one loaf.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

The Acclamation

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven,

says the Lord.

Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

+ A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.


Gospel – John 6:51-58

Jesus said to the crowd:

‘I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.

Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;

and the bread that I shall give is my flesh,

for the life of the world.’

Then the Jews started arguing with one another:
‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said.

Jesus replied:

‘I tell you most solemnly,

if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,

you will not have life in you.

Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood

has eternal life,

and I shall raise him up on the last day.

For my flesh is real food

and my blood is real drink.

He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood

lives in me

and I live in him.

As I, who am sent by the living Father,

myself draw life from the Father,

so whoever eats me will draw life from me.

This is the bread come down from heaven;

not like the bread our ancestors ate:

they are dead,

but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.



The Homily


The 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:
(all bow) 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 Prayers of the Faithful
The Priest introduces the prayers

In the power of the Spirit and in union with the Risen Christ, let us pray to our Heavenly Father.

On this great feast of Corpus Christi let us pray for the Church, many members yet one body: may we grow in unity, mercy and love as we manifest Christ’s saving love in the world. May we be ever mindful of the great gift to us of Christ’s Body and Blood, welcoming us as brothers and sisters to spread the Good News to all people. May the celebrations of the Holy Mass, fill us with a sense not only of God’s nearness, but also with awe at his greatness and compassion.

Lord, hear us.

We pray for those deprived of the sacrament, especially during this time of church closures because of Covid-19. May we be one in love and prayer with all who are unable to fully express their faith and cannot receive their Lord in the Eucharist at this time.

Lord, hear us.

We pray for world leaders, that they will always strive to satisfy the human hunger for peace and justice. We pray for all those who are in need, that richer peoples and nations will share their bread and wealth with those who are poor and suffering.

Lord, hear us.

We thank you for the sacraments and ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

We pray especially for those affected by Covid-19. Heavenly Father heal those who are sick with the virus and may they regain their strength and health. We pray for all who are struggling with isolation, those who are alone and those who are afraid.

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another. Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus and comfort grieving families and friends.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers, social services, charities and all those who seek to help and heal those affected by Covid-19 and who put themselves at risk in the process. We also pray for key workers who are also putting themselves at risk whilst they maintain essential public services. 

We pray for those returning to work and those who are worried about financial security and those who have lost their jobs. May they all know your protection and peace.

Lord, hear us.

Loving God, we pray for the Body of Christ, the family of the Church. As Jesus showed that he came to serve and not to be served, we pray for all those in authority in the Church. We pray that our Bishops, priests and deacons, especially Martin our Bishop. We pray for this diocese of Chichester, for the Bishop’s designate for the Sees of Lewes and Horsham and for all those that serve you in the parishes here. 

Lord, hear us.

We pray that public officials may constantly work to protect the welfare of the weak and the dignity of all people, we pray for Elizabeth our Queen, for the High Court of Parliament and those elected to office; for wisdom, compassion and justice.

Lord, hear us.

We pray for the sick and the sorrowful and pray for those known to us who are particularly ill at this time, including: ...  We remember, too, those who have dedicated their lives to the relief of suffering and the healing of humankind. May they help to bring in God’s kingdom of peace and freedom from pain.

Lord, hear us

We pray for those who have died, that through Christ’s resurrection they may be welcomed into the fullness of joy in God's house.  We pray for the recently departed ... and for those whose years mind falls at this time…

Rest enteral grant unto them O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace 

We commend these prayers and our private intentions to those of the Saints who pray unceasingly for us, especially those of our Patrons the Apostle Paul and St Michael and the Holy Angels and also Saint Richard of Chichester, but chiefly the mighty prayers of Mary, Mother of God, Our Lady of Walsingham whom we greet, saying:

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.

Finally, let us pause for a moment in our prayers together, and take the opportunity to bring to God our own personal needs and petitions ...

Lord, hear us

The Priest concludes the prayers

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

The Offertory Hymn

ALLELUYA, sing to Jesus,

His the sceptre, his the throne;

Alleluya, His the triumph,

His the victory alone.

Hark! the songs of peaceful Zion

Thunder like a mighty flood.

Jesus out of every nation

Hath redeemed us by his blood.


2. Alleluya, not as orphans

Are we left in sorrow now;

Alleluya, He is near us,

Faith believes,

nor questions how;

Though the cloud from sight received him

When the forty days were o’er

Shall our hearts forget his promise,

‘I am with you evermore’?

3. Alleluya, Bread of Angels,

Thou on earth our food, our stay;

Alleluya, here the sinful

Flee to thee from day to day;

Intercessor, Friend of sinners,

Earth’s Redeemer, plead for me,

Where the songs of all the sinless

Sweep across the crystal sea.


4. Alleluya! King eternal,

Thee the Lord of lords we own;

Alleluya, born of Mary,

Earth thy footstool,

Heaven thy throne.

Thou within the veil hast entered,

Robed in flesh, our great High Priest;

Thou on earth both Priest and Victim

In the Eucharistic Feast.


The Offertory

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.

Blessed be God for ever.


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.

Blessed be God for ever.


Pray, my brothers and sisters, that this sacrifice,

which is both yours and mine,

may be acceptable to God the Father Almighty.

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 Prayer over the Gifts

Grant your Church, O Lord, we pray,

the gifts of unity and peace,

whose signs are to be seen in mystery

in the offerings we here present.

Through Christ our Lord.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you

and also with you

Lift up your hearts

We lift them up to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to give him thanks and praise

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,

through Christ our Lord.

For he is the true and eternal Priest,

who instituted the pattern of an everlasting sacrifice

and was the first to offer himself as the saving Victim,

commanding us to make this offering as his memorial.

As we eat his flesh that was sacrificed for us,

we are made strong,

and, as we drink his Blood that was poured out for us,

we are washed clean.

And so, with Angels and Archangels,

with Thrones and Dominions,

and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven,

we sing the hymn of your glory,

as without end we acclaim:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, in the highest.


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:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

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.

The mystery of faith:

Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

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.

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.

Send the Holy Spirit on Martin our Bishop and all 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 the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
Blessed Joseph her spouse, Saint Michael, Saint Paul and all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;

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.



The Lord’s Prayer

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

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, Lord, we pray, from every evil,
graciously grant peace in our days,

that, by the help of your mercy,
we may be always free from sin
and safe from all distress,
as we await the blessed hope
and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.


The Peace

The Lord be with you

and also with you

We are the body of Christ.

In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.

Let us then pursue all that makes for peace

and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

and also with you.


Angus 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 u
s peace. 



The Invitation

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.

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


Communion Antiphon

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood

remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.

The Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Grant, O Lord, we pray,

that we may delight for all eternity

in that share in your divine life,

which is foreshadowed in the present age

by our reception of your precious Body and Blood.

Who live and reign for ever and ever.


The Blessing

The Lord be with

and also with you

And may the blessing of almighty God,

the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit,

come down on you and remain with you for ever.



Go forth the mass has ended.

Thanks be to God.




Priest:    The Angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary;
People:   And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.

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. Amen.

Priest:   Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
People:  Be it unto me according to thy Word.   Hail, Mary…

Priest:   And the Word was made flesh;
People:  And dwelt among us.   Hail, Mary...

Priest:   Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God:
People:  That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Priest:   We beseech Thee, O LORD, pour Thy grace into our hearts;
that as we have known the Incarnation of Thy Son, Jesus Christ,
by the message of an angel, so by His Cross and Passion
we may be brought unto the glory of His Resurrection.
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

People:  Amen.

Recessional Hymn:

YE choirs of new Jerusalem,

Your sweetest notes employ,

The Paschal victory to hymn

In strains of holy joy.


2. How Judah’s Lion burst his chains,

And crushed the serpent’s head;

And brought with him, from death’s domains

The long-imprisoned dead.


3. From hell’s devouring jaws the prey

Alone our leader bore;

His ransomed hosts pursue their way

Where he has gone before.

4. Triumphant in his glory now

His sceptre ruleth all;

Earth, heaven and hell before him bow

And at his footstool fall.


5. While joyful thus his praise we sing,

His mercy we implore,

Into his palace bright to bring

And keep us evermore.


6. All glory to the Father be,

All glory to the Son,

All glory, Holy Ghost to thee,

While endless ages run.

Alleluya! Amen.



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Dear Friends,


Greetings on this Solemnity of Corpus Christi.  God kept his people alive in the desert by giving them food and drink from heaven. The food and drink he gives us in this sacrament is the body and blood of his Son, given for the life of the world. This year, there will of course be no great celebration, no public mass or procession, but despite this we can today rejoice that we are a Eucharistic people, called to live lives of love and service.


Attached to this letter are copies of my homily and ‘The Last Supper’ by Ugolino da Siena, which Paula has added a commentary on the painting.


Bible Study, Wednesday 17th June at 2.00pm

The next study group meeting via Zoom will be this Wednesday at 2.00pm. If you would like to participate please email Fr Richard on


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 or practical help you may require, if you would like to make use of this please call: 07525 625909.


The Benefice Mass will be streamed on Facebook at 10.30am on Sunday and available shortly after on YouTube. Mass is still being said daily at both churches and the intention for each day is listed in the mass booklets, so that you can join spiritually with the priest offering the Holy Sacrifice.


With the announcement that churches may now open for private prayer from Monday 15th June, plans are being drawn up as to how this will work at St Michael’s and St Paul’s and details will follow as soon as possible.


With my love and prayers,


Father Robert



CORPUS CHRISTI (Sunday 14th June) our parish community

Monday 15 June (of the day) for local businesses

Tuesday 16 (S. Richard of Chichester) Bishop Martin

Wednesday 17 (of the day) for Hospital & Hospice Chaplains

Thursday 18 (of the day) for the renewal of faith

Friday 19 (The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus) for the Royal Sussex County Hospital

Saturday 20 (The Immaculate Heart of Mary) The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

12th Sunday of the Year (Sunday 21st June) our parish community






Of special intention:

Our care for one another in this time of uncertainty.

those who are sick, distressed, bereaved or in other need:   

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


the long-term sick:

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;


the recently departed:  John Stedman


for those whose years mind falls this week:

(14th) Clarissa de la Tour; Ellen Thomas; Mary Haines; Cecilia Mary Chad;
(15th) Ronald Howard, Priest;
(16th) Mary Ann Payne; Joseph Selvarajah;
(17th) Albert Henry Illman;
(18th) Elizabeth Parkinson; Henry Fortescue Ostrehan, Priest; Nancy Bickley;
(19th) Christopher Fox; John William Gibbins; Rhoda Kay Evans;
(20th) Edward Arthur Steel; Edith Bryon; Adam Hilliard


Charity Number: X72751A

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