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


The Parish Church of Saint Paul, Brighton

The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Sunday 3rd May 2020





Processional 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.


Entrance Antiphon

The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth;

by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia.


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.


Today we rejoice in the Lord, our Shepherd, who guides us along the right paths, to his own house where we shall dwell for ever and ever.


My brothers and sisters, to prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries, let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all.


You were sent to heal the contrite of heart:

Lord, have mercy.

You came to call sinners:

Christ, have mercy.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us:

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.

Almighty ever-living God,

lead us to a share in the joys of heaven,

so that the humble flock may reach

where the brave Shepherd has gone before.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen



First reading – Acts 2:14,36-41

On the day of Pentecost Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed the crowd in a loud voice: 'The whole House of Israel can be certain that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ.'

Hearing this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the apostles, 'What must we do, brothers?' 'You must repent,' Peter answered 'and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise that was made is for you and your children, and for all those who are far away, for all those whom the Lord our God will call to himself.' He spoke to them for a long time using many arguments, and he urged them, 'Save yourselves from this perverse generation.' They were convinced by his arguments, and they accepted what he said and were baptised. That very day about three thousand were added to their number.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm - Psalm 22(23)

The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

The Lord is my shepherd;

there is nothing I shall want.

Fresh and green are the pastures

where he gives me repose.

Near restful waters he leads me,

to revive my drooping spirit.

The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

He guides me along the right path;

he is true to his name.

If I should walk in the valley of darkness no evil would I fear.

You are there with your crook and your staff;

with these you give me comfort.

The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

You have prepared a banquet for me

in the sight of my foes.

My head you have anointed with oil;

my cup is overflowing.

The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me

all the days of my life.

In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell

for ever and ever.

The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.


Second reading – 1 Peter 2:20-25

The merit, in the sight of God, is in bearing punishment patiently when you are punished after doing your duty.

This, in fact, is what you were called to do, because Christ suffered for you and left an example for you to follow the way he took. He had not done anything wrong, and there had been no perjury in his mouth. He was insulted and did not retaliate with insults; when he was tortured he made no threats but he put his trust in the righteous judge. He was bearing our faults in his own body on the cross, so that we might die to our faults and live for holiness; through his wounds you have been healed. You had gone astray like sheep but now you have come back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

The Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!

I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;

I know my own sheep and my own know me.



The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

+ A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.

Glory to you, O Lord.



John 10:1-10

Jesus said: ‘I tell you most solemnly, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but gets in some other way is a thief and a brigand. The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock; the gatekeeper lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out. When he has brought out his flock, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice. They never follow a stranger but run away from him: they do not recognise the voice of strangers.’

Jesus told them this parable but they failed to understand what he meant by telling it to them.

So Jesus spoke to them again:

‘I tell you most solemnly,

I am the gate of the sheepfold.

All others who have come are thieves and brigands;

but the sheep took no notice of them.

I am the gate.

Anyone who enters through me will be safe:

he will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pasture.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.’

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.

We pray for the Church, the bride of Christ, that in her words and her actions, she will bear witness to the risen Good Shepherd.  We pray for our parish family and for Christians everywhere, that renewed through the Easter mysteries, we may have life and have it to the full. That through the power of the resurrection the manner of our lives may be a living sign of God’s power over sin and death.

Lord, hear us.

We pray for all those who do not or cannot believe in the resurrection: that Christ, the Good Shepherd, may call their name and lead them safely home.  We pray for our family and friends who do not share our faith, that through the agency of love, we may always show them the outpouring of our Christian faith.

Lord, hear us.

We pray for all those who have suffered tragedies. That the wounds of Christ and his resurrection may give them encouragement.

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.

Lord, hear us.

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, charity workers and all who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process.

We pray for all who are able to work to support the nation and we pray for 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 thank you for the family of the Church. As Jesus our loving Good Shepherd has 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 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. That in this Easter season, the Lord may relieve their pain and touch their hearts. We 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 especially.  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 ...

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.

The Offertory

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:

through your goodness we have this bread to offer,

which earth has given and human hands have made.

It will become for us the bread of life.

Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:

through your goodness we have this wine to offer,

fruit of the vine and work of human hands.

It will become for us the cup of salvation.

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, we pray, O Lord,

that we may always find delight in these paschal mysteries,

so that the renewal constantly at work within us

may be the cause of our unending joy.

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,

at all times to acclaim you, O Lord,

but on this day above all

to laud you yet more gloriously,

when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.

He never ceases to offer himself for us

but defends us and ever pleads our cause before you:

he is the sacrificial Victim who dies no more,

the Lamb, once slain, who lives for ever.

Therefore, overcome with paschal joy,

every land, every people exults in your praise

and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts,

sing together the unending hymn of your glory,

as they 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

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.


The peace of the Lord be with you always. Alleluia!

and also with you. Alleluia!


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 us 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

The Good Shepherd has risen,
who laid down his life for his sheep
and willingly died for his flock, alleluia.

The Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Look upon your flock, kind Shepherd,

and be pleased to settle in eternal pastures

the sheep you have redeemed

by the Precious Blood of your Son.

Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.


The Blessing

The Lord be with

and also with you

God the Father,

by whose love Christ was raised from the dead,

open to you who believe the gates of everlasting life.


God the Son,

who in bursting the grave has won a glorious victory,

give you joy as you share the Easter faith.


God the Holy Spirit,

whom the risen Lord breathed into his disciples,

empower you and fill you with Christ’s peace.



And may Almighty bless you, + the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.


Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.



Regina Coeli

Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven. Alleluia!

He whom Thou wast meet to bear. Alleluia!

As He promised hath arisen. Alleluia!

Pour for us to God thy prayer. Alleluia!

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.

R. For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia.


Let us pray

O God, who by the Resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus

Christ, has brought joy to the whole world; grant we beseech

you, that through his Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain

the joys of everlasting life; through the same Christ our Lord.




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Suffragan Sees of Lewes and Horsham

It was announced on Wednesday that the Revd William Hazlewood, currently Vicar of the United Benefice of Dartmouth and Dittisham in the Diocese of Exeter will be the next Bishop of Lewes


and the Revd Ruth Bushyager, currently Vicar of St Paul’s, Dorking in the Diocese of Guildford will serve as Bishop of Horsham. Please keep Fr Will and Ruth in your prayers.




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Dear Friends,


Greetings on this Fourth Sunday of Easter. Today we rejoice in the Lord, our Shepherd, who guides us along the right paths, to his own house where we shall dwell for ever. Attached to this letter are copies of my homily and a ‘The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin’ by Giotto, to which Paula has kindly added a brief commentary on the painting.


Bible Study, Wednesday 6th May at 2.00pm

The next study group meeting via Zoom will be this Wednesday at 2.00pm. We will be focussing on the previous Sundays Gospel, which you are encouraged to read in advance and in conjunction with the Homily. If you would like to participate please email Fr Richard on


‘Tis the month of Mary, ‘tis the month of May

May is considered the season of the beginning of new life and the custom of dedicating the month to the Blessed Virgin arose at the end of the 13th century. The practice became especially popular among the members of the Jesuit Order and by 1700 it took hold among their students at the Roman College and a bit later it was publicly practiced in the Gesu Church in Rome, from there it spread to the whole Church. So, during May, we can rejoice in the place of Mary in our salvation and following her example seek to live lives of love and service. You may wish to say the Rosary each day or simply recite the Hail Mary as a way of focusing your devotion. Shrine prayers from Walsingham are live-streamed each day on Facebook at 6.00pm.


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 (a simple guide to access our social media is attached). 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 my love and prayers


Father Robert




(Sunday 3rd May) our parish community

Monday 4 (The English Martyrs) for persecuted Christians

Tuesday 5 (of Easter) for the NHS

Wednesday 6 (of Easter) for the Pharmacists

Thursday 7 (of Easter) for the lonely and isolated

Friday 8 (of Easter) for the renewal of catholic witness

Saturday 9 (of Easter) for HM the Queen

5th SUNDAY OF EASTER (Sunday 10th May) our parish community






We wish all those who celebrate their birthdays this week many happy returns.

Of special intention:

Our care for one another in this time of uncertainty.

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

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; Elizabeth Smith; 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: Arthur Randell; Julia Tyler; Fr Brian Tyler


for those whose years mind falls this week:

(3rd) Caroline Carpenter; John Whitton Hope;
(4th) Emily Denyer; Alice Harper; Jane Havergal Bowes;
(5th) Marie Charlotte Leeke Roe; Phyllis Margaret Connors; Denis Marshall;
(6th) John Greenwood; (7th) Charles Hyatt;
(8th) Michael Lloyd;
(9th) Frederick Robert Wood Williem; Cherry Paget; Leonard Whyman Beven


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