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


The Parish Church of Saint Paul, Brighton

The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sunday 10th May 2020





Processional Hymn

LOVE’S redeeming work is done,

Fought the fight, the battle won.

Lo, our Sun’s eclipse is o’er!

Lo, he sets in blood no more!


2. Vain the stone, the watch, the seal!

Christ has burst the gates of hell;

Death in vain forbids his rise;

Christ has opened paradise.


3. Lives again our victorious King;

Where, O Death, is now thy sting?

Dying once, he all doth save;

Where thy victory, O grave?


4. Soar we now where Christ has led,

Following our exalted Head;

Made like him, like him we rise,

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies.


5. Hail the Lord of earth and heaven!

Praise to thee by both be given:

Thee we greet triumphant now;

Hail, the Resurrection thou!


Entrance Antiphon

O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders;

in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, 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 are invited to exercise our royal priesthood and to offer the spiritual sacrifice which Jesus Christ has made acceptable to God our Father.


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,

constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us,

that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism

may, under your protective care, bear much fruit

and come to the joys of life eternal.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

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

one God, for ever and ever. Amen



First reading – Acts 6:1-7

About this time, when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenists made a complaint against the Hebrews: in the daily distribution their own widows were being overlooked. So the Twelve called a full meeting of the disciples and addressed them, ‘It would not be right for us to neglect the word of God so as to give out food; you, brothers, must select from among yourselves seven men of good reputation, filled with the Spirit and with wisdom; we will hand over this duty to them, and continue to devote ourselves to prayer and to the service of the word.’ The whole assembly approved of this proposal and elected Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus of Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these to the Apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

The word of the Lord continued to spread: the number of disciples in Jerusalem was greatly increased, and a large group of priests made their submission to the faith.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 32(33):l-2,4-5,18-19

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.




Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just;

for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.

Give thanks to the Lord upon the harp,

with a ten-stringed lute sing him songs.

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.


For the word of the Lord is faithful

and all his works to be trusted.

The Lord loves justice and right

and fills the earth with his love.

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.


The Lord looks on those who revere him,

on those who hope in his love,

to rescue their souls from death,

to keep them alive in famine.

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.


Second reading – 1 Peter 2:4-9

The Lord is the living stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him; set yourselves close to him so that you too, the holy priesthood that offers the spiritual sacrifices which Jesus Christ has made acceptable to God, may be living stones making a spiritual house. As scripture says: See how I lay in Zion a precious cornerstone that I have chosen and the man who rests his trust on it will not be disappointed. That means that for you who are believers, it is precious; but for unbelievers, the stone rejected by the builders has proved to be the keystone, a stone to stumble over, a rock to bring men down. They stumble over it because they do not believe in the word; it was the fate in store for them.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart to sing the praises of God who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

The Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!

Jesus said: ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

No one can come to the Father except through 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 14:1-12

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life 

Jesus said to his disciples: 

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. 
Trust in God still, and trust in me. 
There are many rooms in my Father’s house; 
if there were not, I should have told you. 
I am going now to prepare a place for you, 
and after I have gone and prepared you a place, 
I shall return to take you with me; 
so that where I am 
you may be too. 
You know the way to the place where I am going.’

Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus said: 

‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. 
No one can come to the Father except through me. 
If you know me, you know my Father too. 
From this moment you know him and have seen him.’ 

Philip said, ‘Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’
‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip,’ said Jesus to him ‘and you still do not know me?

‘To have seen me is to have seen the Father, 
so how can you say, “Let us see the Father”? 
Do you not believe 
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? 

The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself:
it is the Father, living in me, who is doing this work. 
You must believe me when I say 
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; 
believe it on the evidence of this work, if for no other reason. 

I tell you most solemnly, 
whoever believes in me 
will perform the same works as I do myself, 
he will perform even greater works, 
because I am going to the Father.’

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 also pray for key workers who are also putting themselves at risk whilst they maintain essential public services.

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 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 elects for the sees of Lewes and 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:  Arthur Randell; Julia Tyler; Fr Brian Tyler 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. Amen.

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

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

O God, who by the wonderful exchange effected in this sacrifice
has made us partakers of the one supreme Godhead,
grant, we pray, that, as we have come to know your truth,
we may make it ours by a worthy way of life.

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 in this time above all to laud you yet more gloriously,

when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.

By the oblation of his Body,

he brought the sacrifices of old to fulfilment

in the reality of the Cross

and, by commending himself to you for our salvation,

showed himself the Priest, the Altar, and the Lamb of sacrifice.

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.

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 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

I am the true vine and you are the branches, says the Lord.
Whoever remains in me, and I in him, bears fruit in plenty, alleluia.

The Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Graciously be present to your people, we pray, O Lord,
and lead those you have imbued with heavenly mysteries
to pass from former ways to newness of life.
Through Christ our Lord.


The Blessing

The Lord be with

and also with you

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 Fifth Sunday of Easter. Today as we continue to rejoice as an Easter people, the Gospel reminds us that it is Jesus who we must follow as we travel along our pilgrimage of faith, for he is ‘the way, the truth and the life’. Attached to this letter are copies of my homily and ‘The Resurrection’ by Piero della Francesca, to which Paula has kindly added a brief commentary on the painting.



Bible Study, Wednesday 13th 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



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 House of Bishops met on Tuesday and have agreed to a phased approach to lifting restrictions on the use of churches, in line with Government advice. Bishop Martin will offer guidance as to how this will look practically nest week. In anticipation of this, I am hopeful that this Sunday will be the last Benefice Mass from the Montpelier Oratory and that going forward we will on alternate Sundays stream the Mass from S. Michael’s and S. Paul’s.


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 my love and prayers,


Father Robert




(Sunday 10th May) our parish community

Monday 11 (of Easter) for those suffering from Coronavirus

Tuesday 12 (of Easter) for medical & scientific research

Wednesday 13 (Our Lady of Fatima) for increased devotion to Our Lady

Thursday 14 (S Matthias) for HM Government

Friday 15 (of Easter) for local businesses

Saturday 16 (of Easter) for the Royal Sussex County Hospital

6th SUNDAY OF EASTER (Sunday 17th 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:

(10th) Henry Aldridge; Roma Harriette Read;
(11th) Charles Rowe Sawyer; Annie Henderson; Helen Elizabeth Hooper; George Ford; Mary Ann Standen; Peter Roy Lynn;
(12th) Daisy Beauclerc; Gerald Vernon, Bishop; Thomas Parkinson; Joy e Evans;

(13th) Mother Katharine Mary; Dom Gregory Dix OSB; John Cosmo de Satge, Priest;

(14th) Fredericka Eleanor Griffiths Masters; John Moss; John Alfred Potter;

(15th) Harriett Harman; Alison Bickley;

(16th) Isobelle Parsons; Ernest Cramp; Harry Wheeler Humphrey;
Jessie May Cowan,
Sometime Headmistress of S. Paul’s School; Edward Simpson Besant-Matthews, Priest; William Robinson; Doris Mesny


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