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

 

The Parish Church of Saint Paul, Brighton

The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Sunday 17th May 2020

 

BENEFICE

MASS

 

Processional Hymn

CITY of God, how broad and far
Outspread thy walls sublime!
The true thy chartered freemen are
Of every age and clime.

2 One holy Church, one army strong,
One steadfast, high intent;
One working band, one harvest-song,
One King omnipotent.

3 How purely hath thy speech come down
From man’s primaeval youth!
How grandly hath thine empire grown
Of freedom, love and truth!

4 How gleam thy watch-fires through the night
With never-fainting ray!
How rise thy towers, serene and bright,
To meet the dawning day!

5 In vain the surge’s angry shock,
In vain the drifting sands:
Unharmed upon the eternal Rock
The eternal City stands.

 

Entrance Antiphon – Cf. Is 48: 20

Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard;

proclaim to the ends of the earth:

The Lord has freed his people, 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.

 

We celebrate the coming of Christ’s Spirit of Truth on the Church: a source of joy and praise, the source of the Church’s proclamation of the Good News to the world.

 

My brothers and sisters, the Lord gives us his peace; peace that the world cannot give. Let us therefore purpose what makes for peace and cast aside our sin.

 

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.

Amen.

 

The Opening Prayer

Let us pray.

Grant, almighty God,

that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy,

which we keep in honour of the risen Lord,

and that what we relive in remembrance

we may always hold to in what we do.

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

 

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

First reading – Acts 8:5-8,14-17

Philip went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to them. The people united in welcoming the message Philip preached, either because they had heard of the miracles he worked or because they saw them for themselves. There were, for example, unclean spirits that came shrieking out of many who were possessed, and several paralytics and cripples were cured. As a result there was great rejoicing in that town.

When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, and they went down there, and prayed for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Spirit, for as yet he had not come down on any of them: they had only been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 65(66):1-7,16,20

Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.

 

Cry out with joy to God all the earth,

O sing to the glory of his name.

O render him glorious praise.

Say to God: ‘How tremendous your deeds!

Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.

 

‘Before you all the earth shall bow;

shall sing to you, sing to your name!’

Come and see the works of God,

tremendous his deeds among men.

Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.

 

He turned the sea into dry land,

they passed through the river dry-shod.

Let our joy then be in him;

he rules for ever by his might.

Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.

 

Come and hear, all who fear God.

I will tell what he did for my soul:

Blessed be God who did not reject my prayer

nor withhold his love from me.

Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.

 

Second reading – 1 Peter 3:15-18

Reverence the Lord Christ in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have. But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience, so that those who slander you when you are living a good life in Christ may be proved wrong in the accusations that they bring. And if it is the will of God that you should suffer, it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong.

Why, Christ himself, innocent though he was, had died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

The Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!

Jesus said: ‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word,

and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him.’

Alleluia!

 

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

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

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Gospel – John 14: 15-21

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘If you love me you will keep my commandments.

I shall ask the Father,

and he will give you another Advocate

to be with you for ever, that Spirit of truth

whom the world can never receive

since it neither sees nor knows him;

but you know him, because he is with you, he is in you.

I will not leave you orphans;

I will come back to you.

In a short time the world will no longer see me;

but you will see me, because I live and you will live.

On that day you will understand that I am in my Father

and you in me and I in you.

Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them

will be one who loves me;

and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father,

and I shall love him and show myself to him.’

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 Christ.  We pray for our parish family and for Christians everywhere, that renewed through the Easter mysteries, we may fully realise the Spirit of Truth. That through the inspiration of the Advocate 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, risen from the dead, may call their name and lead them home. We pray for our family and friends who do not share our faith, that through the agency of the Holy Spirit, 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, 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 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’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. 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 
Amen  

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

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

May our prayers rise up to you, O Lord,

together with the sacrificial offerings,

so that, purified by your graciousness,

we may be conformed to the mysteries of your mighty love.

Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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.

Through him the children of light rise to eternal life

and the halls of the heavenly Kingdom

are thrown open to the faithful;

for his Death is our ransom from death,

and in his rising the life of all has risen.

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.

Amen.

 

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

If you love me, keep my commandments, says the Lord,

and I will ask the Father and he will send you another Paraclete,

to abide with you for ever, alleluia.

The Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Almighty ever-living God,

who restore us to eternal life in the Resurrection of Christ,

increase in us, we pray, the fruits of this paschal Sacrament

and pour into our hearts the strength of this saving food.

Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

The Blessing

The Lord be with

and also with you

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

 

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.

Amen.

 

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If you or anyone you know who is part of the S Paul’s community falls ill, please let me know either by telephoning the Vicarage (01273 727362) or by email: 
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NOTICES

 

ASCENSION DAY Thursday 21st May – a Benefice Mass will be available on Facebook from 12noon and shortly after on YouTube.

 

Suffragan Sees of Lewes and Horsham

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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   EASTER VI  LETTER FROM THE VICAR

 

Dear Friends,

 

Greetings on this Sixth Sunday of Easter. Today the Gospel reminds that that in order to live out our Christian discipleship, we must do as Jesus directs If you love me you will keep my commandments’. Attached to this letter are copies of my homily and ‘The Baptism of Christ’ by Piero della Francesca, to which Paula has kindly added a brief commentary on the painting.

 

Bible Study, Wednesday 20th May 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 frrichardtuset@outlook.com

 

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ An Invitation from Bishop Martin  “In order to deepen our prayer for the people of this diocese in the time of this pandemic, and in the nine days of prayer that form a novena between Ascension Day and Pentecost, I invite you to join me in prayer each day at 12.00 noon, for around 15 minutes, in a live streaming of intercession, worship, and silence from the Bishop’s chapel, here in Chichester. We shall pray for all the parishes in the diocese, and the days on which your parish and deanery is prayed for are listed below.  In addition to a reading of scripture and a list of the people we are praying for, there will be 5 minutes of shared silent prayer, asking God to hear us, to deliver us from this present evil, to use us for his glory and to bring us into the fullness of his kingdom in the perfection of heaven. Please join me, daily at 12.00 noon, from Friday 22 to Saturday 30 May.  Joining details will be on the diocesan website”.

 

Ascension Day Thursday 21st May

This Thursday, a Benefice Mass will be streamed on FaceBook and YouTube and will be available from 12 noon.

 

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 my love and prayers,

 

Father Robert

 

 

6th SUNDAY OF EASTER

(Sunday 17th May) our parish community

Monday 18 (of Easter) for Hospital & Hospice Chaplains

Tuesday 19 (of Easter) for those suffering from Coronavirus

Wednesday 20 (Our Lady of Fatima) for the faithful departed

Thursday 21 (The Ascension of the Lord) for the renewal of faith

Friday 22 (of Easter) for those suffering from Coronavirus

Saturday 23 (of Easter) for the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

7th SUNDAY OF EASTER (Sunday 24th May) our parish community

 

 

INTERCESSIONS

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR

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:

(17th) Emily Bull; (18th) Sister Theodora Mary;  Grace Harman; Harry Hall; Joan Ada Gale; (19th) Brian Groombridge;
(20th) Charles McDonald Hobley, Priest; Walter Thomas Norburn, Priest; Roger Howarth; Edward George Evans;
(21st) Irene Barbara Giddings; Edna Price;
(22nd) Ida Mary Foster Hatherley;
(23rd) Emma South; Doris Mabel Musselle.

 

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