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

 

The Parish Church of Saint Paul, Brighton

13th Sunday of the Year
Sunday 28th June 2020

 

BENEFICE MASS

 

Introit Hymn

JERUSALEM the golden,

With milk and honey blest,

Beneath thy contemplation

Sink heart and voice opprest.

I know not, O, I know not,

What social joys are there,

What radiancy of glory,

What light beyond compare.

 

2. They stand, those halls of Sion,

Conjubilant with song,

And bright with many an angel,

And all the martyr throng;

The Prince is ever in them,

The daylight is serene;

The pastures of the blessèd

Are decked in glorious sheen.

3. There is the throne of David;

And there, from care released,

The song of them that triumph,

The shout of them that feast;

And they who with their Leader

Have conquered in the fight,

For ever and for ever

Are clad in robes of white.

 

4. Oh, sweet and blessèd country,

Shall I ever see thy face?

Oh, sweet and blessèd country,

Shall I ever win thy grace?

Exult, O dust and ashes!

The Lord shall be thy part:

His only, his for ever,

Thou shalt be, and thou art!

 

Entrance Antiphon

All the peoples clap your hands.

Cry to God with shouts of joy.

 

The Introduction

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

The Lord be with  you. 
and also with you.

 

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

We welcome Christ today as the woman of Shunem welcomed the Prophet Elisha. But the Christ we welcome is the Christ who gave his life for others, and our celebration would be a mockery if we were not prepared to welcome him in one another, even in the least of his brothers and sisters.

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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.

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.

O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. 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 – 2 Kings 4:8-11,13-16

One day as Elisha was on his way to Shunem, a woman of rank who lived there pressed him to stay and eat there. After this he always broke his journey for a meal when he passed that way. She said to her husband, ‘Look, I am sure the man who is constantly passing our way must be a holy man of God. Let us build him a small room on the roof, and put him a bed in it, and a table and chair and lamp; whenever he comes to us he can rest there.’ One day when he came, he retired to the upper room and lay down. He said to his servant Gehazi, ‘Call our Shunammitess. Tell her this: “Look, you have gone to all this trouble for us, what can we do for you? Is there anything you would like said for you to the king or to the commander of the army?”’ But she replied, ‘I live with my own people about me.’ ‘What can be done for her then?’ he asked. Gehazi answered, ‘Well, she has no son and her husband is old.’ Elisha said, ‘Call her.’ The servant called her and she stood at the door. This time next year,’ he said ‘you will hold a son in your arms.’

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Responsorial Psalm –  Psalm  88:2 – 3. 16 – 19 R V 2

I will sing forever of your love, O Lord

I will sing forever of your love, oh Lord;

through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth.

Of this I am sure, that your love last forever,

that your truth is firmly established as the heavens.

I will sing forever of your love, O Lord

happy the people who acclaimed such a King, who walk,

Oh Lord, in the light of your face,

who find their joy everyday in your name,

who make your justice the source of their bliss.

I will sing forever of your love, O Lord

For it is you, oh Lord, who are the glory of their strength;

It is by your favour that our might is exalted:
for a ruler is in the keeping of the Lord;

Or King in the keeping of the Holy One of Israel 

I will sing forever of your love, O Lord

 

Second reading – Romans 6:3-4,8-11

When we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death; in other words, when we were baptised we went into the tomb with him and joined him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, we too might live a new life.

But we believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him: Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead will never die again. Death has no power over him any more. When he died, he died, once for all, to sin, so his life now is life with God; and in that way, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

The Acclamation

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Open our heart, O Lord,

to accept the words of your Son.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. +

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Gospel – Matthew 10:37-42

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who prefers son or daughter to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it; anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.

‘Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and those who welcome me welcome the one who sent me.

‘Anyone who welcomes a prophet will have a prophet’s reward; and anyone who welcomes a holy man will have a holy man’s reward. ‘If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.’

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

We pray for all people who are oppressed, rejected, and persecuted because of their faith. Grant them perseverance and courage to be worthy imitators of Christ. Bring your wisdom upon leaders of nations to work for peace and tolerance among all peoples. Give us the grace to be united in truth and freedom, and to always seek your will in our lives.

Lord, hear us.

We pray for those people who experience prejudice and discrimination. Good and gracious God, you invite us to recognise and reverence your divine image and likeness in our neighbour.  Open our hearts, enable us to see the reality of discrimination and free us to challenge and uproot it from our society, our world and ourselves.

Lord, hear us.  

We pray for our parish, that we may actively recognise and support costly discipleship in our community. May our prayers and actions reflect your commands of hospitality, welcome and love. Through the grace of God, may we bear fruit that lasts for ever. 

Lord, hear us.

Heavenly Father, we 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 

And Rise in Glory 

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, 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

 

LORD, for the years your love has kept and guided,

urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,

sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided:

Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.

 

2. Lord, for that word, the word of life which fires us,

speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,

teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us:

Lord of the word, receive Your people's praise.

 

3. Lord, for our land in this our generation,

spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care:

for young and old, for commonwealth and nation,

Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

 

4. Lord, for our world when we disown and doubt him,

loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain,

hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him:

Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.

 

5. Lord for ourselves; in living power remake us -

self on the cross and Christ upon the throne,

past put behind us, for the future take us:

Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.

 

 

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

O God, who graciously accomplished

the effects of your mysteries,

grant, we pray, that the deeds by which we serve you

may be worthy of the sacred gifts.

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,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,

through Christ our Lord.

For through his Paschal Mystery,

he accomplished the marvellous deed,

by which he has freed us from the yoke of sin and death,

summoning us to the glory of being now called

a chosen race, a royal priesthood,

a holy nation, a people for your own possession,

to proclaim everywhere your mighty works,

for you have called us out of darkness

into your own wonderful light.

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.

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 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

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and all within me, his holy name.

The Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

May this divine sacrifice we have offered and received

fill us with life, O Lord, we pray,

so that, bound to you in lasting charity,

we may bear fruit that lasts for ever.

Through Christ our Lord Amen.

Amen.

 

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.

Amen.

 

Go forth the mass has ended.

Thanks be to God.

 

Angelus:

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.

 

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NOTICES

 

The announcement by HM Government regarding the reintroduction of public worship from 4th July 2020 is a cause of great rejoicing for us all.

We await further guidance from Bishop Martin concerning the practical arrangements as to how we may celebrate the Mass, but we very much hope that public worship will resume here on Sunday 5th July 2020.

Deo gratias.

 

 

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THE THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

LETTER FROM THE VICAR

 

Dear Friends,

 

Greetings on the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. I’m sure that with me, you are rejoicing at the news that churches will be able to resume public worship from 4th July. At the time of writing I am waiting for guidance from the Bishop but anticipate that Mass, in some form, will be celebrated publicly from next Sunday.

 

Today both churches will be open for private prayer and there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: St Michael’s 10.30-12.30pm and St Paul’s 11.00am-12.30pm

 

In addition, St Paul’s will be open for private prayer, from 11-12pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

 

Please do note that social distancing guidelines must be observed, any socialising must be done away from the church building and there will be no toilet facilities. (further guidance is attached to this letter).

 

The Benefice Mass will be streamed on Facebook at 9.30am and thus available to watch at the usual time of 10.30am or at a time that suits you! It will also be uploaded to Youtube.

 

Bible Study, Wednesday 1st July 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

 

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.

 

 

With my love and prayers,

 

Father Robert

 

 

13th Sunday of the Year (Sunday 28th June) our parish community

Monday 29 June (SS. Peter & Paul) for First Base and the Clock Tower Sanctuary

Tuesday 30 (First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church) for our local doctors

Wednesday 1 July (S. Oliver Plunket) for persecuted Christians

Thursday 2 (of the day) for the NHS

Friday 3 (S. Thomas) for Bishop Martin

Saturday 4 (S. Elizabeth of Portugal) for the Clergy

SS Peter & Paul (Sunday 5th July) 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:   

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;

 

for those whose years mind falls this week:

(28th) Frederick W. Caton; Helen Mabel Somerville; Margaret Rochford; Edna Robinson;

(29th) Howard Rasey; (30th) John Henry Budgen; Lena Perry

(1st July) Charles Richardson-Griffiths; Flora Beatrice Crowe

(2nd) Frances Sarah Anne Elizabeth Holt; Margaret Hooper; Catherine Josephine Barber; Anne Blades Bull; (3rd) Peter Robin Edwards;

(4th) Catherine Gibson; Isobel Julia Moxon; Violet Lillian; Marjorie Brooks

 

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