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


The Parish Church of Saint Paul, Brighton

17th Sunday of the Year
Sunday 26th July 2020



- socially distanced -




Entrance Antiphon

God is in his holy place,

God who unites those who dwell in his house;

he himself gives might and strength to his people.


The Introduction

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

The Lord be withyou.
and also with you.


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

Solomon prayed for the wisdom to discern the true value of things. We scarcely need the wisdom of Solomon to realise that in finding the love of God and the Kingdom of God we have found a treasure beyond price. It is in the joy of this realisation that we hold our celebration today.


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 Godís 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 peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us ;

you are seated at the right the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.



The Opening Prayer

Let us pray.

O God, protector of those who hope in you,

without whom nothing has firm foundation, nothing is holy,

bestow in abundance your mercy upon us

and grant that, with you as our ruler and guide,

we may use the good things that pass

in such a way as to hold fast even now

to those that ever endure.

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.




First reading Ė 1 Kings 3:5,7-12

A reading from the first book of Kings:

The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, ĎAsk what you would like me to give you.í Solomon replied, ĎO Lord my God, you have made your servant king in succession to David my father. But I am a very young man, unskilled in leadership. Your servant finds himself in the midst of this people of yours that you have chosen, a people so many its number cannot be counted or reckoned. Give your servant a heart to understand how to discern between good and evil, for who could govern this people of yours that is so great?í It pleased the Lord that Solomon should have asked for this. ĎSince you have asked for thisí the Lord said Ďand not asked for long life for yourself or riches or the lives of your enemies, but have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself, here and now I do what you ask. I give you a heart wise and shrewd as none before you has had and none will have after you.í

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.


Responsorial Psalm Ė Psalm 118(119):57,72,76-77,127-130

Lord, how I love your law!

Lord, how I love your law!

My part, I have resolved, O Lord,

is to obey your word.

The law from your mouth means more to me

than silver and gold.

Lord, how I love your law!

Let your love be ready to console me

by your promise to your servant.

Let your love come and I shall live

for your law is my delight.

Lord, how I love your law!

That is why I love your commands

more than finest gold,

why I rule my life by your precepts,

and hate false ways.

Lord, how I love your law!

Your will is wonderful indeed;

therefore I obey it.

The unfolding of your word gives light

and teaches the simple.

Lord, how I love your law!


Second reading Ė Romans 8:28-30

A reading from St Paulís letter to the Romans:

We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.


The Acclamation

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

I call you friends, says the Lord,

because I have made known to you

everything I have learnt from my Father.

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 Ė Matthew 13:44-46

Jesus said to the crowds: ĎThe kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.

ĎAgain, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.í

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.



The Homily


The Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven:
(all bow) was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.


The Prayers of the Faithful
The Priest introduces the prayers

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

Heavenly Father, bless the church, strengthen our faith, and help us to follow Jesusí example by being kind and loving to one another. We pray that we may keep our minds and hearts on the Kingdom of God that heavenly treasure that lasts forever.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

We ask for the Holy Spiritís help in our prayer life and for guidance and strength during this time of change in our parish. We pray especially for Fr Robert, Paula and their family as they prepare to leave us for Durrington. We give thanks for their service and care of St Michaelís and St Paulís and pray that Fr Robertís ministry at St Symphorianís will be blessed and fruitful.

Lord, hear us.††

Lord, graciously hear us.††

We continue to pray 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.

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 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.††

Lord, graciously 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 and for all those that serve you in the parishes here.

Lord, hear us.††

Lord, graciously hear us.††

Heavenly Father may your Kingdom shine brightly in the dark places of the world and enlighten the hearts of our leaders, especially Elizabeth our Queen, that we may all live in peace and happiness.

Lord, hear us.††

Lord, graciously hear us.††

We pray for the sick and the sorrowful and pray for those known to us who are particularly ill at this timeÖ..

Lord, hear us.††

Lord, graciously hear us.††

We pray for those who have died, that through Christís 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 timeÖ†††

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.††

Lord, graciously 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,

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

Accept, O Lord, we pray, the offerings

which we bring from the abundance of your gifts,

that through the powerful working of your grace

these most sacred mysteries may sanctify our present way of life

and lead us to eternal gladness.

Through Christ our Lord.


The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you

and also with you

Lift up your hearts

We lift them up to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to give him thanks and praise


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

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,

through Christ our Lord.

For 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.



The Lordís Prayer

At the Saviourís 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 never forget all his benefits.

The Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

We have consumed, O Lord, this divine Sacrament,

the perpetual memorial of the Passion of your Son;

grant, we pray, that this gift,

which he himself gave us with love beyond all telling,

may profit us for salvation.

Through Christ our Lord.



The Blessing

The Lord be with

and also with you

And may the blessing of almighty God,

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

come down on you and remain with you for ever.



Go forth the mass has ended.

Thanks be to God.



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

Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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

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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10.30am Ė Said Mass at St Michaelís and live streamed on Facebook

11.30am Ė Said Mass at St Paulís



11.30amĖ Said Mass on Tuesday and Wednesday


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From the Churchwardens:


We were all saddened to learn recently of the resignation of Fr Robert as Vicar of S. Michaelsís and S. Paulís.It had been thought that he would be leaving us some time in September, but we have learned in recent days that he will be taking up his new post at Durrington in a few weeksí time, and thus that his last Sunday with us at S. Paulís will in fact be next weekend, on 2nd August.


This leaves us at S. Paulís no time in which to organise any collection towards a farewell gift to Fr Robert before he leaves. It is therefore proposed to make a presentation to him from Church funds on 2nd August, and to make a collection after he has left. Donations can be made to us, or to the PCC Treasurer Mary Potter; cheques should be made payable to S. Paulís PCC, and our bank details can be made available to anyone who wishes to donate by bank transfer.


Neither is there time to organise a card for everyone to sign, so we will just hand Fr Robert a card expressed to be from all of us at S. Paulís. Anyone wishing to give him a personal message could if they wish pass it to us, either in writing or by e-mail, and we shall be happy to collate such messagesand forward them to him


Unfortunately, the restrictions on meetings imposed on us because of the pandemic make it very difficult if not impossible for us to have the usual gathering and a drink at which to make the presentation, as we would all prefer. Consequently the presentation will be made in church immediately after Mass on 2nd August, and we therefore hope as many people as possible will be able to come to Mass that day.


With best wishes


Adrian Girvan


Tony Potter




17th Sunday of the Year (Sunday 26th July) our parish community

Monday 27 July (of the day) for the Royal Family

Tuesday 28 (of the day) for the Emergency Services

Wednesday 29 (S. Martha) for First Base and the Clock Tower Sanctuary

Thursday 30 (S. Peter Chrysologus) for our local doctors

Friday 31 (S. Ignatius of Loyola) for The Society of Jesus

Saturday 1 (S. Alphonsus Liguori) for religious orders

18th Sunday of the Year (Sunday 2nd August) our parish community





Of special intention:

Our care for one another in this time of uncertainty.

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

Roger Brasier; Fr Michael Bryant; Nicholas Clayton; Helena Cope; Martin Curwain-Broad; John & Ruth Daniels; Dennis Davis; Susan Gale; Joseph Garcia; Amy Gobey; Yvonne Harman; 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 the recently departed:Freddie Jackson, priest; Bill Scott, priest


for those whose years mind falls this week:

(27th) Matilda Virgo; Mary Beven; (28th) Sister Jane Mary; Elizabeth Wheeler; Mary Minall; Frederick Arthur Gain, Priest; Ronald George Rowlands; Gordon Owen; (29th) Elizabeth Ann Telford

(30th) Hubert Henry Hanbury; (31st) Charles Parnell; Mary Ann Wagner; Ann Moss; Samuel Robert Lewis

(1st August) Sister Cecilia Mary


Charity Number: X72751A

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