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A Sonnet for Palm Sunday

From ‘Sounding the Seasons’, by Malcolm Guite, Canterbury Press 2012, used with permission.

Now to the gate of my Jerusalem,
The seething holy city of my heart,
The saviour comes. But will I welcome him?
Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start;
They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing,
And think the battle won. Too soon they’ll find
The challenge, the reversal he is bringing
Changes their tune. I know what lies behind
The surface flourish that so quickly fades;
Self-interest, and fearful guardedness,
The hardness of the heart, its barricades,
And at the core, the dreadful emptiness
Of a perverted temple. Jesus come
Break my resistance and make me your home.

Malcom Guite’s Poems for Holy Week may be found here.

Liturgy of the Palms & Eucharist for the Benefice

You may wish to find last year’s Palm Cross or even make one from card, or just find a Cross or Crucifix before you begin the Service.

Click below to listen to the Liturgy of the Palms

The Greeting

Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

The president greets the people

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you.

and also with you.    cf 1 Timothy 1.2


The president introduces the celebration

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the Church throughout the world. Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us go with him in faith and love, so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.

For our current times

Dear Lord
anoint us with the Holy Spirit,
as we share in Christ’s suffering and victory
that we may bear witness to the gospel of salvation;
through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Prayer over Palms

The President will bless a stock of Palm Crosses for distribution after the Pandemic,
The people hold up their palms while this prayer is said by the president ending with:

God our Saviour,
whose Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer and to die;
let palm crosses remain for us signs of his victory
and grant that we who bear them in his name
may ever hail him as our King,
and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.


The Palm Gospel

If you have a Palm Cross, one from previous years or one you have made,
then please raise it now,

When the Gospel is announced, this response is used

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Glory to you, O Lord.

1When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage,
at the Mount of Olives,
Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them,
‘Go into the village ahead of you,
and immediately you will find a donkey tied,
and a colt with her;
untie them and bring them to me.
3If anyone says anything to you, just say this,
“The Lord needs them.”
And he will send them immediately.’

4This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
5‘Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’
6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;
7they brought the donkey and the colt,
and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.

8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road,
and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

9The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
‘Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’
10When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking,
‘Who is this?’

11The crowds were saying,
‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’

Matthew 21.1-11

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Let us praise Jesus our Messiah.

‘Processional’ HymnAll Glory, Laud and Honour

All glory, laud and honour
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou David’s royal Son,
Who in the Lord’s name comest,
The King and blessèd One:

The company of angels
Are praising Thee on high,
And mortal men and all things
Created make reply:

The people of the Hebrews
With psalms before Thee went;
Our praise and prayer and anthems
Before Thee we present:

To Thee before Thy passion
They sang their hymns of praise;
To Thee now high exalted
Our melody we raise:

Thou didst accept their praises;
Accept the prayers we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
Thou good and gracious King:

Thy sorrow and thy triumph
grant us, O Christ to share,
that to the holy city
together we may fare:

For homage may we bring thee
our victory o’er the foe,
that in the Conqueror’s triumph
this strain may ever flow:

Theodulph of Orleans (c.750-821)

Tr. John Mason Neale (1818-66)

The Collect

The president introduces a period of silent prayer with the words:

Let us pray for a closer union with Christ in his suffering and in his glory.

The Collect is said.

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


The Liturgy of the Word

Please click below to listen to the readings and the gradual hymn

Please be seated.

First Reading

A reading from the prophecy of Isaiah

The servant of the LORD said:

4The Lord GOD has given me
the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens –
wakens my ear
to listen as those who are taught.
5The Lord GOD has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backwards.
6I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.

7The Lord GOD helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
8he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
9It is the Lord GOD who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
All of them will wear out like a garment;
the moth will eat them up.

Isaiah 50.4-9a

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Second Reading

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death –
even death on a cross.

9Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2.5-11

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Gradual Hymn:

Ride on, ride on in majesty!

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Hark, all the tribes hosanna cry:
O Saviour meek, pursue thy road
with palms and scattered garments strowed.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die:
O Christ, thy triumphs now begin
o’er captive death and conquered sin.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
The wingèd squadrons of the sky
look down with sad and wondering eyes
to see the approaching sacrifice.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
The last and fiercest strife is nigh:
the Father on his sapphire throne
awaits his own anointed Son.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
bow thy meek head to mortal pain,
then take, O God, thy power, and reign.

Henry Hart Milman (1791-1868)
Musikalisches Handbuch

The Passion Reading

Please click below to listen to St Matthew’s Passion and a short homily

There is a long-established convention of the congregation (except those prevented by infirmity) standing throughout the Passion. There is a sense in which the (slight) discomfort occasioned by this helps us in some small way to identify with the sufferings of Jesus. A traditional custom is to bow immediately after the Evangelist has narrated Jesus’ death. This simple but profound action can help mark the most solemn and dramatic moment in the text.

Please remain standing if you will be comfortable, otherwise please be seated.

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
Christ humbled himself and became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him
and given him the name that is above every name.

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

When the Passion is announced the reader says

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

No response is made.

Matthew 26.14 – 27.66

14One of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, 15‘What will you give me if I betray him to you?’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

17On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ 18He said, ‘Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, “The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.”’ 19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.

20When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; 21and while they were eating, he said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ 22And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, ‘Surely not I, Lord?’ 23He answered, ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.’ 25Judas, who betrayed him, said, ‘Surely not I, Rabbi?’ He replied, ‘You have said so.’

26While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ 27Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; 28for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.’

30When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

31Then Jesus said to them, ‘You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written,        “I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.”
32But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.’ 33Peter said to him, ‘Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.’ 34Jesus said to him, ‘Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.’ 35Peter said to him, ‘Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And so said all the disciples.

36Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ 37He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. 38Then he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.’ 39And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.’ 40Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? 41Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; for the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ 42Again he went away for the second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.’ 43Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. 45Then he came to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’

47While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.’ 49At once he came up to Jesus and said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him. 50Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, do what you are here to do.’ Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. 51Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 52Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?’ 55At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, ‘Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.’ Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

57Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered. 58But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest; and going inside, he sat with the guards in order to see how this would end. 59Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, 60but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward and said, 61‘This fellow said, “I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.”’ 62The high priest stood up and said, ‘Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?’ 63But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, ‘I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.’ 64Jesus said to him, ‘You have said so. But I tell you,
From now on you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of Power
and coming on the clouds of heaven.’
65Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, ‘He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66What is your verdict?’ They answered, ‘He deserves death.’ 67Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, 68saying, ‘Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?’

69Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him and said, ‘You also were with Jesus the Galilean.’ 70But he denied it before all of them, saying, ‘I do not know what you are talking about.’ 71When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, ‘This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.’ 72Again he denied it with an oath, ‘I do not know the man.’ 73After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, ‘Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.’ 74Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, ‘I do not know the man!’ At that moment the cock crowed. 75Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: ‘Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly.

1When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death. 2They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

3When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 4He said, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.’ But they said, ‘What is that to us? See to it yourself.’ 5Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself. 6But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, ‘It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money.’ 7After conferring together, they used them to buy the potter’s field as a place to bury foreigners. 8For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah, ‘And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one on whom a price had been set, on whom some of the people of Israel had set a price, 10and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.’

11Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus said, ‘You say so.’ 12But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. 13Then Pilate said to him, ‘Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?’ 14But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

15Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. 16At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. 17So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, ‘Whom do you want me to release for you, Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ 18For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. 19While he was sitting on the judgement seat, his wife sent word to him, ‘Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.’ 20Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. 21The governor again said to them, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’ And they said, ‘Barabbas.’ 22Pilate said to them, ‘Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ All of them said, ‘Let him be crucified!’ 23Then he asked, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Let him be crucified!’

24So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.’ 25Then the people as a whole answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’ 26So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

27Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. 28They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ 30They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

32As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. 33And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; 36then they sat down there and kept watch over him. 37Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’

38Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, 40‘You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.’ 41In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, 42‘He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. 43He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, “I am God’s Son.”’ 44The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.

45From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ 47When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘This man is calling for Elijah.’ 48At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. 49But the others said, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.’ 50Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.

You are invited to bow

51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!’

55Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him. 56Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

You may stand as normal again

57When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 58He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth 60and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. 61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

62The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, 63‘Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, “After three days I will rise again.” 64Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, “He has been raised from the dead,” and the last deception would be worse than the first.’ 65Pilate said to them, ‘You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.’ 66So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

This is the Passion of the Lord.

No response is made


Palm Sunday – Setting out on Holy Week

The week beginning today is the most poignant and most important of the Church’s year. It is the drama of our salvation and our life. It is also a week that renews our baptismal life, because we see again the battle that Christ wins against all the powers of darkness and destruction in our world and in our lives.

The best way of travelling through this week, isolated as we are, is of course in prayer. Praying this week is perhaps best done simply, following the narrative as it unfolds, following the emotions and the actions, and listening to Jesus. Then, all we have to do in our prayer is be open and receptive, content to follow and to receive what God chooses to give us. In this way, we may enter too into the way Christ lives and works.

He allowed himself to be taken on a journey by the Father. Let us allow scripture to take us on this journey in our hearts and minds. The key is to be attentive as we move through the week on this pilgrimage, by way of the Triumphal entry, the Temple, Bethany, the Upper Room and out to Gethsemane, the Council, and on in captivity to Pilate and Herod. Then, we move through the crowded streets of Jerusalem to Golgotha and at last arrive at the empty tomb.

On this journey, we can notice such much detail and we can entrust ourselves to God, listening and watching. Try not to fill up your prayer-journey with too many words or thoughts or petitions. Try to travel through a stage of journey each day, and before you set off, simply ask God for the grace to be close to Christ as he does the will of the Father and to sense, feel, experience something of the mystery of his life and love.

We have heard a lot of words in the readings and in the Palm Gospel and in Matthew’s account of the Passion, but we can begin our reflective journey through Holy week, by taking a moment to contemplate what really is in store for us from Palm Sunday to Good Friday.

Notice how Jesus seems to be in control from the outset, how they disciples found that all was in place – the provision of a donkey and later a room for the Last Supper. Jesus knows what needs to be done; directing the action, sending his closest friends to make ready.

How might that have felt to them, being entrusted with such important work?

Then there are the crowd. They find themselves caught up in the excitement of it all. Each of them has a part to play, throwing down their cloaks and waving palm branches.

If you had been part of this crowd, how might it have felt to be involved in this unexpected event?

On the edge of every gathering during the Festival are the Roman authorities, anxious to keep order when the city is crowded; anxious for events not to get out of control.

How would have felt to a Roman soldier watching this noisy demonstration?

Perhaps later today, read the Palm Gospel again and see if you can get any sense of what it means for Jesus, who knows what is happening in the moment and what is yet to come.

When reflecting on Biblical narratives, many people find taking different viewpoints helpful. I have invited you to sense God at work in the scenes of the narrative, sensing him from the stance of the part-players. I have now invited you to reflect on the interplay of the Father and Son and the world; dare, if you will, to look with Jesus’ eyes, to hear with his ears, to think with his mind and feel with his heart. Your prayer tonight might be just to talk over what you noticed with Jesus and let him, in turn, speak to you. Amen.

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Stand to affirm our Christian belief:

Let us declare our faith in God

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,
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.

We Pray For The Church And The World


We stand with Christ in his suffering.
So, let us pray to the Father who alone makes us dwell in safety,
through Christ our light and life.

Please sit or kneel. In our prayers we thank God for his goodness.
Seasonal prayers are below

For all who are affected by coronavirus, through illness or isolation or anxiety, that they may find relief and recovery:

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

For those who are guiding our nation at this time, and shaping national policies,

that they may make wise decisions:

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers, that through their skill and insights many will be restored to health:

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

For the vulnerable and the fearful, for the gravely ill and the dying,

that they may know your comfort and peace: Lord, hear us,

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

For forgiveness for the many times we have denied Jesus,

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

For grace to seek out those habits of sin which mean spiritual death,
and by prayer and self-discipline to overcome them,

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

For Christian people,
that through the suffering of disunity there may grow a rich union in Christ,

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

For those who make laws, interpret them, and administer them,
that our common life may be ordered in justice and mercy,

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

For those who still make Jerusalem a battleground,

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

For those who have the courage and honesty to work openly for justice and peace,

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

For those in the darkness and agony of isolation, that they may find support and encouragement,

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

For those who, weighed down with hardship, failure, or sorrow, feel that God is far from them,

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

For those who are tempted to give up the way of the cross,

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

That we, with those who have died in faith, may find mercy in the day of Christ,

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

This may also be used

Holy God,
holy and strong,
holy and immortal,
have mercy upon us.

We join our prayers with saints and angels as we say:
Merciful Father,

accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Holy Communion – Liturgy of the Sacrament

Please click below to listen to the Liturgy of the Sacrament and the Dismissal

The Peace
As a Sign of Sharing God’s Peace in the World

Please stand

Once we were far off,
but now in union with Christ Jesus we have been brought near
through the shedding of Christ’s blood,
for he is our peace.

cf Ephesians 2.13

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.

Offertory Hymn – My song is love unknown

During this hymn the offerings of bread, wine and  water  – tokens of ourselves – are presented to the President to be blessed.

My song is love unknown,
my Saviour’s love to me,
love to the loveless shown,
that they might lovely be.
O who am I,
that for my sake
my Lord should take
frail flesh, and die?

He came from his blest throne,
salvation to bestow;
but men made strange, and none
the longed-for Christ would know.
But O, my Friend,
my Friend indeed,
who at my need
his life did spend!

Sometimes they strew his way,
and his sweet praises sing;
resounding all the day
hosannas to their King.
Then ‘Crucify!’
is all their breath,
and for his death
they thirst and cry.

Why, what hath my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
he gave the blind their sight.
Sweet injuries!
yet they at these
themselves displease,
and ‘gainst him rise.

They rise, and needs will have
my dear Lord made away;
a murderer they save,
the Prince of Life they slay.
Yet cheerful he
to suffering goes,
that he his foes
from thence might free.

In life, no house, no home
my Lord on earth might have;
in death, no friendly tomb
but what a stranger gave.
What may I say?
Heaven was his home;
but mine the tomb
wherein he lay.

Here might I stay and sing:
no story so divine;
never was love, dear King,
never was grief like thine!
This is my Friend,
in whose sweet praise
I all my days
could gladly spend.

Samuel Crossman (c. 1624-1683)
John Nicholson Ireland (1879-1962)


A Minister Prepares The Holy Table

Preparation of the Table

Jesus, true vine and bread of life,
ever giving yourself that the world might live,
let us share your death and passion:
make us perfect in your love.


Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For as the time of his passion and resurrection draws near
the whole world is called to acknowledge his hidden majesty.
The power of the life-giving cross
reveals the judgement that has come upon the world
and the triumph of Christ crucified.
He is the victim who dies no more,
the Lamb once slain, who lives for ever,
our advocate in heaven to plead our cause,
exalting us there to join with angels and archangels,
for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;

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.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

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.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

Therefore, heavenly Father,
we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom,
and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Jesus Christ is Lord:

Lord, by your cross and resurrection
you have set us free.
You are the Saviour of the world.

Accept through him, our great high priest,
this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts
in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit,
inspire us with your love
and unite us in the body of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him, and with him, and in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty,
in songs of everlasting praise:

Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever.

The Lord’s Prayer

Please sit or kneel.

At the foot of the cross, we pray:

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.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory
for ever and ever.   Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

The President repeats the action of Jesus
and breaks the bread for us, his modern-day disciples.

We break the bread of life,
and that life is the light of the world.

God is here among us,
light in the midst of us,
bring us to light and life.

Christ is the true bread which
has come down from heaven.

Lord, give us this bread always.

Agnus 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.

We Receive Communion
(for those remote, this is a spiritual sharing
and completely valid) 

Draw near with faith.
Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you,
and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink
in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts
by faith with thanksgiving.

The president receives communion.

Post Communion Hymn There is a green hill far away

There is a green hill far away,
without a city wall,
where the dear Lord was crucified,
who died to save us all.

We may not know, we cannot tell,
what pains he had to bear,
but we believe it was for us
he hung and suffered there.

He died that we might be forgiven,
he died to make us good,
that we might go at last to heaven,
saved by his precious blood.

There was no other good enough
to pay the price of sin;
he only could unlock the gate
of heaven, and let us in.

O dearly, dearly has he loved,
and we must love him too,
and trust in his redeeming blood,
and try his works to do.

Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)
William Horsley (1774-1858)

Prayer after Communion

Silence is kept.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant,
and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:
give us the mind to follow you
and to proclaim you as Lord and King,
to the glory of God the Father.

Faithful God,
may we who share this banquet
glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
our salvation, life and hope,
who reigns as Lord now and for ever. Amen.

The Dismissal


Christ crucified draw you to himself,
to find in him a sure ground for faith,
a firm support for hope,
and the assurance of sins forgiven;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.


A minister says

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

The ministers and people depart.

Recessional Hymn – Christ is made the sure foundation Vs 5 to 9

Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the Head and comer-stone,
chosen of the Lord, and precious,
binding all the church in one,
Holy Sion’s help for ever,
and her confidence alone.

All that dedicated city,
dearly loved of God on high,
in exultant jubilation
pours perpetual melody,
God the One in Three adoring
in glad hymns eternally.

To this temple, where we call thee,
come, O Lord of Hosts, to-day;
with thy wonted loving-kindness
hear thy servants as they pray,
and thy fullest benediction
shed within its walls alway.

Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
what they ask of thee to gain,
what they gain from thee for ever
with the blessed to retain,
and hereafter in thy glory
evermore with thee to reign.

Laud and honour to the Father,
laud and honour to the Son,
laud and honour to the Spirit,
ever Three, and ever One,
consubstantial, co-eternal,
while unending ages run.

Angularis fundamentum – Latin, 6th or 7th cent.
Tr. J. M. Neale (1861)
Henry Thomas Smart (1866)

Vestry Prayer

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

Let us bless the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Go before us, O Lord,
in all we do with your most gracious favour,
and guide us with your continual help;
that in all our works, begun,
continued and ended in you,
we may glorify your holy Name,
and finally by thy mercy,
receive everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all evermore.

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):
Post Communion (Palm Sunday) © 1984 General Synod of the Church of Ireland
Some material included in this service is copyright: © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA
Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2000
Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2002
Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2006
Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2010
Collect (Palm Sunday) © The Crown/Cambridge University Press: The Book of Common Prayer (1662)
LOVE UNKNOWN, John Nicholson Ireland (1879-1962), © The John Ireland Trust, 1st Floor, Lymon House, 7-12 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9LT

Other Services planned for Benefice Website

Thurs, 9th April Maundy Thursday Ex 12: 1-4 1Cor11: 23-26 Jn 13: 1-17, 31b-35
Fri, 10th April Good Friday Way of the Cross
Sun, 12th April Easter Day Bringing in the Easter Light and Easter Liturgy
Acts 10: 34-43; Mt 28: 1-10
Sun, 19th April Easter 2 Acts 2: 14a, 22-32 Jn 20: 19-end
Sun, 26th April Easter 3 Acts 2: 14a, 36-41 Lk 24: 13-35

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