Spiritual Walsingham Pilgrimage

The Parish Church of All Saints Perry Street


Walsingham Service of the Word



The Gathering


The disciples were constantly at prayer together,

with Mary, the mother of Jesus.



O Lady, full of God's own grace,
whose caring hands the child embraced,
who listened to the Spirit's word,
believed and trusted in the Lord.
            O virgin fair, star of the sea,

my dearest mother, pray for me.

O virgin fair, star of the sea,
my dearest mother, pray for me.


O Lady, who felt daily joy,
in caring for the holy boy,
whose home was plain and shorn of wealth,
yet was enriched by God's own breath.
            O virgin fair, star of the sea,

my dearest mother, pray for me.

O virgin fair, star of the sea,
my dearest mother, pray for me.


O Lady, who bore living's pain,
but still believed that love would reign,
who on a hill watched Jesus die,
as on the cross they raised Him high.

            O virgin fair, star of the sea,

my dearest mother, pray for me.

O virgin fair, star of the sea,
my dearest mother, pray for me.


O Lady, who on Easter day,
had all your sorrow wiped away,
as God the Father's will was done,
when from death's hold He freed your Son.

            O virgin fair, star of the sea,

my dearest mother, pray for me.

O virgin fair, star of the sea,
my dearest mother, pray for me.



+ In the name of the Father,

and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.            Amen.



Alleluia, Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed.   Alleluia.


Kyrie Confession


The grace of God has dawned upon the world

through our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who sacrificed himself for us

to purify a people as his own.


Let us confess our sins.                                         cf Titus 2.11-14



Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and Prince of Peace:


Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy



Lord Jesus, you are Son of God and Son of Mary:


Christ have mercy,

Christ have mercy



Lord Jesus, you are Word made flesh                        

and splendour of the Father:


Lord, have mercy,

Lord have mercy



Absolution  (Collect for Trinity 21)


Grant we beseech you, merciful Lord,

to your faithful people, pardon and peace,

that they may be cleansed and delivered from all their sins

and serve you with a quiet mind

through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.




Gloria in Excelsis


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 hand of 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.          Amen.



The Collect


Let us Pray


God of mercies,

your only Son, while hanging on the cross,

appointed the Blessed Virgin Mary, his mother,

to be our appointed mother also.

Like her, and under your loving care,

may your Church grow day to day,

rejoice in the holiness of its children,

and draw the peoples of the earth to your saving love.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.   Amen.



First Reading                                                                                                                   Acts 2.14a, 22–32


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.


On the day of Pentecost,

14 Peter, standing with the eleven,

raised his voice and addressed the crowd,

22 ‘You that are Israelites,

listen to what I have to say:

Jesus of Nazareth,

a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs

that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know –

23 this man, handed over to you

according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God,

you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law.

24 But God raised him up, having freed him from death,

because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.

25 For David says concerning him,

“I saw the Lord always before me,

for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;

26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;

moreover my flesh will live in hope.

27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,

or let your Holy One experience corruption.

28 You have made known to me the ways of life;

you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”

29 Fellow Israelites,

I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David

that he both died and was buried,

and his tomb is with us to this day.

30 Since he was a prophet,

he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him

that he would put one of his descendants on his throne.

31 Foreseeing this,

David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,

“He was not abandoned to Hades,

nor did his flesh experience corruption.”

32 This Jesus God raised up,

and of that all of us are witnesses.’


This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



Psalm                                                                                                                                                                                                  Psalm 16


O Lord, you are my portion and my cup.


1 Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you;

I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord,

my good above all other.’

2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land,

upon those who are noble among the people.


O Lord, you are my portion and my cup.


3 But those who run after other gods

shall have their troubles multiplied.

4 Their libations of blood I will not offer,

nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.


O Lord, you are my portion and my cup.


5 O Lord, you are my portion and my cup;

it is you who uphold my lot.

6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land;

indeed, I have a goodly heritage.


O Lord, you are my portion and my cup.


7 I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel;

my heart teaches me, night after night.

8 I have set the Lord always before me;

because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.


O Lord, you are my portion and my cup.


9 My heart, therefore, is glad and my spirit rejoices;

my body also shall rest in hope.

10 For you will not abandon me to the grave,

nor let your holy one see the Pit.

11 You will show me the path of life;

in your presence there is fullness of joy,

and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.


O Lord, you are my portion and my cup.



Second Reading                                                                                                   1 Peter 1.3–9


A reading from the first Epistle of St Peter.


3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope

through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 and into an inheritance

that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,

kept in heaven for you,

5 who are being protected by the power of God through faith

for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 In this you rejoice,

even if now for a little while

you have had to suffer various trials,

7 so that the genuineness of your faith –

being more precious than gold that,

though perishable, is tested by fire –

may be found to result in praise and glory and honour

when Jesus Christ is revealed.

8 Although you have not seen him, you love him;

and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him

and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,

9 for you are receiving the outcome of your faith,

the salvation of your souls.


This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



For Mary, Mother of the Lord
God's holy name be praised,
Who first the Son of God adored
As on her child she gazed.

The angel Gabriel brought the word
She should Christ's mother be;
Our Lady, handmaid of the Lord,
Made answer willingly.

The heavenly call she thus obeyed,
And so God's will was done;
The second Eve love's answer made
Which our redemption won.

She gave her body for God's shrine,
Her heart to piercing pain,
And knew the cost of love divine
When Jesus Christ was slain.

Dear Mary, from your lowliness
And home in Galilee,
There comes a joy and holiness
To every family.

Hail, Mary, you are full of grace,
Above all women blest;
Blest in your Son, whom your embrace
In birth and death confessed.



Gospel Reading                                                                                                     John 20.19–31


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women / and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


The Lord be with you

and also with you.


+ Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St N.

Glory to you, O Lord.


Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St John.


19 When it was evening on the first day of the week,

and the doors of the house where the disciples had met

were locked for fear of the Jews,

Jesus came and stood among them and said,

‘Peace be with you.’

20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side.

Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

21 Jesus said to them again,

‘Peace be with you.

As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’

22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,

‘Receive the Holy Spirit.

23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them;

if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve,

was not with them when Jesus came.

25 So the other disciples told him,

‘We have seen the Lord.’

But he said to them,

‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands,

and put my finger in the mark of the nails

and my hand in his side,

I will not believe.’

26 A week later his disciples were again in the house,

and Thomas was with them.

Although the doors were shut,

Jesus came and stood among them and said,

‘Peace be with you.’

27 Then he said to Thomas,

‘Put your finger here and see my hands.

Reach out your hand and put it in my side.

Do not doubt but believe.’

28 Thomas answered him,

‘My Lord and my God!’

29 Jesus said to him,

‘Have you believed because you have seen me?

Blessed are those who have not seen

and yet have come to believe.’

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples,

which are not written in this book.

31 But these are written so that you may come to believe

that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God,

and that through believing you may have life in his name.


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia



The Apostle's Creed may be said, for which all stand


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.


On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, +

and the life everlasting.         Amen.



Prayers of Intercession


Let us proclaim the greatness of our Saviour

who chose to be born of the Virgin Mary.

Confident that he will hear us we ask: 

Lord, may your mother pray for us.



Sun of justice,

you showed your day was dawning

in the immaculate Virgin Mary;

help us to walk in the light of your presence.


Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.



Eternal Word,

in the living flesh of Mary

you found a dwelling place on earth;

remain with us forever in hearts free from sin.


Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.



Christ, our Saviour,

you willed your mother should be there when you died;

through her intercession may we rejoice to share in your suffering


Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.



Loving Saviour,

while hanging on the Cross,

you gave your mother Mary to be the mother of John;

let us be known as her children by our way of living.


Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.



Loving God,

we give thanks to you for who have moulded

and shaped us into the people we are today,

thank you for the joy of godparents and godchildren.
Help us to reach out to each other with love
and to grow in faith every day.


Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.



Risen Saviour, while on earth you healed the sick,

we ask you to lay your healing hands

on all those suffering from Coronavirus

all who are sick at this time

and heal them from all that harms them and give them your peace.


Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.



Risen Saviour,

we pray to you for all those we love but see no longer,

who rest in your closer presence,

for all the recently departed

and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time. 


Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.



We join our prayers with those of the saints

and angels as we say together:


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.



Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.        Amen.



The Peace


In the tender mercy of our God,

the dayspring from on high shall break upon us,

to give light to those who dwell in darkness

and in the shadow of death

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.   Alleluia.                                     Luke 1.78,79



The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.



As I kneel before you, as I bow my head in prayer,
take this day, make it yours and fill me with your love.
            Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta tu.

All I have I give you, ev’ry dream and wish are yours,
Mother of Christ, Mother of mine, present them to my Lord.
            Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta tu.

As I kneel before you, and I see your smiling face,
ev'ry thought, ev'ry word is lost in your embrace.
            Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta tu.



Lord, accept our gifts

and make them the sacrament of our salvation.

By its power warm our hearts,          

with the love of the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church,

and join us more closely with her,

in sharing the redeeming work of her Son.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.   Amen



This being a service of the Word we continue with



Spiritual Communion


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.



Let the power of the Holy Spirit come upon me, O Lord, I beseech thee: 

that he may both mercifully cleanse my heart and defend me from all adversities. 

Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.



Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:

if any man hear my voice, and open the door,

I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

I am the vine, ye are the branches:

He that abideth in me, and I in him,

the same bringeth forth much fruit:

for without me ye can do nothing.



Act of Reception


In union, dear Lord,

with the faithful at every Altar of thy Church

where thy blessed Body and Blood are being offered to the Father,

I desire to offer thee praise and thanksgiving,

I believe that thou art truly present in the Holy Sacrament.  

And since I cannot receive thee sacramentally.

I beseech thee to come spiritually into my heart.  

I unite myself unto thee and embrace thee with all affections of my soul.  

Let me never be separated from thee.   Let me live and die in thy love.   Amen.


Come Lord Jesus,

dwell in thy servant in the fulness of thy strength,

in the perfection of thy ways,

and in the holiness of thy Spirit,

and rule over every hostile power in the might of thy Spirit,

and to the glory of thy Father.   Amen.


May the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life.   Amen.



Act of Praise and Thanksgiving


+  Blessed, praised and adored be Jesus Christ on his throne of glory in Heaven,

and in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.   Amen.



Anima Christi


Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from thee.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to thee.
That with thy saints I may praise thee
For ever and ever.   Amen.



The Blessing and Dismissal


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


May Christ the Son of God, born of Mary,

fill us with His grace

to trust His promises and obey His will,

+ and may the blessing of God almighty,      

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

be among us and remain with us always.      Amen.



Go in the peace of Christ.   Alleluia, alleluia.

Thanks be to God.   Alleluia, alleluia.




Regina Caeli  


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.


Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia!                  

For the Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!


O God, who by the resurrection of your Son,

our Lord Jesus Christ, 

did vouchsafe to give joy to the whole world;     

grant we beseech thee,  

that through His mother, the Virgin Mary,  

we may obtain the joys of ever-la-sting life.

Through Christ our Lord.   A-men.



Immaculate Mary your praises we sing,

you reign now in heaven with Jesus our King

Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!   Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!


Immaculate Mary we praise God in you

His power and His mercy, His grace given to you.

Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!   Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!


Through you to your Son, lead us, Mary we pray.

through Christ to the Father is our only way.

 Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!   Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!


Your child is the Saviour, all hope lies in Him

He gives us new life and redeems us from sin.

       Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!   Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria.


In heaven, the blessed, your glory proclaim.

On earth, we your children, Invoke your fair name.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!   Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!  








Some material in this service is © The Archbishops Council.   Used with permission.