A Service of the Word




A Service of the Word for Ordinary Time



The Gathering

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



The Collect for Purity may be said

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.   Amen.



Prayers of Penitence

God so loved the world

that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ

to save us from our sins,

to be our advocate in heaven,

and to bring us to eternal life.


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.



Kyrie Confession

You were sent to heal the contrite of heart:

Lord have mercy.  


You came to call sinners:

Christ have mercy.  


You are seated at the right hand of the Father

to intercede for us:

Lord have mercy.   


Absolution (Collect for Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity)

Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord,

to your faithful people pardon and peace,

that they may be cleansed from all their sins

and serve you with a quiet mind;

through Christ our Lord.   Amen.


Gloria in Excelsis (on Sundays and Festivals only)

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 for the Day

The Collect for the day is said and we respond Amen.



The Liturgy of the Word


First Reading                                                                                                                   





Second Reading                                                                                                                                        


Gospel Reading



The Nicene Creed (on Sundays and Festivals only)

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.   Amen.



Prayers of Intercession


In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ

let us pray to the Father.



Govern and direct your holy Church; fill it with love and truth;

and grant it that unity which is your will.

Hear us, good Lord.


Give us boldness to preach the gospel in all the world,

and to make disciples of all the nations.

Hear us, good Lord.


Enlighten James and Norman our Bishops and all your ministers

with knowledge and understanding,

that by their teaching and their lives

they may proclaim your word.

Hear us, good Lord.


Give your people grace to hear and receive your word,

and to bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.

Hear us, good Lord.


Bring into the way of truth all who have erred and are deceived.

Hear us, good Lord.


Strengthen those who stand, comfort and help the faint-hearted

raise up the fallen; and finally beat down Satan under our feet.

Hear us, good Lord.


Guide the leaders of the nations into the ways of peace and justice.

Hear us, good Lord.


Guard and strengthen your servant Elizabeth our Queen

that she may put her trust in you, and seek your honour and glory

Hear us, good Lord.


Endue the High Court of Parliament

and all the ministers of the Crown with wisdom and understanding.

Hear us, good Lord.


Bless those who administer the law,

that they may uphold justice, honesty and truth.

Hear us, good Lord.


Give us the will to use the fruits of the earth to your glory,

and for the good of all creation.

Hear us, good Lord.


Bless and keep all your people.

Hear us, good Lord.


Help and comfort the lonely, the bereaved and the oppressed.

Lord, have mercy.


Keep in safety those who travel, and all who are in danger.

Lord, have mercy.


Heal the sick in body and mind, and provide for the homeless,

the hungry, and the destitute.

Lord, have mercy.


Show your pity on prisoners and refugees, and all who are in trouble.

Lord, have mercy.


Forgive our enemies, persecutors and slanderers, and turn their hearts.

Lord, have mercy.


Hear us as we remember those who have died in the peace of Christ,

both those who have confessed the faith

and those whose faith is known to you alone,

and grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.

Lord, have mercy.


Let us seek the intercessions of all the saints

and of the Blessed Virgin Mary as we pray 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.  



Almighty God,

who hast given us grace at this time with one accord

to make our common supplications unto thee;

and dost promise

that when two or three are gathered together in thy name

thou wilt grant their requests:

fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants,

as may be most expedient for them;

granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth,

and in the world to come life everlasting.    Amen.



The Liturgy of the Sacrament


The Peace


‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name,’

says the Lord, ‘there am I in the midst of them.’


The peace of the Lord be always with us



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


Christ the good shepherd,

who laid down his life for the sheep,

draw us and all who hear his voice

to be one flock within one fold;

and may the blessing of God Almighty,

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

be among us and remain with us always.   Amen.



Angelus Domini


The Angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary,
and she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

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.


Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it unto me according to thy word.

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.


And the Word was made Flesh.
and dwelt among us.


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.


Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let us pray;

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord,

Thy grace into our hearts,

that as we have known the Incarnation of Thy Son,

Our Lord Jesus Christ, by the message of an angel,

so, by His + Cross and Passion

we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection,

through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord.   Amen.






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