19th December 2021
Here you can find resources for our Sunday liturgy to pray at home or wherever you are.
The readings for this Sunday and some of the prayers of our liturgy are on the downloadable pew sheet.
Organ Prelude – Flor Peeters: O come, O come, Emmanuel op.100
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Collect for Purity
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.
Summary of the Law
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this:
“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your mind and with all your strength.”
The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
There is no other commandment greater than these.
Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Confession and Absolution
God is love and we are God’s children, there is no room for fear in love.
We love because God loved us first.
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.
God our Father,
we confess to you
and to our fellow members in the Body of Christ
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed,
and in what we have failed to do.
We are truly sorry.
Forgive us our sins,
and deliver us from the power of evil.
For the sake of your Son who died for us,
Jesus Christ, our Lord.
God, who is both power and love,
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by the Holy Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.
Kyrie reflection – William Byrd: Mass for Three Voices – Kyrie (organ only)
Stir up your power, Lord, and come:
and strengthen us by the might of your love;
that, although we are hindered by our sins,
your abundant grace and mercy may quickly come and save us;
for you live and reign with the Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world
without end. Amen.
The Liturgy of the Word
First reading: Micah 5.2-5a (read by Mary Kenyon)
Canticle: Magnificat (please join in saying the psalm, pausing shortly at the *asterisk)
Refrain: My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, *
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for you, Lord, have looked with favour on your lowly servant. *
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
You, the Almighty, have done great things for me *
and holy is your name.
You have mercy on those who fear you, *
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm *
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
casting down the mighty from their thrones *
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the aid of your servant Israel, *
to remember the promise of mercy,
the promise made to our forebears, *
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Refrain: My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
Second reading: Hebrews 10.5-10 (read by Mary Kenyon)
Gospel acclamation (CW alt. AW)
Gospel: Luke 1.39-45 (The Rector)
Sermon (The Rector)
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 substance with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate of 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.
With the Father and the Son,
he is worshipped and glorified.
He 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.
Intercessions (led by Alistair Shaw)
We meet in Christ’s name.
Let us share his peace.
The Liturgy of the Sacrament
In church we continue with the Liturgy of the Sacrament
Reflection – Félix-Alexandre Guilmant: Magnificat (Six Versets) op.41,2 iii
Let us present our offerings to the Lord.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory,
the splendour and the majesty;
for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
All things come from you, and of your own we give you.
The Breaking of the Bread
The Lord’s Prayer
Please join in the prayer Jesus himself taught us:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Do not bring us to the time of trial
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.
Agnus Dei: Organ Reflection – Georg Philip Telemann: O Lamme Gottes, unschuldig
Thanksgiving and Sending Out
Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon us
and scatter the darkness from before our path;
and may the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always. Amen.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.
Organ Postlude – Johannes Brahms: Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen
Friday 24th December
- 4 pm HTKidz Crib Service
- 11 pm Midnight Mass
with Bishop Ian
Saturday 25th December
- 10.30 am Sung Eucharist with Carols
Sunday 26th December
- 10.30 am Sung Eucharist
online resources will be available on this website