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Service will be livestreamed and available from 7.25pm Wednesday 14th Feb





In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit;   Amen

The sacrifice of God is a broken Spirit

A broken and contrite heart O God you will not despise.

Make a clean heart in me O God

And renew a right spirit within me.

O Lord open my lips

And my mouth shall show forth your praise.


We confess

to God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, that we have sinned in thought, word and deed, through our own grievous fault; wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us:

Almighty God, have mercy upon us; forgive us all our sins and deliver us from evil, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness and bring us to life everlasting.  Amen.


KYRIE (William Byrd 1540-1623)



Almighty and everlasting God, you despise nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our brokenness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


The Lord is full of compassion and mercy,


slow to anger and of great kindness

He has not dealt with us according to our sins,

nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.

As far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our sins from us

As a father cares for his children,

so does the Lord care for those who fear him



PRAYER FOR MERCY (psalm 120)

Out of the depths have I called to you,

O Lord;

Lord, hear my voice; let your ears consider the voice of my supplication. For there is forgiveness with you;  therefore you shall be worshipped. I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope







Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, desires not the death of sinners, but rather that they may turn from wickedness and live; and has given authority and commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins. He pardons and absolves all those who truly repent, and with sincere hearts believe his holy Gospel. Therefore we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do on this day, and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy, so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen




Forty days and forty nights
Thou wast fasting in the wild,
Forty days and forty nights
Tempted and yet undefiled.

Sunbeams scorching all the day,
Chilly dewdrops nightly shed,
Prowling beasts about thy way,
Stones thy pillow, earth thy bed.

Let us thine endurance share,
And awhile from joys abstain,
With thee watching unto prayer,
Strong with thee to suffer pain.

Keep, O keep us, Saviour dear,
Ever constant by thy side,
That with thee we may appear
At the eternal Eastertide.


FIRST READING   Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17



Lord Jesus, think on me,
And purge away my sin;
From earthborn passions set me free,
And make me pure within.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
With care and woe opprest;
Let me thy loving servant be,
And taste thy promised rest.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
When flows the tempest high:
When on doth rush the enemy
O Saviour, be thou nigh.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
That, when the flood is past,
I may the eternal brightness see,
And share thy joy at last.


GOSPEL  Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21




We meet in Christ’s name

Let us share his peace.        




Now is the healing time decreed
For sins of heart and word and deed,
When we in humble fear record
The wrong that we have done the Lord:

Therefore with fasting and with prayer,
Our secret sorrow we declare,
With all good striving seek his face,
And lowly-hearted plead for grace.

Cleanse us, O Lord, from every stain,
Help us the gifts of grace to gain,
Till with the angels, linked in love,
Joyful we tread thy courts above.

We pray thee, holy Trinity,
One God, unchanging Unity,
That we from this our abstinence
May reap the fruits of penitence. Amen.




The Lord be with you.

And with thy Spirit.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up unto the Lord.

Let us give thanks unto our Lord God;

It is meet and right so to do.


It is very meet, right and our bounden duty, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, Everlasting God; because thou hast given us the spirit of discipline, that we may triumph over the flesh, and live no longer unto ourselves but unto him who died for us and rose again.


THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee and saying:




ALL glory and thanksgiving be to thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that thou of thy tender mercy didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who, by his own oblation of himself once offered, made a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memorial of that his precious death and sacrifice until his coming again.


For, in the night that he was betrayed, he took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake 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.  Likewise after supper he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this, for this is my Blood of the new testament, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins: Do this as oft as ye shall drink it in remembrance of me.


Wherefore, O Lord, and heavenly Father, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, we thy humble servants do celebrate and make here before thy Divine Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion, and precious death, his mighty resurrection, and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same, and looking for his coming again with power and great glory.


And we thine unworthy servants beseech thee, Most merciful Father, to hear us, and to send thy Holy Spirit upon us and upon these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine, that, being blessed and hallowed by his life-giving power, they may become the Body and Blood of thy most dearly beloved Son, to the end that all who shall receive the same may be sanctified both in body and soul, and preserved unto everlasting life.


And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness, mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, most humbly beseeching thee to grant, that by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we and all thy whole Church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion.


And here we humbly offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee, beseeching thee that all we who shall be partakers of this Holy Communion may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy son Jesus Christ, and be fulfilled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in us and we in him.


And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice; yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord: by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end.  Amen.


As our Saviour Christ hath commanded and taught us, we are bold 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.


Free us O Lord from every evil: past, present, and to come, and by our intercessions give us favourable peace in our time, that helped by the strength of your mercy we may be always free of sin and secure from all distress.


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



We do not presume to come to this thy holy table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies.  We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy table; but thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy.  Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his most sacred body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.  Amen.




AGNUS DEI (after communion)



Almighty God,

by the cross and passion of your Son,

Jesus Christ, you saved and redeemed your people. May we, who have shared this day in holy things, Find within ourselves the grace to do, and to bear Whatever is your will, and walk in the paths you have set before us. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Now may Christ Give us  grace, to grow in holiness, to deny yourselves, to take up our cross and follow him; and the blessing of God Almighty, father, ,Son and holy Spirit, be with you, and those for whom you pray, this day and always.




Let us go in peace, to love and serve the Lord

In the Name of Christ. Amen.



When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.


Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.


See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?


Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were an offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

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