Holy Trinity Melrose

Quiet/Plainsong Eucharist For Easter 5 

15th May 2022

Service will be available from 11am Sunday 15th May at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS1IJH5mRy8





Rejoice, O land, in God thy might;
his will obey, him serve aright;
for thee the saints uplift their voice:
fear not, O land, in God rejoice.


Glad shalt thou be, with blessing crowned,
with joy and peace thou shalt abound;
yea, love with thee shall make his home
until thou see God's kingdom come.


He shall forgive thy sins untold:
remember thou his love of old;
walk in his way, his word adore,
and keep his truth for evermore.



In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. 



Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:

therefore let us keep the feast

Not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness,

but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Christ has been raised from the dead,

the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since by man came death,
by man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die,
so also in Christ shall all be made alive.


We confess to God Almighty,

the Father, the Son,

and the Holy Ghost,

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.




May the Almighty and merciful Lord

grant unto you pardon and remission of all your sins,

time for true repentance,

amendment of life,

and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. 





Almighty God,

unto whom all hearts be open,

all desires known,

and from whom no secrets are hid:

cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love thee,

and worthily magnify thy holy Name;

through Christ our Lord.




This or some other is used

Glory be to God the Father,

Glory be to God the Son,

Glory be to God the Spirit –

Trinity of Three in One.

Alleluia Alleluia

While eternal ages run.





A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.


Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, ‘Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?’ Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, ‘I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.” But I replied, “By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.” But a second time the voice answered from heaven, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, “Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.” And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?’ When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, ‘Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.’ Acts 11:1-18





Alleluia! Praise the Lord from the hea-vens;

praise him in the heights.

Praise him, all you angels of his;

praise him, all his host.

Praise o praise the name of the Lord


Kings of the earth and all peo-ples,

princes and all rulers of the world;

Young men and maidens,

old and young to-geth-er.

Praise o praise the name of the Lord


Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for his name only is ex-alt-ed,

his splendour is over earth and hea-ven.

He has raised strength for his people

and praise for all his loyal ser-vants,

the children of Israel, a people who are near him, Alle-lu-ia!

Praise o praise the name of the Lord



A reading from the book of Revelation

I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.’

And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Revelation 21:1-6






The Gospel is announced

Glory to Christ our Saviour

When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’

John 13:31-35


Give thanks to the Lord for his Glorious Gospel

Praise to Christ our Lord



After which will follow a hymn, creed or music





We meet in Christ’s name

Let us share his peace.





A new commandment I give unto you:

That you love one another as I have loved you,

that you love one another as I have loved you.


By this shall all know that you are my disciples

If you have love one for another. (twice)


A new commandment I give unto you...


You are my friends if you do what I command you.

Without my help you can do nothing. (twice)


A new commandment I give unto you...


I am the true vine, my Father is the gard’ner,

Abide in me: I will be with you. (twice)


A new commandment I give unto you...


True love is patient, not arrogant nor boastful;

Love bears all things, love is eternal. (twice)


A new commandment I give unto you...



Blessed be thou, O Lord God, for ever and ever. 

Thine, O Lord, is the greatness,

and the glory,

and the victory, and the majesty:

for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine:

thine is the Kingdom, O Lord,

and thou art exalted as head above all:

all things come of thee,

and of thine own do we give unto thee. 




            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. But chiefly are we bound to praise thee for glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord: for he is the very Paschal Lamb which was offered for us, and hath taken away the sin of the world; who by his death hath destroyed death, and by his rising to life again hath restored to us everlasting life. 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; 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:


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,


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  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.




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


Our Father which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive them that 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. 




We break this bread, to share in the body of Christ

Though we are many, we are one body,

for we all share in one bread



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.





With you, O Lord, is life in all its fullness and, in your light, we shall see true light



O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious.

And his mercy endureth for ever.


Let us pray.


O Lord God Almighty,

whose blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

did on the third day rise triumphant over death:

Raise us, we beseech thee,

from the death of sin

unto the life of righteousness,

that we may seek those things which are above,

where He sitteth on thy right hand in glory;

and this we beg for the sake of the same

thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.




Praise to the Holiest in the height,
and in the depth be praise:
in all his words most wonderful,
most sure in all his ways.


O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
a second Adam to the fight
and to the rescue came.


O wisest love! that flesh and blood,
which did in Adam fail,
should strive afresh against the foe,
should strive and should prevail;


And in the garden secretly,
and on the cross on high,
should teach his brethren, and inspire
to suffer and to die.


Praise to the Holiest in the height,
and in the depth be praise:
in all his words most wonderful,
most sure in all his ways.



The God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do his will, working us that which is well pleasing in his sight; and the blessing of God Almighty, Father Son and Holy Spirit, be with us and those for whom we pray now and always.



Now let us go forth in peace.

Thanks be to God


 Improvisation on “Gerontius”