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SPIRITUAL COMMUNION SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER: MAY 17 2020

REMEMBERING CLIVE JUDD ON THIS HIS ANNIVERSARY. SPIRITUAL COMMUNION FOR FRIENDS AT HOLY TRINITY WINCHESTER AND OTHER FRIENDS.



✠ 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!

Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord,

we come to you in sorrow for our failings,

and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

Silent reflection

We have lived by our own strength,

and not by the power of your resurrection.

In your mercy, forgive us.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes, as faithless and not believing.

In your mercy, forgive us.

We have lived for this world alone,

and doubted our home in heaven.

In your mercy, forgive us.

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,have mercy upon us,

pardon and deliver us from all our sins,

confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,and keep us in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



COLLECT: Grant, almighty God, that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion

these days of joy, which we keep in honour of the risen Lord, and that what we relive in remembrance we may always hold to in what we do. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

READING 1st Letter of Saint Peter chapter 3, verses 15-18. Reverence the Lord Christ in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have. But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience, so that those who slander you when you are living a good life in Christ may be proved wrong in the accusations that they bring. And if it is the will of God that you should suffer, it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong. Why, Christ himself, innocent though he was, had died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 65 (66): 1-7,16,20.

Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.

Cry out with joy to God all the earth,

O sing to the glory of his name.

O render him glorious praise.

Say to God: ‘How tremendous your deeds!

Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.

Before you all the earth shall bow;

shall sing to you, sing to your name!’

Come and see the works of God,

tremendous his deeds among men.

Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.

He turned the sea into dry land,

they passed through the river dry-shod.

Let our joy then be in him;

he rules for ever by his might.

Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.

Come and hear, all who fear God.

I will tell what he did for my soul:

Blessed be God who did not reject my prayer

nor withhold his love from me.

Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.


GOSPEL ACCLAMATION John14:23

Alleluia, alleluia!

Jesus said: ‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word,

and my Father will love him,

and we shall come to him.’ Alleluia!


A READING FROM THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN (14.15-21)

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If you love me you will keep my commandments.

I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another to be with you for ever,

that Spirit of truth whom the world can never receive since it neither sees nor knows him; but you know him,

because he is with you, he is in you.

I will not leave you orphans;

I will come back to you.

In a short time the world will no longer see me; but you will see me,because I live and you will live.


On that day you will understand that I am in my Father and you in me and I in you. Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them will be one who loves me; and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I shall love him and show myself to him.’

The Gospel of The Lord

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

The Gospel reminds us that the Holy Spirit causes Jesus

to be truly present in the Church.

The risen Jesus’ continued presence in us through the Holy Spirit

gives meaning and purpose to all we are and all we do in Jesus’ Name.

The Spirit reveals to us what God is really like

by empowering us to practice mutual love

and by providing us with trustworthy guidance.

Dwelling within us, the Holy Spirit enables us

to display our love for God by observing the commandments of Jesus,

especially the commandment of love.

This demands us recognize Jesus in the neediest,

in the poor, in the sick, in the marginalized and even in the criminal

(“I was in prison and you visited me”... Matthew 25),

and to be agents of healing and reconciliation

in a broken and divided world.


I BELIEVE….



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.

INTERCESSION

Loving and healing God, we turn to you in prayer,

confident that you are with us

and with all people in every moment.

Generous God,

fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old,

that we may look after one another in these challenging days.

Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus

and be with their families.

Strengthen and protect all medical professionals

caring for the sick;

and all who work in our medical facilities.

Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance

that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people.

We pray in gratitude for all those in our country

who will continue to work in the days ahead

in so many fields of life for the sake of us all.

Bless them and keep them safe.

May those who have died rest in your eternal embrace.

Comfort their family and friends.

We give thanks today for Clive Judd on this his anniversary.

We thank you, Lord, for his service in your Name

given so readily and cheerfully, and remember Nicky,

and the members of Holy Trinity congregation who miss him.

Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord,

and let light perpetual shine upon him.

May he rest in peace, and rise in glory.


The Iveron Icon (in Holy Trinity Lady Chapel)

We ask Mary to pray with us,

we with her

bring our care for the pandemic

in which we find ourselves

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.


O God of creation and life,

we place ourselves in your protection.

May the mantle of your peace

enfold us this day and tomorrow.

Prayers from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, Ireland.

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

This is holy space: God is here -

you are welcome. This is your space to be with God and God's space to be with you. Make yourself at home. Be yourself. Be real.There's no rush. Let God love you; Let God know you; Let God heal you; Let God speak to you;

Receive from God;Commune with God.

Silence

In this sound-filled world that we inhabit, grant us space to rest awhile

by the still waters of your peace, to hear the whisper of your voice, and feel the warmth of your Spirit within our souls. Grant us space to rest awhile….

Silence

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God;

It is right and just. It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Father of mercies and faithful God. For you have given us Jesus Christ, your Son, as our Lord and Redeemer. He always showed compassion for children and for the poor, for the sick and for sinners, and he became a neighbour to the oppressed and the afflicted. By word and deed he announced to the world that you are our Father and that you care for all your sons and daughters. And so, with all the Angels and Saints, we exalt and bless your name and sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. ✠Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.


At the Saviour’s command

and formed by divine teaching, we dare 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.

Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil,

graciously grant peace in our days,

that, by the help of your mercy,

we may be always free from sin

and safe from all distress,

as we await the blessed hope

and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles:

Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,

look not on our sins,

but on the faith of your Church,

and graciously grant her peace and unity

in accordance with your will.

Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,

grant us peace.

Time to sit quietly to receive the Lord’s Presence spiritually.


“My Jesus, I believe that You are present

in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart …

I embrace You as if You were already there

and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You,”

THE PRAYER OF SURRENDER

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures-- I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.

Charles de Foucauld.

THE 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 him thy prayer, alleluia!

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia! For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!

O God, who through the resurrection

of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ

didst vouchsafe to give joy to the world:

grant, we beseech thee,

that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary,

we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.

Through Christ our Lord.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God!
















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