St Edmund of Canterbury, Hayes


7th March 2021: The Third Sunday of Lent

Introit Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy. Lord God Almighty

In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.



Grace mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

and also with you.


This form of the Commandments is used

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.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Amen.  Lord have mercy.


The minister gives an invitation to confession: 

The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart God will not despise.

Let us come to the Lord, who is full of compassion,

and acknowledge our transgressions in penitence and faith.

Father eternal, giver of light and grace,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

in what we have thought,

in what we have said and done,

and in the good we have not done,

through ignorance, through weakness,

through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love,

and marred your image in us.

We are sorry and ashamed,

and repent of all our sins.

For the sake of your son Jesus Christ, who died for us,

forgive us all that it past;

and lead us out of darkness

to walk as children of light.  Amen.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon and forgiveness of all your sins,

time for amendment of life,

and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



Almighty God,

whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain,

and entered not into glory before he was crucified:

mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,

may find it none other than the way of life and peace;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



The Liturgy of the Word

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Old Testament Reading: Exodus 20: 1-17

Psalm 19

Refrain:    The commandment of the Lord is pure

and gives light to the eyes.

1    The heavens are telling the glory of God  

and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

2    One day pours out its song to another  

and one night unfolds knowledge to another.

3    They have neither speech nor language  

and their voices are not heard,

4    Yet their sound has gone out into all lands  

and their words to the ends of the world.

5    In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun,  

that comes forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber

and rejoices as a champion to run his course.

6    It goes forth from the end of the heavens

and runs to the very end again,  

and there is nothing hidden from its heat. [R]

7    The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;  

the testimony of the Lord is sure

and gives wisdom to the simple.

8    The statutes of the Lord are right and rejoice the heart;  

the commandment of the Lord is pure

and gives light to the eyes.

9    The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever;  

the judgements of the Lord are true

and righteous altogether.

10  More to be desired are they than gold,

more than much fine gold,  

sweeter also than honey,

dripping from the honeycomb.

11  By them also is your servant taught  

and in keeping them there is great reward. [R]

12  Who can tell how often they offend  

O cleanse me from my secret faults!

13  Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins

lest they get dominion over me;  

so shall I be undefiled,

and innocent of great offence.

14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be acceptable in your sight,  

O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

 Refrain:    The commandment of the Lord is pure and gives light to the eyes.

New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Gradual Hymn: We SIng the Praise of Him Who Died


The Gospel Acclamation is said

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory


The Lord is a great God. O that today you would listen to his voice.

Harden not your hearts 

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory


The Lord be with you.

and also with you.


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

John 2:13-22

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.



Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God:

Though he was divine,

he did not cling to equality with God,

but made himself nothing.

Taking the form of a slave,

he was born in human likeness.

He humbled himself

and was obedient to death,

even the death of the cross.

Therefore God has raised him on high,

and given him the name above every name:

that at the name of Jesus

every knee should bow,

and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father. Amen.       Philippians 2:6-11


Let us pray, trusting in the goodness of God and calling on his power to change our world.

Father, we pray for your church throughout the world gathered in person and online; in tiny chapels and great cathedrals, in homes, and under trees; in public and in secrecy.  May our worship draw us closer to you and may we become more like you.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We pray for our bishops and all those who have the responsibility to lead your people.  We remember before you Bishop Sarah and Bishop Pete that you would grant them your wisdom and grace.  Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Your word moves us to pray for all those in authority that they would have the will and the power to benefit all people, to bring peace and well-being to everyone. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who are sick in mind, body or spirit that you would bring them healing, peace and hope.  Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Hear us as we remember those who have died, grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom and bring comfort to all those who are bereaved.

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen


The Liturgy of the Sacrament


the president says

Since we are justified by faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us access to his grace. 

          Romans 5:1


The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

I invite you now share the peace with those who are with you or to text, or message or email someone you know with the words "peace be with you".

Offertory Hymn: The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns

From Holy Cross Greenford. Look out for familiar faces in the crowd!


The Lord be with you

and also with you


Lift up your hearts

We lift them to the Lord


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.


It is indeed right and good

to give you thanks and praise

almighty God and everlasting Father,

through Jesus Christ your Son.

For in these forty days

you lead us into the desert of repentance

that through a pilgrimage of prayer and discipline

we may grow in grace

and learn to be your people once again.

Through fasting, prayer and acts of service

you bring us back to your generous heart.

Through study of your holy word

you open our eyes to your presence in the world

and free our hands to welcome others

into the radiant splendour of your love.

As we prepare to celebrate the Easter feast

with joyful hearts and minds

we bless you for your mercy

and join with saints and angels

for ever praising you and singing:


Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

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.


Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,

and according to your holy will, these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;


who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke 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.


In the same way, after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.


Jesus Christ is Lord:

Lord, by your cross and resurrection

you have set us free.

You are the Saviour of the World.


And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,

his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world; rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory,

we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,

we bring before you this bread and this cup

and we thank you for counting us worthy

to stand in your presence and serve you.


Send the Holy Spirit on your people

and gather into one in your kingdom

all who share this one bread and one cup,

so that we, in the company of Edmund and all the saints,

may praise and glorify you for ever,

through Jesus Christ our Lord;


by whom, and with whom, and in whom,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,

for ever and ever.    Amen.


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught:

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.



Every time we eat this bread

and drink this cup,

we proclaim the Lord’s death

until he comes.


Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.
Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

Be present, be present,

Lord Jesus Christ,

our risen high priest;

make yourself known in the breaking of bread. Amen. 

Communion Hymns

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me. 

Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.                                                                    after the Prayer of St Richard of Chichester


Silence is kept. The post-communion prayer is said.

Merciful Lord,

grant your people grace to withstand the temptations

of the world, the flesh and the devil,

and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,


All may then say

Almighty God,

we thank you for feeding us

with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

Through him we offer you our souls and bodies

to be a living sacrifice.

Send us out

in the power of your Spirit

to live and work

to your praise and glory.  




The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,
to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him;
and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.



Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Recessional Hymn: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Adapted from Common Worship Copyright: The Archbishop’s Council 2000     

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