18th April 2021: Third Sunday of Easter


Opening Sentence

Beloved, we are come together in the presence of Almighty God and of the whole company of heaven to offer unto him through our Lord Jesus Christ our worship and praise and thanksgiving; to make confession of our sins; to pray, as well for others as for ourselves, that we may know more truly the greatness of God’s love and shew forth in our lives the fruits of his grace; and to ask on behalf of all such things as their well-being doth require.

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

A general Confession to be said of the whole Congregation after the Minister, all kneeling.

Almighty and most merciful Father, We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, We have offended against thy holy laws, We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, And we have done those things which we ought not to have done, And there is no health in us: But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders; Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults, Restore thou them that are penitent, According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord: And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

The Absolution or Remission of sins to be pronounced by the Priest, standing: the people still kneeling.

May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you pardon and remission of your sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Cantor (sung). O Lord, open thou our lips.
Answer. And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
Cantor. O God, make speed to save us.
Answer. O Lord, make haste to help us.
Here, all standing up, the Cantor shall say,
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Cantor. Praise ye the Lord.
Answer. The Lord’s Name be praised.

Then shall be said the Psalm.

Psalm 142

I CRIED unto the Lord with my voice :
yea, even unto the Lord did I make my supplication.

2 I poured out my complaints before him :
and shewed him of my trouble.

3 When my spirit was in heaviness thou knewest my path :
in the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

4 I looked also upon my right hand :
and saw there was no man that would know me.

5 I had no place to flee unto :
and no man cared for my soul.

6 I cried unto thee, O Lord, and said :
Thou art my hope, and my portion in the land of the living.

7 Consider my complaint :
for I am brought very low.

8 O deliver me from my persecutors :
for they are too strong for me.

9 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks unto thy Name :
which thing if thou wilt grant me, then shall the righteous resort unto my company.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son:
and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be:
world without end. Amen.

Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour
sung by members of the choir
  1. Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour,
    first-begotten from the dead,
    Thou alone, our strong Defender,
    liftest up Thy people’s head.
    Jesu, true and living Bread!

  2. Here our humblest homage pay we;
    Here in loving reverence bow;
    Here for Faith’s discernment pray we,
    Lest we fail to know thee now.
    Thou art here, we ask not how.
  3. Though the lowliest form doth veil thee
    As of old in Bethlehem,
    Here as there thine angels hail thee,
    Branch and Flower of Jesse’s stem.
    We in worship join with them.
  4. Paschal Lamb, thine offering, finished
    once for all when Thou wast slain,
    in its fullness undiminished
    shall for evermore remain,
    Cleansing souls from every stain.
  5. Life-imparting heavenly Manna,
    stricken Rock with streaming side,
    heaven and earth with loud hosanna
    worship Thee, the Lamb who died,
    Risen, ascended, glorified!
Then a Lesson of the Old Testament.

Deuteronomy 7:7-13

7 It was not because you were more numerous than any other people that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you—for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8It was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath that he swore to your ancestors, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who maintains covenant loyalty with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, 10and who repays in their own person those who reject him. He does not delay but repays in their own person those who reject him. 11Therefore, observe diligently the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that I am commanding you today.

12 If you heed these ordinances, by diligently observing them, the Lord your God will maintain with you the covenant loyalty that he swore to your ancestors; 13he will love you, bless you, and multiply you; he will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the issue of your flock, in the land that he swore to your ancestors to give you.

And after that Magnificat (or the Song of the Blessed Virgin Mary).

Magnificat (Sung) Luke 1

My soul doth magnify the Lord :
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

For he hath regarded :
the lowliness of his hand-maiden.

For behold, from henceforth :
all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me :
and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him :
throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arm :
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat :
and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things :
and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel :
as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

Then a Lesson of the New Testament.

Revelations 2:1-11

1‘To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands:

2 ‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance. I know that you cannot tolerate evildoers; you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them to be false. 3I also know that you are enduring patiently and bearing up for the sake of my name, and that you have not grown weary. 4But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6Yet this is to your credit: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers, I will give permission to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God.

8 ‘And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the first and the last, who was dead and came to life:

9 ‘I know your affliction and your poverty, even though you are rich. I know the slander on the part of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Whoever conquers will not be harmed by the second death.

And after that Nunc dimittis (or the Song of Simeon).

Nunc Dimittis (SUNG) Luke 2.29

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :
according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen :
thy salvation;
Which thou hast prepared :
before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles :
and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

Then shall be said or sung the Apostles’ Creed, by the Minister and the people standing.

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
The holy Catholick Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting.

And after that these Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling: the Minister first pronouncing with a loud voice,
The Lord be with you.
Answer. And with thy spirit.
Minister. Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Answer. Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Then the Minister and people shall say the Lord’s Prayer with a loud voice.
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. Amen.

Then the Cantor standing up shall sing,
O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
Answer. And grant us thy salvation.
Cantor. O Lord, save the Queen.
Answer. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
Cantor. Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
Answer. And make thy chosen people joyful.
Cantor. O Lord, save thy people.
Answer. And bless thine inheritance.
Cantor. Give peace in our time, O Lord.
Answer. Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.
Cantor. O God, make clean our hearts within us.
Answer. And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

The First Collect at Evening Prayer
ALMIGHTY God, who hast given thine only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an ensample of godly life: Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Second Collect at Evening Prayer
O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Third Collect, for Aid against all Perils
Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Intercessions, concluding with
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13.

Come Ye Faithful Raise the Anthem
sung by members of the Choir
  1. Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem,
    cleave the skies with shouts of praise;
    sing to him who found the ransom,
    Ancient of eternal Days,
    God eternal, Word incarnate,
    whom the heaven of heaven obeys.
  2. Ere he raised the lofty mountains,
    formed the seas, or built the sky,
    love eternal, free, and boundless,
    Forced the Lord of life to die,
    Lifted up the Prince of princes
    On the throne of Calvary.
  3. Now on those eternal mountains
    stands the sapphire throne, all bright,
    With the ceaseless alleluias
    Which they raise, the sons of light;
    Sion’s people tell his praises,
    victor after hard-won fight.
  4. Bring your harps, and bring your incense,
    sweep the string and pour the lay;
    let the earth proclaim his wonders,
    King of that celestial day;
    he the Lamb once slain is worthy,
    who was dead, and lives for ay.
  5. Laud and honour to the Father,
    laud and honour to the Son,
    laud and honour to the Spirit,
    ever Three and ever One,
    One in love, and One in splendour,
    while unending ages run. Amen.
Here endeth the Order of Evensong.


‘All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own do we give you. (1 Chronicles 29:14) We ask your blessing on what we offer, which is given in thanksgiving for your many blessings and for all you have done for us’.

The pre recorded service is available from 6.30pm on Sunday.