Westminster Abbey

Sunday, 22nd May 2022

11:15

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sung Eucharist

Please join in saying the words and singing the hymns printed in bold type.

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The service is sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey.

Setting: Missa Euge bone, Christopher Tye (c 1505–c 72)


Order of Service


All stand as the choir and clergy enter, and to sing the Hymn


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.

Ere he raised the lofty mountains,
   formed the sea, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Words: Job Hupton (1762–1849) and John Mason Neale (1818–66)
Tune: Neander 351 NEH, in Alpha und Omega Joachim Neander (1640–80)


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!


All remain standing. The president introduces the Prayers of Penitence

Christ our passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen.


The president gives the Absolution

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The choir sings Gloria in excelsis Deo

Gloria in excelsis Deo,

All sit

et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.

Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te, gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam, Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens.

Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe; Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis; qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram; qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis.

Quoniam tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dominus, tu solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe, cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


All stand for the Collect

Let us pray.

God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; 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. Amen.


All sit for the first Reading, Acts 16: 9–15

During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, 'Come over to Macedonia and help us.' When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, 'If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.' And she prevailed upon us.

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


The choir sings Psalm 67

Antiphon Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. Alleluia!

God be gracious to us and bless us
   and make his face to shine upon us,
that your way may be known upon earth,
   your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you.
O let the nations rejoice and be glad,
   for you will judge the peoples righteously and govern the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you.
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase,
   and God, our own God, will bless us.
God will bless us,
   and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.


The second Reading, Revelation 21: 10, 22—22: 5

In the spirit the angel carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.

I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honour of the nations. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practises abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


All stand for the Procession of the Gospel. The choir sings

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

and all repeat

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one; I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


The reader announces the Gospel, John 14: 23–29

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.

Jesus said to his disciples, 'Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

'I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, "I am going away, and I am coming to you." If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.'

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.


The Sermon by The Reverend Mark Birch, Precentor


All stand to say the Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.


All remain standing for the Prayers of Intercession. At the end of each petition there is said

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.

The intercession ends

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


The president introduces the Peace

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, 'Peace be with you.' Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia!

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.

All may greet one another with the words Peace be with you. Please be sensitive to those who might not wish to shake hands


All remain standing to sing the Hymn during the Preparation of the Altar. Bread and wine are presented and a collection will be taken. The money from today's services will be divided equally between the work of the Abbey and the charities it supports. Alternatively, cash and contactless donations may be given as you leave via the Great West Door. UK residents may also donate £5 or £10 to the work of the Abbey by texting respectively ABBEY5 or ABBEY10 to 70025


We hail thy presence glorious,
   O Christ our great high priest,
o'er sin and death victorious,
   at thy thanksgiving feast:
as thou art interceding
   for us in heaven above,
thy Church on earth is pleading
   thy perfect work of love.

Through thee in every nation
   thine own their hearts upraise,
offering one pure oblation,
   one sacrifice of praise:
with thee in blest communion
   the living and the dead
are joined in closest union,
   one body with one head.

O living Bread from heaven,
   Jesu, our Saviour good,
who thine own self hast given
   to be our souls' true food;
for us thy body broken
   hung on the cross of shame:
this bread, its hallowed token,
   we break in thy dear name.

O stream of love unending,
   poured from the one true vine,
with our weak nature blending
   the strength of life divine;
our thankful faith confessing
   in thy life-blood outpoured,
we drink this cup of blessing
   and praise thy name, O Lord.

Words: Richard Parsons (1882–1948)
Tune: Offertorium 310 NEH, after Michael Haydn (1737–1806)


All remain standing for the Eucharistic Prayer. The president says

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, our duty and our joy, always and everywhere to give you thanks, almighty and eternal Father, and in these days of Easter to celebrate with joyful hearts the memory of your wonderful works.

For by the mystery of his passion Jesus Christ, your risen Son, has conquered the powers of death of hell and restored in men and women the image of your glory. He has placed them once more in paradise and opened to them the gate of life eternal.

And so, in the joy of this Passover, earth and heaven resound with gladness, while angels and archangels and the powers of all creation sing for ever the hymn of your glory:

The choir sings Sanctus

Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth, pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.

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.


The president continues the Eucharist Prayer

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.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.


The president continues the Eucharist Prayer

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 [N 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.


All remain standing. The president introduces the Lord's Prayer

In union with the risen Christ, so we say, each in our own language, the prayer that Jesus Christ has taught us,

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.


All remain standing for the Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.


Alleluia! Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!


The congregation is invited to sit as the president and other ministers begin the Giving of Communion (bread only). Those wishing to receive communion come forward as directed by the Stewards. If you receive communion in your own church you are welcome to do so here. Gluten-free wafers are available. Those who do not wish to receive communion are invited to come for a blessing. Please carry this booklet with you to indicate to the priest that you are asking for a blessing

The body of Christ. Amen.


During the giving of communion, the choir sings Agnus Dei and the Motet

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.

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.


Dum transisset Sabbatum Maria Magdelene et Maria Jacobi et Salome emerunt aromata ut venientes ungerent Jesum. Alleluia!
Et valde mane una sabbatorum veniunt ad monumentum orto iam sole; ut venientes ungerent Jesum. Alleluia!

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Alleluia!

When the Sabbath was over Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices so that they might come and anoint Jesus. Alleluia!
And very early on the first day of the week they came to the tomb when the sun had risen, so that they might come and anoint Jesus. Alleluia!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Alleluia!

Words: Responsory for Easter Day
Music: John Taverner (c 1490–1545)


All stand to sing the Hymn


Holy Spirit, come, confirm us
   in the truth that Christ makes known;
we have faith and understanding
   through your promised light alone.

Holy Spirit, come, console us,
   come as Advocate to plead,
loving Spirit from the Father,
   grant in Christ the help we need.

Holy Spirit, come, renew us,
   come yourself to make us live,
holy through your loving presence,
   holy through the gifts you give.

Holy Spirit, come, possess us,
   you the love of Three in One,
Holy Spirit of the Father,
   Holy Spirit of the Son.

Words: Brian Foley (1919–2000)
Tune: All for Jesus 140 NEH, John Stainer (1840–1901)


Let us pray.

All remain standing. The president says the Prayer after Communion

God our Father, whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life: may we thirst for you, the spring of life and source of goodness, through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.


The Lord be with you
and also with you.

The president pronounces the Blessing

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.


Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!


Music after the service

Toccata in F BWV 540i, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)


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Wednesday, 29th June 2022
ST PETER, APOSTLE, MARTYR, AND PATRON OF WESTMINSTER ABBEY
7.30am Morning Prayer Quire
said
8.00am Holy Communion Chapel of the Holy Name
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12.30pm Holy Communion Nave
said
5.00pm Sung Eucharist Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

MacMillan Mass of St Edward the Confessor (world première)
Palestrina Tu es Petrus
MacMillan Toccata

Preacher: The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle MBE Dean of Westminster

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