Order of Service

Westminster Abbey

Sunday, 16th June 2024

11:15

Third Sunday after Trinity

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 Pange lingua, Josquin des Prez (c 1450–1521)

During the offertory hymn, a collection will be takenthe money from today's services will be divided equally between Christian Aid and the work of the Abbey. Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.


Order of Service


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

The Church's one foundation
   is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
she is his new creation
   by water and the word:
from heaven he came and sought her
   to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her,
   and for her life he died.

Elect from every nation,
   yet one o'er all the earth,
her charter of salvation
   one Lord, one faith, one birth;
one holy name she blesses,
   partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses
   with every grace endued.

'Mid toil and tribulation,
   and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation
   of peace for evermore;
till with the vision glorious
   her longing eyes are blest,
and the great Church victorious
   shall be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union
    with God the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion
   with those whose rest is won:
O happy ones and holy!
   Lord, give us grace that we,
like them the meek and lowly,
   on high may dwell with thee.

Words: 'He is the Head of the Body, the Church' Samuel John Stone (1839–1900)
Tune: 'Aurelia' 167 NEH, Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810–76)


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.


All remain standing. The president introduces the Prayers of Penitence, after which all say

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 on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God almighty Father.

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

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.

Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; 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 Reading from the Old Testament, Ezekiel 17: 22–end

Thus says the Lord God:
I myself will take a sprig
   from the lofty top of a cedar;
I will set it out.
   I will break off a tender one
from the topmost of its young twigs;
   I myself will plant it
on a high and lofty mountain.
   On the mountain height of Israel
I will plant it,
   in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit,
   and become a noble cedar.
Under it every kind of bird will live;
   in the shade of its branches will nest
   winged creatures of every kind.
All the trees of the field shall know
   that I am the Lord.
I bring low the high tree,
   I make high the low tree;
I dry up the green tree
   and make the dry tree flourish.
I the Lord have spoken;
   I will accomplish it.

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


The choir sings Psalm 92: 1–8

Antiphon The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.

It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord,
   and to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to tell of your love early in the morning,
   and of your faithfulness in the night-time,
upon the ten-stringed instrument, upon the harp,
   and to the melody of the lyre.
For you, Lord, have made me glad by your acts,
   and I sing aloud at the works of your hands.

O Lord, how glorious are your works!
   Your thoughts are very deep.
The senseless do not know,
   nor do fools understand,
that though the wicked sprout like grass
   and all the workers of iniquity flourish,
it is only to be destroyed for ever;
   but you, O Lord, shall be exalted for evermore.


The Epistle, 2 Corinthians 5: 6–10, 14–17

We are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.

From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

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

I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


The reader announces the Gospel, Mark 4: 26–34

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said, 'The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.'

He also said, 'With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.'

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

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


The Sermon by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle KCVO MBE, Dean of Westminster


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

Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be called children of God. We meet in the name of Christ and share his peace.

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.


All remain standing to sing the Hymn during the Preparation of the Altar. A collection will be taken. Alternatively, cash and contactless donations may be given as you leave via the Great West Door

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

Father, we give you thanks and praise through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word, through whom you have created all things; who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Saviour. By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh; as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin, he lived on earth and went about among us; he opened wide his arms for us on the cross; he put an end to death by dying for us; and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life; so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people. Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

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 Eucharistic 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.

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

As we join our prayers with those of the Church Universal, 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.


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.


The congregation is invited to sit as the president and other ministers begin the distribution of Holy Communion. Those wishing to receive 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. Please refrain from dipping the wafer in the chalice. Those who do not wish to receive communion are invited to come for a blessing; please bow your head as you approach. The minister says to each communicant

The body of Christ. Amen.

The blood 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.


O salutaris hostia,
Quae caeli pandis ostium,
Bella, premunt hostilia,
Da robur, fer auxilium.

O saving Victim, who expands the door of heaven; hostile armies press; give strength, bear aid.

Words: Thomas Aquinas (c 1225–74) from 'Verbum supernum prodiens'
Music: Thomas Tallis (c 1505–85)


All stand to sing the Hymn

Father, hear the prayer we offer:
   not for ease that prayer shall be,
but for strength that we may ever
   live our lives courageously.

Not for ever in green pastures
   do we ask our way to be;
but the steep and rugged pathway
   may we tread rejoicingly.

Not for ever by still waters
   would we idly rest and stay;
but would smite the living fountains
   from the rocks along our way.

Be our strength in hours of weakness,
   in our wanderings be our guide;
through endeavour, failure, danger,
   Father, be thou at our side.

Words: 'Aspiration', after Psalm 23, Love Maria Willis (1824–1908)
Tune: 'Sussex' 357 NEH, traditional English melody


Let us pray.

All remain standing. The president says the Prayer after Communion

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining and whose power we cannot comprehend: show us your glory as far as we can grasp it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear until we may look upon you without fear; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.


The Lord be with you
and also with you.

The president pronounces the Blessing

The peace of God that passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; 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.
Thanks be to God.


Music after the service

Prelude and Fugue in G BWV 541, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)


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