3rd Sunday of the Year


¶       The Gathering


              The priest says


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


The Greeting


The priest, extending his hands, greets the people 

The Lord be with you

and also with you.


                     The priest says the Entrance Antiphon:  Cf. Ps 95: 1, 6

O sing a new song to the Lord;

sing to the Lord, all the earth.

In his presence are majesty and splendour,

strength and honour in his holy place.


Words of welcome or introduction may be said. 


  Prayers of Penitence


Invitation to confession

The priest invites the people to confess their sins in these or other suitable words

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you,
through our own fault,
in thought, and word, and deed,
and in what we have left undone.
For your Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
forgive us all that is past;
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.


The priest says 

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.




              Lord, have mercy       or                    Kyrie, eleison

All           Lord, have mercy     or                    Kyrie, eleison

              Christ, have mercy or                       Christe, eleison

All           Christ, have mercy   or                    Christe, eleison

              Lord, have mercy       or                    Kyrie, eleison

All           Lord, have mercy     or                    Kyrie, eleison


Gloria in Excelsis


                    The Gloria is sung or said

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.


              The Collect                                                               STAND


The Collect is said or sung. 


Let us pray.


Almighty ever-living God,

direct our actions according to your good pleasure,

that in the name of your beloved Son

we may abound in good works.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, for ever and ever. Amen.


¶            The Liturgy of the Word                                                SIT




First Reading         Jonah 3:1-5,10


A reading from the book of Jonah.


The people of Nineveh renounce their evil behaviour

The word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah: ‘Up!’ he said ‘Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.’ Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day’s journey. He preached in these words, ‘Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed.’ And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least.

God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behaviour, and God relented: he did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened.


At the end the reader says: 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Responsorial Psalm 24(25):4-6,7b-9


Lord, make me know your ways.

Lord, make me know your ways.

 Lord, teach me your paths.

Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:

 for you are God my saviour.

Lord, make me know your ways.


Remember your mercy, Lord,

 and the love you have shown from of old.

In your love remember me,

 because of your goodness, O Lord.

Lord, make me know your ways.


The Lord is good and upright.

 He shows the path to those who stray,

He guides the humble in the right path,

 He teaches his way to the poor.

Lord, make me know your ways.


Second Reading   1 Corinthians 7:29-31


A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.


The world as we know it is passing away

Brothers: our time is growing short. Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it. I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.


At the end the reader says: 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Gospel Reading  Mark 1:14-20                                 STAND


Alleluia, alleluia!

The kingdom of God is close at hand:

repent, and believe the Good News.

Alleluia! [Mk1:15]


          The Lord be with you

All                  and also with you.

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

All                Glory to you, O Lord.


I will make you into fishers of men

After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he 

proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he

said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe 

the Good News.’

As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and

his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake – for they were


And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you into

fishers of men.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him.

Going on a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his 

brother John; they too were in their boat, mending their nets. He

called them at once and, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat 

with the men he employed, they went after him.


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All                  Praise to you, O Christ.


The priest kisses the book and says quietly: through the words of the Gospel may our sins be wiped away.




                    The Creed                                                                 STAND


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. 



Prayers of Intercession                         


In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,

let us pray to the Father. Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith.

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.


Strengthen Martin our bishop, Will, bishop of Lewes and all your Church in the service of Christ,

that those who confess your name may be united in your truth,

live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.


Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority;

and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace;

that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.


Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours,

that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.


Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit: Dawn Colthorpe, Peter Johnson & Shirley Swyer, give them courage and hope in their troubles;

and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.


Hear us as we remember and pray those who have died in the faith of Christ; for Lena Williams according to your promises,

grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.

In silence we offer our own petitions




Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

And at the end

Merciful Father,

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


¶            The Liturgy of the Sacrament                              STAND


The Peace

The priest introduces the peace with this prayer:

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


The peace of the Lord be always with you

 and also with you.


          Preparation of the Gifts                                               STAND


he priest praises God for His gifts using the following prayers:

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation

for through your own goodness we have received

the bread we offer you:

fruit of the earth and work of human hands,

it will become for us the bread of life.

                     Blessed be God for ever.


        Then the priest pours wine and a little water into the chalice, saying quietly:

By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.


The priest continues, either quietly or aloud:

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation

For through your goodness we have received

The wine we offer you:

Fruit of the vine and work of human hands,

It will become for us our spiritual drink.

                     Blessed be God for ever.


        After this, the Priest, bowing profoundly, says quietly:

                   With humble and contrite heart may we be accepted by you, O 

Lord, and may our sacrifice in your sight this day be pleasing to you, Lord God.


Then the Priest, standing at the side of the altar, washes his hands, 

         saying quietly:

          Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.


                    The priest says:

                    Pray, brothers and sisters, 

                    that my sacrifice and yours

                    may be acceptable to God,

                   the almighty Father.

                   May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands. 

        for the praise and glory of his name,

        for our good and the good of all his holy Church.


      The priest says the Prayer over the offerings.


      Accept our offerings, O Lord, we pray,

     and in sanctifying them

    grant that they may profit us for salvation.

   Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Eucharistic Prayer


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.


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:

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 Priest, with hands extended, says:

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

He joins his hands, and holding them extended over the offerings, says:

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
He joins his hands and makes the Sign of the Cross over the bread and the chalice together, saying:

these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the Body and X Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

He joins his hands. The words of the Lord should be pronounced clearly and distinctly, as the nature of these words requires.

who, in the same night that he was betrayed, 

He takes the bread and, holding it slightly raised above the altar, continues:
took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

He bows slightly:

He shows the consecrated host to the people, places it again on the paten, and genuflects in adoration. After this, he continues:

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:

He bows slightly:

He shows the chalice to the people, places it on the corporal, and genuflects in adoration.


Then he says:

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.


Then the Priest, with hands extended says:


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 the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, St Nicholas, St Andrew and all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever,
He joins his hands

through Jesus Christ our Lord;

He takes the chalice and paten and raising both, he says or sings:


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.


The Lord’s Prayer

The priest invites the people to join with him in The Lord’s Prayer in these or other words:

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.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.


Breaking of the Bread

The priest breaks the consecrated 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.


         The priest places a small piece of the Host in the chalice, saying quietly:

May this mingling of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ bring eternal life to us who receive it.


         Agnus Dei


 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.


Giving of Communion


Then the Priest, with hands joined, says quietly:

May the receiving of your Body and Blood, Lord Jesus Christ, not bring me to judgment and condemnation, but through your loving mercy be for me protection in mind and body, and a healing remedy.


The priest genuflects, takes the Host and, holding it slightly raised above the paten, says aloud:

Behold, Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins 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 priest receives communion. The People say Amen.


May the Body of Christ keep me safe for eternal life.


May the Blood of Christ keep me safe for eternal life.


Communion Antiphon  Jn 8: 12

I am the light of the world, says the Lord;

whoever follows me will not walk in darkness,

but will have the light of life.


As the priest receives the Body and Blood with all his parishioners on his heart, please make a Spiritual Communion. Even though you cannot receive the Sacrament physically, ask God to give you the grace of Holy Communion. Say the following prayer out loud:


Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. 

Blood of Christ, refresh me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O Good Jesus, hear me. Within Thy Wounds, hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from Thee. From the malicious enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me. And bid me come to Thee. That with all Thy Saints I may praise Thee 

For ever and ever. Amen.


The priest gives communion to people silently.

During the distribution hymns and anthems may be sung.

When he carries out the purification of the vessels, the Priest prays the following prayer inaudibly:

What has passed our lips as food, O Lord, may we possess in purity of heart, that what has been given to us in time may be our healing for eternity. 


                    Prayer after Communion


Silence is kept.  


Let us pray.


Grant, we pray, almighty God,

that, receiving the grace

by which you bring us to new life,

we may always glory in your gift.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen


The priest will give out any notices.


¶                  The Dismissal


The Lord be with you

and also with you.


The blessing of God almighty, the  Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.



Go in the peace of Christ. 

Thanks be to God.