Pray With Us

We start our time of prayer together with a setting of

‘Ubi Caritas’ – (Heavenly Light Tr7)



Leader:     In light defeating darkness, in wisdom conquering foolishness, in trust overcoming fearfulness,

All:        Jesus lives.

Leader:     In strength coming to weakness, in health rescuing from sickness, in hope saving from despair,

All:        Jesus lives.

Leader:     In love victorious over hatred, in forgiveness dispelling anger, in glory dispersing apathy,

All:        Jesus lives.

Leader:     In joy growing from sorrow, in Life rising from death, in God giving fullness of life,

All:        Jesus lives.





 “This is my will, my one command,
That love should dwell among you all.
This is my will, that you should love
As I have shown that I love you.


“No greater love can any have
Than that one die to save one’s friends.
You are my friends if you obey
What I command that you should do.


“You chose not me, but I chose you,
That you should go and bear much fruit.
I chose you out that you in me
Should bear much fruit that will abide.




Please sing the two parts of the psalm after the cantors have

sung the antiphons

Cantors:    God so loved the world

That he gave his only son, alleluia!

Side 1:      I will exalt you, O God, my king,

                And bless your name for ever.

Side 2:    Every day will I praise you,

            And praise your name for ever & ever.

Side 1:      Great is the Lord & greatly to be praised,

                There is no end to his greatness.

Side 2:    One generation shall praise your works to another,

            And shall declare your power.

Side 1:      I will ponder the glorious splendour of your majesty

                And all your marvellous works.

Side 2:    They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts,

            And I will tell of your greatness.

Side 1:      They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness,

                They shall sing of your righteous deeds.

Side 2:    The Lord is gracious & full of compassion,

            Slow to anger & of great kindness.

Side 1:      The Lord is loving to everyone

                And his compassion is over all his works.

All:        Glory be to the Father and to the Son

            And to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,

World without end, Amen.

All:      God so loved the world

That he gave his only son, alleluia!

Cantors:            To the Eternal King, the undying, invisible & only God,

Be all honour & glory, alleluia!

Side 1:      The Lord is faithful in all his words

                And loving in all his deeds.

Side 2:    The Lord supports all who fall

            And raises all who are bowed down.

Side 1:      The eyes of all creatures look to you

                And you give them their food in due time.

Side 2:    You open wide your hand,

            Grant the desires of all who live.

Side 1:      The Lord is just in all his ways

                And loving in all his deeds.

Side 2:    He is close to all who call him,

            Who call on him from their hearts.

Side 1:      He grants the desires of those who fear him,

                He hears their cry and he saves them.

Side 2:    The Lord protects all who love him;

            But the wicked he will utterly destroy.

Side 1:      Let me speak the praise of the Lord,

Let all people bless his holy name forever, for ages unending.

All:        Glory be to the Father and to the Son

            And to the Holy Spirit

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,

World without end, Amen.

All:            To the Eternal King, the undying, invisible & only God,

                  Be all honour & glory, alleluia!


Reading:    from this coming Sunday’s Gospel     John 13: 31-35

My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”

Pause to reflect on the Gospel reading.

Cantors     The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep,       Alleluia!

Side 1:      My being proclaims your greatness,

And my spirit finds joy in you, God my Saviour;

Side 2:    For you have looked upon me, your servant, in my lowliness:

All ages to come shall call me blessed.

Side 1:      God, you who are mighty, have done great things for me:

Holy is your name.

Side 2:    Your mercy is from age to age

Towards those who fear you.

Side 1:      You have shown might with your arm,

And confused the proud in their inmost thoughts.

Side 2:    You have deposed the mighty from their thrones,

And raised the lowly to high places.

Side 1:      The hungry you have given every good thing,

While the rich you have sent away empty.

Side 2:    You have upheld Israel, your servant,

Ever mindful of your mercy-

Side 1:      Even as you promised our ancestors,

Promised Abraham, Sarah, and their descendants for ever.

All:              Give praise to the Father Almighty,

To his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;

                  To the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,

Both now and for ever, Amen.

All:        The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep,




Reader:     Jesus always had time for those who needed him.  Let us pray for those known to us who have particular need to know of God’s presence in their lives at this time …………..(mention can be made by anyone of people, places & situations)

Reader:     We pray for people who have died today & for those who will die tonight.  We also remember in prayer those whose anniversaries occur tomorrow, remembering especially:

Pause for people to add silently or aloud any further intentions.

Leader begins the Our Father.

Leader:     Day by day, wherever life takes us. all the way home …… as we have been loved we must love others.  So we dedicate ourselves to our living and loving God

All:        Amen.

Leader:     How beautiful is the blossom spilling from the tree, the hidden primrose & the bluebell telling of God’s love for all creation.  Christ is risen, he is alive, we shall live for evermore.  The dark winter is past, the slow, cold, foggy days are over.  May the warmth of your resurrection touch our hearts & minds as the warmth of the sun blesses our bodies, and may Almighty God bless us – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

 All:       Amen.