The Benefice of

Castor with Sutton and Upton with Marholm























The parishes of

St Kyneburgha of Castor

St Michael and All Angels Sutton

St John the Baptist Upton

The Blessed Virgin Mary at Marholm







Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;
be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word,
be thou ever with me, and I with thee, Lord;
be thou my great Father, and I thy true son;
be thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
be thou my whole armour, be thou my true might;
be thou my soul's shelter, be thou my strong tower:
O raise thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise:
be thou mine inheritance now and always;
be thou and thou only the first in my heart:
O sovereign of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, thou heaven's bright sun,
O grant me its joys after vict'ry is won;
great heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be thou my vision, O ruler of all.

Bishop: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

ALL:   Amen


The bishop greets the people

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!


There is one body and one spirit.

There is one hope to which we are called;

one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

one God and Father of all.

Peace be with you,

And also with you.



STAND TO SING the Gloria in Excelsis

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.


Remain STANDING for the Collect.

Bishop: Let us pray

After a short silence, the priest says the Collect (special prayer) for today

Heavenly Father,

By the power of your Holy Spirit

you give to your faithful people new life in the water of  baptism.

Guide and strengthen us by the same Spirit,

that we who are born again may serve you in faith and love,

and grow into the full stature of your Son, Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit

now and for ever. Amen.

SIT for a Reading

At the end the Reader says: This is the Word of the Lord.

ALL : Thanks be to God



We turn to face the Gospel.

O thou who camest from above,
the pure celestial fire to impart,
kindle a flame of sacred love
on the mean altar of my heart.

There let it for thy glory burn
with inextinguishable blaze,
and trembling to its source return
in humble prayer, and fervent praise.

Jesus, confirm my heart's desire
to work, and speak, and think for thee;
still let me guard the holy fire,
and still stir up thy gift in me.

Ready for all thy perfect will,
my acts of faith and love repeat,
till death thy endless mercies seal,
and make my sacrifice complete.


The Gospel is announced: ( Remain Standing)

ALL:  Glory be to thee, O Lord


At the end of the Gospel the reader says:

This is the Gospel of Christ

ALL:      Praise be to thee O Christ


Sit for the address

The sounding of the Baptism Bell. Those to be baptised and their friends and relations make their way to the Font.

Presentation of the Candidates

The bishop asks the candidates for baptism:

Do you wish to be baptised?                 I do.


The bishop asks the candidates for conformation who have been baptised

Have you been baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit?                                    I have

The bishop asks all the candidates

Are you ready with your own mouth and from your own heart to affirm

your faith in Jesus Christ?                      I am.


The bishop addresses the whole congregation

Faith is the gift of God to his people.

In baptism the Lord is adding to our number those whom he is calling.

People of God, will you welcome these candidates and uphold them in their

life in Christ?                 With the help of God, we will




The bishop addresses all the  candidates


In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light.

To follow  Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him.

Therefore I ask:

Priest: Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?

Answer: I reject them.

Priest: Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?

Answer: I renounce them.

Priest: Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?

Answer: I repent of them.


Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?

I turn to Christ.

Do you submit to Christ as Lord?

I submit to Christ.

Do you come to Christ, the truth and the life?

I come to Christ.


The Signing With The Cross

Those to be baptised are signed on the forehead


Bishop:  Christ claims you for his own.

Receive the sign of his Cross,

Do not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified

ALL:  Fight valiantly as a disciple of Christ,

against sin, the world, and the devil,

 and remain  faithful to Christ to the end of your life.


Bishop: May almighty God deliver you from the powers of darkness,

Restore in you the image of his glory,

and lead you in the light and obedience of Christ. Amen.




Prayer Over  The Water

Bishop, candidates and Godparents gather round the font.

Godparents’ candles are lit from the Paschal Candle.

Bishop: Praise God who made heaven and earth

All: who keeps his promise forever.

Bishop:   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

ALL:  It is right  to give him thanks and praise.



Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ was baptised in the River Jordan. We thank you for the gift of water to cleanse and revive us.

We thank you that through the waters of the Red Sea, you led your people out of slavery to freedom in the promised land.

We thank you that through the deep waters of death you brought your Son, and raised him to life in triumph.


+Bless this water, that your servant who is washed in it, may be made one with Christ in his death and resurrection, to be cleansed and delivered from all sin. Send your Holy Spirit upon him, to bring him to new birth in the family of your church, and raise him with Christ to full and eternal life.

For all might, majesty, authority and power are yours now and forever.

ALL:   Amen.


The Profession Of  Faith

Bishop: Brothers and sisters, I ask you to profess

together with these candidates

the faith of the Church

Priest:   Do you believe and trust in God the Father who made the world?

ALL:   I believe and trust in him

Priest:   Do you believe and trust in his Son, Jesus Christ,

who redeemed mankind?

ALL:   I believe and trust in him.

Priest:   Do you believe and trust in his Holy Spirit,

who gives life to the people of God?

ALL:  I believe and trust in him.

Priest:   This is the faith of the Church,

ALL:  We believe and trust in One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.



Priest:  Name this child.

Priest:  N, I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit. ALL:    Amen.




Priest:   You are anointed with the Chrism of Salvation.

As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet and King, so may you always live as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life. ALL: Amen.



Priest:   Receive this light.

This is to show that you have passed from darkness to light.

ALL:   Shine as a light in the world, to the glory of God the Father.



Priest:   God has received you by Baptism into his Church.

ALL:   We welcome you into the Lord’s family.

                        We are members together of the Body of Christ.

                        We are children of the same heavenly Father.

                        We are inheritors together of the Kingdom of God.

                        We welcome you.






We kneel or sit for the Intercessions

At the end WE SAY

 Merciful Father, accept these prayers,

             For the sake of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.




STAND  for the Peace.

Priest: Christ is our peace,

             He has reconciled us to God in one body by the Cross

             We meet in his name and share his peace.

             The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 ALL:    And with thy spirit.



SING the Offertory HYMN

During the Offertory Hymn the collection is taken.

The wine, bread and collection are taken to the altar

by members of the congregation.

The Altar is prepared for Communion

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!
His the sceptre, his the throne;
alleluia! His the triumph,
his the victory alone:
hark! The songs of peaceful Sion
thunder like a mighty flood;
Jesus out of every nation
hath redeemed us by his blood.

Alleluia! Not as orphans
are we left in sorrow now;
alleluia! He is near us,
faith believes, nor questions how:
though the cloud from sight received him,
when the forty days were o'er,
shall our hearts forget his promise,
"I am with you evermore"?

Alleluia! Bread of angels,
thou on earth our food, our stay;
alleluia! Here the sinful
flee to thee from day to day:
intercessor, friend of sinners,
earth's Redeemer, plead for me,
where the songs of all the sinless
sweep across the crystal sea.

Alleluia! King eternal,
thee the Lord of Lords we own;
alleluia! Born of Mary,
earth thy footstool, heaven thy throne:
thou within the veil hast entered,
robed in flesh, our great high priest;
thou on earth both priest and victim
in the Eucharistic feast.



THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER (Prayer of Thanksgiving)

Priest:     The Lord be with you.

ALL:      And with thy spirit.

Priest:     Lift up your hearts.

ALL:      We lift them up unto the Lord.

Priest:     Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.

ALL:      It is meet and right so to do.


The Priest continues with the Eucharistic Prayer………

 It is very meet, right and our bounden duty……ending         

Therefore with angels and archangels,

               And with all the company of heaven,

               We laud and magnify thy glorious name

               Evermore praising thee and saying:

ALL SING the Sanctus:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts,

               Heaven and earth are full of thy glory,

               Glory be to thee, O Lord most high.

WE MAY SING the Benedictus .

   Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord

   Hossanna in the highest.



The priest continues with the Prayer of Consecration.

Priest:     ……….ending. Do this in remembrance of me.

Priest or Deacon: Let us proclaim the ministry of faith:

ALL:    Christ has died.

             Christ is risen

             Christ will come again

The priest continues with the prayer ending:

                …….through Jesus Christ our Lord

                         By whom, with whom and in whom,

               In the unity of the Holy Spirit

               All honour and glory be thine almighty Father,

               Now and forever.

ALL:      Amen.


WE MAY SING the Benedictus .

               Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord

               Hossanna in the highest.




WE ALL SAY The Lord’s Prayer:

Priest:  As our Saviour taught us, so we pray.

ALL:   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.


Priest:   We break this bread to share in the Body of Christ.

ALL:   Though we are many, we are one body,

 because we all share in the one bread.


          WE ALL SING the Agnus Dei:

O Lamb of God,

That takest away the sins of the world,

Have mercy upon us.


O Lamb of God ,

That takest away the sins of the world,

Have mercy upon us.


O Lamb of God,

That takest away the sins of the world

Grant us thy peace.




The Priest says:

          Draw near with faith

          Receive the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ,

          Which was given for you,

          And his Blood which was shed for you.

          Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,

          And feed on him in your hearts

With thanksgiving.


Sometimes, the priest may say:

Behold the Lamb of God that takest away the sins of the world,

Happy are those that are called to his supper:

ALL :            Lord I am not worthy to receive thee,

But only say the word and I shall be healed


Instead in Eastertide may be said:

Priest: Alleluia! Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.

All:    Therefore let us keep the feast.  Alleluia!



Everyone is invited to the Altar. If you will not be receiving communion,

Please keep your head bowed for a blessing. At the distribution the

administrant says to each communicant:

The Body of Christ

The Blood of Christ

We reply each time: Amen and then receive.


During Communion WE MAY SING a Hymn. (Sometimes the Choir only)

God be in my head,
and in my understanding;

God be in my eyes,
and in my looking;

God be in my mouth,
and in my speaking;

God be in my heart,
and in my thinking;

God be at my end,
and at my departing.

Alleluya! Alleluya! Alleluya!
The strife is o'er, the battle done;
now is the victor's triumph won;
O let the song of praise be sung.

Death's mightiest powers have done their worst,
and Jesus hath his foes dispersed;
let shouts of praise and joy outburst.

On the third morn he rose again
glorious in majesty to reign;
O let us swell the joyful strain.

He brake the age-bound chains of hell;
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumph tell.

Lord, by the stripes which wounded thee
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live, and sing to thee.

After Communion the Priest  may say a prayer.



Post Communion Prayer

ALL: Almighty God,

We thank thee for feeding us

With the Body and Blood of thy Son

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him we offer thee our souls and bodies

To be a living sacrifice.

Send us out

In the power of thy Spirit

To live and work to thy praise and glory. Amen.




WE STAND TO SING The Recessional Hymn.

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won.

Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting:
No more we doubt thee, glorious prince of life;
life is nought without thee: aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors through thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above:

Priest: The Mass is ended. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

ALL:  In the name of Christ. Amen.
















This booklet is for use when Baptisms take place within the Eucharist (Holy Communion)

that is the time of the year between Candlemass and Lent and again between Trinity Sunday and All Saints’ Tide. The colours used in the Church in Ordinary Time are usually green. At some special festivals and seasons the colours change (such as Epiphany Tide white and All Saints’ Tide red).



If you have children with you, please encourage them to watch the service and join in the words in bold.


All are welcome to come to the Altar during the communion. If you do not wish to receive communion, simply bow your head and a blessing will be given.






In Eastertide(from Easter Sunday to Pentecost) the priest may greet the congregation as follows.

Priest:   Alleluia! Christ is risen

All:      He is risen indeed, Alleluia!



























































This order of service is approved under licence from the

Synod of the Church of England for use in this Benefice

on an experimental basis.