Introit Hymn.

Christ is made the sure foundation,
and the precious corner-stone,
who, the two walls underlying,
bound in each, binds both in one,
holy Sion's help for ever,
and her confidence alone.

To this temple, where we call thee,
come, O Lord of Hosts, today;
with thy wonted loving-kindness,
hear thy people as they pray;
and thy fullest benediction
shed within its walls for ay.

Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
gifts of grace by prayer to gain;
here to have and hold for ever,
those good things their prayers obtain,
and hereafter, in thy glory,
with thy blessed ones to reign.

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.


Blessing of the New Banner.


Psalm: 67

1††† God be merciful unto/ us, and /bless us:

†††††††† and shew us the light of his countenance,and be/ merciful/ unto/ us:

2††† That thyway may be /known up on /earth:

thy savings/ health a/mong all/nations.

†††† 3.†† Let the people/praisethee, O/ God:

†† yea, let/ all the/people/ praise thee.

4.       O let the nations re/joiceand be/ glad:

†† forthou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern

††††††††† the/ nationsup/on earth.

4         Let the people/ praisethee, O/ God:

Let/ all the/ people /praise thee.

5         Then shall the earth bring /forth her/increase:

††††††††† And God, even our own God, shall/give us /his/blessing.

6         God/ shall/bless us:

and all the ends of the/ world shall /fear/him.



Readings: Romans 12: 9-16

††††††† †††† Luke 1: 39-56


Office Hymn.

For Mary, Mother of the Lord

Godís holy name be praised,

Who first the Son of God adored

As on her child she gazed.


The angel Gabriel brought the word

She should Christís mother be;

Our Lady, handmaid of the Lord,

Made answer willingly.


The heavenly call she thus obeyed,

And so Godís will be done;

The second Eve loveís answer made

Which our redemption won.


She gave her body for Godís shrine,

Her heart to piercing pain,

And knew the cost of love divine

When Jesus Christ was slain.


Dear Mary, from your lowliness

And home in Galilee,

There comes a joy and holiness

To every family.


Hail, Mary, you are full of grace,

Above all women blest;

Blest in your Son, whom your embrace

In birth and death confessed.


Collection Hymn.

Thy hand, O God, has guided
thy flock, from age to age;
the wondrous tale is written,
full clear, on every page;
Our fathers owned thy goodness,
and we their deeds record;
and both of this bear witness:
one Church, one faith, one Lord.

Thy heralds brought glad tidings
to greatest, as to least;
they bade men rise, and hasten
to share the great King's feast;
and this was all their teaching,
in every deed and word,
to all alike proclaiming
one Church, one faith, one Lord.

Through many a day of darkness,
through many a scene of strife,
the faithful few fought bravely,
to guard the nation's life.
Their gospel of redemption,
sin pardoned, man restored,
was all in this enfolded:
one Church, one faith, one Lord.

Thy mercy will not fail us,
nor leave thy work undone;
with thy right hand to help us,
the victory shall be won;
and then, by men and angels,
thy name shall be adored,
and this shall be their anthem:
one Church, one faith, one Lord.

Evening Hymn.

The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
the darkness falls at thy behest;
to thee our morning hymns ascended,
thy praise shall sanctify our rest.
We thank thee that thy Church unsleeping,
while earth rolls onward into light,
through all the world her watch is keeping,
and rests not now by day or night.

As o'er each continent and island
the dawn leads on another day,
the voice of prayer is never silent,
nor dies the strain of praise away.

The sun that bids us rest is waking
our brethren 'neath the western sky,
and hour by hour fresh lips are making
thy wondrous doings heard on high.

So be it, Lord; thy throne shall never,
like earth's proud empires, pass away;
thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever,
till all thy creatures own thy sway.


Almighty God,
by whose grace Elizabeth rejoiced with Mary
and greeted her as the mother of the Lord:
look with favour on your lowly servants
that, with Mary, we may magnify your holy name
and rejoice to acclaim her Son our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.






















































































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Patronal Evensong


Dedication of New Banner


21 May 2000.