March 2020:

These are the suggested hymns for the month of March, selected from the Southwark Diocese Music Planner. Rehearsals are held in the church on Sunday at 9.30 a.m. before the 10.30 a.m. Mass, we now move to a ‘choir lite’ stage.

For the past five years the parish held a week day hymnal singing practice, initially on a Monday then switching to a Thursday, those rehearsals now cease (as of September 2019). Additional rehearsals will be organised on an ad hoc basis as and when required, for example, to learn new hymns or material or when preparing for special occasions. Please click here to view Choir 'lite'.

 

Occasionally the hymn numbers may be subject to change.  The final selected hymns are presented on the main web page Hymns.


The hymns below are suggestions and subject to change.

40 days of Lent

The SEASON of LENT
        
Penitence is an essential part of the Christian life, for none of us can measure Ash Wednesdayup to the tremendous vocation that is ours as Christians. We are in constant need of the mercy and forgiveness of God. Today we express this by taking part in an impressive corporate act of penitence and reconciliation, beseeching God for the grace to use with profit the ‘favourable time’ of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s Passover feast.

The Lenten season allows us to focus on the Penitential Rite and reflect on God’s mercy, as we do not sing or intone the Gloria or Alleluia.

Ash Wednesday simple

Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, 26th February 2020

Themes / Thoughts: The Lenten season allows us to focus on the Penitential Rite and reflect on God’s mercy, as we do not sing or intone the Gloria.

Readings: Joel 2:12-18     Psalm 50      2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2    Matthew 6:1-6 16-18
Psalm 50: Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we have sinned.   

LiturgyHymn NumberHymn 1st line
Entrance:   199Again we keep this solemn fast
Gloria & Alleluia:    ~Suppressed during Lent
Gospel acclamation during Lenten period:   185Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, word of the Father, Son of God
Offertory:   609In bread we bring you
Sanctus:   1014Holy, Holy, Holy - (Daniel Schutte)
Agnus Dei:   590Lamb of God - (Storrington)
Communion:    78Bread of Life (Farrell - Lent verses)
Recessional: 652 or 676 Now the day has drawn to ending /Go the mass is ended

Lent is for life not chocolates

1st Sunday of Lent (A) – 1st March 2020 -  Family Mass

Themes / Thoughts: Today we celebrate Christ, the second Adam, who overcame temptation and sin, and by his obedience won back the world to God.

Readings:  Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7      Psalm 50       Romans 5:12-19       Matthew 4:1-11

Psalm 50:  Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we have sinned.
LiturgyHymn NumberHymn 1st line
Entrance:  199 / 934Again we keep this solem fast / Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Gloria & Alleluia:   ~Suppressed during Lent
Offertory:   206Forty days and forty nights
Sanctus:   1014Holy, Holy, Holy - (Daniel Schutte)
Agnus Dei:   590Lamb of God - (Storrington)
Communion:   622Bread of life from heaven
Recessional:   967 / 849
O, the love of my Lord / Freely , freely


No Alleluia - Lent

2nd Sunday of Lent (A) – 08th March 2020

Themes / Thoughts: Our natural inclination is to stay where we are, to make a tent and settle comfortably. But God is continually urging us on to a land he will show us. We follow our transfigured Lord in faith, putting our trust in him and bearing his hardships for the sake of the good news he has brought us.


Readings:
 
Genesis 12:1-4a    Psalm 32       2 Timothy 1:8-10       Matthew 17:1-9
Psalm 32:  May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.


LiturgyHymn NumberHymn 1st line
Entrance:   841Diverse in culture, nation race
Gloria & Alleluia:    ~Suppressed during Lent
Offertory:   617/8 or  604Taste and see (Dean) (Moore) or Lord, accept the gifts we offer
Sanctus:   1014Holy, Holy, Holy - (Daniel Schutte)
Agnus Dei:   590Lamb of God - (Storrington)
Communion:   927Where charity and love prevail
Recessional:   883 or 652Christ be our Light or  Go, the Mass is ended


third Sunday of Lent

3rd Sunday of Lent (A) – 15th March 2020


Themes / Thoughts: Christ quenches our spiritual thirst with the living water: the love of God which is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We pray for those who are prepared for this baptism.


Readings:
 Exodus 17:3-7     Psalm 94     Romans 5:1-2. 5-8      John 4:5-42
Psalm 94: O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.
LiturgyHymn NumberHymn 1st line
Entrance:  203458
As earth that is dry / All are welcome 
Gloria & Alleluia:    ~Suppressed during Lent
Offertory:   924Brother, sister let me serve you
Sanctus:   584Holy, Holy, Holy - (Storrington)
Agnus Dei:   590Lamb of God - (Storrington)
Communion:   427Healer of our every ill
Recessional:   941There is a longing


Keep Calm and live Lent

4th Sunday of Lent (A) – 22th March 2020

Themes / Thoughts: We walk in the darkness of this world, often assailed by fear and misgiving. But Christ, the Shepherd-King, the second David, lights up our way for us and cures our congenital blindness as he leads us to his kingdom.


Readings:
1 Samuel 16:1.6-7,10-13   
Psalm 22  Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9:1-41
Psalm 22: The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.
LiturgyHymn NumberHymn 1st line
Entrance:   970Be thou my vision
Gloria & Alleluia:    ~Supressed during Lent
Offertory:   836Summoned by the God who made us
Sanctus:   584Holy, Holy, Holy - (Storrington)
Agnus Dei:   590Lamb of God - (Storrington)
Communion:   623 / Sheet Music
Now in this banquet (Lent verses) /  Optional ~ Balm of Gilhead
Recessional:   849Freely, Freely


Lent thoughts

5th Sunday of Lent (A) – 29th March 2020

Themes / Thoughts: Today we open orselves to Christ's life-giving Spirit. We pray too for those who are to be given new life of the Spirit in baptism this Easter.


Readings: Ezekiel 37:12-14      Psalm 129      Romans 8:8-11      John 11:1-45

Psalm 129: With the Lord ther is mercy and fullness of redemption.

Liturgy

Hymn Number

Hymn 1st line

Entrance:

   tbc

Gather your people O Lord

Gloria & Alleluia:

    ~

Supressed during Lent

Offertory:

   836

Summoned by the God who made us

Sanctus:

   584

Holy, Holy, Holy - (Storrington)

Agnus Dei:

   590

Lamb of God - (Storrington)

Communion:

   623

Now in this banquet (Lent verses)

Recessional:

   756  / 849

When I survey that wondrous cross / Freely, Freely


Lent saying - Your telent is a gift from God, what you do with it is a gift to God.

Psalms 104:33 - I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being

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