The 26th Sunday In Ordinary Time


The Greeting

The Priest says

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


The Lord be with you.
And also with you


Entrance Antiphon    Dn 3: 31, 29, 30, 43, 42

All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgement,

for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments.

But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy.


The Priest introduces the service 


The Penitential Rite

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins, 

and so prepare ourselves to celebrate these 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. Amen.  


May almighty God have mercy on us, 
forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.

Kyrie, eleison 
Kyrie, eleison

Christe, eleison 
Christe, eleison

Kyrie, eleison 
Kyrie, eleison



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

Let us pray.


O God, who manifest your almighty power

above all by pardoning and showing mercy,

bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us

and make those hastening to attain your promises

heirs to the treasures of heaven.

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.


At the end the people respond: 




THE LITURGY OF THE WORD                                                


First Reading      Ezekiel 18:25-28


A reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel.


When the sinner renounces sin, he shall certainly live


The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows: ‘You object, “What the Lord does is unjust.” Listen, you House of Israel: is what I do unjust? Is it not what you do that is unjust? When the upright man renounces his integrity to commit sin and dies because of this, he dies because of the evil that he himself has committed. When the sinner renounces sin to become law-abiding and honest, he deserves to live. He has chosen to renounce all his previous sins; he shall certainly live; he shall not die.’

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


Responsorial Psalm 145: 2-3,8-9,17-18

The Lord is close to all who call him.

I will bless you day after day

and praise your name for ever.

The Lord is great, highly to be praised,

his greatness cannot be measured.

The Lord is close to all who call him.


The Lord is kind and full of compassion,

 slow to anger, abounding in love.

How good is the Lord to all,

 compassionate to all his creatures.

The Lord is close to all who call him.


The Lord is just in all his ways

 and loving in all his deeds.

He is close to all who call him,

 who call on him from their hearts.

The Lord is close to all who call him.


Second Reading Philippians 2:1-11


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians.


Be united in your love

If our life in Christ means anything to you, if love can persuade at all, or the Spirit that we have in common, or any tenderness and sympathy, then be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind. That is the one thing which would make me completely happy. There must be no competition among you, no conceit; but everybody is to be self-effacing. Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of his own interests first but everybody thinks of other people’s interests instead. In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus:

His state was divine,

yet he did not cling

to his equality with God

but emptied himself

to assume the condition of a slave,

and became as men are;

and being as all men are,

he was humbler yet,

even to accepting death,

death on a cross.

But God raised him high

and gave him the name

which is above all other names

so that all beings in the heavens,

on earth and in the underworld,

should bend the knee at the name of Jesus

and that every tongue should acclaim

Jesus Christ as Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation Jn14:23

Alleluia, alleluia!

If anyone loves me he will keep my word,

and my Father will love him, 

and we shall come to him.



The Gospel        Matthew 21:28-32


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Glory to you, O Lord.


Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you


Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people, ‘What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, “My boy, you go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not go,” but afterwards thought better of it and went. The man then went and said the same thing to the second who answered, “Certainly, sir,” but did not go. Which of the two did the father’s will?’ ‘The first’ they said. Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you solemnly, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you, a pattern of true righteousness, but you did not believe him, and yet the tax collectors and prostitutes did. Even after seeing that, you refused to think better of it and believe in him.’

The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.




The Creed                                                                      

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.



The Prayers of the Faithful


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. We pray especially for our police service and all those who risk their lives to keep us safe.

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, Doreen Richardson, Gillian Hale, Keith Simpson, Gill Harries, Dawn Colthorpe and 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 for David Quantrill and all those who have died in the faith of Christ; according to your promises, grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.

Merciful Father

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.




The Peace


We stand and the priest says:

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.



The peace of the Lord be with you always.

And also with you.


Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

All may exchange the sign of peace.


The Preparation of the Altar


We stand for the Offertory hymn. The gifts of the people may be gathered and presented. The Priest, standing at the altar, takes the paten with the bread and holds it slightly raised above the altar with both hands, saying in a low voice: 

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, 

for through your 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. 


Then he places the paten with the bread on the corporal. 

Blessed be God for ever.  


The Deacon, or 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 then takes the chalice and holds it slightly raised above the altar with both hands, saying in a low voice: 

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 our spiritual drink.


Then he places the chalice on the corporal. 

Blessed be God for ever. 


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

With humble spirit 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.


If appropriate, he also incenses the offerings, the cross, and the altar. A Deacon or other minister then incenses the Priest and the people. 

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.


Standing at the middle of the altar, facing the people, extending and then joining his hands, he says: 

Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters), 

that my sacrifice and yours 

may be acceptable to God, 

the almighty Father. 


The people rise and reply: 

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. 


Then the Priest, with hands extended, says the Prayer over the Offerings

Grant us, O merciful God,

that this our offering may find acceptance with you

and that through it the wellspring of all blessing

may be laid open before us.

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  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.



The Lord’s Prayer


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. Amen.


Breaking of the 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.


Then he takes the host, breaks it over the paten, and places a small piece 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. 


The Agnus Dei is sung

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.


Then the Priest, with hands joined, says quietly: 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, 

who, by the will of the Father 

and the work of the Holy Spirit, 

through your Death gave life to the world,

free me by this, your most holy Body and Blood,

from all my sins and from every evil;

keep me always faithful to your commandments,

and never let me be parted from you. 


Giving of Communion


Behold, Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin 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 Holy Communion.


Communion Antiphon         Cf. Ps 118: 49-50

Remember your word to your servant, O Lord,

by which you have given me hope. This is my comfort when I am brought low.


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.


While he carries out the purification of the vessels, the priest (or Deacon) 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


Let us pray.


May this heavenly mystery, O Lord,

restore us in mind and body,

that we may be coheirs in glory with Christ,

to whose suffering we are united

whenever we proclaim his Death.

Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.


The Dismissal


The Lord be with you

and also with you.


The peace of God, which passes all understanding,

keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,

and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.


Go in the peace of Christ.

Thanks be to God.