St Leo the Great

ASH WEDNESDAY:  Mass with Ashes today at 10.00 and at 7.00 pm.    A special welcome to Hazelwood School.

2011

 Introit

He will call to me and I shall answer
With freedom and honour and length of days;
He will call to me.  He will call to me.

 All you sheltered by the Most High, who live in Almighty God’s shadow,
Say to the Lord, “my Refuge, my stronghold, my rock in whom I trust.”

 He will call to me and I shall answer
With freedom and  honour  and length of days;
He will call to me.  He will call to me.

 Liturgy of the Word

 1st Reading: from the Book of Joel

 Psalm 50:  A pure heart create for me, O God.

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness, in compassion blot out my offence.
O wash me more and more from my guilt, and cleanse me from my sin.
A pure heart create for me, O God.

 My offences truly I know them; my sin is always before me.
Against you alone have I sinned.  What is evil in your sight I have done.
A pure heart create for me, O God.

 Create for me a heart that is pure, put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence, nor deprive me of your holy spirit.
A pure heart create for me, O God.

 With a spirit of fervour sustain me.  Give again the joy of your help,
O Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall declare your praise.
A pure heart create for me, O God.

A reading from the 2nd Letter to the Corinthians 5:20 – 6:2

 Gospel Verse

 Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
Not by bread alone do we live,
but by every word from the mouth of God;
Not by bread alone, not by bread alone, not by bread alone.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory. . . . .

 Gospel

 Blessing and Distribution of Ashes

 Kyrie, eleison.   Kyrie, eleison.   Kyrie, eleison.
Christe . eleison . Christe . eleison. . Christe . eleison . . . . .
Kyrie, eleison . . . Kyrie, eleison.   Kyrie, eleison.

  From the Canticle of Ezechiel 36 (tune: Slane)

Hear me my people, I will call you back home From the nations and countries in which you now roam;
the place where I’ll lead you is where you’ll be free, for you are my chosen; your God I shall be.

 Hear me, my people, I will sprinkle you all with fresh water to cleanse you from sin and its thrall;  
each falsehood and idol I’ll teach you to see;  for you are my chosen; your God I shall be.

 Hear me, my people, feel the new heart I give the new spirit and guidance for how you might live;
a heart made of flesh, not of stone , is the key for you are my chosen; your God I shall be.

 

 Liturgy of the Eucharist

 Jesus, Remember me when you come into your kingdom.
Jesus, Remember me when you come into your kingdom.

 Sanctus . . . . .

 Memorial: Suffering for us you set us free, Rising you gave us life.
You are the  saviour,   you are the saviour, saviour of the world.

This is the bread come down from heaven; 
Whoever eats of it will never die.
This is the cup of eternal life;
Whoever drinks of it will live for ever.

 Be still and know that I am God (3).
I am the Lord that healeth thee (3)
In thee, O Lord, I put my trust (3).

 Saint Peter Chrysologus (c.406-450), Bishop of Ravenna, Doctor of the Church wrote:

‘My dear brethren, today we set out on the great Lenten journey. So let us take our food and drink along in our boat, putting onto the chest the abundant mercy we shall need. For our fasting is a hungry one, our fasting is a thirsty one if it isn’t sustained by goodness and refreshed by mercy. Our fasting will be cold, our fasting will flag if the fleece of almsgiving doesn’t clothe it, if the garment of compassion does not wrap it around.’

 Psalm 50 : From The Psalms: A New Translation © 1963 The Grail (England) published by HarperCollins. Music: Gerry Fitzpatrick; (c) Kevin Mayhew.
  Suffering for us: (c) Kevin Mayhew. Version of the Canticle of Ezechiel ) (c) Stephen E Smyth.  Jesus remember me (c) Taize.  Graphics © Netta Ewing.