PARISH OF ALL     

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       LENT 4 – MOTHERING SUNDAY

                               (Sunday 22nd March 2020)

 

Entrance Antiphon: Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her.

Invitation to confession

Let us call to mind our sin, our failure to value the love of others and our failure to love as Christ has loved us.

 Opening Prayer

God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 FIRST READING          Samuel 1:20-28

A reading from the book of Samuel

 Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, ‘I have asked him of the LORD.’ The man Elkanah and all his household went up to offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and to pay his vow. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, ‘As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, that he may appear in the presence of the LORD, and remain there for ever; I will offer him as a nazirite for all time.’ Her husband Elkanah said to her, ‘Do what seems best to you, wait until you have weaned him; only – may the LORD establish his word.’ So the woman remained and 

nursed her son, until she weaned him. When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine.

She brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh and the child was young. Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli and she said, ‘Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD. For this child I prayed; and the LORD has granted me the petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he is given to the LORD.’ She left him there for the LORD.

 Priest:   This is the word of the Lord

People. Thanks Be to God

 

PSALM 127:1-4

 Cantor and People: It is the Lord who builds the house

 Unless the Lord builds the house, their labour is in vain who build it. Unless the Lord watches over the city, in vain the guard keeps vigil.

 Cantor and People: It is the Lord who builds the house

 It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; vain, too, to eat the bread of toil, for he gives to his belovèd sleep. Children are a heritage from the Lord,

 Cantor and People: It is the Lord who builds the house

 

 SECOND READING      Colossians 3:12-17

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Colossians.

 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.

And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 Cantor:   This is the word of the Lord

People. Thanks Be to God

 

Cantor. Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

People. Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

Cantor. God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son; everyone who believes in him has eternal life.

People. Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

 

GOSPEL                                  John 19.25b–27

 

Priest. The Lord be with you

People. And also with you

Priest. Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

People. Glory to you, O Lord.

 Standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home

 Priest:   This is the Gospel of the Lord

People. Praise to you, O Christ

 Introduction to the Peace

Through the prophet Isaiah, God says, 'As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.'

 Prayer over the Gifts

Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you, You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds: In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness; And may your love in this sacrament Prepare us for the beauty of heaven; Where you are alive and reign, now and forever. Amen.

Communion Antiphon: Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, says the Lord.

 Prayer after Communion

Loving God, as a mother feeds her children at the breast

you feed us in this sacrament with the food and drink of eternal life: help us who have tasted your goodness to grow in grace within the household of faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

         

The Blessing and distribution of the Flowers

O God bless these flowers, bless us and bless our mothers.

May the flowers remind us how much our mothers have done for us; may they remind our mothers that we love them; and may they remind us all that God cares for each one of us, because we are all his children We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 The Blessing and Dismissal

May God, who gave birth to all creation, bless us:
may God, who became incarnate by an earthly mother, bless us: may God, who broods as a mother over her children, bless us
and the blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever     Amen

MOTHERING SUNDAY

Mothering Sunday is celebrated by Christians in the United Kingdom, Ireland and some other Anglophone countries. It is generally observed in parishes of the Roman Catholic Church, Church of England, as well as in the rest of the UK and many Anglican parishes throughout the world, especially in Canada and Australia. It falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent exactly three weeks before Easter Day.

Once observed as a day on which people would visit their “mother” church, it has become an occasion for honouring the mother of children and giving them presents.

 It is increasingly being called Mothers Day, although that name properly belongs to the American secular holiday which is quite distinct from the original Mothering Sunday.

During the 16th century, people returned to their mother church for a service which was held on Laefare Sunday. In this context, one’s “mother church” was either where one was baptized, the local parish church or the nearest cathedral.

Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone A-mothering”, although this term preceded the observance of Mothering Sunday is unclear. In later times, Mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that entire families could gather together, since on other days they were prevented from doing so by conflicting working hours. 

 

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