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1st Sunday of Lent
21st February 2021

¶        Preparation        

We meet in the presence of God
who knows our needs,
hears our cries,
feels our pain,
and heals our wounds.




Heavenly Father,
your Son battled with the powers of darkness,
and grew closer to you in the desert:
help us to use these days
to grow in wisdom and prayer
that we may witness to your saving love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.


¶        Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: 1 Peter 3.18-end

Psalm 25.1-9

Gospel Reading: Mark 1.9-15

Reflection (pdf)  


Since we are justified by faith,
we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through Christ we have gained access
to the grace in which we stand,
and rejoice in our hope of the glory of God.
We even exult in our sufferings,
for suffering produces endurance,
and endurance brings hope,
and our hope is not in vain,
because God’s love has been poured into our hearts,
through the Holy Spirit, given to us.

God proves his love for us:
while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
Since we have been justified by his death,
how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath.
Therefore, we exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
in whom we have now received our reconciliation.

¶        Prayers     


Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep,
we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts,
we have offended against thy holy laws,
we have left undone those things which we ought to have done,
and we have done those things which we ought not to have done,
and there is no health in us.
But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us
miserable offenders;
spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults,
restore thou them that are penitent,
according to thy promises declared unto mankind
in Christ Jesu our Lord:
and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord,
to thy faithful people pardon and peace;
that they may be cleansed from all their sins,
and serve thee with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


With confidence and trust we pray to the Father.

For the one holy catholic and apostolic Church …

Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us.

For the mission of the Church,
that in faithful witness we may preach the gospel to the ends of the earth …

Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us.

For peace in the world,
that a spirit of respect and reconciliation
may grow among nations and peoples …

Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us.

For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer,
that they may be relieved and protected …

Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us.

For those whom we have injured or offended,

Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us.

For grace to amend our lives and to further the reign of God,

Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us.

In communion with all those who have walked in the way of holiness …

Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. 

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. 

¶        Conclusion             

Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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