An Online Liturgy for the Friends of Winchester Cathedral

An Online Liturgy for the Friends of Winchester Cathedral
Saturday 11 July 2020

You can follow this special online service for the Friend’s Festival 2020, as through these challenging times we seek to reach out in loving service, in ways unimaginable even a few months ago, so also we lean in more deeply to our friendships and give thanks for their steadfast support.

Try to actively share in the service – join in the words in bold and sing out the hymns. You may not want to stand or kneel as usual but find a comfortable position that helps you and perhaps think about how you hold your hands, maybe holding them palms upwards to offer thanksgiving and to receive God’s love and blessing.

May God bless you as we worship Him together.

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Order of Service

The Welcome

The Very Rev’d Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester

The Friend’s Prayer

Most glorious Lord of life,
who gave to your disciples the precious name of friends:
accept our thanks for this Cathedral Church,
built and adorned to your glory
and alive with prayer,
and grant that its company of Friends
may so serve and honour you in this life
that they come to enjoy the fullness of your promises
within the eternal fellowship of your grace;
and this we ask for your name’s sake.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

A short testimony on life during lockdown is given. 

Opening Hymn

Sung by the Girl Choristers of Winchester Cathedral

Praise to God with hearts abounding
sing on this our festal day;
God the Father’s love resounding
to his people as they pray;
Christ, whose Cross redemption gave us
once, from death to life restored,
man to guide us, God to save us,
Christ, we follow you, our Lord.

Praise for him who thrice denied you,
called by you and named the Rock,
who, forgiven, glorified you,
faithful shepherd of your flock;
him that, blind with bright salvation,
found your truth with inward eyes:
Christ for every man and nation,
Christ the Saviour, Christ the prize.

Saint beloved, whose spirit lowly
hearts inspired, within this place
shrined in stone, for ever holy,
guide us in your paths of grace;

all God’s gifts teach us to treasure,
all he may to us impart,
rain or sunshine, pain or pleasure,
shining fame or humble heart.
Holy Spirit, God inspiring
human hearts in earlier days,
those whose work and wealth untiring
wrought this glorious house of praise;
craft on porch and pillar spending
soaring aisle and stately shrine,
verse and voice and music blending,
stir in us your love divine.

Three in One, beyond all telling,
God, eternal Trinity,
as we here, your praises swelling,
sing in one glad harmony,
may your people, all united,
saints on earth with saints above,
live to work and worship plighted,
one in faith and hope and love.

Words: Howard Charrles Adie Gaunt (1902-83) Tune: Abbot’s Leigh 185 NEH
Music: C. V. Taylor (1907-91)

The Lesson

A short testimony on life during lockdown is given

2 Chronicles 7.11-16

Read by Lucy Hutchin, Director, Friends of Winchester Cathedral

Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord and the king’s house; all that Solomon had planned to do in the house of the Lord and in his own house he successfully accomplished.

Then the Lord appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: ‘I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house so that my name may be there for ever; my eyes and my heart will be there for all time.

The Address

Canon Robert Titley, Salisbury Cathedral

The Anthem

Sung by the Girl Choristers of Winchester Cathedral

For the beauty of the earth
For the beauty of the skies
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies
Over and around us lies
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise

For the beauty of the hour
Of the day and of the night
Hill and vale and tree and flower
Sun and moon and stars of light
Sun and moon and stars of light
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise

For the joy of human love
Brother, sister, parent, child
Friends on earth and friends above
For all gentle thoughts and mild
For all gentle thoughts and mild
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise

For each perfect gift of thine
To our race so freely given
Graces human and divine

Flow’rs of earth and buds of heav’n
Flow’rs of earth and buds of heav’n
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn, our joyful hymn of praise
This our joyful hymn of praise

Words: F. S. Pierpoint (1835-1917) Music: John Rutter (b.1945) 

The Festival Thanksgiving

Let us offer to Almighty God our most high praise for all Christ’s faithful servants in this city, diocese, and county:
We praise thee, O God.

For Saint Birinus and his followers, who brought Christian faith to Winchester; for Cynegils whom he baptised, and Cenwalh his son who built a Minster here: for Hedda who set his See in this city:
We praise thee, O God.

For the noble line of rulers, Egbert, Alfred and Edgar, Cnut and Emma; for the kings who set in order the New Foundation of our Church:
We praise thee, O God.

For the Succession of Bishops, wisely ruling in this diocese; for Swithun, our patron, and Aethelwold, promoter of his cult:
We praise thee, O God.

For the shapers of this Cathedral Church: for Walkelin the Norman, Godfrey de Lucy, maker of the retroquire; for the Williams of Edyngton, Wykeham and Wynford, restorers of the nave: for William of Lyngwood, maker of the choir stalls:
We praise thee, O God.

For the witness of worship within these walls; for Adrian Batten, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, and all who have led thy praises in quire and sanctuary:
We praise thee, O God.

For the painters who gave beauty to these walls: for the broderers whose handiwork adorns sanctuary and choir; for the designers, makers and restorers of the glass; for the sculptors, masons, and craftsmen:
We praise thee, O God.

For William Walker, diver, and all who in diverse ways have toiled to preserve this Cathedral Church through many generations; for architects, engineers, and fundraisers.
We praise thee, O God.

For William of Waynflete, Richard Fox, Lancelot Andrewes, Thomas Ken, and John Keble, and all who have taught us to live in thy faith and fear; for Mary Sumner, founder of the Mothers’ Union, and Josephine Butler, social reformer, who brought honour to women and families:
We praise thee, O God.

For the scribes and artists of the Winchester Bible: for John Chase, Chapter Clerk, and all who have preserved the records and conducted the business of this Cathedral; for George Morley who bequeathed this library to the Cathedral and made provision for widows:
We praise thee, O God.

For Gilbert White and all patient students of Nature; for Izaak Walton, and all who have studied to be quiet; for Isaac Watts, Jane Austen, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Kingsley, Charlotte Yonge, and all who have enriched our literature:
We praise thee, O God.

For all who have cared for those in need and sickness; for Henry of Blois, founder of St Cross; for Alured Clarke, founder of the County Hospital; for Florence Nightingale and all doctors and nurses:
We praise thee, O God.

For the great captains and humble mariners who have sailed from our coasts on their lawful occasions; for the regiments whose memorials are within this Church; for the men and women of this city and county who have laid down their lives in war:
We praise thee, O God.

For Dean Selwyn who founded the Friends of the Cathedral and, with Humphrey Salwey, Headmaster, The Pilgrims’ School; for all voluntary helpers and benefactors, known and unknown, who by their lives, prayers and gifts have shewn forth thy praise:
We praise thee, O God. 

Great, O Lord, is thy kingdom, thy power, and thy glory;
great are thy works, thy wonders, and thy praises;
great also is thy wisdom, thy goodness,
thy justice, thy mercy;
and for all these we bless thee,
and will magnify thy holy name for ever and ever.

The Chairman of the Friends places flowers at St Swithun’s shrine.

Deus, qui beatum Swithunum episcopum sanctorum
tuorum meritis coaequasti;
concede propitius ut qui commemorations
ejus festa percolimus,
vitae quoque imitemur exempla: per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

O God, who for his good work
hast numbered the blessed Swithun among thy saints;
grant in thy mercy, that we who celebrate
these festivities in his memory
may also follow the example of his life:
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Testimony and Blessing

A short testimony on life during lockdown is given.

The Blessing

May God, who kindled the fire of his love in the hearts
of the saints, pour upon you the riches of his grace.

May God give you joy in their fellowship
and a share in their joy.

May God strengthen you to walk in the way of holiness
and to come to the full radiance of glory.

And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

You are invited to Evening Prayer on Zoom.

Daily at 5:30pm: Join Evening Prayer via Zoom

Material used in this service is copyright the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England 2000
Hymns printed under CCLI 205165