Pentecost Sunday 2020

A Liturgy for the Feast of Pentecost
Sunday 31st May 2020

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Order of Service



The Gathering

The Greeting

The Reverend Canon Mark Collinson, Canon Principal.

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

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you
and also with you.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

The Opening Prayers

Jesus Christ whom we worship,
is our crucified, risen and ascended Lord
and we have walked with him through his journey of love.
We have faced the agony of his suffering and death on a cross.
We have rejoiced at his bursting free from the bonds of death.
We have enjoyed his risen presence with us
and his revelation of himself through the breaking of bread.
We have seen his return to the throne
before which every knee shall bow
and every tongue confess that this Jesus is Lord.
And now, with followers of his own time,
we await the coming of the promised Holy Spirit,
his gift to his people,
through whom we make Christ known to the world.

As we long for your refreshing.
fill us with your Spirit.

As we long for your renewing.
fill us with your Spirit.

As we long for your empowering.
fill us with your Spirit.

The Collect

Let us pray.

God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


The Hymn

Cathedral Boy Choristers.

Come down, O Love divine,
seek thou this soul of mine,
and visit it with thine own ardour glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
till earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
and let thy glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity
mine outward vesture be,
and lowliness become mine inner clothing;
true lowliness of heart,
which takes the humbler part,
and o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong,
with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling;
for none can guess its grace,
till he become the place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling.

Words: Bianco da Siena (d 1434) Tune: Down Ampney 137 NEH
tr. Richard Frederick Littledale (1833-90) Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

The Liturgy of the Word


The First Reading

The Reverend Canon Dr Roland Riem, Vice-Dean & Canon Chancellor

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs – in our own languages we hear them speaking

about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

“In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
shall be saved.”

Here ends the reading.


The Homily

The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester.



Cathedral Boy Choristers.

In the hour of my distress,
When temptations me oppress,
And when I my sins confess,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!

When I lie within my bed,
Sick in heart and sick in head,
And with doubts discomforted,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!

When the house doth sigh and weep,
And the world is drown’d in sleep,
Yet mine eyes the watch do keep,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!

Text: Robert Herrick (1591-1674) Music: Peter Hurford (1930-2019)


Prayers of Intercession

The Reverend Canon Mark Collinson, Canon Principal.

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,
let us pray to the Father.

These intercessions will be led in multiple languages, reminding us of the gathered nations when the Holy Spirit came down at Pentecost.

The response, Kyrie eleison is one of the earliest Christian prayers.

Lord God, we give you thanks this Pentecost for the gift of the Holy Spirit, who brings unity to the church, thus enabling her to proclaim the good news to people from many different nations, speaking many different languages.

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you. They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power, to make known to all people your mighty deeds.
(Psalm 145.10-12)

We pray for our Bishop Tim, for all who assist him, and for our church, that we will be inspired to share God’s love with everyone we meet.

Kyrie eleison (Lord have mercy)
Christe eleison. (Christ have mercy)

Lord, you will hear the desire of the poor: you will incline your ear to the fullness of their hearts, to give justice to the orphan and oppressed, so that people are no longer driven in terror from the land.
(Psalm 10.17-18)

We pray for the poor and those in debt; and we pray for all those who have been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.

Come and behold the works of the Lord, what destruction he has wrought upon the earth. He makes wars to cease in all the world; he shatters the bow and snaps the spear and burns the chariots in the fire.
(Psalm 46.8-9)

We pray for all those living in the middle of a war. We pray for peace on Earth and for wisdom for the leaders of our nations to work together for peace and justice for all.

Kyrie eleison
Christe eleison.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits – who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases.
(Psalm 103.2-3)

We pray for those who are ill or in pain at this time, especially those in hospital.

Kyrie eleison
Christe eleison.

The cords of death entwined me and the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. In my distress I called upon the Lord and cried out to my God for help.
(Psalm 18.4,6)

We pray for those who have recently lost someone they love, that God will comfort them.

Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness; you set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have mercy upon me and hear my prayer.
(Psalm 4.1)

We pray for all who are isolated at home, feel trapped or imprisoned.

Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, 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.

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.


The Commission

The Right Reverend David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke.

For fifty days we have celebrated the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over the powers of sin and death. We have proclaimed God’s mighty acts and we have prayed that the power of God, that was at work when God raised Jesus from the dead, might be at work in us.

As part of God’s Church here in Winchester, I call upon you to live out what we proclaim.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, will you dare to walk into God’s future, entrusting him to be your guide?
By the Spirit’s power, we will.

Will you dare to embrace each other and grow together in love?
We will.

Will you dare to share your riches in common and minister to each other in need?
We will.

Will you dare to pray for each other until your hearts beat with the longings of God?
We will.

Will you dare to carry the light of Christ into the world’s dark places?
We will.

Almighty God,
you fulfilled the promises of Easter
by sending your Holy Spirit on your people.
This same Spirit calls us and equips us now
in the service of your kingdom.
We pray now for your people across this diocese,
In the midst of our present difficulty.
Empower us in all that the future holds,
with confidence, with wise humility and with love,
that trusting in you for guidance and inspiration,
and embracing the changes and chances of this world
we may rest in your eternal changelessness.
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


The Blessing

The Reverend Canon Mark Collinson, Canon Principal.

May the Spirit, who hovered over the waters when the world was created, breathe into you the life he gives.

May the Spirit, who overshadowed the Virgin when the eternal Son came among us, make you joyful in the service of the Lord.

May the Spirit, who set the Church on fire upon the Day of Pentecost, bring the world alive with the love of the risen Christ.

And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you
this day and for evermore.


The Dismissal

The Cathedral Boy Choristers.

Go in peace to love and service the Lord. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

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