Sunday Worship Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge Sunday 7th November 2010

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Sunday Worship
Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge

Sunday 7th November 2010

In Christ all are alive’
Sung Mass

Celebrant: Monsignor Peter Leeming

Preacher: Father Alban MacCoy OFMconv

Catholic Chaplain to the University of Cambridge

Choir of Our Lady and the English Martyrs

Director of Music: Nigel Kerry

Organist: James Devor


Radio 4 Opening Announcement:

Radio 4 Opening Announcement: BBC Radio 4. It’s ten past eight – and we go live now to Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge for Mass. The celebrant is the parish priest Monsignor Peter Leeming and the service begins with the hymn ‘Hark the glad sound.’
Hymn: Hark the sound of holy voices (Deerhurst)
1. Hark! The sound of holy voices,

chanting at the crystal sea,

alleluia, alleluia,

alleluia, Lord to thee:

multitude, which none can number,

like the stars in glory stands,

clothed in white apparel, holding

palms of victory in their hands.

2. Now they reign in heavenly glory,

now they walk in golden light,

now they drink, as from a river,

holy bliss and infinite;

love and peace, they taste for ever,

and all truth and knowledge see

in the beatific vision

of the Blessed Trinity.

3. God of God, the One-begotten,

light of light, Emmanuel,

in whose Body joined together

all the saints for ever dwell;

pour upon us of thy fullness,

that we may for evermore

God the Father, God the Son, and

God the Holy Ghost adore.

Text: Christopher Wordsworth (1807-85

Music: James Langran (1835-1909) Descant: Norman Caplin (b.1925)

+ 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
We bid you a warm welcome to Our Lady and the English Martyrs this morning. Rising above the Cambridge skyline, the great spire of this church soars to the heavens –

an unchanging reminder to all who see it, that in this place, Sunday by Sunday, day by day, in Word and Sacrament, the triumph of the Risen Christ is celebrated and proclaimed, as He bids each and every one of us to rise with him to the unending joys of Heaven.

The Church begins the month of November by reaffirming her belief in the communion of saints, the great company of Heaven. Our thoughts are then turned to remembrance as we recall our loved ones who have passed through the veil of death, not least all those who have died in bitter battle and conflict. Throughout this month many will come here to light a candle and say a prayer for a departed love one; they will pray at Mass and journey to the gravesides of those they ‘have loved and lost awhile.’
Today’s Gospel reminds us that the love of Christ ‘conquers all things, even death itself.’

Our faith reassures that in the face of death our loved ones are not lost, and we are never alone, for our God is God of the living, not of the dead, and in him all are alive.

To help us reflect more deeply on these promises of Christ, we welcome as our preacher this morning, our friend and neighbour, Father Alban MacCoy, Catholic Chaplain to the University of Cambridge. But first, to prepare ourselves to celebrate worthily the mysteries of the Lord’s death and resurrection, let us pause to acknowledge our failure to love God and our neighbour as we should, and place ourselves in the presence of the One in whom there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
Lord Jesus, you are the risen one who destroys the power of sin and death:


Lord have mercy


Lord have mercy


Christ Jesus, you are the delight and joy of the saints


Christ have mercy


Christ have mercy


Lord Jesus, yours in the way that leads to salvation


Lord have mercy


Lord have mercy


May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.


CHOIR: Gloria (The Galloway Mass – James MacMillan)


Let us pray:

God of power and mercy,

protect us from all harm.

Give us freedom of spirit

and health in mind and body

to do your work on earth.

We make our prayer through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God for ever and ever.




A Reading from the second letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians.

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who has given us his love, and through his grace, such inexhaustible comfort and such sure hope, comfort you and strengthen you in everything good that you do or say.
Finally brothers, pray for us; pray that the Lord’s message may spread quickly, and be received with honour as it was among you; and pray that we may be preserved from the interference of bigoted and evil people, for faith is not given to everyone. But the Lord is faithful, and he will give you the strength and guard you from the evil one, and we, in the Lord, have every confidence that you are doing, and will go on doing all that we tell you.

May the Lord turn your hearts towards the love of God and the fortitude of Christ.

This is the word of the Lord


Thanks be to God

CHOIR: Gospel Psalm (Music: Nigel Kerry)
CANTOR: Alleluia All: Alleluia
Lord hear a cry that is just

pay heed to my cry.

Turn your ear to my prayer;

no deceit is on my lips

All: Alleluia

Hide me in the shadow of your wings,

turn your ear to me hear my words;

as for me, in my justice I shall see your face

and be filled, when I awake, with the sight of your glory.

All: Alleluia

DEACON: Gospel

The Lord be with you


And also with you


A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke


Glory to you Lord.

Some Sadducees – those that say there is no resurrection – approached Jesus and they put this question to him.
Master, we have heard it from Moses in writing, that if a man’s married brother dies childless, the man must marry the widow to raise up children for his brother. Well, then, there were seven brothers. The first, having married a wife, died childless. The second and then the third married the widow. And the same with all seven, they died leaving no children. Finally the woman herself died. Now at the resurrection, to which of them will she be wife, since she had been married to all seven?
Jesus replied, “The children of this world take wives and husbands, but those who are judged worthy of a place in the other world and in the resurrection from the dead do not marry because they can no longer die, for they are the same as the angels, and being children of the resurrection they are sons of God. And Moses himself implies that the dead rise again, in the passage about the bush where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Now he is God, not of the dead but of the living, for to him all men are in fact alive.
This is the gospel of the Lord


Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Father Alban MacCoy: Homily:
November may be the grimmest month of the year - "No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds - November!" as the poet Thomas Hood has it – but it begins with two of the most hopeful celebrations of the liturgical year: the feast of All Saints and the Commemoration of All Souls, both reminding us of the bond that unites us all in the Communion of Saints which is, of course, another way of referring to the whole Church.
Few of us would think that St Paul meant us, when he spoke of all Christians as ‘the saints’. Most of us assume that the saints’ irreproachable lives make them very different from ourselves, as we chaotically lurch from one crisis to the next.
But that rather discouraging version of sanctity corresponds neither to experience nor to theory. I happen to have known personally someone who will be beatified any day now, as Cardinal Newman was recently; and, indirectly, through others who themselves knew and lived with him, someone who is already canonised.
Both were Franciscan friars who, though they knew each other well, held diametrically opposed opinions on many important issues. The one whom I knew personally was a Swiss friar, Père Léon Veuthey, who’d been a brilliant teacher of philosophy when young but was very old and frail by the time I met him 40 years ago Fribourg. I used to take took him every day, his arm linked in mine, to the shrine of Our Lady of Bourgillon, where he would sit and silently pray his rosary. His cause for beatification was opened in 1992.
The other confrere was St Maximilian Kolbe or Fr Maximilian, as he was known when I first entered the Order. He was murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz, having volunteered to take the place of a fellow-prisoner in the starvation bunker. The fellow-prisoner whose life Fr Maximilian saved was, remarkably, present at his canonization in 1982, as was – perhaps even more remarkably - one of the camp guards who was at Auschwitz when he was murdered.
These men were very different in many ways – in fact, Fr Léon, the Swiss friar, once mischievously confided to me that the only thing they had in common was that they heartily disapproved of one another – that was, of course, before Fr Maximilian was canonised. But, actually, they had a great deal in common. Both were energetic, passionate and unpredictable - and rarely out of trouble and their lives were far from neat and tidy or smooth-running.
Kolbe’s provincial superior was constantly complaining about his independence, his failure to get permissions and especially about his mysterious access to huge amounts of cash to fund his many projects. All this led his fellow-Pole, Pope John Paul II to canonise him but as a martyr: the fast track, as it were, in other words, without which his cause would probably still be the subject of argument in the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints.
The Swiss friar, Léon Veuthey, was disciplined for his views and forbidden to teach in Rome: his philosophy was considered too avant-garde and he was sent from Rome to Bordeaux to teach catechism to primary school children - which he did without complaint and very well.
The character of these two undoubtedly saintly individuals remind us that the saints don’t belong to a kind of a celestial honours list. Nothing could be further from the truth. Their lives have nothing in common with either the vacuous cult of celebrity or the tyrannous cult of perfectionism.

They’re unique personalities, not stereotypes, and their path to holiness is far from straightforward.

So, instead of being discouraged by what seems like a great distance between us and the saints, we should be reassured that there is between us and them a bond, a communion, wrought by grace but building on a shared nature.
In the end, there is of course, only the holiness of God, shown forth in Christ and his. The saints are those in whom the holiness of God hasn’t been obscured, who’ve bodied forth God’s holiness and love and beauty in their own lives.
In the end, a person doesn’t become holy by leading, through sheer effort of will, a flawless life. A holy person is one whose love is so fixed on God that sin falls away: and in the saints we see God’s love fixed on us.

As children of our Heavenly Father let us renew the promises made at our baptism,

and affirm our faith in the communion of saints and life everlasting:

Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of Heaven and earth?

ALL: I do

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary,

was crucified, died and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?

ALL: I do

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting?

ALL: I do

This is our faith; this is the faith of the Church, we are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord

ALL: Amen
The Lord Jesus is the everlasting sign of God’s redeeming love. With humble hearts we acknowledge the mercy that knows no end, and bring before the Lord of life, our prayers and petitions:

That the Church may be a comforting witness to Christ, our resurrection and our life; we pray to the Lord


Be pleased to hear us


Lord we ask you hear our prayer.


For our country and its people; for the downtrodden, dispossessed and lonely; that through our care, the Lord may come close to them and raise them up; we pray to the Lord;


Be pleased to hear us


Lord we ask you hear out prayer


For all our loved ones who have gone before us; for those who have lost their lives as a result of bitter battle and conflict; that those who mourn will receive support, those in sorrow will be comforted, and those in despair will be blessed with hope; we pray to the Lord


Be pleased to hear us


Lord we ask you hear our prayer


That our prayers will be united in the Holy Spirit to those of Mary, Mother of the Lord,

the English Martyrs, Blessed John Henry Newman and all the saints in light; we pray to the Lord:

God of all,

you call us from death to eternal life.

Hear our prayers for the faithful departed,

grant them eternal rest

and grant us too, with your saints, a place in your heavenly Kingdom

where you live and reign for ever and ever.

ALL: Amen

Liturgy of the Eucharist
Hymn: Let all mortal flesh keep silence (Picardy)
1. Let all mortal flesh keep silence

and with fear and trembling stand;

ponder nothing earthly minded,

for with blessing in his hand;

Christ our God to earth descendeth,

our full homage to demand.

2. Rank on rank the host of Heaven

spread its vanguard on the way;

and the Light of Light descendeth

from the realms of endless day,

that the powers of hell may vanish

as the darkness clears away.

3. At his feet the six-winged seraph

cherubim with sleepless eye,

veil their faces to his Presence,

as with ceaseless voice they cry,

alleluia, Alleluia,

alleluia, Lord most high!

Text: Liturgy of S James Tr:Gerard Moultrie (1829-85)

Music: 17th cent French carol arr Andrew Wright

Pray brethren, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God the almighty Father.

ALL: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his Church

God of mercy, may we offer a pure sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins.

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.




The Lord be with you

ALL: and also with you

Lift up your hearts

ALL: we lift them up to the Lord


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

ALL: It is right to give him thanks and praise
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,

we do always and everywhere to give you thanks

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

By his birth we are reborn.

By his suffering we are free from sin.

By his rising from the dead we rise to everlasting life.

In his return to you in glory

we enter into your heavenly kingdom.

And so, we join the angels and the saints

as they their unending hymn of praise:

CHOIR: (Plainsong)
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.

Pleni sunt caeli et terra Gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis.

Benedictus qui venit in nominee Domini. Hosanna in excelsis

Lord, you are holy indeed, the fountain of all holiness. Let your Spirit come upon these gifts to make them holy, so that they may become for us, the body and blood of our Lord,

Jesus Christ.

Before he was given up to death, a death he freely accepted, he took bread and gave you thanks, he broke the bread, gave it to his disciples and said:

Take this all of you and eat it, this is my body which will be given up for you.


When supper was ended, he took the cup. Again he gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples and said:


Take this all of you, and drink from it; this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.


Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:


Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.


In memory of his death and resurrection, we offer you, Father, this life-giving bread, this saving cup. We thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. May all of us who share in the body and blood of Christ be brought together in unity by the Holy Spirit.


Lord, remember your Church throughout the world; make us grow in love, together with Benedict our Pope, Michael our Bishop, and all the clergy. Remember our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again; bring them and all the departed in the light of your presence. Have mercy on us all; make us worthy to share eternal life with Mary, the virgin Mother of God, with the apostles, and with all the saints who have done your will throughout the ages. May we praise you in union with them and give you glory through you Son, Jesus Christ.


Through him, with him, in him,


In the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.



Lord remember us in your Kingdom as following your teaching we pray:


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.


Deliver us Lord from every evil

and grant us peace in our day.

In your mercy keep us free from sin

and protect us from all anxiety

as we wait in joyful hope

for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.


For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever.

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:

I leave you peace, my peace I give you.

Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church,

and grant us the peace and unity of your Kingdom

where you live for ever and ever.



The peace of the Lord be with you always


And also with you

Let us offer each other the sign of peace

(Please remain close to the Altar so that the microphones can pick up the exchange of peace)
CHOIR: (plainsong)

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem


This is the Lamb of God

who takes away the sins of the world.

Happy are those who are called to his supper.


Lord I am not worthy to receive you,

but only say the word and I shall be healed.

CHOIR: (Ave Verum Corpus)
Ave verum corpus, natum de Marie Virgine;

Vere passum, immolatum in cruce pro homine:

Cuius latus perforatum, unda fluxit sanguine;

Esto nobis praegustatum in mortis examine.

O Jesu dulcis; O Jesu pia, O Jesu Fili Mariae.

Music: Flor Peeters

Prayer after Communion

God of mercy,

we thank you for the nourishment you give us

through your holy gift.

Pour out your Spirit upon us

and in the strength of this food from Heaven

keep us single-minded in your service.

We ask you this through Christ the Lord.



Thank you for joining us this morning for our Sunday Mass. May the Risen Christ show you the path of life, and bring us all, living and departed, to the fullness of joy in his presence.

The Lord be with you


And also with you

May Almighty God bless you,

the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.


Go in the peace of Christ


Thanks be to God

Hymn: Jerusalem the Golden (Ewing)
1. Jerusalem the golden

with milk and honey blest,

beneath thy contemplation

sink heart and voice opprest.

I know not, O I know not

what joys await us there,

what radiancy of glory,

what bliss beyond compare

2. There is the throne of David

and there, from care released,

the shout of them that triumph,

the song of them that feast;

and they, who with their leader have conquered in the fight,

for ever and for ever

are clad in robes of white.
3. O sweet and blessed country

shall I ever see thy face?

O sweet and blessed country

Shall I ever win thy grace?

Exult O dust and ashes!

The Lord shall be thy part;

who art, with God the Father

His only His for ever,

Thou shalt be, and thou art!

Text: Bernard of Cluny tr. J.M.Neale (1818-66

Music: Alexander Ewing 1853 Descant: Norman Caplin


Fantasia on ‘Te Deum Laudamus’ – Andrew Wright


(Holy Communion is now distributed to the congregation during the voluntary)
Brief Silence after communion
Final Prayer/dismissal – Mgr Leeming
Closing Announcement:

Radio 4 Closing Announcement:

Sunday Worship came live this morning from Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge. It was led by the Monsignor Peter Leeming, and the preacher was Father Alban McCoy. The music was directed by Nigel Kerry and the organist was James Devor. The producer was Clair Jaquiss*.
Next week Sunday Worship for Remembrance visits Coventry. The service will mark the 70th anniversary of the destruction of so much of the city including it’s Cathedral, by the German Luftwaffe.

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