and Readings for the Festival of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Almighty and everlasting God, who stooped
to raise fallen humanity through the child-bearing of blessed Mary: grant that we, who have seen your glory revealed in our
human nature and your love made perfect in our weakness may daily be renewed in your image and conformed to the pattern of
your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever.
Almighty God, to whose glory we celebrate the dedication of this house of prayer; we praise you for
the many blessings you have given to those who worship you in this place; and we pray that all who seek you in this place
may find you, and being filled with the Holy Spirit may become a living temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God now and for ever. Amen
Joshua 4: v.19-24
The people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they camped in Gilgal on the eastern
border of Jericho. Those twelve stones, which they had taken out of the Jordan, Joshua set up in Gilgal, saying to the Israelites,
‘When your children ask their parents in time to come, “What do these stones mean?” then you shall let your
children know, “Israel crossed over the Jordan here on dry ground.” For the Lord your
God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you crossed over, as the Lord your God did to
the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we crossed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of
the Lord is mighty, and so that you may fear the Lord your God for ever.’
Luke 1: v. 46-55
Song of Praise
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has
looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the
thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants
Post Communion Collect
God most high,
whose handmaid bore the Word made flesh: we thank you that in this sacrament of our redemption you visit us with your Holy
Spirit and overshadow us by your power; strengthen us to walk with Mary the joyful path of obedience and so to bring forth
the fruits of holiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. We have been asked to pray for:
David Aked-Walker, Father Mike, Katie Hakin, Carole Harrington, Lynda Hinton, Diane Jones, Rev’d
John Knight, Jill Knight, Philip Le Roux, Sylvia Reynolds, and