Festivals July to December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 July

Thomas

Red

 

 

 

Apostle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

Almighty and eternal God,
who, for the firmer foundation of our faith,
allowed your holy apostle Thomas
      to doubt the resurrection of your Son
till word and sight convinced him:
grant to us, who have not seen, that we also may believe
and so confess Christ as our Lord and our God;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

One of the Post Communions of Apostles and Evangelists is used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 July

Mary Magdalene

White

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

Almighty God,
whose Son restored Mary Magdalene
      to health of mind and body
and called her to be a witness to his resurrection:
forgive our sins and heal us by your grace,
that we may serve you in the power of his risen life;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

God of life and love,
whose risen Son called Mary Magdalene by name
and sent her to tell of his resurrection to his apostles:
in your mercy, help us,
who have been united with him in this eucharist,
to proclaim the good news
      that he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 July

James

Red

 

 

         

Apostle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

Merciful God,
whose holy apostle Saint James,
leaving his father and all that he had,
was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ
and followed him even to death:
help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world,
to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

One of the Post Communions of Apostles and Evangelists is used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 August

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Gold or

 

 

 

 

White

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

Father in heaven,
whose Son Jesus Christ was wonderfully transfigured
before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain,
and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem:
give us strength so to hear his voice and bear our cross
that in the world to come we may see him as he is;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

Holy God,
we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ:
may we who are partakers at his table
reflect his life in word and deed,
that all the world may know his power to change and save.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 August

The Blessed Virgin Mary

White

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

Almighty God,
who looked upon the lowliness of the Blessed Virgin Mary
and chose her to be the mother of your only Son:
grant that we who are redeemed by his blood
may share with her in the glory of your eternal kingdom;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 August

Bartholomew

Red

 

 

         

Apostle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

Almighty and everlasting God,
who gave to your apostle Bartholomew grace
      truly to believe and to preach your word:
grant that your Church
may love that word which he believed
and may faithfully preach and receive the same;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

One of the Post Communions of Apostles and Evangelists is used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 September

Holy Cross Day

Red

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

Almighty God,
who in the passion of your blessed Son
made an instrument of painful death
to be for us the means of life and peace:
grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ
that we may gladly suffer for his sake;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

Faithful God,
whose Son bore our sins in his body on the tree
and gave us this sacrament to show forth his death until he comes:
give us grace to glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for he is our salvation, our life and our hope,
who reigns as Lord, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 September

Matthew

Red

 

 

 

Apostle and Evangelist

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

O Almighty God,
whose blessed Son called Matthew the tax collector
to be an apostle and evangelist:
give us grace to forsake the selfish pursuit of gain
      and the possessive love of riches
that we may follow in the way of your Son Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

One of the Post Communions of Apostles and Evangelists is used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29 September

Michael and All Angels

White

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

Everlasting God,
you have ordained and constituted
      the ministries of angels and mortals in a wonderful order:
grant that as your holy angels always serve you in heaven,
so, at your command,
they may help and defend us on earth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

Lord of heaven,
in this eucharist you have brought us near
      to an innumerable company of angels
and to the spirits of the saints made perfect:
as in this food of our earthly pilgrimage
      we have shared their fellowship,
so may we come to share their joy in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 October

Luke

Red

 

 

    

Evangelist

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

Almighty God,
you called Luke the physician,
whose praise is in the gospel,
to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:
by the grace of the Spirit
and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,
give your Church the same love and power to heal;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

One of the Post Communions of Apostles and Evangelists is used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 October

Simon and Jude

Red

 

 

    

Apostles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

Almighty God,
who built your Church upon the foundation
      of the apostles and prophets,      
with Jesus Christ himself as the chief cornerstone:
so join us together in unity of spirit by their doctrine,
that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,   
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

One of the Post Communions of Apostles and Evangelists is used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 November

Andrew

Red

 

 

         

Apostle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

Almighty God,
who gave such grace to your apostle Saint Andrew
that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ
      and brought his brother with him:
call us by your holy word,
and give us grace to follow you without delay
      and to tell the good news of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

One of the Post Communions of Apostles and Evangelists is used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 December

Stephen

Red

 

 

Deacon, First Martyr

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

Gracious Father,
who gave the first martyr Stephen   
grace to pray for those who took up stones against him:
grant that in all our sufferings for the truth
we may learn to love even our enemies
and to seek forgiveness for those who desire our hurt,
looking up to heaven to him who was crucified for us,
Jesus Christ, our mediator and advocate,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

Merciful Lord,
we thank you for the signs of your mercy
revealed in birth and death:
save us by the coming of your Son,
and give us joy in honouring Stephen,
first martyr of the new Israel;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27 December

John

White

 

 

 

Apostle and Evangelist

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

Merciful Lord,
cast your bright beams of light upon the Church:
that, being enlightened by the teaching
of your blessed apostle and evangelist Saint John,
we may so walk in the light of your truth
that we may at last attain to the light of everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ your incarnate Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

Grant, O Lord, we pray,
that the Word made flesh
proclaimed by your apostle John
may, by the celebration of these holy mysteries,
ever abide and live within us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 December

The Holy Innocents

Red

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

Heavenly Father,
whose children suffered at the hands of Herod,
though they had done no wrong:
by the suffering of your Son
and by the innocence of our lives
frustrate all evil designs
and establish your reign of justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,   
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

Lord Jesus Christ,
in your humility you have stooped to share our human life
with the most defenceless of your children:
may we who have received these gifts of your passion   
rejoice in celebrating the witness of the Holy Innocents
      to the purity of your sacrifice
      made once for all upon the cross;
for you are alive and reign, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dedication Festival

Gold or

 

 

 

 

White

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

 

 

 

 

 

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 here:
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 your Son our Lord,   
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Communion

 

 

 

 

 

Father in heaven,
whose Church on earth is a sign of your heavenly peace,
an image of the new and eternal Jerusalem:
grant to us in the days of our pilgrimage
that, fed with the living bread of heaven,
and united in the body of your Son,
we may be the temple of your presence,
the place of your glory on earth,
and a sign of your peace in the world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.