12 July – The Mystery of Faith

Morning Service for Sunday 12 July

A Meditation for all seasons

[This is a video compilation conducted by Father Ian and members of the Holy Saviour family, with recorded music. Click on this link for the playlist, which will play through the videos in order. You can stop and start it at any point, or select an individual video]

I Prelude: Of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ

Hymn: Praise to the Holiest in the height – Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard (AMNS) 117

The Creed
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
True God from True God, begotten not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven;

by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.

A brief pause

That glorious form, that Light unsufferable,
And that far-beaming blaze of Majesty,
Wherewith he won’t at heav’ns high Council-Table
To sit the midst of Trinal Unity
He laid aside; and here with us to be
Forsook the Courts of everlasting Day,
And chose with us a darksome house of mortal clay.
(John Milton: On the morning of Christ’s Nativity)

A brief pause

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.


II Christ has died



Anthem 1:  Come, my way, my truth, my life (Brent-Smith)

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a way as gives us breath;
Such a truth as ends all strife;
Such a life as killeth death.

Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Such a light as shows a feast;
Such a feast as mends in length;
Such a strength as makes his guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
Such a joy as none can move;
Such a love as none can part;
Such a heart as joys in love.


Psalm: Ps. 142



Anthem 2: Like as the hart (Howells)(Ps. 42, vv. 1-3)

Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks,
so longeth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul is athirst for God,
yea, even for the living God.
When shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
My tears have been my meat day and night,
while they daily say unto me,
“Where is now thy God?”



Hymn 2: According to thy gracious word

III Christ is risen

Hymn 3: Walking in a garden

Walking in a garden
At the close of day,
Adam tried to hide him
When he heard God say:
‘Why are you so frightened,
Why are you afraid?
You have brought the winter in,
Made the flowers fade.’

Walking in a garden
Where the Lord had gone,
Three of the disciples,
Peter, James, and John;
They were very weary,
Could not keep awake,
While the Lord was kneeling there,
Praying for their sake.

Walking in a garden
At the break of day,
Mary asked the gardener
Where the body lay;
But he turned towards her,
Smiled at her and said:
‘Mary, spring is here to stay,
Only death is dead.’

Anthem 3: Alleluia (Hagenberg)

Anthem 5: Come, ye faithful (Thatcher)

Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
of triumphant gladness;
God hath brought his Israel
into joy from sadness;
‘Tis the spring of souls today;
Christ hath burst his prison,
and from three days’ sleep in death,
as a sun hath risen;

Now the queen of seasons, bright
with the day of splendour,
with the royal feast of feasts,
comes its joy to render;
comes to glad Jerusalem,
who with true affection
welcomes in unwearied strains
Jesus’ resurrection.

Neither might the gates of death,
nor the tomb’s dark portal,
nor the watchers, nor the seal
hold thee as a mortal:
but today amidst thine own
thou didst stand, bestowing
thine own peace, which evermore
passeth human knowing.

Hymn 4: Good Christian men, rejoice and sing – AMNS 85

IV Christ will come again;

A Parable of Judgment

Anthem 6: O most merciful (Petition to the Holy Trinity) (Wood)

O most merciful, O most bountiful,
God the Father almighty!
By the Redeemer’s sweet intercession
Hear us, help us when we cry.



Psalm: Psalm 1


Recessional Hymn 5: Let all the world in every corner sing – AMNS 202

Postlude: Allabreve in D major, BWV 589 (J. S. Bach)