25th February 2024

Second Sunday of Lent

Of you my heart has spoken:
Seek his face.
It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;
hide not your face from me.

O God, who have commanded us
to listen to your beloved Son,
be pleased, we pray,
to nourish us inwardly by your word,
that, with spiritual sight made pure,
we may rejoice to behold your glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
Son, who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.

Priest: In the name of the Father and
of the Son, and of the Holy
People: Amen.

Grace to you and peace from God our
and the Lord Jesus Christ.
And with your spirit.

Brethren (Brothers and sisters),
let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to
celebrate the sacred mysteries.


Be thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart,
Naught be all else, to me
save that thou art:
Thou my best thought in the
day and the night,
Waking or sleeping,
thy presence my light.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s
empty praise
Thou mine inheritance through
all my days;
Thou, and thou only,
the first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure
thou art!

High King of heaven,
when battle is done
grant heaven’s joy to me bright
heaven’s sun;
Christ of my own heart, whatever
still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

The absolution by the priest follows:
May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life.

Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I
have failed to do,

Striking your breast as you say:
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,

to pray for me to the Lord our God.

FIRST READING 22:1-2.9-13.15-18

A reading from the book of

God put Abraham to the test.
“Abraham, Abraham” he called.
“Here I am” he replied. “Take your
son,” God said “your only child
Isaac, whom you love, and go to the
land of Moriah. There you shall offer
him as a burnt offering, on a
mountain I will point out to you.”

When they arrived at the place
God had pointed out to him,
Abraham built an altar there and
arranged the wood. Then he
stretched out his hand and seized
the knife to kill his son.

But the angel of the Lord called
to him from heaven “Abraham,
Abraham” he said. “I am here” he
replied. “Do not raise your hand
against the boy” the angel said. “Do
not harm him, for now I know you
fear God. You have not refused me
your son, your only son.” Then
looking up, Abraham saw a ram
caught by its horns in a bush.

Entrance Hymn

The Liturgy of the Word


I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,

Raising the host, the priest says:
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all
creation, for through your goodness
we have received the bread we offer
you: fruit of the earth and work of
human hands,
it will become for us the bread of life.
Blessed be God for ever.
The priest pours wine and a little water
into the chalice, saying quietly:

By the mystery of this water and wine
may we come to share in the divinity
of Christ,
who humbled himself to share in our
Raising the chalice, the priest says:
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all
creation, for through your goodness
we have received the wine we offer
you: fruit of the vine and work of
human hands,
it will become our spiritual drink.
Blessed be God for ever.



Abraham took the ram and offered it
as a burnt-offering in place of his

The angel of the Lord called
Abraham a second time from
heaven. “I swear by my own self —
it is the Lord who speaks —
because you have done this,
because you have not refused me
your son, your only son, I wil l
shower blessings on you, I will make
your descendants as many as the
stars of heaven and the grains of
sand on the seashore. Your
descendants shall gain possession
of the gates of their enemies. All the
nations of the earth shall bless
themselves by your descendants, as
a reward for your obedience.”
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Ps115:10.15-19.R.Ps 114.9

R. I will walk in the presence of the
Lord in the land of the living

1. I trusted, even when I said:
“I am sorely afflicted.”
O precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful. R.

2. Your servant, Lord, your servant
am I;
you have loosened my bonds.
A thanksgiving sacrifice I make:
I will call on the Lord’s name. R.

3. My vows to the Lord I will fulfil
before all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem. R.

A reading from the letter of
St Paul to the Romans

With God on our side who can be
against us? Since God did not spare
his own Son, but gave him up to
benefit us all, we may be certain,
after such a gift, that he will not
refuse anything he can give. Could
anyone accuse those that God has
chosen? When God acquits, could
anyone condemn? Could Christ
Jesus? No! He not only died for us
— he rose from the dead, and there
at God’s right hand he stands and
pleads for us.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Glory and praise to you, O Christ:

From the bright cloud the
Father’s voice was heard:

“This is my Son, the Beloved.
Listen to him.”

Glory and praise to you, O Christ.

GOSPEL 9:2-10
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy
Gospel according to Mark.
Glory to you, O Lord.
Jesus took with him Peter and
James and John and led them up a
high mountain where they could be
alone by themselves. There in their
presence he was transfigured: his
clothes became dazzlingly white,
whiter than any earthly bleacher
could make them. Elijah appeared
to them with Moses; and they were
talking with Jesus. Then Peter
spoke to Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “it
is wonderful for us to be here; so let
us make three tents, one for you,
one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
He did not know what to say; they
were so frightened. And a cloud
came, covering them in shadow;
and there came a voice from the
cloud, “This is my Son, the Beloved.
Listen to him.” Then suddenly, when
they looked round, they saw no one
with them any more but only Jesus.
As they came down the mountain
he warned them to tell no one what
they had seen, until after the Son of
Man had risen from the dead. They
observed the warning faithfully,
though among themselves they
discussed what “rising from the
dead” could mean.

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

begotten, not made, consubstantial
with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
(All bow during the next three lines)
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under
Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord,
the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and
the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is
adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and
apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the
forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection
of the dead
and the life of the world to come.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name
of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

PREFACE: The Transfiguration of the

The Lord be with you.
And with your Spirit.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our
It is right and just
It is truly right and just, our duty and
our salvation, always and everywhere
to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and
eternal God, through Christ our Lord.
For after he had told the disciples of
his coming Death,
on the holy mountain he manifested
to them his glory, to show, even by
the testimony of the law and the
prophets, that the Passion leads to
the glory of the Resurrection.
And so, with the Powers of heaven,
we worship you constantly on earth,
and before your majesty
without end we acclaim:

May this sacrifice, O Lord, we pray,
cleanse us of our faults and sanctify
your faithful in body and mind
for the celebration of the paschal
Through Christ our Lord.

Facing the people the priest says:

Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters),
that my sacrifice and yours
may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.

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 holy Church.

Bowing the priest says quietly:
With humble spirit and contrite heart
may we be accepted by you, O Lord,
and may our sacrifice in your sight
this day be pleasing to you, O Lord.
Then the priest washes his hands, saying

Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquity;
and cleanse me from my sin.

The mystery of faith
We proclaim your Death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection
until you come again.

Then the Priest, with hands extended, says:
Therefore, as we celebrate the
memorial of his Death and
we offer you, Lord,
the Bread of life and the Chalice of
salvation, giving thanks that you have
held us worthy to be in your presence
and minister to you.

Humbly we pray
that, partaking of the Body and Blood
of Christ,
we may be gathered into one by the
Holy Spirit.

Remember, Lord, your Church,
spread throughout the world,

You are indeed Holy, O Lord,
the fount of all holiness.
The Priest joins his hands and, holding them
extended over the offerings, says:
Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we
by sending down your Spirit upon
them like the dewfall,
so that they may become for us
the Body X and Blood of our Lord,
Jesus Christ.

At the time he was betrayed
and entered willingly into his Passion,
he took bread and, giving thanks,
broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying:


In a similar way, when supper was
he took the chalice
and, once more giving thanks,
he gave it to his disciples, saying:


and bring her to the fullness of charity,
together with Francis, our Pope,
N. our Bishop, his assistant Bishop(s),
and all the clergy.
Remember also our brothers and
who have fallen asleep in the hope of
the resurrection,
and all who have died in your mercy:
welcome them into the light of your
Have mercy on us all, we pray,
that with the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of God, with blessed Joseph,
her Spouse, with the blessed
and all the Saints who have pleased
you throughout the ages,
we may merit to be coheirs to eternal
and may praise and glorify you
through your Son, Jesus Christ.

The Priest takes the chalice and the paten
with the host and, elevating both, he says:

Through him, and with him, and in
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours,
for ever and ever.

At the Saviour’s command
and formed by divine teaching,
we dare to say:
Our Father, who art in heaven . . .
Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil,
graciously grant peace in our days,
that, by the help of your mercy,
we may be always free from sin
and safe from all distress,
as we await the blessed hope
and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus
For the kingdom, the power and the
glory are yours, now and for ever.
Lord Jesus Christ,
who said to your Apostles:
Peace I leave you, my peace I give
you, look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and graciously grant her peace and
unity in accordance with your will.
Who live and reign for ever and ever.

Communion Rite

This is my beloved Son, with whom
I am well pleased; listen to him.

As we receive these glorious
mysteries, we make thanksgiving to
you, O Lord,
for allowing us while still on earth
to be partakers even now of the things
of heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.



The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
Bow head for the blessing – short silence
And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, X and the
Holy Spirit, come down on you and
remain with you for ever.

Go and announce the Gospel of
the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Holy God we praise they name,
Lord of all we bow before thee.
All on earth thy sceptre own.
All in heaven above adore thee.
Endless is thy vast domain.
Ever lasting is thy reign.

Hark, with loud and pealing hymn,
Thee the angel choirs are praising;
Cherubim and seraphim,
One unceasing chorus raising,
Ever sing with sweet accord,
Holy, holy, holy Lord.

Spare thy people, Lord, we pray,
By a thousand snares surrounded:
Keep us free from sin today;
Never let us be confounded.
All my trust I place in thee,
Never, Lord, abandon me.

O bread of heaven, beneath this veil
thou dost my very God conceal;
my Jesus, dearest treasure, hail;
I love thee and adoring kneel;
each loving soul by thee is fed
with thine own self in form of bread.

O food of life, thou who dost give
the pledge of immortality;
I lIve; no, ‘tis not I that live;
God gives me life, God lives in me:
he feeds my soul, he guides my ways,
and every grief with joy repays.

Beloved Lord in heaven above,
there, Jesus, thou awaitest me;
to gaze on thee with changeless love,
yes, thus I hope, thus shall it be:
for how can he deny me heaven
who here on earth himself hath given.

Bless your faithful, we pray, O Lord,
with a blessing that endures for ever,
and keep them faithful
to the Gospel of your Only Begotten
Son,so that they may always desire
and at last attain that glory whose
beauty he showed in his own Body,
to the amazement of his Apostles.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The peace of the Lord be with you
And with your Spirit.
The priest may add these or similar words.
Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

The priest places a small piece of the host in
the chalice saying quietly:

May this mingling of the body and
blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
bring eternal life to us who receive it.
Meanwhile the people sing or say:
Lamb of God, you take away the
sins of the world:
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the
sins of the world
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the
sins of the world
grant us peace.

May the Body of Christ
keep me safe for eternal life.

The Priest reverently consumes the Body of
Then he takes the chalice and says quietly:
May the Blood of Christ
keep me safe for eternal life.

The Priest raises a host slightly and shows it
to each of the communicants, saying:
The Body of Christ.

The priest says quietly:
May the receiving of your Body and
Lord Jesus Christ,
not bring me to judgement and
but through your loving mercy
be for me protection in mind and
body, and a healing remedy.

Raising the host the priest says:

Behold the Lamb of God,
behold him who takes away the sins of
the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper
of the Lamb.

And together with the people he says once:

Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.

My Jesus, you are with me now,
more close to me even than you
were to Peter, James and John on
the high mountain.
It is wonderful for me to be here,
my soul the tent in which you are
dwelling at this moment.
I believe, Lord; help my unbelief.
Give me the strong faith of
Abraham, my spiritual father.
If you are on my side,
who can be against me?
In giving you to me,
God has given all he can possibly
All I have to do is listen to you.
Speak to me, Lord, in the stillness
of my soul.
Speak, Lord, your servant is

Communion Hymn

Private Prayer after Communion

Concluding Rites

Recessional Hymn