St Francis of Assisi, Petts Wood

For it is in giving that we receive.




Entrance Antiphon: With a voice of singing declare ye this, and let it be heard, alleluia: utter it even unto the end of the earth: the Lord hath delivered his people, alleluia, alleluia.


O Lord, from whom all good things do come, grant to us thy humble servants that by thy holy inspiration we may think those things that be good; and by thy merciful guiding may perform the same. 

FIRST READING           Acts 16.9-15

And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over unto Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis; And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days. And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.  

GOSPEL                       John 14.23-29

Jesus answered and said unto his disciples, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.


Receive, O Lord, the prayers and oblations of thy faithful people: that through this observance of our bounden duty we may attain unto heavenly glory. 

Communion Antiphon: O sing unto the Lord, alleluia: sing unto the Lord, and praise his name; be telling of his salvation from day to day, alleluia, alleluia.


Grant unto us, O Lord, that we who have been filled with the grace and power of this heavenly table may both desire those things which be right, and effectually obtain all things that we desire.