Second Sunday of Advent

The Parish of St. Barnabas and St. Agnes

 A parish of the Society of St Wilfrid & St Hilda

 within the Diocese of Chichester

with St. Philip Hove

Weekly Bulletin 5th December 2021

Second Sunay of Advent


Sunday          9.30am  Parish Eucharist   at  St. Philip’s Church


              11am     Parish Mass          at  St Barnabas Church




St. Philip’s is open on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month at 9.30am




St Barnabas is also open this week for private prayer


Tuesday – Friday:                Church Open - 12noon- 2pm      Mass as advertised


Saturday                           Church Open – 9am – 12.30pm    Mass at 9.30am


Fr. John is off duty on Monday








If you hear of anyone in our congregations who are ill or especially if they are in hospital, will you please make sure that Fr John is informed.


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The Collect:


Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.




The First Reading:  


A reading from the Prophet Baruch:                                              Baruch 5:1-9 




Jerusalem, take off your dress of sorrow and distress, put on the beauty of the glory of God for ever, wrap the cloak of the integrity of God around you, put the diadem of the glory of the Eternal on your head: since God means to show your splendour to every nation under heaven, since the name God gives you for ever will be, ‘Peace through integrity, and honour through devotedness.’


Arise, Jerusalem, stand on the heights and turn your eyes to the east: see your sons reassembled from west and east at the command of the Holy One, jubilant that God has remembered them. Though they left you on foot, with enemies for an escort,


now God brings them back to you like royal princes carried back in glory.


For God has decreed the flattening of each high mountain, of the everlasting hills,


the filling of the valleys to make the ground level so that Israel can walk in safety under the glory of God. And the forests and every fragrant tree will provide shade


for Israel at the command of God; for God will guide Israel in joy by the light of his glory with his mercy and integrity for escort.




The Psalm:


What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.




When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage, it seemed like a dream.


Then was our mouth filled with laughter, on our lips there were songs.  R.




The heathens themselves said: ‘What marvels  the Lord worked for them!’


What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.  R.




Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage as streams in dry land.


Those who are sowing in tears will sing when they reap.  R.




They go out, they go out, full of tears. Carrying seed for the sowing.


They come back, they come back, full of song, carrying their sheaves.  R.




The Second Reading:


A reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians                      Philippians  1:4-6,8-11




Every time I pray for all of you, I pray with joy, remembering how you have helped to spread the Good News from the day you first heard it right up to the present. I am quite certain that the One who began this good work in you will see that it is finished when the Day of Christ Jesus comes; and God knows how much I miss you all, loving you as Christ Jesus loves you. My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more and never stop improving your knowledge and deepening your perception so that you can always recognise what is best. This will help you to become pure and blameless, and prepare you for the Day of Christ, when you will reach the perfect goodness, which Jesus Christ produces in us for the glory and praise of God.




The Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Luke:                Luke 3:1-6




In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judaea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the lands of Ituraea and Trachonitis, Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the pontificate of Annas and Caiaphas the word of God came to John son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. He went through the whole Jordan district proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the sayings of the prophet Isaiah:


A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.


Every valley will be filled in, every mountain and hill be laid low, winding ways will be straightened and rough roads made smooth. And all mankind shall see the salvation of God.




Parish Prayers this week:


5th     Sun    2nd ADVENT OF SUNDAY                              THE PARISH


          9.30am Parish Eucharist at St. Philip’s  11am Parish Mass at St. Barnabas


6th     Mon    S. Nicholas                                                   Fellowship of S. Nicholas


7th     Tue    S. Ambrose of Milan                       7pm          Sacristans


8th     Wed   IMMACULATE CONCEPTION              10.30am    Expectant Mothers


9th     Thu    Weekday of Advent                       12.30pm   Long Term Covid Sufferers


10th   Fri      Our Lady of Loreto                        12.30pm   Shop Workers


11th   Sat     S. Damasus I                                 9.30am     Our Christmas Market






Next Sunday THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT                          THE PARISH


          11am Pontifical Mass with the Bishop of Lewes     




We pray for all who live and work in our parish and especially this week:


5th      Coleridge Street, Carlisle Road.  6th  Conway Place, Conway St, Coleman Ave.


7th      Cowper Street, Hogarth Road.    8th  Ellen Street, Ethel Street, Hove Street.


9th      Fonthill Road, Langdale Gardens.      10th  Frith Road, Langdale Road.


11th     Goldstone Lane, Goldstone Road, Goldstone Villas.




Let us pray for the sick, especially those suffering with Coronavirus and those who care for them, the weak and the dying. We also pray for those for whom our prayers have been asked.



Let us pray for those who have died recently especially: Clare Lees; Mary Beal; Cecile Edgley; Robert Featherstone Pr. Pete Cosham and also those whose years mind falls at this time:


5th   Sidney Lichfield; George Parsons.    6th         Dottie Bridger.


7th  Peggy Anderson.   8th Florence Perrott; George Sutton.


9th   James Scott. 10th  Edmund Day Pr. Jean Alldam.


11th  John Loughborough Pearson.


Parish Staff:




Parish Priest:            Fr John Eldridge SSC                           01273 881761




St Barnabas contacts:


Churchwarden:          Christopher Bould                               07730381934


Churchwarden:           Vacant                                              


Safeguarding:             Carol & David Tildesley   07749182018/07710 030179




Twitter:                     @StBarnabasHove    


Facebook:                  @StbarnabasHove


Instagram:                 stbarnabaschurchhove




St Philip’s contacts:


Parish Contacts:         Alethea Samrah                                  01273 771882


                                Susan Davey                                       01273 324724






Saturday 11th December 12noon to 4pm

Lots of Stalls, Crafts, Raffles and Christmas Fun    Stalls available at £15

We need items for stalls: Unwanted gifts, Raffle prizes, Bottles, toys and Chocolate.



Bishop Will of Lewes will be visiting us at St. Barnabas. He will celebrate and preach Next Sunday -  Third Sunday of Advent 12th December at 11am


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