Christ the Universal King

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Welcome to St. Barnabas

We extend a warm welcome to all those who are in Church today and particularly to those who are visiting. We hope you enjoy our worship here and will stay for refreshments after the mass. There is an area in church for young children (2-7 years) with activities. Parents and carers are welcome to use this area.


Toilet facilities are available, please ask for directions.


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Prayers for use before Mass

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


O Lord Jesus Christ I have come here in obedience to your will, to offer this sacrifice which you have commanded us to make in memory of you, that I may feed upon your body and blood; that I may grow in grace and be your true servant.

I offer this Mass for………………. and all who need our prayers.

Bless the priest who will say Mass and all who join us in this celebration, that we may share in the worship of heaven which we offer to your Father in the power of the Holy Spirit, with all the angels and saints. We make this prayer for your honour and glory. Amen.



When the bell rings, please stand


As the clergy and servers make their way to the Altar we sing:

1 Hail Redeemer, King divine!

Priest and Lamb the throne is thine,

King, whose reign shall never cease,

Prince of everlasting peace.


Angels, saints and nations sing:

“Praised be Jesus Christ our King;

Lord of life, earth, sky and sea,

King of love on Calvary.”


2 King, whose name creation thrills,

rule our minds, our hearts, our wills,

till in peace each nation rings

with thy praises King of Kings.

3 King most holy, King of truth,

Guide the lowly, guide the youth;

Christ, thou King of glory bright,

be to us eternal light.


5 Eucharistic King, what love

draws thee daily from above,

clad in signs of bread and wine;

feed us, lead us, keep us thine.


Sing with joy in every home:

“Sacred Heart, thy Kingdom come!”

To the King of ages, then,

Honour, Glory, Love, Amen.


Charles Rigby 1901-62

Tune King Divine

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.

And with your spirit       


The Priest introduces the Mass & invites the people to confess their sins.


Lord Jesus, Yours is a kingdom of truth and life:           

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


Yours is a kingdom of holiness and grace:               

Christ, have mercy. 

Christ, have mercy.


Yours is a kingdom of justice, love and peace:    

Lord, have mercy:         

Lord, have mercy.


May Almighty God, have mercy on us,

forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.


THE GLORIA            Sung


Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God in the highest.


Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father.

We worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.


Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God in the highest.


Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father.

Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father, receive our prayer.


Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God in the highest.


For you alone are the Holy one, you alone are the Lord.

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father.


Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God in the highest.


                                                         Mass of St. Thomas

The Collect


Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.

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.




The First Reading   (Please be seated)


A reading from the prophet Ezekiel:                                  Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17


The Lord says this: I am going to look after my flock myself and keep all of it in view. As a shepherd keeps all his flock in view when he stands up in the middle of his scattered sheep, so shall I keep my sheep in view. I shall rescue them from wherever they have been scattered during the mist and darkness. I myself will pasture my sheep, I myself will show them where to rest – it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them. As for you, my sheep, the Lord says this: I will judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and he-goats.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The Responsorial Psalm:


The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.


The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose.  R


Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping spirit.

He guides me along the right path; he is true to his name.  R


You have prepared a banquet for me in the sight of my foes.

My head you have anointed with oil; my cup is overflowing.  R


Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life.

In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.  R

The Second Reading:


A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians:  1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28


Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order: Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, having done away with every sovereignty, authority and power. For he must be king until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death, for everything is to be put under his feet. And when everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subject in his turn to the One who subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in all.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Gospel Acclamation    (Please Stand)            Sung        


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!

Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David!


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The Gospel


The Lord be with you.

And with your Spirit.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew:                   Matthew 25:31-46


Glory to you O Lord


Jesus said to his disciples: ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.

‘Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.” Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?” And the King will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”

‘Next he will say to those on his left hand, “Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you never gave me food; I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink; I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, naked and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me.” Then it will be their turn to ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or naked, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?” Then he will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.”

‘And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the virtuous to eternal life.’


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Please sit for the homily.

The Nicene Creed  (Please stand) 


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,

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,


(At the words that follow, up to and including ‘and became man’, all bow.)

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 Father.

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. Amen.



The Prayers of the Faithful  (Please stand, sit or kneel) 

The priest introduces the Prayer of the Faithful


Lord, in your mercy             or          Lord, hear us

Hear our prayer                              Lord, graciously hear us 


The Reader will add:


Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with Thee.

Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us Sinners now

and at the hour of our death. Amen


After a short silence,

the celebrant concludes the Prayer of the Faithful.

The Preparation of the Gifts


A Collection will be taken at this point

for the mission and upkeep of this church.


St. Barnabas however does need your financial

support to survive, Please consider a regular donation

via the Parish Giving Scheme or Standing order.


Forms are by the north door.

You are also able to pay contactless or by

QR code on your phone.

The celebrant prepares the altar with gifts of Bread and Wine,

they are then censed with incense together with the altar.


The celebrant and people are also censed.

1 Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour,

First-begotten from the dead,

Thou alone, our strong defender,

Liftest up thy peoples head,

Alleluia, alleluia,

Jesu, true and living bread!


2 Here our humblest homage pay we,

Here in loving reverence bow;

Here for faith’s discernment pray we;

Lest we fail to know thee now.

Alleluia, alleluia,

Thou art here we ask not how.

3 Though the lowliest form dost veil thee

As of old in Bethlehem,

Here as there thine angels hail thee,

Branch and flower of Jesse’s stem.

Alleluia, alleluia,

We in worship join with them.


4 Pascal Lamb,  thine offering finished

Once for all when thou wast slain,

In it’s fullness undiminished

Shall for evermore remain,

Alleluia, alleluia,

Cleansing souls from every stain.


5 Life-imparting heavenly Manna,

Stricken rock with streaming side,

Heaven and earth with loud hosanna

Worship p thee, the lamb who died,

Alleluia, alleluia,

Risen ascended glorified.


G.H. Bourne 1840-1925

Tune St. Helen

Pray, 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. 



The celebrant sings the prayers over the gifts and we respond:



THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER                                 Sung


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 God

It is right and just.


The celebrant continues to sing the preface:




Holy, holy, ho-ly, Lo-rd God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Bless’ed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

                                                         Mass of St. Thomas



The celebrant continues with the Eucharistic Prayer


The mystery of faith:                                          Sung

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.


The celebrant continues until:

… Through Him, and with Him, and in Him,

O God almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all glory and honour is yours, for ever and ever.   Amen.


 At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.


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 Christ.


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 lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.


The peace of the Lord be with you always:

And with your spirit



THE AGNUS DEI                                                 Sung


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.


                                                         Mass of St. Thomas

As the celebrant shows us the consecrated Host he says:  


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


Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof,

but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.


The celebrant first receives the Sacrament and then says the communion antiphon.


All baptised Christians who receive communion in their own churches are welcome to receive Holy Communion here.


If you require a gluten free host please tell one of the stewards.


When directed please come forward to receive Holy Communion. 

If you prefer a blessing, please come forward with your head bowed and arms crossed.

As you receive the Sacrament the priest/minister says:


The body of Christ / The blood of Christ.  and we reply  Amen.


During Communion the following hymn is sung

1 How shall I sing that majesty

Which angels do admire?

Let dust in dust and silence lie;

Sing, sing, ye heavenly choir.

Thousands of thousands stand around

Thy throne, O God most high;

Ten thousand times ten thousand sound

Thy praise; but who am I?


2 Thy brightness unto them appears,

Whilst I thy footsteps trace;

A sound of God comes to my ears,

But they behold thy face.

They sing because thou art their Sun;

Lord, send a beam on me;

For where heaven is but once begun

There alleluyas be.


3 Enlighten with faith’s light my heart,

Inflame it with love’s fire;

Then shall I sing and bear a part

With that celestial choir.

I shall, I fear, be dark and cold,

With all my fire and light;

Yet when thou dost accept their gold,

Lord, treasure up my mite.


4 How great a being, Lord, is thine,

Which doth all beings keep!

Thy knowledge is the only line

To sound so vast a deep.

Thou art a sea without a shore,

A sun without a sphere;

Thy time is now and evermore,

Thy place is everywhere.


John Mason 1645-1694

Tune Coe Fen



The celebrant says the prayer and we reply   Amen.


Any Banns of Marriage and notices may be read at this point.



The celebrant brings the Blessed Sacrament, which has been consecrated during this mass to the Altar of celebration as we sing the following hymn, and during the first verse, it is censed with incense.


The celebrant will then lift the Monstrance and process to the High Altar for Benediction via the Nave. Please follow in procession to the Chancel where you may sit in the choir stalls for Benediction.

1  Crown him with many crowns,

   The lamb upon the throne;

   Hark, how the heav’nly anthem drowns

   all music but its own:

   Awake, my soul, and sing

   Of him who died for thee,

   And hail him as thy matchless king

   Through all eternity.


2  Crown him the Lord of life,

   Who triumphed o’er the grave,

   And rose victorious in the strife

   For those he came to save.

   His glories now we sing,

   Who died and rose on high,

   Who died eternal life to bring,

   And lives that death may die.

3  Crown him the Lord of love;

   behold his hands and side,

   Rich wounds, yet visible above,

   In beauty glorified:

   No angel in the sky.

   Can fully bear the sight,

   But downward bends each burning eye

   At mysteries so bright.


4  Crown him the Lord of peace,

   Whose pow’r a sceptre sways

   From pole to pole, that wars may cease,

   And all be prayer and praise:

   His reign shall know no end,

   And round his piercèd feet

   Fair flow’rs of paradise extend

   Their fragrance ever sweet.

During the last verse the Blessed Sacrament is censed

5  Crown him the Lord of years,

   The Potentate of time,

   Creator of the rolling spheres,

   Ineffably sublime.

   All hail, Redeemer, hail!

   For thou hast died for me;

   Thy praise shall never, never fail

   Throughout eternity.


                        Matthew Bridges (1800-94)

                        Tune Diademata

Kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament the celebrant gives a short meditation ending with the Grace, which we say together.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.

The following is then sung:

Therefore we, before him bending,
This great Sacrament revere;
Types and shadows have their ending, For the newer rite is here;
Faith, our outward sense befriending,
Makes our inward vision clear.


Glory let us give and blessing
To the Father and the Son,
Honour, might, and praise addressing, While eternal ages run;
Ever too his love confessing
Who from Both with Both is One. Amen.

The celebrant introduces the Divine Praises


Blessed be God.

Blessed be God

Blessed be his holy name

Blessed be his holy name

Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man

Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man

Blessed be the Name of Jesus

Blessed be the Name of Jesus

Blessed be his most sacred Heart

Blessed be his most Sacred Heart

Blessed be his most precious Blood

Blessed be his most Precious Blood

Blessed be Jesus Christ in the most holy Sacrament of the altar

Blessed be Jesus Christ in the most holy Sacrament of the altar

Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy

Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy

Blessed be St Joseph, her most chaste Spouse

Blessed be St Joseph, her most chaste Spouse

Blessed be God in his Angels and in his Saints

Blessed be God in his Angels and in his Saints


The celebrant stands to sing the Collect and we reply  Amen.


The Blessing is given with the Blessed Sacrament and as it is returned to the Tabernacle we sing:  

Blessed and Praised be Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament,

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in excelsis. (x3)

As the Altar party leave the church the organ will sound.



Do please join us for refreshments after this mass

in the Café area.


Prayers for use after Mass


O Lord Jesus Christ you have come into our lives

as a willing guest and humble servant:

Take us and make us yours now and always.

We offer you the time that lies before us;

for your honour and glory. Amen.


Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me;

Blood of Christ, inebriate me; water from the side of Christ, wash me;

Passion of Christ, strengthen me; O Good Jesus, hear me;

Within thy wounds hide me; suffer me not to be separated from thee;

From the malicious enemy defend me; at the hour of my death call me;

And bid me come to thee; that with thy saints I may praise thee; for all eternity. Amen.



A Big ‘Thank you’ to all who contributed to the Christmas Market.


Lights of Love        Monday 27th November 5pm

Our Annual Service to light the Christmas Tree in Sackville Road

in memory of our loved ones.

This service will be followed by Mulled Wine and mince pies in church.

PCC Tuesday 28th November 7pm


St Barnabas needs your help


A BIG ‘THANK YOU’ to all who continue to support our churches. since the beginning of the Pandemic both our Churches have suffered a significant financial loss just like other churches and businesses. Your support is more essential than ever.

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1 Judge Eternal, throned in splendour,
Lord of lords and King of kings,
With your living fire of judgment
Purge this land of bitter things;
Solace all its wide dominion
With the healing of thy wings.


2 Still the weary folk are pining
For the hour that brings release,
And the city’s crowded clangour
Cries aloud for sin to cease,
And the homesteads and the woodlands
Plead in silence for their peace.


3 Crown, O God, your own endeavour;
Cleave our darkness with thy sword;
Feed the faithless and the hungry
With the richness of thy word;
Cleanse the body of this nation
Through the glory of the Lord.

Henry Scott Holland 1847-1918

                       Tune Rhuddlan