Our Lady of Lewisham
Trinity Chaplain, Mother Juliet, has created these propers based on her sermon on the Patronal Festival at St Mary the Virgin, Lewisham (see below) and from the Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the school’s vision document:
Our Lady of Lewisham
Entrance antiphon cf. Rev12:1
A great sign appeared in heaven:
a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
source and fountain of life,
in Mary, mother of us all
we see courage, boldness and strength
risking all to welcome your Son Jesus.
As we celebrate our diversity
grant that her ferocious love may well up within us
to bring your justice and establish your peace
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
From the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary except:
Gospel: John 4:6-14
Prayer over the Offerings
grant that we may receive the effect
of the offering we dedicate to you,
so that, walking with Our Lady of Lewisham in the way of beauty,
we may be renewed by progress in the life of the Spirit
and come at last to the vision of your glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks and,
as we celebrate the glory of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
to proclaim with fitting praise the greatness of your name.
In the great mystery of the incarnation
the Holy Spirit overshadowed the Blessed Virgin
and she brought forth your eternal Word,
Jesus Christ, the fountain of living water,
from which all may satisfy their thirst
to be one with you in a communion of love.
The Church also provided for all the faithful
the waters flowing from Christ’s side.
These are the rich, life-giving waters
served in the sacraments,
so that those who share in them with faith
may be filled with the Holy Spirit
and find Christ, their Saviour.
Through him the angels of heaven
offer their prayer of adoration
as they rejoice in your presence for ever.
May our voices be one with theirs
in their triumphant hymn of praise:
Communion antiphon cf. ps 87 (86): 3; Lk 1: 49
Glorious things are spoken of you, O virgin Mary, for he who is mighty has done great things for you.
Prayer After Communion
you have refreshed us
at your banquet of salvation
where we have drawn water in joy
from the fountain of the Saviour;
Well here’s a first attempt at a Proper Office for OLL.
Happy to receive improvements, ideas for alternative hymns etc.
I have taken full advantage of the fact that Walsingham and Lewisham have the same number of syllables. Lady well has been harder to fit in. The verses set to the Lourdes hymn were written by Fr Steve Hall, Vicar of Lewisham.
The Magnificat antiphon is adapted from a Responsory at Matins for the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes in The Anglican Breviary. The intercessions are by me based on those in The Divine Office and the Collect is by Trinity chaplain Mother Juliet Donnelly.
The second reading at the Office of Readings from Fr Colin Stephenson’s Walsingham Way was kindly suggested (and typed up) by Richard Magrath on a year for God scheme in the Ravensbourne Team Ministry and spending a day a week at Trinity.
Grant that as we celebrate Our Lady of Lewisham
the sacrament we have received may be
a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
Through Christ our Lord.