8am and 9:30am on Sundays Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AU

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THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Church at Home – Pentecost

We can’t gather at St Mary’s for our usual Sunday service, but we can all join a collective act of worship from our homes. You can do this at 9:30am or 11:15am on Sunday morning, or whenever else is convenient.

This Sunday, 31st May, is the Day of Pentecost. Welcome to our service!

You can now find links to parts of the service which Fr Jeremy has recorded on video. Our Youtube channel, containing our videos, can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF0WRLKWtkgWJjZw_d4S6Mw


Sing along to our hymn “Come down, O Love divine”, recorded by some members of the choir. Click the triangular play button below to hear the music; the words are:

Come down, O Love divine,
Seek thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with thine ardour glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
Within my heart appear,
And kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
Till earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let thy glorious light
Shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity
Mine outward vesture be,
And lowliness become mine inner clothing;
True lowliness of heart,
Which takes the humbler part,
And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong,
With which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace,
Till he become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling.

(Bianco da Siena d 1434, translated by R F Littledale 1833-1890)


A video of the start of the service is now available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V3hSojNTVw

The Epistle is Acts 2, verses 1-21. Click the triangular play button below to hear it read by one of our congregation, Stephen Nichols. The text is available online here.


The psalm is Psalm 104, verses 24-end. The text is available online here. Click the triangular play button below to sing along as it is sung by some of our choir.


The Gospel reading is John 20, verses 19-23. The text is available online here.

The video of the gospel and sermon is now available on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LML-oEaWl5Q

The text of Fr Jeremy’s sermon will be made available here: http://www.stmaryshenley.org.uk/rectors-blog/


Intercessions are led for us today by Joan Edwards, one of our congregation. Click the triangular play button below to hear them.


The Eucharistic prayer is now available on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYonWmFcuOk


The conclusion of the service is now available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvkJmN_4rtw


Church at Home is an experiment, an attempt to keep our community together while the Covid-19 virus disrupts our normal life. We thought the new name “Church at Home” was a bit more welcoming than “Remote Church”. If you have suggestions on how to improve this, or would like to record part of next week’s service, please do let us know by commenting below or emailing info@stmaryshenley.org.uk.

Many thanks to those of you who attended last week’s Church at Home and left comments and suggestions for how it could be improved.

The Oxford Diocese have a livestreaming page which can be accessed at www.oxford.anglican.org and there will be a Diocesan Eucharist livestreamed this Sunday at 10 am. The service from Christchurch Cathedral can be found at https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/oxfords-cathedral/online-worship.

Sacred Heart will be livestreaming Mass on Sunday morning (10.30 a.m.). See Sacred Heart’s website.