Sunday 21st July

Parish Mass for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity

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Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify and

govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the works

of your commandments; that through your most mighty protection, both

here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord

and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of

the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.



Jeremiah 23: 1-6

Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord . Therefore thus says the Lord , the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord . Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall no longer fear or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord.

The days are surely coming, says the Lord , when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The Lord  is our righteousness.”


Mark 6: 30-34, 53- end

The apostles gathered around Jesus and told him all that

they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away

to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.”

For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure

even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted

place by themselves. Now many saw them going and

recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all

the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore,

he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion for them,

because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he

began to teach them many things.

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

Post Communion Prayer

Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands that have taken holy things; may

the ears which have heard your word be deaf to clamour and dispute; may

the tongues which have sung your praise be free from deceit; may the eyes

which have seen the tokens of your love shine with the light of hope; and

may the bodies which have been fed with your body be refreshed with the

fullness of your life; glory to you for ever.