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Liturgy of the Word for the second Sunday after Trinity, 9th June 2024

Welcome to St Paul’s Athens,   especially if you are here for the first time or visiting Athens.

Please join us after the service for refreshments in the garden.


The worship is led by Revd. Deacon Christine Saccali, Assistant Chaplain, who is also preaching.



Introit: 439 (Gerontius) Praise to the Holiest in the height


Minister:  Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All:            and also with you.

Minister:  O Lord, open our lips

All:            and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Minister: Give us the joy of your saving help

All:            and sustain us with your life-giving Spirit.


The minister then welcomes people informally.


Prayers of Penitence

Minister:   Jesus says, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. So let us turn away from our sin and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.


All: Lord God, we have sinned against you;

       we have done evil in your sight.

       We are sorry and repent.

       Have mercy on us according to your love.

       Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.

       Renew a right spirit within us  and restore us to the joy of your salvation;

       through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Minister:  May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins, and restore us

in his image to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:            Amen

Psalm       Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 130

Refrain:    My soul waits for the Lord.

Out of the depths have I cried to you, O Lord;

Lord, hear my voice;  ♦

let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.

If you, Lord, were to mark what is done amiss,  ♦

O Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with you,  ♦

so that you shall be feared. [R]

I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him;  ♦

in his word is my hope.

My soul waits for the Lord,

more than the night watch for the morning,  ♦

more than the night watch for the morning. [R]

O Israel, wait for the Lord,  ♦

for with the Lord there is mercy;

With him is plenteous redemption  ♦

and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

Refrain:    My soul waits for the Lord.



First Reading :               2 Corinthians 4.13-5.1

But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and therefore we also speak, because we know that the one who raised Jesus[a] will also raise us with Jesus and will present us with you in his presence. Indeed, everything is for your sake, so that grace, when it has extended to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God

So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.  For our slight, momentary affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure,  because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen, for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

For we know that, if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.


Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

All:         Thanks be to God.


Minister:  Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

All:            And Christ shall give you light.

Minister:  You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God.

All:            Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

Minister:  Set your minds on things that are above,  not on things that are on the earth.

All:            And Christ shall give you light.

Minister:  When Christ our life appears you will appear with him in glory.

All:            Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead,  and Christ shall give you light.



The Benedictus   Luke 1, 68-79     (Please stand to say the canticle together)


  1. Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, who has come to his people and set them free.
  2. He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, born of the house of his servant David.
  3. Through his holy prophets God promised of old to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us,
  4. To show mercy to our ancestors, and to remember his holy covenant.
  5. This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
  6. Free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
  7. And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
  8. To give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of all their sins.
  9. In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
  10. To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be; world without end.  Amen.


Gradual: 480 (Manchester) In Christ there is no east or west

            Second Reading        Mark 3. 20-end                                         

Then he went home, and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.”  And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.”  And he called them to him and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?  If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.  And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come.  But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness but is guilty of an eternal sin”—  for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

 Then his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him.  A crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.”  And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”  And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!  Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

Reader:  This is the Word of the Lord.
            All:          Praise to you, O Christ.         


           Sermon (please sit) Revd. Deacon Christine Saccali


           The Apostles’ Creed  (please stand)

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ,  his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.  On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of God the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.    Amen.


Intercessions:   Lord in your mercy,  Hear our prayer.    



Faithful Creator,

whose mercy never fails:

deepen our faithfulness to you

and to your living Word,

Jesus Christ our Lord.


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.  For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever.   Amen.


The Peace      (Please stand)   The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:                   and also with you


Offertory: 353 (Repton) Dear Lord and Father of mankind

(During this hymn the collection will be taken)



our new senior chaplain Fr Benjamin Drury will be licensed on Sunday 23rd June during the service at 10 a.m. by the Venerable Leslie Nathaniel, Archdeacon of the East.

  • Church History and Guidebook ‘Opening Doors’ available for sale. €10,00 a copy,
  • Tuesday Morning Zoom Prayer Connect – see the website for details
  • Community Connect Coffee Mornings , 13th June, 10.30-12.30 in the Church Garden ask Anne Dedes for info. These are in the Church Garden 
  • Quiz Nights – 14th June at the Swedish Center, Apollonos 6, at 19.30 hrs.
  • -Check out our new contactless card reader if you would like to make a donation
  • -please look after your personal belongings as thieves are known to operate in this area
  • A POS is available so you can make your Sunday donation by card
  • -A QR code is now functioning, you can donate simply by scanning it. It can be found at the back of the church and on the noticeboard.


Final: 359 (Duke Street) Fight the good fight with all thy might


Minister:     Let us say the Grace together:   

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


Deacon Chris:  Day Off – Friday   697 737 7655

Swedish Church: Fr. Bjorn  694 6072428


The Anglican Church in Greece (including St. Paul’s) is self financing, and receives no income other than from the generosity of those who worship here. We are a legal body and we pay tax. Our tax number is 997073090. If you wish to donate direct to our bank (IBAN) the account with Piraeus Bank is:  The Anglican Church in Greece, St. Paul’s Athens  GR 820172 0500 0050 5008 6327 479 Swift code is  PIRB GRAA


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