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Service Sheet for the Third Sunday in Lent – 20th March 2022

Welcome to St. Paul’s Athens especially if you are here for the first time or visiting Athens.  Please stay and have coffee after the liturgy.  We have a POS facility now, so payments can be made to the church by bank cards.


The presiding priest is Fr. Bjorn Kling of the Swedish Church. The deacon and preacher is Deacon Christine Saccali.


Entry Greeting  

[Minister: Give us true repentance; forgive us our sins of negligence and ignorance and our

deliberate sins: and grant  us the grace of your Holy Spirit to amend our lives

according to your holy word.

All:             Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy upon us.]


Entrance Hymn    465   Thou didst leave thy throne


Priest:     In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen

The Lord be with you.

 All:         and also with you


The priest then welcomes the people of God and the assistant leads us into Confession.


Silence and stillness follows for a few moments

Deacon:    We confess to you our selfishness and lack of love: fill us with your Spirit.

Kyrie eleison

All:             Kyrie eleison

Deacon:    We confess to you our fear and failure in sharing our faith: fill us with your Spirit.

Christe eleison

All:             Christe eleison

Deacon:    We confess to you our stubbornness and lack of trust: fill us with your Spirit.

Kyrie eleison

All:             Kyrie eleison

Priest:       May Almighty God, who sent his Son into the world to save sinners, bring you

his pardon and peace.

All:             Amen.


Collect:  Let us pray    (remain standing as the priest prays the Collect of the Day)   

Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us, and to seek the perfection we are promised in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

First Reading    (please sit)                                         Isaiah 55, 1-9   (Reader: Kevin Lee)

Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Reader:  This is the word of the Lord

All:          Thanks be to God.


Resp. Psalm:  (Green Hymn Book)  532  Have mercy on us Lord, for we have sinned


2nd Reading                                                            1 Cor 10, 1-13                  (Reader: Virginia Stevens)

I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness. Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.


Reader:       This is the word of the Lord

All:               Thanks be to God.


Hymn:          64  Be thou my guardian

Deacon:      I ask your blessing that I may worthily proclaim this holy gospel

All:                May the Lord be on your lips, in your mind and in your heart that you

                      may worthily proclaim to us this holy gospel]

Deacon:       Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory. The Lord is a great God. O that

today you  would listen to his voice. Harden not your hearts.

All:                Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

Deacon:       The Lord be with you

All:                and also with you

Deacon:       Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Luke   (Luke 13, 1-9)

All:                Glory to you, O Lord.

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.” Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

Deacon:    This is the gospel of the Lord

All:             Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.


Sermon  (Please sit) 


Affirmation of Faith  (please stand as we declare our historic faith in the Trinitarian God)

Priest: Let us declare our faith in God.

All:  We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Intercessions:  (kneel or sit) Lord in your mercy; hear our prayer   (Lynne Doolan)


The Peace: (please stand)

Priest:   Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ who has given us access to his grace. The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

All:        and also with you


Offertory Hymn:        285  For the beauty of the earth   1st tune   (The collection is then taken)


(The offering of the people, bread and wine, are placed the table: signs of our work and giving to God)

Priest: God of wisdom, may the light of your eternal Word, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, lead us to holiness and guide us to glory; we ask this in his name.  Amen.


The Great Thanksgiving Prayer (please remain standing for this)


Priest:   The Lord be with you

All:         and also with you

Priest:    Lift up your hearts

All:         We lift them to the Lord

Priest:    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All:         It is right to give thanks and praise

Priest:    It is right to praise you, Father, for all your goodness and your love.  When we

turned away  you did not reject us. You came to meet us in your Son.
All:         You welcomed us as your children and prepared a table where we might sit and

               eat with you.

Priest:    In Christ you shared our life that we might live in him and he in us.
All:         He opened wide his arms upon the cross and, with a love stronger than death he

               made for all a perfect sacrifice for sin.

Priest:    On the night before he died he came to table with his friends and taking bread, he

gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to them saying: Take, eat: this is my body

which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

All:          Lord Jesus, we bless you:  you are the bread of life.

Priest:     At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine he gave you thanks, and said: Drink this,

all of you; this is my   blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you for

the forgiveness of sins; do this in remembrance of me.

All:          Lord    Jesus, we bless you: you are the true vine.


Deacon:  Praise to you, Lord Jesus
All:           Dying you destroyed our death,
Rising you restored our life;
Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Priest:     Father, send your Holy Spirit on us now; may this bread and this wine, be to us

the body and blood of your dear Son.  As we eat and drink these holy gifts make

us, who know our need of grace, one in Christ, our risen Lord. With your whole

Church throughout the world we offer you this sacrifice of praise and lift our voice

to join the  song of heaven for ever praising you and singing:


All: (Sung)   Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of

                your glory. Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the

                Lord. Hosanna in the highest.


The Lord’s Prayer:  (to be prayed in the language of your choice)

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.


Priest:  Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup

All:       we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


Sung:   Jesus Lamb of God, have mercy on us. Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace, grant us peace.


Priest:  Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you. Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.


All baptized Christians may come forward to receive the body and blood of Christ. If you wish you may receive a blessing. Please let the Sides-people guide you forward.  


Communion Hymn:    282  Faithful Shepherd


Post Communion Prayer:  Let us pray     (please stand)

Priest: Merciful Lord, grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


All: Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home. Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory. May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world. Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Post Communion Hymn:  391  King of glory


Priest:     Christ Give you grace to grow in holiness, to deny yourselves, take up your

Cross and follow him, and the blessing…


Deacon:  Go in the peace of Christ

All:           Thanks be to God.


Fr. Leonard’s usual Day Off – Monday

Home tel :  210 72 14 906;  email anglican@otenet.gr

Deacon Chris: Day off – Friday  Home tel. 22950 53164

Swedish Church: contact Fr. Bjorn on  694 607 2428



  1. COVID Certificates!!! Everyone should be responsible for the validity of their own certificates. Note that if you don’t have the booster your COVID certificate is time-limited. If you don’t have a valid certificate you will have to show a copy of a valid Rapid Test result or we will have to ask you to sit outside.
  2. Easter this year is April 17th (Orthodox Easter is 24th April) – there will be an Easter Breakfast in the garden after the Liturgy. Contact Linda Paparsenos or Jane Mandalios if you can help.
  3. Easter Candle Fund raising – you can make an Easter donation to St. Paul’s by adding and lighting a candle with your gift – see the website for information.
  4. Easter Lilies – see the website to pay for a lily. A real lily will be part of the flower displays on Easter Sunday. A register of people’s ‘in memory’ names will be produced by Mary Pelides.
  5. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is on April 3rd. We elect the Wardens and some of the Council members, and receive the Annual Accounts. Electoral Roll forms are available in church or on our church website. Election forms are available from Jean Mertzanakis. The Minutes of the 2021 APCM are now on the noticeboard.
  6. There is now a weekly ‘online’ Prayer Group. Speak to Nelly Paraskevopoulou or Deacon Chris about the details. Zoom login is on our website.
  7. Holy Week (Great Week): Holy Wednesday Liturgy: 10.00hrs

                                                Holy Thursday Liturgy:      19.00hrs

                                                Good Friday Liturgy:          14.00hrs

Holy Saturday Liturgy:       20.00hrs

8. Easter Lilies (In memorium).This lovely St. Paul’s tradition continues. The names of your loved ones can be included in our Easter Book of Remembrance – just email them to Nelly at nelly.parask@gmail.com and your lily will be added to the beautiful. See Website for payment details.






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