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Zoom service for Sunday next before Lent: 14th March 2021 – Mothering Sunday

St Paul’s Athens


After the worship we can have a short chat together. The hymns and other shared texts you might know by heart, or you can print out this service, or you may have a hymn book at home, or you may be happy to listen in silence. In the UK today is kept as Mothering Sunday, so we are observing this celebration today.


The Sunday worship login remains the same until the end of April. Always double check for information on our website. This year we are aligned to the Greek Orthodox date for Easter.


Fr. Leonard will lead the worship today and is the preacher. The Deacon is Deacon Christine. Christina Antoniadou is playing the keyboard. Please see ‘Chat’ on the day, to see the pieces Christina is playing.


Priest:     Blessed be the Kingdom of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

All:          Now and forever.

Priest:     Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All:           and also with you.


For I’m building a people of power          

And I’m making a people of praise
That will move through this land by My Spirit,
And will glorify My precious name.”

                         Build Your church, Lord,
                         Make us strong, Lord,
                         Join our hearts, Lord, through Your Son.
                         Make us one, Lord,
                         In Your Body,
                         In the kingdom of Your Son.


The deacon leads us into a short period of silence, followed by Confession.


Deacon:     Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness and cleanse me from my sin

Kyrie eleison

All:              Kyrie eleison

Deacon:     Make me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me

                    Christe eleison

All:              Christe eleison

Deacon:     Cast me not away from your presence and take not your Holy Spirit from me

                    Kyrie eleison

All:              Kyrie eleison


Priest:   May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Gloria  (tune Cwm Rhrondda)

Glory be to God in heaven, song of joy and peace we bring,

Thankful hearts and voices raising to creation’s Lord we sing:

Lord we thank you. Lord we bless you,

Glory be to God our King. Glory be to God our King.


Lamb of God, who on your shoulders bore the load of this world’s sin,

Only Son of God the Father, you have brought us peace within:

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy,

Now your glorious reign begin,

Now your glorious reign begin.


Collect:  Let us pray     (Collect of the Day) 

God of love, passionate and strong, tender and careful; watch over us and hold us all the days of our life;  through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who is alive and reigns  with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen


First Reading                                                                                                                     Exodus 2, 1-10

Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him. The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

 This is the word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God.


Father, we love You, we worship and adore you
Glorify your name in all the world

Glorify your name, Glorify your name
Glorify your name in all the earth


 Jesus, we love You, we worship and adore You
Glorify your name…

Spirit, we love you, we worship and adore you

Glorify your name…


Gospel Reading          

Deacon:     Alleluia, alleluia. Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will

be given to you.

All:              Alleluia.

Deacon:     The Lord be with you

All:              and also with you

Deacon:     Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John                       (John 19, 25-27)

All:              Glory to you, O Lord

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

Deacon:     This is the gospel of Christ

All:              Praise to you, O Christ.


Sermon      Fr. Leonard




Deacon:  Do you believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist?

All:           We believe and trust in him.

Deacon:  Do you believe and trust in God the Son, who took our human nature, died for us and rose again?

All:           We believe and trust in him.

Deacon:  Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God, and makes

Christ known in the world?

All:           We believe and trust in him.

Deacon:  This is the faith of the Church.

All:           This is our faith. We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Intercessions:  (kneel or sit) Lord in your mercy; hear our prayer    (Intercessor: Lynn Stavrou)


Peace:  God has made us one in Christ. He has set his seal upon us and, as a pledge of what is to come, he has given us the Spirit to dwell in our hearts.  The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All:        And also with you.

You might like to scroll along the gallery of the participants to see who you are sharing the peace with – remember to put your Sunday collection aside or send it by bank transfer.


1 SING we of the blessed Mother         (Tune Abbots Leigh)
who received the angels word,
And obedient to his summons
bore in love the infant Lord;
Sing we of the Joys of Mary
at whose breast that child was fed
Who is Son of God eternal
and the everlasting Bread.

2 Sing we, too, of Mary’s sorrows,
of the sword that pierced her through,
When beneath the cross of Jesus
she his weight of suffering knew,
Looked upon her Son and Saviour
reigning from the awful tree,
Saw the price of man’s redemption
paid to set the sinner free.

3 Sing again the joys of Mary
when she saw the risen Lord,
And in prayer with Christ’s apostles,
waited on his promised word:
From on high the blazing glory
of the Spirit’s presence came,
Heavenly breath of God’s own being,
Tokened in the wind and flame.

4 Sing the chiefest joy of Mary
when on earth her work was done,
And the Lord of all creation
brought her to his heavenly home:
Virgin Mother, Mary blessed,
Raised on high and crowned with grace,
May thy Son, the world’s redeemer,
Grant us all to see his face.


The Lord’s Prayer:  (to be prayed in whichever language you chose)

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.


All: Loving God, as a mother feeds her children at the breast you nourish us with Christ, who is the Bread of life; help us, who have tasted your goodness to grow in grace within the household of faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


1 Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising.
Give me joy in my heart, I pray.
Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising.
Keep me praising till the break of day.

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King of kings!
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King!


2 Give me peace in my heart, keep me resting.
Give me peace in my heart, I pray.
Give me peace in my heart, keep me resting.
Keep me resting till the break of day. [Refrain]


3 Give me love in my heart, keep me serving.
Give me love in my heart, I pray.
Give me love in my heart, keep me serving.
Keep me serving till the break of day. [Refrain]


Priest:        The peace of God which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge

and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing…..


Deacon:     Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All:              In the name of Christ. Amen.            



  • Next Sunday Zoom is the same login address, and right until the last Sunday of April. The order of service is also on the website each week.
    • The church is closed until at least the middle of March. Look out for new regulation.


    • Saturday Weekly Meditations – 09.00 on Deacon Chris’s Facebook.


    • Ash Wednesday (March 17th): 00am Live Zoom Liturgy from St. Paul’s Church. See website for login details.


    • Ash Wednesday Evensong (March 17th): 19.00 – Order of service will be on the website or email Fr. Leonard in good time and he will send it. Use the Wednesday Evensong login address to join this.


    • Lent Bible Studies: looking at the Letter to the Galatians. Fridays – March 26th, April 2nd,  April 9th, 16th, 24th.  All at 19.00hrs. See Zoom link or contact Fr. Leonard.


    • Lent Night Prayer: Wednesdays at 21.00. March 24th, 31st; April 7th, 14th, 21stOrder of Service and Login details will be put on the website nearer the time.
    • Celebrating Easter in a time of COVID
    • Easter 2021 will be the second Easter in this long period of the COVID pandemic. The Greek Government approaches COVID restrictions and the Church in its own distinct national way. Due to these two factors St. Paul’s Athens will align itself this year with the Greek date for Easter. This is for 2021 only and it is hoped that by celebrating Pascha almost a month later than the western date there will be more favourable conditions for worship in St. Paul’s. We sought permission for this, and the Church Council was unanimous in its vote to make this change. St. Thomas’s Crete, and Holy Trinity Corfu will also follow this practice. Key dates:                                        Ash Wednesday March 17  (10.00am Liturgy Live Zoomed from St. Paul’s, and 19.00

      Zoom Evensong)

                          Palm Sunday       April 25th

                          Holy Thursday    April 29th

                          Good Friday        April 30th

                          Easter Sunday    May 2nd

                          Ascension Day   June 10th

                          Pentecost           June 20th


      Times of the Liturgy and Zoom services for Greet Week and Easter will be announced and publicized via the Website.


      Fr. Leonard’s usual Day Off – Monday  (in emergencies contact Deacon Christine)

      Home tel :  210 72 14 906;  email

      Deacon Chris: 22950 53164: Day off – Friday

      Swedish Church: contact Fr. Bjorn on  694 607 2428


      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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