Prayer and Worship Resources
This page collects links to resources that you might find helpful whilst our regular services in church are put on hold. Many of the pages are updated frequently, so please check for the latest information.
The Order of Mass (Tuesdays).
- Short text suitable for printing or downloading to a mobile device.
For other service booklets, please see below.
Resources accessible by telephone
- For those unable to access a church service online, please use the Church of England's Daily Hope freephone number, dial 0800 804 8044, for daily hymns, reflections and prayers
- Live-stream services The A Church Near You web site can be used to find churches across the country that are advertising live-streamed services.
- Oxford Cathedral Livestream events will appear on the cathedral's YouTube channel.
- A Candle in the Window, news and views from the parish of Abingdon-on-Thames.
- Silent Reflections We will gather in the church room at 7.30 pm, which is more efficient to heat. There will still be the opportunity for people to go into the church to walk the labyrinth, or spend any time they wish there, but we will all return to the church room for prayers at the end and for refreshments. This being the case, please come in through the church room door on the south side. Silent Relections materials are available to download:
- Faith Forum The Spring series of Faith Forum began on Sunday 4 February in the Parish Centre. The focus of the spring Faith Forum talks will be the sacraments, and our first talk was given by our new Associate Priest, Revd Dr Andrew 'AKMA' Adam, who will spoke on 'what is a sacrament (and how many are there)?'. Please note that for this series Faith Forum will be held after the 10.30 service at St Helen's, and will begin with a light buffet lunch at 12.30, with the talk beginning at 12.45. We hope this will make it easier for those attending services at St Michael's and St Nicolas’s to take part. The talks will also be accessible via Zoom. Recordings, both video and audio, of the first talk and talks from earlier series can be found on the parish web site.
- Church of England Daily Prayer
- Daily prayer for the current day that page also has links to the CoE Daily Prayer app.
- A simple form of Daily Prayer St Peter's Church, Earley, Reading
- Mass will be live-streamed from the Holy House at 7.30 am every Sunday, through Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube.
- There is a daily live stream of Shrine Prayers at 6.00 pm. A guide to Shrine Prayers is available there together with recordings of previous instances.
- See here for details of current services and times.
- The Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield, live-stream their daily services. See the Worship and Live-streaming page on their website for further details, times of services, and service booklets. There is a pattern and rhythm to their worship that some readers might find helpful.
- From 22 February to 2 March 2024
- Church of England liturgical resources for Lent are available online.
- Wednesday 21 February, Friday 23 February and Saturday 24 February: are Ember Days, days of prayer for those to be made deacon or priest.
- Friday 23 February: Polycarp, bishop, martry, c. 155
- Friday 1 March: David, bishop, patron of Wales, c. 601
- St David's Cathedral, Wales
- Saturday 2 March: Chad, bishop, missionary, 672
- The prestigious Bampton Lectures, founded by the will of the Revd John Bampton (1690-1751), first took place at the University Church in Oxford in 1780. This year's lectures on the topic Recognizing Strangers: Solidarity and Christian Ethics will be given by the Rt Revd Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of Wales. The lectures will take place in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, on Tuesday 27 February and Tuesday 5 March and will also be live-streamed and available on YouTube afterwards. Follow this link for more details and a link to the live-stream.
- New Worship and Music Webinars Part of the new series of free open access talks by the Institute of Sacred Music Oxford at St Stephen’s House, Oxford, and in association with the Royal School of Church Music. Tuesday evenings, 6 to 27 February, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, either in person or via Zoom. For further information and booking details, please follow this link. The first seminar in the series is Widening Participation in Sacred Music by Mr Caius Lee (Direct of College Music, Worcester College, Oxford).
- Stitching the Cross: Embroidery Retreats Wednesdays 28 February, 6 March, 13 March and 20 March at Christ Church Cathedral Embroidery Centre in Christ Church Cathedral, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. “You'll receive expert tuition at each day from Suellen Pedley, the highly trained and qualified leader of our Cathedral Embroidery Centre. Suellen will teach you how to stitch four different types of cross, supported by talks from our clergy reflecting on the history and spiritual meaning of each image. All materials will be provided (but please do bring your own thimble and scissors if needed).” The retreats also include a Eucharist and lunch. For more information, price and booking details, follow this link.
- General Synod will meet in London from Friday 23 February to Tuesday 27 February. The agenda, meeting papers and reports of business are available online.
- Douai Abbey Spring/Summer Programme. Come to Douai Abbey for a day or weekend of peaceful quiet and join the Benedictine community at their prayer and in their lovely surroundings. A series of workshops, reflections and retreats have been prepared for spring and summer.
- Forthcoming publication: The Spiritual Adventure of Henri Matisse: Vence's Chapel of the Rosary, by our Team Rector, The Revd Dr Charles Miller is due to be published on 27 February 2024, in part an output from his recent sabbatical. The title can be pre-ordered from the publisher, Unicorn Publishing Group and well-known on-line booksellers. From a book-sellers web site: “Henri Matisse described the Chapel of the Rosary, the chief labour of his final years, as the 'gathering together' of his lifetime's work. Although widely known as 'Matisse's Chapel', the building's remarkable 'modern' design and decoration emerged from a surprising friendship and artistic engagement with a group of Dominican sisters and brothers keen to see the Church embrace 'Modern Art' and modern artists. With the advantage of hitherto unexplored archive and printed materials this study highlights that mutual encounter and explores how their shared artistic adventure became for Matisse himself an opportunity to express his ‘religious’ vision of art and to rediscover his natal Catholic Faith in its post-war avant-garde form.”
- Community of St Mary the Virgin, Wantage, Retreats and Quiet Days calendar. The next event is on Saturday 2 March 2024 Lent Quiet Day: Face to Face with Jesus: Meeting Jesus in Images, conducted by The Revd Katherine Price, Vicar of Wantage.
- The Oxford Journal for Intercultural Mission The third edition (Spring 2024) is now available. The journal offers a range of reflections on issues impacting the growth of intercultural mission and ministry in the Church of England. These include UKME (United Kingdom Minority Ethnic) and GMH (Global Majority Heritage) participation, governance structures, ministry discernment and training, racial justice, cultural awareness, intercultural preaching, worship and evangelism. This is intended to be a popular and easy-to-read journal published quarterly by St Paul’s, Slough – the designated intercultural mission-resourcing hub in the Diocese of Oxford. More details are available at the journal's web site. Issues can be downloaded free-of-charge from the journal's web site.
- A statement from the House of Bishops on the war in Gaza
- Dorchester Abbey A sculpture made up of 50,000 keyboard keys, depicting one of Da Vinci’s most recognisable paintings, has gone on display at Dorchester Abbey for the next six months. More details.
- COP 28 - UN Climate Change Conference was held from 30 November to 12 December 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For details see the conference web site and the outcomes page.
- The Bishop of Norwich visited the Anglican al-Ahli al-Arabi hospital just a few days before the hospital was struck by a missile. He was interviewed on Radio 5 following the death of hundreds of people being treated and sheltering there.
- CSMV Our Life Sr Lizzie Ruth CSMV has posted three videos on the Community’s YouTube channel, about the life and work of the community, entitled A Week in Our Life, Our Spirituality and Prayer Life, and Our Ministry. The third video “follows on from the previous one about the Sisters’ spirituality and prayer life, and seeks to give an overview of the CSMV Sisters’ ministry past and present. It includes a tour of St Mary’s Convent and interviews with the Sisters.”
- General Synod met in London from Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 November 2023. The agenda, meeting papers and reports of business are available online.
- Oxford Diocese
- Diocesan Synod will meet on Saturday 9 March 2024. The agenda and meeting papers are available to download.
- An extraordinary challenge: Restoring 30 per cent of our land and sea by 2030 The Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee, of which Bishop Steven is a member, has published a new report calling on the Government to make a major step change in its approach to protected areas.
- All Stand: The Gift of disabled people to the Church A resource commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury and compiled by the Revd John Naude. John writes: “These are the stories of people with a wide range of disabilities, each sharing their experience of God and the Church... Hearing how individuals have experienced the Church and how they have experienced God as they have lived with disability has not just been powerful, but a strong reminder of what we may perceive as one way God seems to transform our perceptions into something totally different. This is demonstrated in that God loves, uses and blesses disabled people.
- Oxford Diocesan Synod's motion Responding to the Climate Emergency "was overwhelmingly supported at General Synod, with 256 votes in favour to 36 against, and 16 abstentions. It means all parts of the Church of England will now be committed to action across a whole range of vital areas, including lobbying government on planning regulations, upscaling renewable energy investment, reviewing and updating all relevant policies and procedures, and supporting practical preparations for delivering our net zero target." [From Diocesan eNews, 13 July 2023]
- Diocesan Synod met on Saturday 10 June. The agenda and papers for the meeting are available on-line.
- Post-Covid-19 Trends, Patterns and Possibilities Towards the end of 2022, over one thousand churches sent in their October 2022 Statistics for Mission returns. In this landmark report, Bev Botting, Ken Eames, and Bob Jackson identify signs of hope and life for the Church following the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Research and insight Statistical resources and commentary on what is happening in society and the life of the Church. This includes a link to a recent report on Clergy Experiences of Ministry During the Pandemic by Prof Gillian Symon, School of Business and Management, Royal Holloway University of London; Dr Rebecca Whiting, Department of Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck University of London; and Dr Rebecca Taylor, Department of Sociology, University of Southampton.
- Diocesan Finance resources. The Parish Finance area of the diocesan web site contains some very useful resources including:
- Recent videos from the Community of the Resurrection
- In late June Fr Nicolas and Fr Charlie held an online zoom seminar, which covered monastic life, and the rule of St Benedict. They were joined online by a group of students in Australia. The video is now available on the Community's You Tube channel.
- National Libraries Week 2 - 8 October 2023
For the Community of the Resurrection (Mirfield) this is an opportunity to focus on the Community’s own unique library (60,000 volumes). They have made a new series of videos that feature ‘Brethren’s Books’ that will be posted every Wednesday over the next few weeks on their YouTube channel.
- Fr Nicolas and Fr Charlie, in conversation Fr Nicolas is currently Library Brother and Fr Charlie assists in the library.
- Fr George on Dante's Divine Commedy Fr George is precentor and sacristan and a former Library Brother.
- Br Marc takes us back to Ancient Greece.
- Fr George with another favourite read.
- Fr Oswin chooses Robert Louis Stevenson. Fr Oswin is the Superior of the Community.
- Br Marc reading from the epic ballad, ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner ’.
- Br Jude chooses a passage from the timeless ‘Chronicles of Narnia’.
- The Coronation of King Charles III
Liturgical resources available include:
- The Coronation Liturgy (with and without commentary) is available to download.
- The web page The Coronation of English and British Kings and Queens has the texts of twelve English language Coronations from 1689 to 2023.
- The Crown Uncovered is a podcast on the Coronation hosted by William Gulliford, Director of Ordinands in the Diocese in Europe and the Revd Dr Anders Bergquist, Vicar of St Mark's, Regent's Park and the Vicar of St John’s Wood. Each episode explores different aspects of the history, theological background and contemporary significance of the Coronation. The series focuses on the Church of England inheritance of the rite and what that means in a pluralistic society. They interview a range of guests and specialists on aspects of the history and theology behind the Coronation.
- Visual Commentary on Scripture (VCS) is a resource provided by Kings College London “that provides theological commentary on the Bible in dialogue with works of art. It helps its users to (re)discover the Bible in new ways through the illuminating interaction of artworks, scriptural texts, and commissioned commentaries.”
- General Synod met in London from 6 to 9 February. The meeting papers and records of business done are available online. Links to recordings of synod sessions are available.
- The Church of England published Statistics for Mission 2021 on 7 December 2022.
- COP 27 - UN Climate Change Conference
COP 27 took place from 6 to 20 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
- Diocese of Oxford Care for Creation November newsletter
- United Nations Climate Change web site
- COP27 web site
- Call to Prayer for COP27 Climate Talks, Diocese of Leeds. This includes a prayer resource for daily services or private prayer, starting on Sunday 6 November.
- Diocese of Oxford COP27
- British Computer Society (BCS), article on regulations around data centres and energy use
- Professor Myles Allen (University of Oxford) and Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment (2022-) at Gresham College is giving a series of public lectures on a range of aspects of Net Zero, which will be available for on-line as well as in-person participation. The first, The Atmospheric Physics Behind Net Zero, is on 22 November at 6pm.
- Environment and Climate Change The House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee, of which Bishop Steven is a member, published a report last week (In our hands: behaviour change for climate and environmental goals) which warns that the Government's current approach to enabling behaviour change is seriously inadequate and will result in the UK failing to meet its net zero and environment targets. The report is available to download.
- The Lambeth Conference ran from 26 July to 8 August 2022.
- Reflections on Lambeth Bishops Steven, Gavin and Olivia share their experiences of the 2022 Lambeth Conference. Bishop Steven summarises the science and faith thread, Bishop Olivia focuses on the environmental conversations, and Bishop Gavin considers the joys and challenges of the diverse global Anglican family.
- The conference web site
- The official Prayer Guide
- Live Stream Programme
- Today at the Lambeth Conference, highlights of each day of the conference, see the pull-down menu at the conference web site
- (Revised) Lambeth Calls Study Document (note the statement about the draft Call on Human Dignity and the voting procedure released )
- Talking about Faith and Science and The Anglican Communion Science Commission
- Mirfield Talks - Festival Day 2022
Festival day this year was on Saturday 9 July.
introductory talk by Frs Charlie nCR and Nicolas CR, is available on the Community's YouTube channel.
- A series of talks given by brethren of the Community of the Resurrection for the last year's Festival Day, 11 July 2021, which focus on the environment and our response to it, is also available on YouTube.
- COP 26
- Reflections on COP 26 by Claire Spooner UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) lead for Stakeholder Engagement at COP26
- A Candle in the Window (Parish Magazine) The December issue contains a series of articles reflecting on the outcome of COP 26.
- United Nations Climate Change the UN web site containing links to the conference documents
- Resources from some scientific societies:
- Bishop Olivia at COP26 Bishop Olivia, Bishop of Reading, is attending the conference and joining a range of events. Recordings of interviews she has given to local radio stations can be found on the Diocese of Oxford Soundcloud site.
- From the Anglican Communion - Anglican Consultative Council:
- Facing up to the spiritual challenge of the environmental crisis, 23 November. The Kellogg College annual Vincent Strudwick lecture on Religion in Public Life will be given by the Rt Revd Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading, at 5.30pm. This lecture will be online. To receive the link to the event, please book thorough Eventbrite.
- Diocese of Oxford COP26 Engagement Opportunities these include writing to or emailing your MP (for Abingdon this is firstname.lastname@example.org), or the COP co-president email@example.com or the Prime Minister firstname.lastname@example.org. The COP26 Engagement Opportunities web site has a link to a document produced by the Quakers which is a general guide for contacting MPs. It is important to include your name and address in your email or letter so that your MP knows you live in their constituency.
- A moment of opportunity and truth The powerful and historic joint statement on the environment issued by Archbishop Justin, Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as part of the preparations for COP 26 was followed on 4 October by a gathering of faith leaders from across the world in the Vatican and the release of a new joint statement by all the world's religions: Faith and Science: an appeal for COP 26. The appeal was presented to COP26 President-Designate, the Rt Hon Alok Sharma, and the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Luigi Di Maio.
- Before and during COP26 there was a series of events, both face-to-face and virtual, open to the public.
- The Office for National Statistics Carbon dioxide emissions and woodland coverage where you live (21 October). The levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and woodland coverage vary across the UK.The ONS interactive maps let you see how your area looks, and how it compares with other areas.
- The text of a letter from the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, A Joint Message for the Protection of Creation that was published on 7 September 2021
- Responding to the Climate Crisis includes links to recent publications by members of the Anglican Society of St Francis
- Churches Together in Britain and Ireland offer a range of resources to support Climate Sunday.
- Olivia, Bishop of Reading, gave a talk on Climate Sunday in St Mary's Church Greenham. A video of her talk is available on
Links are provided below to some of the resources Bishop Olivia mentions in her talk.
- A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues by Martin Hodson and Margot Hodson, published by BRF
- The Eco Church scheme
- The Diocese of Oxford's EcoHub which is organised as a collection of zones: the Knowledge Zone for facts on climate change, the Action Zone for advice on making practical change and the Reflection Zone offering theological resources. The specialist Net Zero Zone offers information on the path to net zero.
- Readers might like to read the transcript of Canon Ward's sermon, Service and Sacrifice, preached in Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday 25 July 2021.
- Mirfield Talks.
YouTube channel includes talks by
Fr Nicolas CR and other members of the community.
Recent talks include:
- St Luke's Gospel
- Bike ride for Tariro (a fund-raising ride by Fr George CR and companions)
- Older talks include:
- The first video in the series is on John Bradburne, who is currently on his way to being beatified and onwards to saint hood with the Catholic Church. Please click here to watch the video. From 1969 to being shot in 1979 John was warden at Mutemwa Leprosy Settlement, in Zimbabwe. See also The John Bradburne Memorial Society
- Praying in a technological world
- Pope Francis And The Poor
- CR Growing in Christ
- The Promise of Eternal Life
- Fr Nicolas in conversation with Claire Gilbert, talking about her recent experience of cancer and her work as Director of the Westminster Abbey Institute Her recent publications include Letters from Lockdown: Sustaining public service values during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Sayings of the Desert Fathers Fr Charlie, novice CR
- Recent talks include:
- An on-line labyrinth.
- Cathedrals have responded to the pandemic in a variety of ways and offer a range of live-streamed worship.
- Norwich Our former Team Vicar, Peter Doll, is Canon Librarian of the Cathedral.
- Portsmouth Fr Paul was a priest in Portsmouth Diocese before moving to Abingdon
- From the Province of York, readers might like to look at the web site of Wakefield Cathedral in the Diocese of Leeds or Sheffield Cathedral.
- The History of Stations of the Cross A very interesting talk by an American Roman Catholic Franciscan brother. For information about Franciscan brothers and sisters in the Anglican Communion see the web site.
- Alone Together Reflections from monks and nuns on isolation and distancing, led by Fr Christopher Jamison, OSB.
- Thriving in Lockdown Br Marc CR speaks about his time in lockdown in this interview with Caleb Ellwood of York Gateway church.
- Some readers may remember The Revd Dr Joe Kennedy, a former curate at St Michael's. He is now vicar of the Parish of Oxton St Saviour, Wirral. The church's web site includes an on-line worship section.
- The Diocese of Oxford has a SoundCloud archive which includes recordings of services as well as talks given on Local Radio stations by the Bishops and clergy of the diocese.
Lightly modified versions of the service booklet for the liturgies that would traditionally be used at St Michael's are available to download.
- Palm Sunday
- Maundy Thursday
- Good Friday
- Easter Liturgy (Saturday evening)
- Corpus Christi
- Christmas Day
- Baptism of Christ
- Dedication Festival (25 January)