Patronal Festival

12th September 2021

Holy Cross Patronal Festival

Year B



Almighty God,
who in the passion of your blessed Son
made an instrument of painful death
to be for us the means of life and peace:
grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ
that we may gladly suffer for his sake;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Numbers 21.4-9

The Israelites travelled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go round Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”

Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived.


Philippians 2.6-11

     Christ Jesus, being in very nature God,
         did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
     but made himself nothing,
         taking the very nature of a servant,
         being made in human likeness.
     And being found in appearance as a man,
         he humbled himself
         and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!
     Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
         and gave him the name that is above every name,
     that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
         in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
     and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
         to the glory of God the Father.


John 3.13-17

Jesus said: “No-one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven – the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.


Post Communion Prayer

Faithful God,
whose Son bore our sins in his body on the tree
and gave us this sacrament to show forth his death until he comes:
give us grace to glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for he is our salvation, our life and our hope,
who reigns as Lord, now and for ever.


Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

John 3.13-17 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Numbers 21.4-9 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Philippians 2.6-11 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Collect (Holy Cross Day) ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000
Post Communion (Holy Cross Day) ©  The Archbishops' Council 2002