Gospel Reading Required

It would be wonderful if you could record this loose translation of the beginning of Mark’s Gospel for me, using the usual instructions.

I apologise, but the timescales are quite tight, and I need it recorded in the next couple of days before the end of the 29th July 2019 as we need it for a creative liturgy of the following day. Please read all of this text on the voice memo app of your phone and send it to me either via email to fr.simonrundell@gmail.com or you can send it via WhatsApp (or even record it directly as an audio message on WhatsApp) to +447976802123

The text is as follows:

The good news of Jesus Christ—the Subversive Message!—begins here.

 In the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, he says.

Watch closely: I’m sending my preacher ahead of you;
He’ll make the road smooth for you.
Thunder in the desert!
Prepare for God’s arrival!
Make the road smooth and straight!

John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to the forgiveness of sins. People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life.

As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.”

At this time, Jesus came and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice was heard: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, the pride of my life.”

After John was arrested, Jesus went through Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ

Crowdsourcing Materials for Benediction in Brighton, Dec 2017

Dear All

I’d be really grateful if you might be able to record the following texts (in the usual manner) and email them you me at fr.simonrundell@gmail.com . It only takes about 10 minutes and it will be an important contribution to a special form of Eucharistic Devotion to me, and to many: the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

I am presenting a paper and leading a creative Benediction at a conference in Brighton, UK on Dec 2nd 2017 so I need this material asap please. Apologies for the rush.

I am looking for some mysterious, awe-filled, poetic readings of the following texts…

Crowdsource Script for Brighton 2017

Please read these bits in a somewhat mysterious way, words which we will use as Jesus is revealed

He is here…

You might not be able to spot him… but he is present

Really, literally present… amongst us

The image of the invisible God enfleshed at one time, and now with us in another form.

The form he left us: Body and Blood. Bread and wine.

No less than his real self.

To bring change to our humdrum lives, to transform us, as so surely he himself was transformed

To be amongst us… alongside us… with us…

It may be just a glimpse, a suggestion, an idea, captured in the corner of your eye, but he wants to reveal himself to you…

From the mountain top, to the upper room, to this sacred, holy meeting point between you and him.

Please read the following pieces as if they were poems

O saving victim! opening wide
The gate of heaven to man below,
Our foes press hard on every side-
Thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.

All praise and thanks to thee ascend
For evermore, blest One in Three;
O grant us life that shall not end
In our true native land with thee. Amen

Blessed, Praised, Hallowed and Adored,
Be Our Lord Jesus Christ on his throne of Glory
And in the most holy sacrament of the altar

Soul of Christ, sanctify me,
Body of Christ, save me,
Blood of Christ, inebriate me,
Water from the side of Christ, wash me,
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesu, hear me,
Within thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from thee.
From the malicious enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come to thee
That with thy saints I may praise thee
for all eternity. Amen

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Please read this straight through without repetition. This will be done in the editing

Blessed be God.
Blessed be his holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be his most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be his most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. ;
Blessed be S.Joseph, her spouse most chaste.
Blessed be God in his Angels and in his Saints.

Please read the following as if it were a poem

Therefore we, before him bending,
This great Sacrament revere:
Types and shadows have there ending,
For the newer rite is here;
Faith, our outward sense befriending,
Makes the inward vision clear.

Glory let us give, and blessing
To the Father and the Son.
Honour, might, and praise addressing,
While eternal ages run;
Ever to his love confessing,
Who, from both, with both is one. Amen

Thou gavest them bread from heaven.
Containing in itself all sweetness.

O GOD, who in a wondrous Sacrament has left us a memorial of thy passion:
grant that we may so venerate the sacred mysteries of thy Body and Blood;
that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of thy redemption:
who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.


Crowdsourcing Prayers for “Thy Kingdom Come”

Again, sorry to bother you with yet another urgent request (they always seen to be last minute!)… but I have been asked to produce some stuff for the Thy Kingdom Come events.

I need you (and as many other people you can rope in) to record these snippets of prayer, slowly, reflectively, just as you would pray them silently in your heart (but out loud, obviously). Please read them all in the usual manner on the voice memo software on your phone and send them to me as soon as you can to fr.simonrundell@gmail.com

If you could read them in one block (it doesn’t matter if you make a mistake, just reread as much as you want to because I will edit the bits I want) with some nice pauses between, then send me a file. It only takes about 4 mins of your time…

Thy Kingdom Come


In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

Give me courage Lord, to be who you want me to be.

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.

Please help me to understand what I need to do

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

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.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the holy spirit be with us all evermore

Jesus, what should I do next, please give me your guidance

Heavenly Father, please be with them as they go on their journey

Lord, get me out of this

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me: a sinner.

Thank you for your provision and your love

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God: pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Lord, help me.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Father, heal me

Please watch over all those I love: guard and protect them.

Lord have Mercy, Christ have Mercy, Lord have Mercy

Just get me through this, okay?

Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us.


Thank you. I need these in urgently, absolute deadline is the end of May 2017

Reading for Holy Ground – Words & Silence

This is, I’m afraid, quite urgent. I need you to record in the usual way this following text, and email it to me at fr.simonrundell@gmail.com  From there I can create it into a multimedia reading for the service on the 11th September. I therefore need it recorded and sent by Thursday 8th Sept at the latest. Please share this and encourage others to contribute, the more voices: ages, genders, accents, the better… The tone I am looking for is ‘meditative’.



Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?
‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’
Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD,
but the LORD was not in the wind;
and after the wind an earthquake,
but the LORD was not in the earthquake;
and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence…..

Pay heed, listen to me;
be silent, and I will speak.
If you have anything to say, answer me;
speak, for I desire to justify you.
If not, listen to me;
be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.’

Thank you.

Holy Ground Meditation

I need the following text recording (the instructions are as above) and emailing to fr.simonrundell@gmail.com please. Read it as a meditation, fairly slowly, but not stilted. I’ll cut up your voice with the rest and make something beautiful out of this (see the Resources section for examples). If, after this, you are inspired to, please consider recording some of the Psalms still listed so we can eventually complete the project.

There is an urgent deadline to this item. I need it sent by Wednesday 9th March pleasepile-of-assorted-buttons



A simple round inanimate object
Easily overlooked when lying on the ground
Designed, made and created for the purpose of joining things

Yet …All different in size, depth, orientation, age and composition

What attracted you to your button?
What made it stand out for you?
Turn it over, examine it closely
Look at the beauty

Yet….All united in purpose, usefulness, pleasure and shape

Hold the button
You are the button
Precious, unique, important, useful, designed and different
Value yourself
Love yourself
Love God

Is your button lost or found?
Is it damaged or mint?
Is it worn or shiny?
Is it used or unused?
Is it Chipped or perfect?

Buttons fit into buttonholes, but they need to be the right size and fit
Before God we are all unique, he has a purpose for each of us just like the hole.
Reflect on that purpose right now before God

Each button needs a thread to hold it firm; Love is that thread it must be tied strong to keep it from unravelling.
How strong is your thread today?
What can you say to God now?

Lord when we pre-judge help us to open our eyes
Lord have mercy

Christ when we turn away from those in need, help us to open our eyes
Christ have mercy

Lord in a world that is often too busy to engage, help use slow down and look around us, to open our eyes.
Lord have mercy