Resources for Worship on the Sunday Next Before Lent

These are worship resources for The Sunday Next Before Lent, 2021. The resources are gathered from a variety of sources and, while assembled mainly for The Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas, on the island of Crete in Greece, others may find them useful.


The Sunday Next Before Lent is known in the Anglican Church of Canada and in the United States’ The Episcopal Church as The Last Sunday after Epiphany. The theme and the readings are the same: the Transfiguration of Christ (known in Greece as The Metamorphosis). The readings appointed by Common Worship and the Revised Common Lectionary are: 2 Kings 2:1-12, Psalm 50:1-6, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, and Mark 9:2-9.

In the Anglican Church of St Thomas, Kefalas we are in a different liturgical zone, observing Easter with our Orthodox and Catholic brothers and sisters on May 2 instead of April 4. As a result, this coming Sunday for us will be The Fifth Sunday Before Lent, and not The Sunday Next Before Lent, and the reading will be 2 Kings 5.1-14, Psalm 30, 1 Corinthians 9.24-27, and Mark 1.40-45. The Order of Service for this Sunday may be downloaded here:


Please join us by clicking this link or by entering the following into your Zoom application: Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927 Passcode: 010209. This will be a Zoom-only service — we may start having Zoomed service in the church in the next few weeks, involving the leaders in the church with three or four congregants, and the rest of you joining in remotely on your computers.


Eric Symes Abbott, Dead of Westminster Abbey from 1959 to 1974, first preached these Seven Meditations on the Transfiguration in the late 1940s.

Fr Leonard Doolan of St Paul’s Church in Athens has the following pre-recorded sermon:

A sermon for the Sunday Next Before Lent


Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Holy God,
you know the disorder of our sinful lives:
set straight our crooked hearts,
and bend our wills to love your goodness
and your glory
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

That this and all our days
may be full of your praise:
All  we pray to you, O Lord.

That you will keep us this day without sin:
All  we pray to you, O Lord.

That we may walk before you
in the paths of righteousness and peace:
All  we pray to you, O Lord.

That you will bless your people
and lift them up for ever:
All  we pray to you, O Lord.

That you will guide and protect us by your Holy Spirit
and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting:
All  we pray to you, O Lord.

Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.

in communion with Thomas and with all your saints,
entrusting one another and all our life to Christ:
All  we pray to you, O Lord.

Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.

I bid your prayers for the Church:

I bid your prayers for the leaders and people of the nations; especially

I bid your prayers for the sick and suffering and all who minister to their needs;

  • remembering the over twenty-five million active cases of the novel coronavirus, and mourning with the families of the over 2.38 million who have died in the pandemic;
  • for the 1.8 million people in the UK with active cases of covid-19, the over 115,000 who have died of it there, and the 12,400 active cases here in Greece, and the families of the over 6056 dead here;
  • remembering those ill with other diseases, and those whose operations have been postponed;
  • all those having issues with mental health;
  • those suffering from addiction, and those in recovery;
  • those who have been affected severely by the economic effects of the pandemic, especially in food services and tourism;
  • and giving thanks for the efforts of researchers in finding vaccines, and for the rollout of vaccines across the world.


About Bruce Bryant-Scott

Canadian. Husband. Father. Christian. Recovering Settler. A priest of the Church of England, Diocese in Europe, on the island of Crete in Greece. More about me at
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