Easter Services

Services cancelled until further notices

Given the decision that, in the light of government advice on public gatherings and the coronavirus, public services in church must be suspended for the time being, our Easter services are currently on hold unless and until the situation changes.In the event that things change before Easter, although it's unlikely, we have left the list of potential services below. 

Palm Sunday (05 April)

10am Parish Mass

We begin with the traditional Palm Sunday procession with our palm crosses, hear the reading of the passion narrative from St Matthew's gospel before joining in communion.

Maundy Thursday (09 April)

8pm The Maundy Thursday Liturgy

This service includes the traditional washing of the feet. Members of the congregation are invited to come forward and have their feet washed by the clergy, just as Jesus washed his disciples' feet. Then, after communion is finished, we process with the blessed sacrament to the altar of repose. This represents the journey of Jesus to the Garden of Gethsemane. The church is then stripped bare of all decoration. The service is then followed by the vigil before the blessed sacrament at the altar of repose until midnight..

Good Friday (10 April)

12 noon The Two Hours - From the Crib to the Cross

A series of illustrated talks and hymns interspersed with time for silent prayer and reflection. The reflections are illustrated with projected works of art. There is a final talk during the liturgy at 2pm. This year we think about the journey of Jesus from his birth to the cross Jesus, reflecting on how the whole of his earthly life pointed to the ultimate sacrifice he made for us.

2pm The Good Friday Liturgy

We spend the final hour with Jesus as he dies on the cross. The service includes the veneration of the cross and communion.

Easter Day (12 April)

5.45am Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter

We begin outside the church with the kindling of the Easter Fire and the lighting of the Paschal (Easter) Candle which represents the risen Christ among us. We then process into the church with lighted candles and hear the singing of the Exsultet, the ancient Christian hymn in praise of the resurrection and the blessing of the Paschal Candle. Then, after a series of readings and psalms as we hear the story of our redemption by God, we process to the font to renew our baptism vows. We then share in communion. After the service we have breakfast in the church hall.

Don't feel you have to be there at 5.45am. The service starts before sunrise, but if that's too early join us during the service. We usually get to the communion part of the service a little after 6.45am.

10am Parish Mass

Holy communion for Easter Day. We begin with the blessing of the Easter Garden, and conclude with the distribution of Easter eggs to the children.

 

 

 


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