Our church is named after St Mary Magdalene, disciple of Jesus, our ‘Patron Saint’. Once a year we celebrate St Mary Magdalene with a Patronal Festival on a Sunday around St Mary Magdalene’s Feast Day, 22 July, wthis falls on a Thursday in 2021. This year we will be celebrating on Sunday 25. Please note, the service begins at 10:30am on this Sunday.
Mary Magdalene is considered to be a saint by the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches—with a feast day of July 22. Other Protestant churches honor her as a heroine of the faith. The Gospel of Luke says seven demons had gone out of her,[Lk. 8:2] and the longer ending of Mark says Jesus had cast seven demons out of her.[Mk. 16:9] She is most prominent in the narrative of the crucifixion of Jesus, at which she was present, and the witness in all four gospels of the empty tomb, which is central to narratives of Jesus’ resurrection. She was also present two days later, immediately following the sabbath, when, according to all four canonical Gospels,[Matthew 28:1–8] [Mark 16:9–10] [Luke 24:10] [John 20:18] she was, either alone or as a member of a group of women, the first to testify to the resurrection of Jesus. John 20 and Mark 16:9 specifically name her as the first person to see Jesus after his resurrection.
- 10:00 - 11:20
- Patronal Festival Service
- A special communion service celebrating our Patonal Saint
- 18:30 - 19:20
- Choral Evensong with Bishop Rob
- Choral Evensong with a blessing of our newly restored organ by Bishop Rob