Easter Sunday 2018

Alleluia – Christ is risen – he is risen indeed – Alleluia! It’s not every year that the first Sunday of April is not only Easter Day but April 1st, All Fools’ Day! In fact that hasn’t happened since 1327. (Only joking: it’s 1956 actually.) Although 1327 was the year Elizabeth de Burgh died: She was the wife – the … Read More

Easter Sunday Holy Communion

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Easter

We celebrate the Resurrection and Easter Sunday together with Holy Communion. Easter, also called Pascha (Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It … Read More

Easter Saturday Vigil

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Easter Vigil

We gather outside our church where the Vicar lights the Paschal Candle from an open fire burning just outside, then pass this light from candle to candle until all are lit. We enter the church, which is in darkness except for our candlelight, and begin the celebration of the dawn of Easter Day and Resurrection. Easter Vigil, also called the … Read More

Easter Eve 2017

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him … Read More

Good Friday meditation 2017

Do you have a crucifix in your house somewhere? Many people have them, in the bedroom, in the hallway, anywhere really. We have one in the Hall – made by Mike Appleby a few years ago. Some schools have them in every classroom, and many people wear one around their neck. The one I’m wearing now came from Jerusalem, where … Read More

Good Friday Liturgy

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Good Friday

The Good Friday Liturgy dates back to the times of the early church and commemorates the burial of Jesus in the tomb by Joseph of Arimathea who was, according to all four canonical Gospels, the man who assumed responsibility for the burial of Jesus after Jesus’ crucifixion. Good Friday is a very important day for all Christians. On Good Friday, … Read More

Maundy Thursday 2017

During supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them … Read More

Maundy Thursday

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Maundy Thursday - Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Last Supper'

Maundy Thursday Holy Communion and Vigil. After Holy Communion we gather in The Lady Chapel to meditate upon Gospel passages related to Jesus’ Last Supper and Vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane. We leave in silence with our thoughts. Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries, … Read More

Agape Supper

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Agape Supper

As part of our Holy Week events leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday we come together to share in a simple meal that includes a celebration of Holy Communion which forms an integral part of the meal. The term Agape or Love feast was used for certain religious meals among early Christians that seem to have been originally … Read More

Stations of the Cross

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Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross, also known as Way of Sorrows or Via Crucis, refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers. The stations grew out of imitations of Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem which is believed to be the actual path Jesus walked to Mount … Read More

Palm Sunday

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels. It begins what is known as ‘Holy Week’. We gather in the Church Hall to receive a Palm Cross, then process through the church grounds to end up … Read More

Magazine April 2017

Easter Services 2017

30, The Ridgeway, You have probably noticed that the penalties for using a mobile phone while driving have recently been increased to a £200 fine and 6 penalty points on the driving licence, doubling the earlier punishment. There has also been a radio campaign. After explaining the new law, the speaker declares how tempting it is to use one’s phone … Read More

Cross words of Love

What does the phrase: “Sign of growth”, mean to you? An image of a plant – or perhaps even something positive one might say about the election of a new pope from South America, or even a new Archbishop of Canterbury from a business background. Both will be enthroned within 2 days of each other very soon. At any rate, … Read More

Waiting for Heaven

Luke 24.36b-48 Do you like fish? Jesus does. It is significant in the story that we have just heard that when Jesus appears, as from nowhere – a mystical thing perhaps – when he does, he speaks to the disciples, and he also eats fish with them. Eating a meal is not the action of an apparition – it is … Read More