“The Lord is Risen!” “He is Risen indeed!”

“The Lord is Risen.” “He is Risen indeed.” Amen. How many of us, I wonder, having listened to our Bible readings in the past, said our prayers and believed we had cracked it, this business of being a Christian. Then, out of the blue, wham, COVID happened, it knocked us so hard to the ground that we really needed Jesus … Read More

Magazine April 2021

Holy Week and Easter

Parish Magazine ~ April 2021 Due to the Coronavirus ‘Lockdown’ of March 2020 onwards, the Parish magazine is published mainly online and only a few copies printed for archival purposes. Our Curate, The Rev’d Maureen Lunn, have been writing by email to members of the congregation, and the content appears here. ASK: The Second Sunday of Lent. “If any want … Read More

Easter 3 ~ Then their eyes were opened

Gebhard Fugel Jesus und der Gang nach Emmaus Easter 3 ~ Then their eyes were opened Luke 24:31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Jesus; and he vanished from their sight. Words from the Gospel according to Luke. (Luke 24: 31) I wonder how you are feeling today? Worried for sure, concerned for your loved ones and for … Read More

Easter 2 ~ At Home at Easter

At Home at Easter John 20:18-31 It’s still Easter! Christ is risen: Alleluia! We are Easter People, and ‘Alleluia’ is our song: yet we live in surreal and unique times. The Church year is marked out not only by Holy Days and special readings and prayers, but also by particular hymns and songs. This means that as we approach Easter … Read More

Easter Day 2020

Easter Day 2020 Matthew 28:1-10 The Lord is Risen, he is risen indeed. Amen How many of us have gone to church, read our Bibles, said our prayers and believed we had cracked it, this business of being a Christian. Then out of the blue, wham, something happens that knocks us so hard to the ground that we really need … Read More

ASK: Maundy Thursday – Easter

2020 Holy Week and Easter slider

Vicar’s Blog ~ April 2020 ASK: Maundy Thursday – Easter As we enter the great three days (Triddum) of Easter it is going to be one the like of which we have never seen or experienced.  Hard as it is, we must embrace this, embrace it with fortitude, conviction, determination, humility and a sense of purpose that this is necessary.  … Read More

Easter Sunday 2018

The Garden Tomb Easter 2018Alleluia – 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 … Read More

Easter Sunday Holy Communion

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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

Easter Eve 2017 ~ Matthew 27:62-65The 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 … Read More

Good Friday meditation 2017

Good Friday MeditationDo 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 … 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

Maundy Thursday ~ John 13:3-17During 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 … 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 Drama 2017

Palm Sunday ~ Drama Group PresentationThe Drama Group presentation for Palm Sunday 2017, a dramatised reading of the Passion of Jesus Christ, at St Mary Magdalene Church, Enfield. Cast Jesus~Aniru Shyllon Satan/Pilate~Laura Cope Judas~Colin Gibbens Peter~Mike Dixon John~Vic Harrington Soldier~Jackie Nugent Soldier~Alison Reeve Evangelist~Janet Rossiter Maid/Mary Magdalene~Pam Hagan Caiaphas/Pilate’s Wife/ Mary, mother of Jesus~Rachel Moon Priests/Witnesses/Bystanders~Cristyn Williams

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

Parish Magazine ~ April 2017 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 … Read More

Cross words of Love

Passion Sunday ~ Cross words of LoveWhat 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 … Read More