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Services in Holy Week and Easter 2015

Holy Week is the most important week of the Christian year – do try to attend the four major services, as well as the other services which are taking place.
Please ask a member of the clergy, a churchwarden or one of the Ministry Team if you would like transport to any of the services.

 

Four acts, one drama. It is the drama of our salvation.
Don’t miss it!

Palm Sunday           29th March
8.00am Said Eucharist + Blessing of Palms St Marys’
9.30am Celebrate! St Mary’s
9.30am Procession from St Nicolas to Capel Court St Nicolas
c 10.00am Dramatised Passion reading Capel Court
    followed by Procession to St Mary's  
c 10.10am Sung Eucharist St Mary’s
The first ‘act’ of the drama draws us to Jerusalem as we recall, perhaps by taking part in a short procession, Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city where, within just a week, he would be put to death.
 
Maundy Thursday           2nd April
10.30am Service of the Word St Mary's
11.15am Service of the Word All Saints
7.30pm Sung Mass of the Last Supper and Watch until midnight St Nicolas
Jesus’ command, ‘love one another’ is powerfully symbolised in the washing of feet. The simple Eucharistic celebration draws us to the Upper Room where Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples. As the church is stripped bare, the vigil of prayer begins in both churches as we respond to Jesus’ words; ‘could you not watch with me one hour?’ Sign up to take part in the vigil of prayer in both churches until midnight.
9.00pm Watch until midnight St Mary's
9.00pm Watch until midnight All Saints
 
Good Friday           3rd April The Crucifixion
10.30am Family service hosted by the Celebrate! congregation St Mary’s
10.30am Good Friday Service St Nicolas
    and
All Saints'
  2.00pm Liturgy of Good Friday St Mary's
    and
All Saints'
In great solemnity we celebrate Christ’s victory over death. The service is simple and stark because the feeling of Christ’s suffering and death is intense, yet at the same time we know that triumph is near. Again we hear the account of the Passion, we revere the cross as the throne of victory and we share simply in Christ’s gift of his body.
      
 
Holy Saturday           4th April
9.00pm Paschal Liturgy and First Eucharist of Easter All Saints'
This is the night of all nights in the year. The ceremonies of the new fire and Easter candle unite us with the earliest Christians, waiting for Christ to break forth from the tomb. We hear the history of our salvation from the Old Testament, renew our own baptismal commitment and share in the new life of Easter by receiving the sacrament of Our Lord’s risen body and blood.
 
Regular services resume on Easter Sunday:
 
Easter Sunday           5th April
8.00am Said Eucharist St Mary’s
9.30am Celebrate! - family service St Mary’s
9.30am Sung Eucharist St Nicolas
11.00am Parish Eucharist St Mary’s
6.30pm Evening Prayer St Mary's

 

Holy Week 2015

Draw closer to Jesus by accompanying him through the events of
Holy Week to their joyful climax at Easter!

Monday in Holy Week           30th March
 9.30am Said Eucharist St Mary’s
 7.30pm Said Eucharist and Stations of the Cross St Nicolas’
 
Tuesday in Holy Week           31st March
 10.00am    Said Eucharist St Nicolas’
 7.30pm Said Mass and Stations of the Cross All Saints’
 
Wednesday in Holy Week           16th April
 7.30pm Said Eucharist and Stations of the Cross St Mary’s
 
Thursday in Holy Week            17th April
10.30am A Service of the Word St Mary’s
  There is no provision for a Eucharist on the morning of Maundy Thursday,
except the one held in the Cathedral.
11.00am Chrism Mass Cathedral
  Everyone is welcome to attend this service during which the clergy of the Diocese renew their ordination vows and the Bishop blesses the oils which are taken back to the parishes. These oils are used at baptism, marriage, for anointing those in need of strengthening at difficult times and for anointing the dying.

Easter lilies


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