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Opportunities for devotion and worship in Holy Week 2017
LET US JOIN TOGETHER ON A HOLY WEEK PILGRIMAGE …
This year you are invited, perhaps for the first time, to go on a kind of pilgrimage in your heart and mind following in the steps of Christ in the last momentous week of his mortal life.
Mon 10th 7.30pm Eucharist
Tu 11th 7.30pm Eucharist with Healing Ministry
Wed 12th 7.30pm Compline
Thur 13th MAUNDY THURSDAY
7.30pm Sung Eucharist of the Last Supper followed by a vigil of prayer for the parish and the world – in the Lady Chapel until midnight. Jesus said, ‘Could you not watch with me one hour?’ You are invited to say ‘Yes’ by giving one hour of your time to pray in silence for God’s blessing on the ministry and mission of our parish and for the needs of the world.
14th GOOD FRIDAY
9. 30am Service for All Ages (especially children)
10.15am (Methodist Church) members of all Brackley churches gather for a procession of witness around the town
2pm Good Friday Liturgy at St.Peters.
15th EASTER EVE
6.30pm Blessing of the Paschal Candle, Holy Baptism,
Renewal of Baptismal promises and First Eucharist of Easter
Followed by sparkling wine and cake.
16th EASTER DAY
8am Eucharist (St.Peter’s)
9am Eucharist (Halse)
10am All Age Celebration with Holy Communion (Sung Eucharist)
followed by an Easter Egg hunt !
5pm Evening prayer and Benediction – a short service of praise and
adoration before the Blessed Sacrament (incense will be burned)
The ‘Ministry of Reconciliation’ ?
Some people use Holy Week as a time for seeking God’s forgiveness and healing for things that have been weighing them down with guilt and troubling their conscience. It was to offer healing to troubled consciences that the Church over the ages developed what is now called the Ministry of Reconciliation - in old-fashioned language ‘confession’. The Church of England produced a new form of service for this ministry in 2006. The ministry is offered on a one-to-one basis to those who wish to quieten their conscience, receive absolution, and make a fresh start in their lives as Christians. This is a very private kind of ministry. Confidentiality is assured by what is known as ‘the seal of the confessional’. If you wish to know more, or think this ministry may be a blessing to you, speak to the vicar or leave a message on his answer-phone (702767) and he will contact you to make an appointment.
Join with us as we mark the Three Great Days (the ‘TRIDUUM’)
of the Christian Year recalling the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ
MAUNDY THURSDAY (13th April)
You are particularly encouraged to attend the Sung Eucharist of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday at 7:30 pm. This is the Eucharist at which we recall the institution of the Eucharist itself. At the end of the Eucharist, consecrated bread is carried in procession to the altar of repose ('Gethsemane Garden') that will be prepared in the Lady Chapel. This represents our Lord going into the Garden to pray following the Last Supper. You may recall that he took Peter, James and John with him and that they fell asleep whilst he was praying. We are invited to spend some time in silent prayer before the sacrament in our symbolic garden of Gethsemane - as an act of devotion and as a sign of our intention to be where Jesus is. Jesus said to his disciples ‘Could you not watch with me for one hour?’ Could we?
GOOD FRIDAY (14th April)
“Would you stay away from your best friend’s funeral?” That’s what one priest asked his congregation one year to get them to think about why, proportionally, so few of them gathered with other Christians for an act of worship on Good Friday. Good Friday is the day when all Christians are invited in their hearts and minds to come to the cross where our Lord suffered and died for us that we might know the forgiveness of our sins. As the Collect for the third Sunday in Lent reminds us, Christ, 'went not up to joy but first he suffered pain and entered not into glory before he was crucified'. All Christians are invited to demonstrate their gratitude for Christ's sacrifice on Good Friday by being present at an act of worship. (see over for details)
EASTER EVE /EASTER DAY (Saturday 15th)
At 6.30 pm we gather outside the church a small fire is lit and the flame from it is used to light the new ‘Paschal’ Candle -representing the eternal life of Christ risen from death. The newly lit candle is then blessed and carried in procession into church. Other candles are lit from the Paschal Candle which is then placed in its stand to symbolise the light of the risen Christ. The Easter hymn of praise (the Exultet) is then chanted joyfully announcing the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The service continues with Holy Baptism; an opportunity to renew baptismal promises and culminates in a celebration of the first Eucharist of Easter. This is one of the most beautiful services in the church year and it's sad that so many people have not experienced the special joy of it, coming as it does in stark contrast to the solemnity of Good Friday. (Sparkling wine and cake will be served after the service)
EASTER DAY (16th) : The Day of Days in the Christian Year – see over for details of worship
In our programme of worship we are attempting to provide opportunities for people to grow in their appreciation of God's love for them and for glimpsing something of the joy and hope that has come to us through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There are many legitimate claims on our time and it probably wouldn’t be appropriate for most of us to be spending all our ‘spare’ Holy Week time in church. However, Holy Week is one week in the Christian year when I would want encourage all of our church members and others who can be present to use these opportunities for making some extra space for God to speak to them again his Word of hope and transforming love.