Holy Week and Easter

There’s something for everyone this Holy Week and Easter – whether you want to pray, reflect, hear stories, eat, write, or just sleep in the presence of Jesus…

CrosswordsOur theme this year is crosswords – but don’t panic if you’re no good at puzzles.  We’ll be exploring the themes of the week through poems, lyrics and rhymes.  Some you might know, some you might not – but all are worth knowing.  There’ll even be a chance to compose your own, if you feel so moved.  Do come and join in.

 

Palm Sunday – 25th March

10:00 am  Parish Mass with blessing and procession of palms
Starting at St Vincent Field

 

 

Holy Monday – 26th March
6:30 pm Healing Service
A short, informal service
including anointing with holy oil for those who wish

Holy Tuesday – 27th March
6:30 pm Prayers before the Blessed Sacrament
A short, informal service
including silence, prayer and time for reflection

Spy Wednesday – 28th March
6:30 pm Agape
A short, informal gathering in the Church hall.
Share a simple supper, and reflect together on the themes of the day

 

Maundy Thursday – 29th March

6:30 pm  Sung Mass with footwashing and procession of the Blessed Sacrament
A traditional service, in which we recall the words and actions of Jesus at the Last Supper.
The service lasts about an hour.
The Church will remain open all evening for silent prayer and reflection.

11:30 pm Tenebrae
A said service of psalms and scripture readings,
reflecting on Jesus’s hours in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The service begins in candlelight and ends in complete darkness –
you may want to bring a torch!

 

Good Friday – 30th March

3:00 pm  Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

A traditional and sombre service,
including veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion.

 

Holy Saturday – 31st March
4:00 pm  Easter Bonfire
A short gathering, especially suitable for children and families.
Come and hear stories, toast marshmallows and play with fire!
The bonfire will be at the side of the Church.
If it’s really raining, we’ll be in the hall.

 

Easter Sunday – 1st April

5:30 am  Paschal Vigil
Yes, you read that right – it’s half past five in the morning.
But it’s worth getting up for:
candles, water, rejoicing, the first Mass of Easter, and a full English breakfast afterwards.

10:00 am  Parish Mass
An all-age, family-friendly service to celebrate Easter.
Yes, there will be chocolate.

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