Holy Week

Last’s years Stations of the Cross and the Way of Resurrection can still be found [HERE]

Prayer Each Day

Morning and Evening Prayer 

For daily Morning Prayer (MP) text , please click here;

For daily Evening Prayer (EP) text, please click here.

29th March
Monday in  Holy Week.

 

Click [HERE] or on the thumbnail above  to make a spiritual journey to Good Friday  – a Good Friday Pilgrimage .  Watch on FULL SCREEN and make sure that your sound is turned on.

This is scripturally based and can be used throughout Holy Week

30th March
Tuesday in  Holy Week.

Morning Prayer: Click [HERE]

Evening Prayer: Click [HERE]

31st March
Wednesday in  Holy Week.

Morning Prayer: Click [HERE]

Evening Prayer: Click [HERE]

Thursday, 1st April
Maundy Thursday

Morning Prayer (Audio): Click [HERE]

Evening Prayer: Click [HERE]

Benefice Eucharist

Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
7 pm  on Thursday, 31st March 2021 to join the service.

The Watch

In the later part of the evening, try to spend an hour in silent prayer – Be with Jesus at Gethsemane.

This is what the Rector will be reading in silence and near darkness in the Rectory from 9pm to midnight.  You too could ‘take watch’ and do the same, perhaps for an hour.

The following readings may be used. Silences, introduced by biddings, may follow the readings.

John 13.16-30
Psalm 113

John 13.31-end
Psalm 114

John 14.1-14
Psalm 115

John 14.15-end
Psalm 116.1-9

John 15.1-17
Psalm 116.10-end

John 15.18–16.4a
Psalm 117

John 16.4b-15
Psalm 118.1-9

John 16.16-end
Psalm 118.10-18

John 17.1-19
Psalm 118.19-end

John 17.20-end

Then may follow Psalm 54 and the Gospel of the Watch, or the Gospel of the Watch is read
without ceremony, followed by silence.

Refrain: Behold, God is my helper.

1Save me, O God, by your name *
and vindicate me by your power.

2Hear my prayer, O God; *
give heed to the words of my mouth.

3For strangers have risen up against me,
and the ruthless seek after my life; *
they have not set God before them.

4Behold, God is my helper; *
it is the Lord who upholds my life. R

5May evil rebound on those who lie in wait for me; *
destroy them in your faithfulness.

6An offering of a free heart will I give you *
and praise your name, O Lord, for it is gracious.

7For he has delivered me out of all my trouble, *
and my eye has seen the downfall of my enemies.

Refrain: Behold, God is my helper.

O living God,
reach through the violence of the proud
and the despair of the weak
to create in Jesus Christ
a people free to praise your holy name,
now and for ever.

Gospel of the Watch

Year A Luke 22.31-62
Year B Matthew 26.30-end
Year C Mark 14.26-end

Friday, 2nd April
Good Friday

Morning Prayer: Click [HERE]

Evening Prayer: Click [HERE]

An Hour at the Foot of the Cross and
Reception of Holy Communion

Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
1.45 pm  on Friday, 1st April 2021 to join the service.

Saturday, 3rd April
Holy Saturday

Morning Prayer: Click [HERE]

The Way of the Resurrection

11 Days of Reflection on the Post-Resurrection Appearances of Jesus

Through Lent and Passiontide there has been a long tradition in the Church of meditating on the events of the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, called the Stations of the Cross. In the latter part of the twentieth century a complementary devotion emerged, possibly from the Iberian peninsula, called the Stations of the Resurrection, the Way of Light or the Stations of Joy. They provide much-needed resources for the celebration of the forty days from Easter Day to Ascension and, indeed, for Great Fifty Days of the whole season to Pentecost.
As with the Stations of the Cross, we move from station to station, reading an appropriate Bible passage and meditating on it. By using the resurrection appearances as a focus for reflection and meditation we have an opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the Easter mysteries of the resurrection of our Lord. The resurrection appearances are more than just stories or history, they are a record of personal encounters with our risen Lord, so silence and space should be given to allow the liturgy to enable that encounter to happen today.

Day 1 – Saturday, 3 April 2021

Introduction to the mediations
I The earthquake – Matthew 28.2-4

Scroll down for Easter Day and Subsequent Days

Evening Prayer: Click [HERE]

Sunday, 4th April
Easter Day

0600 A Dawn Vigil, Service of Light
& the First Eucharist of Easter
Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
6 am on Sunday, 4th April 2021 to join the service.

Easter Day

Morning Prayer: Click [HERE]

Evening Prayer: Click [HERE]

The Way of the Resurrection Continued

Day 2 – Sunday, 4 April 2021

II Mary Magdalene finds the empty tomb: John 20.1,2
III The disciples run to the empty tomb: John 20.3-8

 

Day 3 – Monday, 5th April 2021

IV The angel appears to the women: Matthew 28.5-8, (Mark 16.3-8, Luke 24.2-9)
V Jesus meets the women: Matthew 28.9,10

 

Day 4 – Tuesday, 6th April 2021

VI The road to Emmaus: Luke 24.28-35

 

Day 5 – Wednesday, 7th April 2021

VII Jesus appears to the disciples: Luke 24.36-43 (John 20.19,20)
VIII Jesus promises the Spirit: Luke 24.44-49

 

Day 6 – Thursday, 8th April 2021

IX Jesus commissions the disciples: John 20.21-23
X Jesus breathes the Spirit in the upper room: John 20.22,23
XI Jesus reveals himself to Thomas: John 20.24-29

 

Day 7 – Friday, 9th April 2021

XII Jesus appears at the lakeside: John 21.9-13
XIII Jesus confronts Peter: John 21.15-19
XIV Jesus and the beloved disciple: John 21.20-23

Day 8 – Saturday, 10th April 2021

XV Jesus appears to over five hundred at once: 1 Corinthians 15.3-6
XVI Jesus commissions the disciples on the mountain: Matthew 28.16-20

 

Day 9 – Sunday, 11th April (and/ or 13th May, Ascension Day)

XVII The Ascension: Acts 1.3-11

Day 10 – Monday, 12th April (and/ or Sunday 23rd May 2021, Pentecost)

XVIII Pentecost: Acts 2.1-11

Day 11 – Tuesday, 13th April (and/ or 25th January, the Conversion of St Paul)

XIX Jesus appears to Saul: Acts 9.1-18 (1 Corinthians 15.8)

Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Recorded in 2019 by the Archbishop and Archdeacon of Canterbury, with prayers led by Rev Isabelle Hamley, a series of five podcasts are now available that will take people on the Holy Week journey by exploring and reflecting on five of the biblical Stations of the Cross.

 

Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Following Jesus’ journey through suffering and death to new life

Lent and Easter are an important part of the Christian calendar.

The season of Lent lasts for forty days (not including Sundays). It is a time when Christians reflect and prepare for the celebrations of Easter. Some people fast, eat frugally or give up treats following the example of Jesus, who fasted for forty days in the wilderness.

People also give to charity, set aside time to study the bible and meet with other Christians to reflect on Jesus’ life and prepare for the events of Holy Week and Easter.

 

Recorded in 2019 by the Archbishop and Archdeacon of Canterbury, with prayers led by Rev Isabelle Hamley, a series of five podcasts are now available that will take people on the Holy Week journey by exploring and reflecting on five of the biblical Stations of the Cross.

Holy Week is the name given to the week beginning on Palm Sunday and ending on Easter Sunday.

On Palm Sunday Jesus arrived in Jerusalem to crowds and cheers. His triumphant entry into Jerusalem has been celebrated on the Sunday before Easter since the first centuries of Christianity.

The crowds waved palm branches and covered his path with them. Churches remember this with crosses made from palm leaves and hold processions like the one that Jesus experienced – sometimes with a donkey, too! During this period of physical distancing due to Coronavirus, churches won’t be able to hold these processions. However, there will be a national online broadcast and our own live streaming.

 

The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—
the King of Israel!”

John 12:12-13

Maundy Thursday is the day when we remember Jesus sharing the Last Supper with his disciples before his death.

Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

Luke 22:19-20

Maundy Thursday gets its name from the Latin word mandare meaning to command. We remember Jesus’ command: ‘Love one another as I have loved you’.

At the Last Supper Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. Some churches recreate this act of service at special services and events. This is not only an important reminder of the nature of Jesus, who we serve, but also the kind of service we are meant to demonstrate in our love for one another.

Clergy washing feet at Maundy Thursday service

Father,
on this the night he was betrayed,
your Son Jesus Christ washed his disciples’ feet.
We commit ourselves to follow his example of love and service.

Good Friday is the day when Christians remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. It is a sombre day. Usually, churches meet, pray and reflect on the sacrifice Jesus willingly paid for all our sins.

This year, many Good Friday services will be live streamed from home by churches.

Walk of Witness

Many churches take part in a Walk of Witness. Churches gather (often with other local Christian denominations) to walk through the streets of their locality together. They do this to remember that Jesus had to carry his cross publicly through the streets of Jerusalem. It is a public statement of their faith, a retelling of the crucifixion story and a reminder of Jesus’ words in Matthew 16 verse 24: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

John 3.16

Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil is the first service of Easter and begins sometime on the evening of Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Day). It begins with a symbolic expectant waiting (usually outdoors around a fire) for the resurrection of Jesus on Easter morning, and this is represented visually by a large Easter candle, which is lit from the fire and brought into a darkened church. This depiction of new life and light represents Jesus’ resurrection on the first Easter morning. The congregation then light their own candles from the Easter candle, representing their own new life as followers of Jesus. The service will contain a number of readings from the Bible, and also an opportunity for all the participants to renew the promises made at their baptism. The Easter Vigil is usually a quiet and thoughtful service, but one full of joy.

Bishop leads dawn vigil outside Durham Cathedral
Easter dawn vigil outside Durham Cathedral
On Easter Sunday, churches across England will celebrate because Jesus died for our sins and then rose again. This year, we shall be again streaming our Easter Day services.

You can watch the Church of England’s national Easter Service with the Archbishop of Canterbury here.

On the third day after being crucified, Jesus’ tomb was found to be empty. He had risen from the dead. Life triumphs over death! The joy of resurrection is possible only because Christ endured death and conquered it. 

Some churches celebrate Jesus’ bringing life from death by making and blessing an Easter garden. Could you make an Easter garden with your family at home?

The eggs we usually give and receive at Easter have many different symbols attached to them. They represent new life and some people suggest that they resemble the stone at the entrance to Jesus’ tomb.?Only give Easter Eggs if it is safe to do so.

Easter Day marks the beginning of 50 days of celebrating Jesus’ resurrection. The final 10 days begin on Ascension day where we celebrate?

Jesus’ ascension into heaven. Churches around the country mark the day with services, sometimes outside or on church roofs. Finally, at the end of the 50 days, we celebrate Pentecost (sometimes called Whitsun) when Jesus’ disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is often referred to as the birthday of the Church and is celebrated with parties and Whit walks (processions through town).

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