A Journey Through Holy Week
26th March – 1st April
The period leading up to and including Easter is the most holy season of the Church’s year. During the seven days of Holy Week, Christians all over the world mark the great saving events of Christ’s love for us. The great Christian themes are all here and as you walk through the services of the week you will share in Christ’s own journey, from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through his last supper and the institution of the Eucharist, the darkness of his suffering, agony and his death, to the emptiness of the tomb and the joy of the risen Christ on Easter morning.
You are invited to follow in his footsteps, to swap the busyness of your everyday life for an experience of God’s presence through the deep truth of the Passion of Christ, through the words and liturgy of Holy Week.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. As we hold high our palm crosses, we remember the cheering crowds waving palm branches before Jesus as he entered Jerusalem.
We hear again the Gospel of the Passion story right through from Jesus’ betrayal to his death and burial. There will also be Stations of the Cross in the evening at 6pm.
On Monday there will be a service of Compline and Music at St. Luke’s Whyteleafe at 8pm, a quiet time to reflect on the Christ’s Passion.
On Tuesday we are invited to walk the Way of the Cross at 7.30pm St. Peter and St. Paul’s, Chaldon. The various Stations of the Cross have formed part of Passiontide Devotions for centuries and enable us today, to engage with Jesus’ suffering for ourselves. They originated when early Christians visited Jerusalem and wanted to literally ‘follow’ in Jesus’ footsteps, tracing his path from Pilate’s house to calvary.
The pilgrims would pause for prayer and devotion at various points along the way. There are usually fourteen stations in a traditional service however the way the service is led, varies.
On Wednesday there will be a quiet candlelit service at St. Lukes at 7.30pm entitled ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door.’ with readings, prayers and anointing.
Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of the Triduum, the Three Great Days which lead to Easter itself.
On Maundy Thursday there will be a Eucharist with foot washing at St. Mary’s at 8pm followed by the beginning of the Watch in St. Lawrence’s church.
At this service we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, his servant ministry in washing his disciples’ feet, his gift to us of Holy Communion and his watch of agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The sacrament is reserved, blessed and remains in the ciborium, taken over to the Garden of Repose, symbolising Jesus’ presence in the garden, praying. The service in St. Mary’s draws to a close as the sanctuary is stripped. All the altar clothes and removable ornaments are removed reminding us how Jesus himself was stripped bare for crucifixion, creating a stark space in preparation for Good Friday. We are then encouraged to keep watch like the disciples did, in the Garden.
On Good Friday we remember the Crucifixion of Christ at an All Age service at 10am and The Good Friday Liturgy at 2pm.
Good Friday is a solemn day, as we recall the depth of Jesus’ suffering love. It is a day in which we are called to remain present in his sorrow, love and pain but also present to our own crosses and our own faith before we experience the joy of Easter.
At the end of the Good Friday Liturgy the Holy Sacrament is brought back into St. Mary’s and all present are invited to share in Communion, the broken body of Christ, before the words ‘It is finished’ are uttered by the priest and we leave in silence.
The final day of Holy Week is Holy Saturday, a day during which, wherever we are, we recall the desolation of Jesus’ death and burial in the tomb.
The night of Holy Saturday marks the point at which Our Lord passed from death to life and the Church throughout the world is invited to gather in vigil and in prayer, to await Christ’s presence with us.
The fire is lit outside the church and the new light symbolising Christ rising to new life, is brought into the church.
This year at St. Mary’s our preacher at the services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday will be Fr. John-
Making time to pray together the
first Wednesday of the month
Wednesday 7th March
Wednesday 4th April
St Mary’s Church
Led by Rev. Frany Long
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1st St. Mary’s Scout Group
Hut Roof Fundraising
The next textile collection
has been arranged for
Recycling bags available from back of church
Clothing – Paired shoes – Bags – Hats – Scarves – Jewellery – Belts – Soft Toys
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