As we approach the Triduum, the great three days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day, may I take this opportunity to wish you a blessed Holy Week and a joyous Easter when it comes. For Christians, this week is of utmost importance as we commemorate the events of our redemption. You can find the full list of services here.
On MAUNDY THURSDAY the question addressed to the disciples – ‘Could you not watch with me one hour?’ – is addressed to us as we take part in the Watch of the Passion until Midnight that follows the Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper at 8pm. I encourage each one of you to make a personal commitment to being present for at least some of that time, whether earlier in the evening or later. The Altar of Repose will be on the All Souls’ Altar in the Memorial Chapel (rather than the Lady Chapel as usual) in order to facilitate social distancing.
GOOD FRIDAY for us is not a holiday but a Holy Day and marked by fasting, prayer and attendance at the Liturgy of the Day at 10am. Because we are unable to venerate the cross with the customary kiss I invite you to consider bringing with you to the service a crucifix from home that you can venerate at the appropriate point in the service. In addition, there is a new service of Tenebrae at 9pm. A beautiful and contemplative service that marks the transition from Good Friday to Holy Saturday as candles are gradually extinguished until we are left in darkness. It is important to remember that cannot celebrate the fullness of Christ’s new life if we have not also walked with him on the Way of the Cross.
Our celebration of the new life of Christ begins with the Dawn Vigil and First Mass of EASTER at 5.45am. This is the greatest service of the Christian year, with the Service of Light, the Vigil readings telling the story of salvation, the Renewal of Baptismal Vows and the Mass of the Resurrection. As an added incentive you will be given fresh coffee and smoked salmon bagels to take away for breakfast! Thank you to Darina, Anne Gretton and Fiona Brannon who have prepared this. Our celebrations continue with Low Mass at 8am, Sung High Mass at 10am and Children’s Mass at 11.30am. Remember that we are asking you to send an email to the Parish Office using email@example.com for 10am and 11.30am so we can seat as many people as possible in a safe manner.
Last year, I had the bizarre experience of celebrating the mysteries of Holy Week in my dining room! As lovely as some of that was, it was also tremendously lonely and sad. So this year, we should rejoice that most of us are now able to gather together in church because of the vaccine and the lifting of restrictions, though we still do so with utmost care and caution. However, for those who are vulnerable or unable to leave home, the main liturgies will be broadcast live on Facebook and You Tube through our website with Orders of Service available to download.
Note: You don’t need to sign up to Facebook to watch – if a pop-up box invites you to join, please click it away and carry on watching.
Thank you to all those who have donated towards the Easter Lilies. A list of those you have asked to be remembered will be put up at the back of church. At this time, so many people pull together to make our observance of Holy Week and Easter particularly special. On behalf of the Clergy, Warden and PCC I’d like to express my thanks for your assistance and devotion.
WHITE RABBIT BOOK
Our very own Spike/Stevie McGarrity has produced book to mark 10 years of ‘The White Rabbit’ of Barnes! It is a beautifully produced book with many familiar faces and places from the local area! Copies will be on sale for a suggested donation of £10 on Easter Day. Or you can contact Spike through the Parish Office to purchase a copy.
NEW APCM DATE
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will now take place on Monday 17th May. Evening Prayer at 7.30pm with the meeting at 8pm.
Revision of the Electoral Roll (the list of church members). A copy of the current roll is on the noticeboard at the back of the church. The roll will be updated in preparation for the Annual Meeting. The roll is an important reflection of the strength of our church community. If you are not already on the Electoral Roll, please do complete a form, as it is important that all those who consider St Michael’s to be their church are on it. The form can be found here with hard copies available at the back of church. It is one form per person (not household) and you can be on the roll of more than one church at the same time. Forms need to be completed and returned by 18th April.
FR STEPHEN ANNUAL LEAVE AND PARISH OFFICE
Fr Stephen is on annual leave from 8th to 15th April and during this time there will be no Morning Prayer during the week but Mass continues as usual. If you have urgent pastoral matters please contact Fr Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mthr Judith (email@example.com or 020 8878 5642).
The Parish Office will be manned intermittently during the weeks of 5th and 12th April, although emails will be checked on a regular basis.
BARNES MUSIC FESTIVAL TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets are on sale for this year’s festival ‘Music and Theatre’ – 17th-30th May, with Saint Michael’s again forming a prominent part:
Sunday 16th May, 10.00am Mass with Ibstock Place School’s Schola Cantorum (Pre-Festival event).
Tuesday 18th May, 1-2pm Philip Berg is the soloist at a lunch time Organ Recital.
Sunday 23rd May, 7.00pm ‘Musical Gems from Bach and Purcell’ with the English Chamber Singers, conducted by Martin Neary.
Sunday 30th May, 6.00pm Festival Evensong (at Saint Mary’s) featuring the St Michael’s choir.
More information on the festival and how to book tickets can be found on the Barnes Music Festival’s website.
SERVICES NEXT WEEK
Bank Holiday. Church open but no services today
9.00am Morning Prayer
9.00am Morning Prayer
12.00pm Angelus and Mass
Sunday 11th Second Sunday of Eastertide
8.00am Low Mass
9.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am Sung Mass – livestreamed on Facebook and You Tube
Preacher: Fr Martin, Curate
No Children’s Mass today
No Evening Prayer today
REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
Sick: Frances Harman, Rosalyn Fletcher, Tina Wilkinson, Ali Adams, Colin Harrison
Recently Died: Cathie Sacré, Carol Barker, John Brown
Anniversary of Death: Leslie Barlow, Robert Want, Margaret Gretton, Sally Sangster, James McTear, Rosa Emmerson