Church Notices

Palm Sunday during 'lock down'

This morning we marked the beginning of Holy Week, In our household we followed Fr John’s suggestion, and fashioned small Palm Sunday crosses made from twigs found in the garden, tied together with a palm leaf.

At 9.30 we walked around our very small garden, pausing and saying the words “ Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest”.

 Palm Sunday crosses

This was followed by joining together with Bishop Tim and Sally Dakin (www.youtube/cofewinchester) as we took part in the very special Palm Sunday Service broadcast from the Chapel at Wolvesey (the Bishop’s palace Winchester). This service can be watched at any time, simply by following the link as above.

I have followed quite a few of the services that are available on line, but this one from Wolvesey, really is very good, simply done, with the hymns and liturgy displayed for all to join in. This really has lifted our spirits in these very challenging times.

When we think of what we as a nation and as a world are facing right now, can we perhaps think of it as our own `Holy Time’ a time of pain, sorrow, tears as well as joy and unknown challenges and yet a time that will certainly pass, just as the days leading to our Lord’s crucifixion passed leading to that glorious Sunday, that first Easter, when Jesus appeared to Mary , Our risen Lord… the hope of the world to come.

Holy Week with the Diocese

 

These are strange times!  As Holy Week is upon us, we must turn to other resources to guide our worship, as our 'home' churches remain locked. 

Fortunately, the Diocese of Winchester has provided these opportunities for worship.  I hope the links work for you, as you click upon them, and are directed to either the Diocesan Website, or the Diocesan You-Tube channel.  Please note that the reference to Zoom is to a video conferencing system which is available from the Internet, free of charge.  Zoom is comparable to Skype and Facetime. 

 
 

Dear Friends,

As Holy Week commences tomorrow, we wanted to let you know about the resources and opportunities for shared worship which, as a Bishop’s Staff Team, we will be providing through the week. We know that many of you will also be offering ways to journey spiritually through the week to your communities and want to thank you for your creativity in marking this most important of weeks.

 

Please find our schedule for the week below. You will be able to find each day’s services and reflections on the Diocesan website .

Throughout the week:

Winchester Cathedral will provide Common Worship Morning and Evening Prayer each day, at 8.30am and 5.30pm respectively, via Zoom.

Every day there will be a reflection from one of our Bishops, Dean Catherine or members of the Cathedral Chapter which will follow the Holy Week story, using John’s Gospel as a basis.

Palm Sunday:

Bishop Tim will preside at a pre-recorded Sunday Eucharist from Wolvesey, with Sally Dakin preaching. This will be available on the Diocesan YouTube channel .

Winchester Cathedral will provide a reading of the Passion, featuring multiple voices from English cathedrals organised by the Precentors.

Maundy Thursday:

Bishop Tim will provide a video message about renewing our vocational commitment as disciples, BCMers, lay ministers and ordained ministers. This will be available on the Diocesan YouTube channel . A full Chrism and recommitment service will take place in the autumn.

Dean Catherine will preside at a pre-recorded Eucharist from the Deanery, including a sequence of foot washing, Cathedral choral music and a Vigil sequence.

Good Friday:

The Cathedral Chapter will provide a pre-recorded service, lasting one hour, comprised of reflection, poetry and reading. This will again feature Cathedral choral music. The theme will be ‘My Song is Love Unknown; Reflections on The Cross’ and will include veneration of the cross and prayer.

Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil:

English Cathedrals will provide a vigil comprised of readings and reflections on the theme of ‘Rumours of Hope: a vigil for our times’ with Paula Gooder and others, including poets.

Easter Sunday:

Bishop Tim will preside at a pre-recorded Sunday Eucharist from Wolvesey, with Sally Dakin preaching. This will be available on the Diocesan YouTube channel .

 

 

 

 

Some soothing summertime music

We had arranged for two eminent local musiciams, Marrtin Penrose and  Phil Daish-Handy, to record some appropriate Lenten and Easter music in the Abbey Church.  This was to have been some compensation for our inability to use the church for services.

But even that has proved impossible, given the (understandaly) intractable nature of the Locked In reguulations.  So here is an alternative!

 

Some summer time music, as a balm to troubled souls at this time

Intercessions for late Lent

The Fifth Sunday of Lent Passiontide 

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,

to you be praise and glory forever.

As a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief your only Son

was lifted up that he might draw the whole world to himself.

May we walk this day in the way of the cross

and always be ready to share its weight,

declaring your love for all the world.

Amen.

 

As we begin our time of prayer, as we come into your presence O Lord, wherever we are…

Let us pray for the Church and for the world,

Lord make known your presence in your Church, unite us and lead us by the Spirit of Truth, that by living out the truth, and following your example, others may be drawn to you.

Lord of the nations, grant wisdom, courage and compassion to those in authority.

We pray especially at this time for our Prime Minister and all members of Government, for our National Health Service and all Doctors and Nurses and for all who minister to those affected by the coronavirus.

We give thanks for our scientists and research assistants, all those working hard to find a vaccine that will help us to contain this disease that is affecting all the nations of your world.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

 

We thank you Lord, for our homes and communities,

Lord give us grace to realise that our families, friends and neighbours are ours

because we are theirs.

Help us to be good neighbours and faithful friends.

We give thanks for the many acts of kindness and generosity that have been carried out this week, stranger helping stranger, individuals volunteering to support our National Health Service.

Grant us an abundance of interdependence, let each one of us love and serve each other in your name.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

 

Give comfort and new health to all who suffer in body, mind or spirit,

Helper of the helpless, healer of the sick, be with those suffering this day, give them patience and courage. Lift up their hearts, and bring them the joy of trust in your divine providence.

Lord we remember those who have died in our families and in this community, we thank you for your promise of a share in your eternal kingdom.

Grant us a real spiritual sense of continuing unity, being bound together in love, living the resurrection of Christ, and sharing in your eternal kingdom.

Therefore, in unity with Mary, Paul, Katharine and all the Saints, we commend ourselves and all others to your safe keeping, in faith, in hope and in love.

 

Merciful Father accept our prayers for the sake of your only Son our Saviour

Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Lockdown; A message from the Bishops

 

Archbishops and Bishops: stay at home but continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).But they called on the Church to “continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable”.

It follows the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson of sweeping restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

It means all Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no weddings or baptisms.

Funerals can still go ahead but within strict limits with only the closest family in attendance and essential physical distancing measures in place.

In a joint statement the bishops said: He said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given. 

“We will give a fuller statement of advice as soon as possible. Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated.”