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Holy Week and Easter services 2017

In Holy Week, Christians follow Jesus’ final journey to the Cross. The services enact dramatically the main stages in this journey, ending with his death on Good Friday and finally the life changing events of the first Easter.  Our Holy Week and Easter services fully embrace children’s participation, especially “Messy Church” on the morning of Good Friday.  Everyone is welcome to join us for any of our services.  For more details see the attached flyer: HW&E 2017 design final

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Bishop Christopher’s Advent sermon at St Philip’s on 11 December


It is a great joy to be with you once again at St Philip’s, of which I am very fond – I need to say Bishops are not to have favourites – though we do now go back a long way.  I was Area Bishop before I becoming Diocesan, and I always look forward to standing at the Altar or behind the Lectern here, or sharing a meal in the Hall.   Not only that, but, as many of you will remember, Mother Anna’s predecessor was a certain Father Mark Steadman, and after he ceased to have the cure of souls in this Parish, he became my Chaplain, thus taking on a cure of just one soul; but, I fear, a soul that was a sore trouble to him.   So we meet as friends and uphold each other in the love of Christ as we are led by Him on

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Christmas Service 2016

at St Philip’s Church, Avondale Square, SE1 5PD.  All are welcome.

St Philip’s Xmas services flyer

SUNDAY 16- 23 December

4.00pm Celebracion Novena Navidena: Inicio y bendicion del nacimiento, Mision Hispana Anglicana, St Philip’s Church, Avondale Square SE1 5PD (Facebook: Mision Hispana Anglicana, or email


10.00am Parish Mass

3.00pm Misas en espanol/Spanish Mass

6.00pm Carol Service by Candlelight


4.00pm Crib Service (especially for children)

11.30pm Midnight Mass and Blessing of the Crib


10.00am Mass of Christmas


10.00am Parish Mass


10.00am Mass of the Epiphany (coming of the 3 Kings)

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Join us for Holy Week and Easter

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On Palm Sunday in Church, we remember the procession of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey.  In the service, we also read the account of his betrayal and abandonment, crucifixion and death from one of the four Gospels.  The different parts are read by members of the congregation, and we all join in with the crowds, adding to the dramatic tension.

These events are a turning point in our faith, and a turning point in human history.  This week, the most important week of the Christian year, the Church invites us to take part in them ourselves, and to be changed by the experience.  On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week, the normal 6pm Mass is followed by a short reflection and ancient nighttime service of Compline, which prepare us for the Easter Triduum, the great Three Days that stretch

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Here is a list of all the upcoming Christmas Services at St Philip's Church.
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Advent, the time leading up to Christmas, is a season of new beginnings. So it’s fitting that we’re launching our website- not in September, or January, or any of the times we normally associate with a new year- but at the start of a new year in the Church.

Advent is a time of renewal. It’s an exhilarating time, one of my favourite seasons. I’ve always loved the traditional Advent hymns, with their sense of fresh expectancy and longing: “O come, o come Emmanuel” and “Lo! he comes with clouds descending”. To me, they speak of the ancient desire for God, and our human need to be loved. Advent is a season of heightened expectation: we believe in transformation; we believe in change.

We’re always being led into newness. Here at St Philip’s, as well as our website, we had this week an exciting new service in Spanish. Thirty people

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