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 from the evening of Maundy Thursday to the eve of Easter Day.

We share the Passover with Jesus’ disciples in the Upper Room; we keep vigil with Jesus in agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.  We journey with him from his trial to the cross and burial in the tomb.  From there, we await his rising again on Easter Day.  Taking part in the events of this week, through the services below, is to embark on a journey that can change our life.  We look forward to sharing this journey with you.  Service times, including Spanish Mass, are below:

Holy Week and Easter Services at St Philip’s, Avondale Square

Palm Sunday, 20 March

10.00am         Parish Mass with blessing of palms

this service begins in the Church Hall

3.00pm           Spanish Mass

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of Holy Week

6.00pm           Said Mass

6.30pm           Reflection followed by Compline

Maundy Thursday, 24 March

8.30am           Morning Prayer

11.00am         Chrism Mass at Southwark Cathedral

7.00pm           Supper in the Church Hall (please sign up on list in Church)

8.00pm           Sung Mass of the Last Supper followed by the Watch until Midnight

Good Friday, 25 March

9.30am           Morning Prayer

10.30am         Messy Church: Journey to the Cross

Activities for children with crafts and prayer activities, followed by refreshments

12.00 noon    Open-Air service at the Blue for all ages, followed by lunch at St James’

2.00pm           The Liturgy of Good Friday (at St Philip’s)

5.30pm           Evening Prayer

Holy Saturday, 26 March

9.30am           Morning Prayer

8.30pm           The Paschal Vigil and First Mass of Easter followed by festive refreshments

Easter Day, 27 March

10.00am         Parish Mass for Easter Day

with Baptism and Admission of Children to Communion,

Blessing of the Easter Garden and distribution of Easter Eggs

3.00pm           Spanish Mass


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