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LENT

Ash Wednesday — February 14

7:30 am   Low Mass with Blessing and Imposition of Ashes—Blessed Sacrament Chapel
8:15 am   Confessions
12:10 pm   Low Mass with Blessing and Imposition of Ashes – Blessed Sacrament Chapel
12:45 pm   Confessions
5:45 pm   Confessions
6:30 pm   High Mass with Blessing and Imposition of Ashes—High Altar

 

Fridays during Lent

12:10 pm   Mass
12:45 pm   Stations of the Cross

 

Sundays during Lent

Lent I — February 18

12:30-1:30 pm   Study Group – “Meeting Jesus in St. John’s Gospel”
2:00 pm   Viols Concert
4:00 pm   Blessed Sacrament Chapel open for silent prayer
5:00 pm   Evening Prayer & Benediction

Lent II — February 25

12:30-1:30 pm   Study Group – “Meeting Jesus in St. John’s Gospel”
4:00 pm   Blessed Sacrament Chapel open for silent prayer
5:00 pm   Evening Prayer & Benediction

Lent III   — March 4

12:30-1:30 pm   Study Group – “Meeting Jesus in St. John’s Gospel”
4:00 pm   Stations of the Cross with meditations by Malcolm Guite
5:00 pm   Evening Prayer

Lent IV Mothering — Sunday March 11

12:30-1:30 pm   Study Group – “Meeting Jesus in St. John’s Gospel”
4:00 pm   Blessed Sacrament Chapel open for silent prayer.
5:00 pm   Evening Prayer & Benediction

Quiet Day — March 17

10:00 am – 2:00 pm   “Desert Spirituality in the Rainforest” – Dr. Jason Brown

Lent V — March 18

12:30-1:30 pm   Study Group – “Meeting Jesus in St. John’s Gospel”
4:00 pm   Blessed Sacrament Chapel open for silent prayer.
5:00 pm   Evening Prayer & Benediction

 

HOLY WEEK

Palm Sunday — March 25

8:30 am   Low Mass with the Blessing of Palms
9:45 am   Confessions
10:30 am   High Mass with the Blessing of Palms and neighbourhood procession
4:00 pm   Blessed Sacrament Chapel open for silent prayer
5:00 pm   Evening Prayer & Benediction

Monday in Holy Week — March 26

12:10 pm   Mass

Tuesday in Holy Week — March 27

12:10 pm   Bishop Melissa invites us to join the Diocese for the Chrism Mass at Christ Church Cathedral
5:30 pm   Mass

Wednesday in Holy Week March 28

12:10 pm   Mass
7:30 pm    Sung Office of Tenebrae

The ancient liturgy of Tenebrae, “Shadows,” points to humanity’s rejection of God that will be rectified through the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Candles are gradually extinguished to symbolize the apparent victory of evil and chaos in the world, until the church is left in total darkness. At the end a loud noise symbolizes the earthquake at the resurrection. The “Christ light” will then be returned to its place, the light which no darkness can put out.

 

Maundy Thursday — March 29

7:00 pm   Solemn Mass of the Institution of the Lord’s Supper, followed by the Watch before the Altar of Repose until midnight

In this liturgy we go back to the Upper Room as we commemorate the first Lord’s Supper which has become our chief act of worship together. The Mass is festive, in the middle of a very

solemn week: we come prepared to celebrate the deep joy of the gift that Jesus gave to us.

During the Mass, foot washing by the clergy of all who come forward, recalls Jesus’ washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper: a symbol of his servant ministry that we are called to follow.

At the conclusion of the Mass, there is a solemn procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Here it will rest, surrounded by light and flowers, to provide a focus for personal prayer.

The sacred ministers return to the church for the Stripping of the Altars. We recite Psalm 22, remembering the stripping of Christ’s body, and we enter into a place and time of desolation where the light and shadow in our lives and the world becomes acute and stark.

Immediately following the Mass we begin the “Watch” at the Altar of Repose, recalling the watch of the disciples with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. You are invited to spend time here in prayer and reflection. There is an opportunity for confessions after this Mass. The church will remain open till midnight.

 

Good Friday — March 30

1:30 pm   Stations of the Cross
3:00 pm   Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

The Solemn Liturgy on Good Friday falls into four parts:

  1. Scripture Readings: We begin with the Liturgy of the Word. We recount and reflect on our Lord’s Passion through the reading of holy scripture, hymns, and preaching.
  2. Solemn Prayers of Intercession: There follows a series of prayers for the whole church and the world. These are ancient in form, from the earliest recorded observances of Good Friday.
  3. The Veneration of the Cross: We then venerate “the wood of the cross.” It is a devotion of our gratitude for Jesus’ self-giving on the cross. At the appropriate time you may come forward to touch or kiss the cross. During this time the choir will sing the Reproaches which recall Jesus’ agony, not in physical pain, but in the pain of rejection by those he has come to save.
  4. Holy Communion: The liturgy concludes with Holy Communion, in which Jesus gives himself to us now as he gave himself on the cross.

We have entered as fully as possible into the saving death and Passion of our Lord. First, in our minds as we listened to the Word; then with our wills, in exercising the love Jesus taught us by praying for all people; in our emotions, in grateful veneration of His Cross; and finally by our sacramental union with this Victim of the Cross in Holy Communion. By so entering into His Passion and death, we are carried along to the glory of His resurrection.

 

Holy Saturday — March 31

9:00 pm   The Great Vigil and First Mass of Easter with Holy Baptism

The Holy Saturday Rite is the first celebration of Easter. It is a drama of creation and redemption, beginning as a solemn night, with the church in near darkness. We see God gradually revealed to us in Light (The Liturgy of the New Fire); in Word (the Prophetic readings); in Water (the blessing of the Font, Baptism, and the renewal of Baptismal vows); and in Food, as we celebrate our salvation and new life in Christ with the first Mass of Easter.

 

FIFTY DAYS OF EASTER 

Easter Day — April 1

8:30 am   Low Mass of the Resurrection
10:30 am   High Mass of the Resurrection with Procession
5:00 pm   Evening Prayer and Benediction in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Concert — April 11

7:30 pm   Choir of Royal Holloway College

Ascension Day — May 10

6:30 pm   High Mass

Pentecost — May 20

8:30 am   Low Mass
10:30 am   High Mass with Procession

The Body and Blood of Christ — May 31

6:30 pm   High Mass with Procession of the Blessed Sacrament
8:30 am   Low Mass
10:30 am   High Mass

On the last Sunday of the month holy anointing is offered after each Mass.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Confession is available by making an appointment with any of the priests.