Church Service for the Annunciation

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lord God, see before you your faithful people for whom your Son was content to be betrayed and crucified. As we follow his steps on the Way of the Cross fill us with your love, that we may be moved to put it into action in our lives. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

1st STATION: JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH
As we reach each Station we say:
We adore you, O Christ and we bless you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Pilate, the man in public office, the man of power, does what he knows to be wrong, takes the cowardly option.
Lord, may we always have the courage to do what we know to be right, and to stand up for justice. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
As we prepare to leave each Station we say::
We glory in your cross, O Lord, And praise and glorify your holy resurrection: for by virtue of the cross, joy has come to the whole world.
On the way to the next Station we recite a verse of the ancient hymn, “Stabat Mater Dolorosa”:
At the cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful mother weeping,
close to Jesus at the last.

2nd STATION: JESUS IS MADE TO CARRY HIS CROSS
The soldiers mock him and despise him, and force him to carry the instrument of his own death.
Lord, may we never enjoy the humiliation of someone else, but rather choose to stand alongside the one who is mocked. Through Christ our Lord.

Through her soul, of joy bereaved,
bowed with anguish, deeply grieved,
now at length the sw
ord hath passed.

3rd STATION: JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME
He falls under the burden of the cross, faint from lack of food and broken by torture.
Lord, make us strong to challenge the scandal of people going hungry in a world of plenty, and help us feed those in need. Through Christ our Lord.
O, that blessed one, grief-laden,
blessed Mother, blessed Maiden
Mother of the all-holy One.

4th STATION: JESUS MEETS HIS MOTHER
His mother can do nothing more for him than offer her helpless compassion.
Lord, help us to be like mothers, full of compassion and love, for those who are rejected and lacking all support. Through Christ our Lord.
O that silent, ceaseless mourning,
O those dim eyes, never turning
from that wondrous, suffering Son.

5th STATION: SIMON OF CYRENE IS COMPELLED TO HELP CARRY THE CROSS
The soldiers pick on Simon, a foreigner, an African, and force him to help in the ghastly business.
Lord, may we never pick on the outsider or exploit the powerless, but respect their dignity. Through Christ our Lord.
Who on Christ’s dear Mother gazing,
in her trouble so amazing,
born of woman, would not weep?

6th STATION: VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS
Standing at the roadside, she does what she can to ease his suffering in a simple human gesture, which is said to have been rewarded by a divine gesture, in the mark of his face on her cloth.
Lord, give us the will to act to alleviate the suffering of others, especially when they are very near. Through Christ our Lord.
Who on Christ’s dear Mother thinking,
such a cup of sorrow drinking,
would not share her sorrow deep?

7th STATION: JESUS FALLS THE SECOND TIME
Jesus slips on the hard pavement of the city and goes down a second time.
Lord, help us to see in our own city those who aren’t coping, those who are overwhelmed by the burdens on them, and to help them. Through Christ our Lord.
For his people’s sins, in anguish,
there she saw the victim languish,
bleed in torments, bleed and die:

8th STATION: THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM WEEP FOR JESUS
The women, as so often, are the ones who bear the grief; Jesus prays for them as they must weep for their own children.
Lord, help us to work for the oppressed women of the world, to console them in their grief, and to stand alongside them. Through Christ our Lord.
Saw the Lord’s anointed taken;
saw her child in death forsaken,
heard his last expiring cry.

9th STATION: JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME
His weakness overwhelms him, and he collapses at the foot of Calvary.
Lord, give us the strength to help those who are weaker than us; may we always support the weak and damaged. Through Christ our Lord.
In the Passion of my Maker,
be my sinful soul partaker,
may I bear with her my part;

10th STATION: JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS
Jesus’s humiliation is complete as he is stripped naked, and his tormentors gamble for his clothes.
Lord, help us to stand alongside people who are exploited and humiliated by the sex and gambling industries and free us all from shame. Through Christ our Lord.
Of his Passion bear the token,
in a spirit bowed and broken
bear his death within my heart.

11th STATION: JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS
They hammer home the nails through unresisting flesh; they are only obeying orders, and Jesus forgives them.
Give us the wisdom and strength, Lord, to resist being carried along by evil, and help us to look with pity on those who are the tools of cruel systems. Through Christ our Lord.
May his wounds both wound and heal me,
he enkindle, cleanse, anneal me,
be his Cross my hope and sta
y.

12th STATION: JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS
Even on the cross his concern is for others: the soldiers, the thieves, and finally his mother and friend whom he commends to one another.
Lord, give us the courage to look beyond our own lives, and to enter into the lives of others with love and concern. Through Christ our Lord.
May he, when the mountains quiver,
from that flame which burns for ever
shield me on the judgement day.

13th STATION: JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS
Concerned friends take his body down and he rests for a moment on the lap of his grieving mother.
Lord, make us bold to support those who are grieving, to overcome our reticence, to do what we can and to stand alongside them. Through Christ our Lord.
Jesu, may thy Cross defend me,
and thy saving death befriend me,
cherished by thy deathless grace;

14th STATION: JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB
The lifeless Jesus is laid hurriedly in the rich man’s tomb, and the door is sealed.
Help us, Lord, to recognise the forces that entomb us in our daily lives, and give us the courage to work for freedom. Through Christ our Lord.
When to dust my dust returneth,
grant a soul that to thee yearneth
in thy Paradise a place.

15th STATION: JESUS IS RISEN
Very early on the Sunday morning Mary Magdalene comes with the other women and finds the tomb empty; she recognises her risen Lord when he calls her by name.
Lord, we praise you for the resurrection; help us to have confidence that death is not the end, and to live in that confidence. Through Christ our Lord.

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Christ crucified draw you to himself, that you may find in him a sure ground for faith, a firm support for hope, and the assurance of sins forgiven; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you, now and forever. Amen.

Back to School Sunday

Sunday 1st September is “Back to School Sunday”, when we mark the start of the new school year with a special Family Service at St Peter’s, Elgin Avenue, at 11am. There is no Mass at St Mary Magdalene’s, as we combine the congregations for this service, celebrating our two church schools and giving thanks for the work of Christians in education.

Bishop Jonathan’s Sermon

Tonight we celebrate the abundant fruits of ten years of visionary thinking, meticulous planning and execution of the highest quality. Congratulations to Fr Henry and his team. And in so doing, we are also celebrating the successful accomplishment of that greatest of challenges: how to remain true to the ideals of founders and pioneers in hugely changed times. The principal architect of this magnificent building, G.E. Street, sometime Churchwarden of All Saints in Margaret Street, no doubt had many objectives and aspirations in mind as he contemplated his schemes and plans for this church, but one little detail speaks volumes. He was determined that there would be no pew rents here; all the seating in the House of God would be free, free for all the People of God. It was to be a church for the poor: the poor who are always our teachers. The realisation and the completion of the works undertaken here will ensure that this remains a place of worship, a place to inspire the heart and lift the soul to heaven, but also a place which is at the heart of the community, as it was always intended to be. The history of this church on your parish website describes it as having been ‘marooned’ after the post-war slum clearances; but now our prayer and our confident hope is that it will not be an island but a hub, with spokes radiating outwards to make numerous connections with local life – life which, in all its richness and diversity, is lived out here in the true Christian sense “in all its fullness.”  

A place of worship; a sermon in stone, to borrow Ruskin’s phrase, himself of course quoting Duke Senior’s vision in As You Like Itof not an urban but a rural paradise – but the phrase remains both resonant and fitting. In his notable essay ‘of the Atmosphere of a Church,’ Sir Ninian Comper, another of this church’s architects and designers – and what a roll call of names to conjure with who have built, adorned and beautified this place, and now new names are added to the roll – writes:

‘A church built with hands, as we are reminded at every Consecration and Dedication feast, is the outward expression here on earth of that spiritual Church built of living stones, the Bride of Christ, urbs beata Jerusalem, which stretches back to the foundation of the world and onwards to all eternity….To enter therefore a Christian church is to enter none other than the House of God, and the gate of Heaven.’Comper prefaces this passage with his exposition of the mass, the offering of this holy sacrifice in which we are now engaged, as the very heart and soul of the church building, its source, its purpose, its entire raison d’etre. He writes:

‘[A church] is the centre of Worship in every community of [those] who recognise Christ as the Pantokrator, the Almighty and Ruler and Creator of all things; at its altar is pleaded the daily sacrifice in complete union with the Church Triumphant in Heaven, of which He is the one and only Head, the High Priest for ever after the order of Melchisedech.’

This is heady stuff; it is all true, but expressed in words almost too intoxicating in their strength. But then Comper makes this wonderful, pithy observation:
‘There is then no such thing as a Protestant church. A church is of its very nature Catholic, embracing all things.’This surely could be the strapline for the mission statement for this church and congregation: – ‘Catholic, embracing all things.’ Our Scripture readings this evening fill in the detail. The Spirit of God comes upon the prophet in order that the oil of gladness might be poured out upon the poor, the broken hearted, the prisoner, those who mourn. When Jacob erects a pillar to mark the spot where the Lord God met him in a dream, and promised him that his descendants would fill the whole earth, he pours oil upon it. When we consecrate our altars, to offer (in Comper’s phrase) the daily sacrifice, we pour oil upon them. Oil for holy places and holy things. But oil too, the oil of gladness, for the poor of the Lord, for all who inherit the promise of the year of the Lord’s favour. In Jesus Christ, all the promises of which Isaiah speaks are fulfilled, and in the Gospel reading from St Matthew this evening Jesus Christ commissions his servants, his friends, to go out and bring in the harvest of those who will live in the light of His own coming and be drawn thereby into the Kingdom of God. It is as we know Christ and are known by him, as we share in his life by baptism and through the other sacraments of the Church, that we too can speak the prophet’s words which Our Lord Himself makes his own – ‘the Spirit of the Lord has been given to me.’
What a great thing has been done here. The offer – generous, expansive, and magnificent – which is made here is that of nothing less than life in all its fullness. The prophet Ezekiel sees a river flowing from the threshold of the temple, and the river brings life; just so did a river flow from Eden, divide into four, and water the regions of the earth before even Adam and Eve were made. This church and the Grand Junction (what a marvellous name) which adjoins it will surely bring life, life to this part of London and beyond. Henry James said of London that it was ‘magnificent:’ not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy, but ‘magnificent.’ Lovers of London, among whom I count myself, might find his failure to find cheer here James’s problem and not London’s, but we sort of know what he meant. But, he said, still speaking of London, ‘the biggest aggregation of human life…the most complete compendium of humanity’ is here. What a canvas upon which to trace the outlines of a ministry in the name of Jesus Christ. What an adventure will surely unfold in this place.Today we celebrate St Anthony of Padua, the Evangelical Doctor, a saint hot on penitence, hot against heresy, and hot on compassion for all in need and love for the poor. At the end of this mass we shall offer him lilies, and pray for freedom from evil, the healing of sickness, and the gifts of peace and grace to strengthen us in our weakness. Last Sunday we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost, and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles gathered in prayer with Mary the Mother of the Lord; the Holy Spirit who drove them out into every corner of the known world, on fire with the love of Jesus Christ and the message of This is heady stuff; it is all true, but expressed in words almost too intoxicating in their strength. But then Comper makes this wonderful, pithy observation:
‘There is then no such thing as a Protestant church. A church is of its very nature Catholic, embracing all things.’This surely could be the strapline for the mission statement for this church and congregation: – ‘Catholic, embracing all things.’ Our Scripture readings this evening fill in the detail. The Spirit of God comes upon the prophet in order that the oil of gladness might be poured out upon the poor, the broken hearted, the prisoner, those who mourn. When Jacob erects a pillar to mark the spot where the Lord God met him in a dream, and promised him that his descendants would fill the whole earth, he pours oil upon it. When we consecrate our altars, to offer (in Comper’s phrase) the daily sacrifice, we pour oil upon them. Oil for holy places and holy things. But oil too, the oil of gladness, for the poor of the Lord, for all who inherit the promise of the year of the Lord’s favour. In Jesus Christ, all the promises of which Isaiah speaks are fulfilled, and in the Gospel reading from St Matthew this evening Jesus Christ commissions his servants, his friends, to go out and bring in the harvest of those who will live in the light of His own coming and be drawn thereby into the Kingdom of God. It is as we know Christ and are known by him, as we share in his life by baptism and through the other sacraments of the Church, that we too can speak the prophet’s words which Our Lord Himself makes his own – ‘the Spirit of the Lord has been given to me.’
What a great thing has been done here. The offer – generous, expansive, and magnificent – which is made here is that of nothing less than life in all its fullness. The prophet Ezekiel sees a river flowing from the threshold of the temple, and the river brings life; just so did a river flow from Eden, divide into four, and water the regions of the earth before even Adam and 

His Gospel. Let us give the last words to St Anthony whose feast we keep, from a sermon which he preached on the Feast of Pentecost.

Let us speak, then, as the Holy Spirit gives us to speak, asking Him humbly and devoutly to pour out His grace, so that we may complete the days of Pentecost in the perfection of our five senses and in the observance of the Ten Commandments. May we be filled with the mighty wind of contrition, and be set afire with the fiery tongues of confession; so that, ablaze and alight in the splendour of the saints, we may be found fit to see God the Three and One. May He grant this who is God Three and One, blessed for ever and ever. Let every spirit say: Amen. Alleluia.

St Mary Magdalene Paddington, 13thJune 2019

 

Important updates for Sunday services

We will be celebrating going back into the Nave for Sunday worship with a mass for the anniversary of the consecration of the church, at 11am on Sunday the 21st October. There will be a party after the service.

From Sunday the 21st all services will return to the Nave and Chancel.

On the 28th of October there will be no Sunday Mass, as we shall be joining with St Peter’s to celebrate their dedication festival.

Also we have a free event on Thursday 25th October, at 6.30pm in church. Celebrated American poet (and civil-rights activist) J Chester Johnson will speak on “Auden, the Psalms and Me” about his time working alongside W H Auden translating the Psalms for the American Prayer Book. This will be fascinating for enthusiasts for poetry as well as liturgy.

Easter Holy Week 2018 

St.Mary Magdalene & St.Peter’s, Paddington

HOLY WEEK 2018

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Sunday 25th March: Palm Sunday

10.30am Blessing of Palms at St.Mary Mags         and Procession to Eucharist at St.Peter’s.

Monday 26th          7.30pm Stations of the Cross, St.Mary Mags.

Tuesday 27th          10am Eucharist, St.Peter’s.

5.30pm Evening Prayer, St.Mary Mags.

Wednesday 28th    7.30pm Eucharist, St.Peter’s.

Thursday 29th   Maundy Thursday

7.30pm Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper, St.Peter’s.

Friday 30th   Good Friday

11am An Hour at the Cross, St.Peter’s.

12.15pm Ecumenical Service, Maida Hill Market.

2pm Liturgy of the Passion, St.Mary Mags.

Sunday 1st April Easter Day

9.30am Solemn Mass of Easter, St.Mary Mags.

11am Eucharist of Easter Day, St.Peter’s.

Confessions by appointment.

Fr.Henry Everett, Vicar. 020 72691818

Christmas Services 2017

 

The United Benefice of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Peter, Paddington

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Feast of Carols-Christmas Carol
Service by Candlelight

Sunday 17th December 2017, 6pm at St Peter’s

Crib Service and Christingle

Friday 22nd December 2017, 5pm at St Peter’s

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Midnight Mass

Sunday 24th December 2017, 11pm at St Peter’s

Christmas Eucharist

Monday 25th December 2017, 11am at St Peter’s

First Sunday of Christmas

Sunday 31st December 2017

9:30am at St Mary Magdalene

11am at St Peter’s

Epiphany-The Journey of the Magi

Sunday 7th January 2018

10:30am at St Mary Magdalene with a procession to St Peter’s

St Mary Magdalene Church, Rowington Close, W2 5TF

St Peter’s Church, ElginAvenue, W9 2DB

Vicar: Fr. Henry Everett