Christmas Services at St Mary Magdalene’s and St Peter’s 2021

Sunday 19th December: Carols by Candlelight, 6pm St Mary Magdalene’s.

Friday 24th, Christmas Eve: Christingle Service for children, 5pm St Peter’s.

Friday 24th December: Christmas Eve. Midnight Mass, 11pm St Mary Magdalene’s.

Saturday 25th December: Christmas Day. Christmas Eucharist 11am St Peter’s.

Sunday 26th December: Boxing Day. Holy Family Eucharist, 11am St Peter’s.

Sunday 2nd January 2022. Mass for the Epiphany, 11am St Mary Magdalene’s.

Government Regulations require you to wear a face covering in church unless you are exempt.

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On Sunday 15th August, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we were delighted to welcome the Bishop of Fulham. Not only did Bishop Jonathan celebrate and preach, but he also consecrated our new altar, which you can see in the photo. The altar has been funded by the Barker-Mill Foundation, and was made by A J Brett & Co. It is made from limed English oak, and incorporates the marble altar stone from a previous altar at St Mary Mags, and a relic of St Teresa of Kolkata. Its design echoes the balustrade built by Martin Travers in the 1920s. 

Holy Week Services

St Peter’s will re-open on Easter Day Please do join us at St Peter’s at 11am on Easter Day.
It would be great to have a really good turnout to celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord.

Holy Week Services

Next Sunday, 28th March, is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week. Services are as follows:

Palm Sunday: Blessing of Palms, Procession and Solemn Mass 9.30 at St Mary Mags.

Holy Monday:  Mass 12 noon SMM Stations of the Cross 7pm SMM

Holy Tuesday: Mass 12 noon SMM

Holy Wednesday: Mass 12 noon SMM

Maundy Thursday: Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8pm SMM

Good Friday: Solemn Liturgy of the Day 2pm SMM

Holy Saturday: Solemn Vigil and First Mass of Easter 8pm SMM

Easter Day: Mass 9.30 at St Mary Mags, 11am at St Peter’s.

Festive Season Services 2020

All devices will be held in-person in a socially-distanced arrangement, and a number of the services will also be live-streamed.

Services at Mary Magdalene’s Church

Each Sunday during Advent Mass – 9.30am (live-streamed online)

Sunday 20 December: Carol Service by Candlelight – 6pm
Thursday 24 December: Midnight Mass – 11pm (live-streamed online)
Sunday 3 January 2021: Mass and Procession for Epiphany – 11am (live-streamed online)

Services at St Peter’s

Wednesday 16 December: Christingle Service at St Peter’s School, Chippenham Mews – 5pm
Friday 25 December: Mass of the Nativity at St Peter’s Church, Elgin Avenue – 11am (live-streamed online)
Sunday 27th December: Sunday Mass at St Peter’s, Elgin Avenue – 11am (live streamed online)

Sunday Services Resume

Dear Friends,

Our public Sunday services Sunday start at 10.30 am at St Mary Magdalene’s. We shall continue to stream services, as we know that a number of you cannot come to church yet, so you will receive the usual mailings this weekend.

We have organised the seats to adhere to 2m social distancing, but obviously if you come with your family you can move seats together. We can take 100 people, so there will be room for everyone.
Please enter through the south-west porch, on Rowington Close. If you cannot use the steps, please alert a sidesperson, and we will enable you to use the lift in the extension.
Please bring your own hand sanitizer, if you can, as we shall need you to sanitize on entry, and before Communion (there will be sanitizer in church, but it’s easier to use your own).
We need to make a note of your attendance as you come in, so please be patient. If you aren’t on the church electoral roll, please tell the sidespeople your name and phone number.
Please take your service sheet home with you; do not leave it in church.
Please do not hang around in church at the end of the service, but exit through the north porch.
We are not able to sing, but there will be plenty of music at the service, and we shall encourage you to hum (with your mouth closed).
When queueing please stand 2m from the person in front.
We cannot make special provision for children’s church yet.
There will be no refreshments after Mass.
The lavatories are available for use.
We are taking all necessary measures to make sure that our worship is safe. The PCCs have discussed the reopening, and a risk assessment is being carried out. If you have any questions, please do email me.

These arrangements are necessarily provisional. Until we can safely use St Peter’s again, we shall be having combined services at St Mary Mags, but we shall be constantly reviewing the details. If you have any observations or suggestions, please email me.

Yours in Christ
Fr.Henry

Online Mass St.Mary Magdalene & St.Peter

You can subscribe or just join in a mass by going to this link on YouTube

Fr.Henry Everett.
Vicar of St.Mary Magdalene & St.Peter, Paddington engage in future or view past mass during the covid19 pandemic.

St Mary Magdalene’s is open for individual prayer on Sundays from 2pm – 4pm
Entrance will be from Rowington Close (through the south-west porch)



Rosary Prayers

An Introduction to the Rosary

The Rosary is a method of prayer that is all about concentration. We use repeated prayers, and a tiny physical action to focus on biblical scenes; the repetition and the physical activity help us to concentrate, and drive away distractions. This technique could be used with more or less any words, but here I describe the traditional format, which links our prayers with the prayers of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
You don’t have to have a set of rosary beads to do it, though they are helpful, but it is a good idea to hold something in your hands while you are praying, perhaps a crucifix or a cross. The rosary beads help because they are set out in the way they are so that they match the format of the prayers, and they help you to know that you are doing the prescribed number of prayers, but that matters much less when the rosary is being led by someone else. An ordinary set of beads, or even a beautiful stone, could work, as could a cross, but you should have something to occupy your hands.

The Scenes
The Rosary is all about contemplating scenes, which are called “mysteries” (not like murder mysteries, but like “the mystery of faith”). The mysteries come in sets of 5, which is how the beads are laid out. The traditional sets are the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Joyful Mysteries and the Glorious Mysteries, to which have been added in recent years the Mysteries of Light. The Sorrowful Mysteries, appropriate to Lent and Passiontide, are: Christ’s agony in the garden, his scourging, his crowning with thorns, his carrying the cross, and his crucifixion.

Praying the Rosary
It’s normal to start a session by making the sign of the cross, and then reciting the Apostles’ Creed, followed by the Lord’s Prayer, 3 Hail Marys, and a Glory Be (the words of all these are at the end of this document). That’s the introduction, settling yourself down, and as you do that it’s good to think of an intention for your prayers, if you’re offering your prayers for a particular purpose, or for someone in particular; the leader may also offer a general intention. If you’re using a set of rosary beads, this all happens on the small chain at the end, starting from the crucifix.
Having done the introduction, you then start on the first mystery, which the leader will announce, and perhaps describe. You then contemplate the scene while reciting a Lord’s Prayer, 10 Hail Marys, and a Glory Be. If you’re using the beads, then you start on the connecting bead or medal for the Lord’s Prayer, and then simply go round. After the group of 10, there is a single bead, where you say the Glory Be, and the Lord’s Prayer for the next mystery after it is announced. Each set of 10 is called a decade. When you get to the end of the fifth mystery, the leader will recite a final prayer to end the session, and end with the Grace.
When prayed collectively in church, people sometimes divide the prayers in half, so the leader says the first half and then everyone else says the rest, but obviously when alone you say it all, and it is perfectly normal to say the whole of all the prayers together.

The Prayers of the Rosary
Sign of the Cross.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, Our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Lord’s Prayer
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. Amen.
Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen,

Fifth Sunday in Lent

The Parish Mass Sunday 29th March 2020
Fifth Sunday in Lent


Welcome to St Mary Magdalene’s.

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.

The priest introduces the service, and then says:
Christ himself carried up our sins in his body to the tree, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds we have been healed. Let us confess our sins.

Lord God, we have sinned against you;
we have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent.
Have mercy on us
according to your love.
Wash away our wrongdoing
and cleanse us from our sin.
Renew a right spirit within us and
restore us to the joy of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Gracious Father, you gave up your Son out of love for the world: lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion, that we may know eternal peace through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

First Reading (Ezekiel 37;1-14 )

A reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel.
The hand of the LORD came upon me,
and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord GOD, you know.’ Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD.’ So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’ I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude. Then he said to me, ‘Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.” Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act, says the LORD.’
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 130
With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, Lord, hear my voice! O let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading.
With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt, Lord, who would survive? But with you is found forgiveness: for this we revere you.
With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
My soul is waiting for the Lord, I count on his word. My soul is longing for the Lord more than watchman for daybreak. Let the watchman count on daybreak and Israel on the Lord.
With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
Because with the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption, Israel indeed he will redeem from all its iniquity.
With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; whoever believes in me will never die.
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gospel (John 11;1-45)

Hear the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus
Christ according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.
A certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’ Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?’ Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.’ After saying this, he told them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.’ Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’ Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow-disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.’ When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’ When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, ‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you.’ And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’ Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’ Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Homily

The Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated
at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father
and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic
and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection
of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

The Intercessions

At the end of each petition:
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

After the prayers for the dead the reader says:

Rest eternal, grant unto them, O Lord.
And let light perpetual shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
And rise in glory.

At the end:
Merciful Father,
accept these prayers for the sake of your son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

Once we were far off, but now in union with Christ Jesus we have been brought near through the shedding of Christ’s blood, for he is our peace.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.
Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

As the priest prepares the bread:
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you; fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
Blessed be God for ever.
As the priest prepares the wine:
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation; for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you; fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
Blessed be God for ever.

Pray, my brothers and sisters, that this our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father.

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands,
for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his Church.

Hear us, almighty God, and, having instilled in your servants the teachings of the Christian faith, graciously purify them by the working of this sacrifice. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

The priest says the Preface. At the end:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

The priest continues the Eucharistic Prayer;
after the Words of Institution he says:

Jesus Christ is Lord.
Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world.

The priest continues the Eucharistic Prayer:

…for ever and ever
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Lord Jesus, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray.

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.

We break this bread, to share in
the body of Christ
Though we are many we are one body because we all share in one bread.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
grant us peace.

Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sin of the world. Blessed are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

Prayer after Communion
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us
that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters we do also for you:
give us the will to be the servant of others
as you were the servant of all,
and gave up your life and died for us,
but are alive and reign, now and for ever.
Amen.

The Blessing

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Christ crucified draw you to himself, to 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 always. Amen.

The Angelus

The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary.
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death, Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it unto me according to thy word.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death, Amen.

And the word was made flesh.
And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death, Amen.

Pray for us O Holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

We beseech you, O Lord, pour your grace into our hearts, that as we have known the Incarnation of your Son, Jesus Christ, by the message of an Angel, so by his Cross and Passion, we may be brought to the glory of his Resurrection, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Dismissal

Go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.