UNITED BENEFICE OF ST MARY MAGDALENE & ST PETER, PADDINGTON HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Palm Sunday 10th April 10.30am Blessing of Palms at St Mary Magdalene’s, followed by Procession to St Peter’s for the Parish Eucharist. 6.30pm Concert of Passiontide Music St Mary Magdalene’s.
Monday 11th 8.00pm Mass with Address at St Mary Magdalene’s. Tuesday 12th 10.00am Mass with Address at St Peter’s. 8.00pm Stations of the Cross at St Mary Magdalene’s. Wednesday 13th 8.00pm Mass with Address at St Mary Magdalene’s. Maundy Thursday 14th 8.00pm Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper, at St Mary Magdalene’s, with Reception of the Holy Oils, Feetwashing, Stripping of the Altars and Watch before the Blessed Sacrament.
Good Friday 15th 11.00am An Hour at the Cross at St Peter’s. 12.15pm Ecumenical Service at Maida Hill Piazza. 2.00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion at St Mary Magdalene’s.
Holy Saturday 16th 8.00pm Solemn Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter, at St Mary Magdalene’s.
Easter Day 17th 9.30am Parish Mass at St Mary Magdalene’s. 11.00am Parish Eucharist at St Peter’s. Confessions by arrangement. Fr Henry Everett, Vicar.
St Mary Magdalene, Rowington Close, Little Venice, London A Concert of Devotional Music for Holy Week Palm Sunday April 10, 2022, at 6.30pm
After the success of their video made during lockdown last year, instead of their ‘Music for Holy Week’ concert on Palm Sunday, Guildhall Alumni Choir is delighted to be able to present an in-person concert including much of this wonderful music plus a few more items appropriate for the season.
It will be a joy to sing this wonderful repertoire in St Mary Magdalene for the first time. In addition we are pleased to welcome again soloists who have sung and played with the choir at different times in the past as well presenting new ones.
About Guildhall Alumni Choir. GAC has been meeting at GSMD six or seven times a term since September 2014 and comprises Alumni from a variety of courses, their friends, family and students. As well as giving regular concerts at the end of term, we have given two premieres of works by Paul Carr written especially for members of the choir. One of these, Drop drop slow tears, was performed when we travelled to Béthune in 2018 to lead the concert commemorating the 1918 Armistice Centenary. This was a very emotional occasion, having as we did the support of young musicians from Germany and France. We are delighted to welcome some of our Friends who have been able to join us and would like to thank them for their support, even when having to travel some distance. If the idea of singing with our group is enticing (no audition required), please contact either Janie Mack email@example.com or Diana Bickley firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
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.
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’sChurch
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)
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.
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,