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Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time is divided into two parts: the weeks between the end of the Christmas season until the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, and the weeks after Pentecost until the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the Feast of Christ the King. This is not a dull, uneventful season that we grin through with Macbeth’s attitude of (substituting “Sunday”):
“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day…” (Act 5, scene V, line 19).
These weeks are ‘ordered,’ not so much to mathematical sequence, but rather to the unfolding of the mystery of the Christ. Each Sunday is “the Lord’s day,” keeping us mindful of his mystery in. much the same way as the early church did before the festal seasons developed.

Timothy Radcliffe comments that:

“It sounds boring, something to be got through before the next exciting thing happens.

But the word ‘ordinary’ here refers to something basic to our humanity. We can only be human because we are ordered, meaning pointed, away from ourselves. We are ordered towards each other, and we are ordered towards God. Ordinary time is when we grow in the ways that we belong to each other and to the Kingdom.”

Timothy Radcliffe, Just One Year: Prayer and Worship through the Christian Year (London: Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd./CAFOD/Christian Aid,2006) p. 79.

The liturgical colour for Ordinary Time is green, the symbol of life and fertility, and after the high points of Christmas and Easter we remember, from Sunday to Sunday, that in the midst of the everyday our lives are being inserted into the life of the Incarnate and Risen One who transforms our ordinary existence with extraordinary and fertile possibilities.

Posted on 31 May 2021

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Trinity Sunday 30 May 2021

The Sunday after Pentecost came to be kept in the West as Trinity Sunday, although it was not prescribed as a universal feast until 1334. In a sense, every feast must be a festival of the Trinity, because the whole Trinity is at work in every moment of creation, redemption and sanctification; but Trinity Sunday provides a particular occasion to reflect on the revelation of God’s self as Trinity, immediately after the Great Fifty Days of Easter.

Posted on 24 May 2021

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Pentecost 23 May 2021

Pentecost (from the Greek pentekoste, ‘fiftieth’ of fifty days of celebration) has its roots in the Jewish Feast of Weeks, which was completed on the fiftieth day after Passover. On the fiftieth day of Easter, God sends his Holy Spirit to empower the Church to perform the mission which the risen Christ has entrusted to it; and he inaugurates the messianic community of perfect communication. Pentecost celebrates both the Holy Spirit and the Christian Church. It was originally the crown and completion of the Easter season; only later, in the medieval West, did it become a new festival season of its own. After the Easter Vigil, the time of Pentecost was a preferred occasion for baptism in early Christian centuries, and the services of Pentecost also reflect this baptismal theme. Christ’s disciples are born again of water and the spirit.

Posted on 6 May 2021

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Lent and Holy Week 2021

Join us for Lent and the mystery of Holy Week.

The season of Lent calls us into new life, growth, hope and change through prayer, penance and conversion, a season of initiation into the life of Christ. As Holy Week approaches, the mood of the season darkens as the readings and liturgy begin to anticipate Christ’s suffering and death. During Holy Week we are brought to the heart of the mystery of Christ as we are united with him both in his betrayal, suffering and death, but finally in the Easter triumph of resurrected Love.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021
10:00 am and 7:00pm Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes

Holy Week

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Services, 29 March–1 April 2021
9:00am Morning Prayer
10:00am Eucharist
4:00pm Stations of the Cross
5:00pm Evening Prayer

Easter Triduum Services

Maundy Thursday, 1 April 2021
7:00pm The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday with The Washing of Feet, The Last Supper, The Stripping of the Sanctuary and The Watch (until 10:00pm)

Good Friday, 2 April 2021
7:00am The Watch resumes
9:00am Good Friday Liturgy with Reserved Sacrament of Holy Communion
12:00-3:00pm The Great Three Hours with Music and Readings for Reflection

Holy Saturday, 3 April 2021
9:00am Morning Prayer
5:00pm The Liturgy of Silence and The Liturgy of the Word

Easter Day, 4 April 2021
6:00am The Easter Vigil with The Lighting of the New Fire and The Paschal Candle, The Exsultet, The Vigil Readings, The Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and The First Easter Eucharist followed by Festive Easter Breakfast in Alexandra Hall
9:30am Easter Day Sung Eucharist with The Renewal of Baptismal Vows

Posted on 5 February 2021

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Advent and Christmas 2020

Come and be a part of our Advent and Christmas celebrations. Advent and Christmas speak of a God who breaks into our world, coming and walking with us as one of us, sharing our hopes, fears, vulnerabilities and joy. This is no distant and remote God, but the Word-Among-Us.

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Advent

Advent is a season of expectation as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also as judge and saviour at the end of time. The readings and liturgies not only direct us to Christ’s birth, they also challenge the modern reluctance to confront the theme of divine judgement. The Four Last Things—death, judgement, heaven and hell—have been traditional themes for Advent meditation. The characteristic note of Advent is therefore expectation, rather than penitence. Advent focusses on the key people who were prepared and chosen by God to make possible the incarnation of his Son. Our eyes are drawn to the Blessed Virgin Mary, John the Baptist, Elizabeth and Zechariah; and our Old Testament readings focus upon the prophets who look towards the coming of the Kingdom of God. Advent, then, is the season of promise and hope. ‘O Rising Sun, you are the Splendour of eternal light and the sun of justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.’ (from the Great Advent Antiphons).

Christmas

The celebration of Christ’s incarnation at Christmas is one of the two poles of the Christian year. The wonderful mystery of God’s dwelling among us in the fullness of humanity, as Emmanuel, foretold by the prophets and born of Mary, provides the material of the feast:

Hark, hark, the wise eternal word,
like a weak infant cries!
In form of servant is the Lord,
and God in cradle lies.

Thomas Pestel

Christmas is much more than simply the celebration of Jesus’ birth. The task of the Christmas liturgy is to recall us, amid all the joyful customs and celebrations of Christmas, to this central truth of the Word made flesh for our salvation. O come, let us worship.

Posted on 1 December 2020