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
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, 17 February 2021
10:00 am and 7:00pm Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Services, 29 March–1 April 2021
9:00am Morning Prayer
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
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.
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).
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,Thomas Pestel
like a weak infant cries!
In form of servant is the Lord,
and God in cradle lies.
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