Holy Week at St Mark’s

Holy Week at St Mark'sTravel hopefully towards the cross

in the company of Love:

find your way to life’s limits,

embrace the fears that await you,

be ready to yield to more enduring truths.

 

WE BELONG to a story of faith centring around a particular person, Jesus of Nazareth.  It is for this reason that in each service we include a reading from one of the Gospels to learn more about him.  This is also why we gather around the Lord’s Table to remember his ministry, passion and death.

Like Martha and Mary, Peter and John, we seek to be followers of Jesus.  We also wish to share his way of being human and to experience his enduring presence.  Originally, this sense of ‘Christ within’ grew out of the disciples’ trust in Jesus, their desire to embrace his way of life and, especially, their love for him.  A love that found new depths as they suffered his death, mourned his passing and committed themselves to continuing the ministry he entrusted to them.

If we wish to share in this experience, then we too need to follow him in his final journey – in the way of the cross.  Holy Week offers us an unique opportunity to do this.  Please make the journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday a priority by sharing in the services and events detailed overleaf.

Let us journey together and encounter Christ anew.

Ian, Sue and Shan

Highlights of Holy Week

Palm Sunday – 24 March

10.00 am       Parish Eucharist with Palm Procession (from the car park) and dramatized reading of the passion narrative.

6.00 pm      Choral Service: The Crucifixion: A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer, John Stainer.

Monday – 25 March

7.30 pm      Amour – a film in French with subtitles (12 years or older). It tells the poignant story of a couple in their 80’s whose unconditional bond of love is severely tested when she suffers a stroke.

Tuesday – 26 March

7.30 pm      A reflective service focusing on Jesus’ final week.

Wednesday – 27 March

7.30 pm      Stations of the Cross.

Maundy Thursday – 28 March

7.30 pm      Passover Seder, incorporating a light supper, followed by stripping of the altar and vigil of the Passion.

Good Friday – 29 March

9.30 am       All age craft activity.

11.00 am       All age worship.

12.00 noon   The Foolishness of the Cross.  Each 20-minute period will include a brief reflection, silence and music. The Three Hours will conclude at 3.00 pm.

7.30 pm      Jesus Christ Superstar, screening of last year’s live performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary rock musical.

Holy Saturday – 30 March

7.00 pm      Vigil Service

Easter Sunday – 31 March

6.00 am       Dawn Eucharist (start: St Mark’s Green), followed by breakfast.

8.00 am       Holy Communion (BCP).

10.00 am     Festive Eucharist for all ages.

8.00 pm      Night Service.

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