From Fr. Bernard 4th April 2020
I think most of you should recently have received a copy of Sunday's Cross and Crown by email. It is posted on the website with a link below.
This week is of course Holy Week, and thus the central week of our faith. To be forced to celebrate it in isolation is hard, though perhaps it is a reminder of what the disciples themselves went through this week, and what many of the first Christians experienced: times of uncertainty and fear, when worship was hidden in homes.
I will be celebrating the Eucharist for Palm Sunday at 10 am, and blessing palm crosses. Some people have made arrangements to deliver crosses to neighbours in the next few days: let me know if you would like to have a palm cross posted through your letterbox! The rest of the crosses will be placed in Church, when we are able to return there, and will be available then.
This Sunday's Eucharist will (I hope) be live-streamed at 10am on Facebook, and so will services in Holy Week. On Maundy Thursday, the service will begin at 8:10 pm: this is after the weekly applause for the NHS, which I encourage you to join if you can safely. We intend to live-stream both the service, and the hours of watching that follow it until midnight.
On Good Friday, there will be a live-stream from 12 noon until 3 pm, focused on the Cross. Included in that time will be Stations of the Cross at 12 noon, and a Service at 1:30 pm. Please bear with us if the streaming is amateur: we are, of course! I know some people have issues with the volume. We will try to address these as best we can, given all the limitations of the Vicar and the technology to hand! The best sound at present seems to be on a mobile phone or iPad.
Copies of the services I will use on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday will be available on the website.
Some of you will know John and Vicki Faiers. I am sorry to tell you that John died this week, after many years of frailty. Please pray for his eternal rest, and for Vicki and the rest of his family. His Funeral will of course be a private affair, but we intend to hold a public service in Church after the end of the Lockdown.
Be assured that I am continuing my usual routines of prayer for us all, and I know that we are all united in prayer and love, even though we are separated physically. Let me know if you have any concerns or needs,
with love and prayers
The Rev'd Dr B Minton
Team Vicar of Linslade
Ouzel Valley Team
Link to the Church of England's Statement
THE EUCHARIST ON MAUNDY THURSDAY &
GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY
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