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This Sunday, Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion begins the most Holy Week of the Christian calendar. It is the most important week of the Church's year. During this week the Church prepares for the events of the suffering "passion", death and the resurrection of Jesus, the events which are central to Christian belief and faith.
We rehearse the Lord's entry into Jerusalem which begins his way of the Cross with a procession on Palm Sunday, carrying our blessed palm crosses into church. During the week we search through penitential services our own hearts and call to mind especially the things hidden deep within them which cause pain and disruption in our own lives in our relation the God and to each other.
On Holy Thursday the clergy meet with their bishop to celebrate the Mass in which the Holy Oils are blessed for use in the healing ministry of the church. These oils are presented at the evening Mass of the Last Supper during which the feet of 12 parishioners are washed by the priest in remembrance of the Lord washing the feet of the 12 Apostles in the Upper Room. A vigil is kept before the Blessed Sacrament, recalling the disciples watching with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane.
On Friday, the only day in the year when Mass is not celebrated, the faithful venerate the Cross of the Lord in a moving liturgy of intercession for the church and the world, reproaching themselves for their broken relationship with the Lord which brought him to the Cross.
Saturday is a day of reflection on the Lord's death until the evening Vigil in which the Light of the World is welcomed back into the church with the blessing of the fire representing the Holy Spirit and the Easter or Paschal Candle being carried into the darkened building to illuminate once more the world darkened by sin now forgiven; history of Salvation is rehearsed in the many readings from the Old Testament, leading to the recollection of Baptism prefigured in the crossing of the Red Sea in the Exodus from slavery and the renewing of vows as the font and water are blessed.
Then follows the first Mass of Easter and Christ is declared Risen and Alleluia is sung for the first time since the beginning of Lent. A cry of joy for the salvation of the world by Jesus having overcome death and revealing eternal life.
Join us for this essential worship of the three days rolled into one The Triduum.
"Open the Book" a Bible Society initiative which introduces the young in schools to biblical characters and heroes is proving a great success in our local first school. The team form St Peter's is now presenting, with participation of the children a story once per month. Please pray that this venture will draw children and parents to church.
Our family Masses have been revised with a new style , whilst keeping the essential elements of the Mass. Whilst these Masses will hopefully allow the newcomer to appreciate the central role of the Mass in the Christian life, solemn Masses will also be offered on other Sundays.
These Masses will continue to be at 10am.
The 8am Mass will continue to be said.
Evening services on Sundays are also being re-considered under various guises. There is likely to be a form of “healing service” once a month.
The particular service and its time will be advertised in church and in the pages of this website.
A prayer for England:
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy on England thy Dowry and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour and our hope, was given to the world; and he has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst accept at the foot of the Cross, O Sorrowful Mother. Intercede for our separated brethren that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the One True Shepherd. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and serve God, together with thee, in our heavenly home. Amen.
The Mission Society of St Wilfred & St Hilda was launched at St. Peter’s Crabbs Cross Redditch by Bishop Jonathan Baker. The Society’s aims and constitution can be read on its own website www.sswsh.com .
We are still fund raising to complete our refurbishments. To help, visit: www.easyfundraising.org.uk and find St Peter's Crabbs Cross roof fund.