A Refashioned Observance of Holy Week and Easter
The Way of the Cross – Stations of the Cross
Normally, we walk the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 3 in the afternoon to commemorate the passion and crucifixion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, this year, we are unable to gather together to journey with Jesus along the path to his death within our Sanctuary at St Cuthbert’s. I have created a video that I hope can offer as an adequate substitute for what is typically a beautiful and moving experience. This video contains pictures from our Sanctuary that I hope will make it possible for you to be able to imagine yourself present there. The pictures include the view at the altar and cross at our chancel as well as the pictures of the stations mounted along the walls of the worship space. I have included music as I am able, with great thanks to our Music Director Dr. Daniel Lee and his talented daughter Theresa. I pray that you fill find this virtual worship spirit-filled and that many will walk this pilgrimage together with me at 3pm on Good Friday. Please feel free to walk this journey whenever you like and pause the video at any point if you want to dwell at a station along the way or you want to include your own prayers.
The journey through Holy Week and Easter will look different this year.
"Lots of about our liturgical practice is being transformed by our present circumstances, by necessity," says Bishop Susan Bell, "but here's the thing: God is still here with us, leading us, guiding us."
The suspension of all public worship services means that the Church's sacred observances and celebrations are shifting online for this liturgical year, to livestreams and pre-recorded videos and podcasts.
"Our clergy and lay leaders are creatively adapting their past parish patterns to reimagine what the observance of holy week and celebration of Easter look like in a physically-distanced and digital context of church," observed the Bishop. "As a diocese, we're doing the same, and I'm particularly delighted that our primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, will be preaching the Good News of the Resurrection for our diocesan Easter service."
Bishop Bell will be leading the following diocesan services of the Word:
"We will make our pilgrimage from the glory of the palms to the glory of the resurrection by way of the dark road of suffering and death, in a way that is perhaps unfamiliar, but one which will carry with it all the meaning and hope we are accustomed to in ordinary times," says Bishop Bell.
Orders of service will be posted on our online diocesan COVID-19 resource hub in advance of each service, and homilies will be posted afterwards.
"I know we're all mourning the temporary loss of sacramental practices and traditions, particularly at this most sacred time of year, which is hard and its a sacrifice," acknowledged Bishop Bell. "However, it is one worth bearing for the greater good of our whole society as well as the people within our care of souls."
MORNING PRAYER AND COFFEE HOUR
Each Friday at 9:00 a.m.
We invite you to enjoy a short Morning Prayer followed by a Virtual Coffee Hour each Friday morning at 10 am.
Make yourself a coffee, enjoy a time of worship, and then catch up with your St. Cuthbert's Church family.
If you would like to join our Morning Prayer, please send an email to the church at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a link.
The following is the Morning Prayer Program and readings to be covered each week:
Morning Prayer for March 27
1 Corinthians, 12:27—13:3
April 3 Morning Prayer
2 Cor 4:1-12
Gospel of John 10:31-42
April 10 Morning Prayer
Lam 3:1-9, 19-33
1 Pet 1:10-20
Gospel of John 13:36-38
April 17 Morning Prayer
Ex 13:1-2, 11-16
1 Cor 15:51-58
Gospel of John 21:1-14
We hope that through visiting with us, you will experience the hope, love, and joy that can be found in a community of people who love Jesus.
As you enter the church, you will be welcomed at the door by a greeter. You'll receive the printed order of service, including announcements, etc. Find a pew and have a seat--if you sit next to a regular parishioner, please feel free to say hello and to ask any questions that you might have. If you have children with you, please do not stress over keeping them quiet or seated in the pew. We welcome little ones and do not mind if they talk, cry, or wander (but we ask that, out of respect for other worshipers, children not be allowed to become unruly).
TRADITIONAL LANGUAGE HOLY COMMUNION
A said service from p. 230 of the Book of Alternative Services. It contains a full sermon, and is a wonderfully meditative way to begin one’s week. Music and Refreshments are offered on the last Sunday of each month.
Every Sunday we gather together at 10:00 a.m. in the Church to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and the work of God in our lives. We do this by gathering in community, listening to God's Word, uplifting music and on special occasions soloists. Sunday School is available and there is a Youth Talk with our Youth Leader. Coffee and conversation follows the service.
Special Seasonal Services are also a regular part of our celebration of the Christian Year.
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