All Saints Parish Newsletter
On Wednesday in Holy Week, we had the Hampden Gurney School mass as the Annunciation; the church filled with children, staff and parents. We had to fit most of Holy Week into the space of an hour, and anticipate Easter by a few days.
At All Saints, we are able to give rather more time to our observance of the days of our Lord’s passion,m death and resurrection.
In an age of short attention spans and instant gratification, long services might seem to be a bad idea. When novelty is prized, the re-telling of the old, onld story might seem merely repetitious.
Why don’t we think of something new and exciting to do each year, rather than rehearsing the same old rites and ceremonies, prayers and readings, year after year?
But the inexhaustible mystery of Christ takes time and repetition if we are to even begin exploring it. So, we make no apology for spending time over this, the heart of the Church’s year and of the Christian faith. We invite people to join us hearing those readings, singing those psalms and hymns, carrying out those ceremonies, as we do every Holy Week.
There is never a time when they do not yield more meaning. When Peter and the beloved disciple found the tomb emoty on Easter morning, they went home again because they did not yet understand the scriptures. We are all in the process of being brought by the Spirit to understand the scriptures..
When we have been drawn into something of the depth of the passion of Jesus, then we can sense something deeper of the reality of the resurrection.
With blessings for Easter.
Fr. Alan Moses.
Please pray for: Mary Barnet, Eleanor Chapman, Rachel Clayton, David Day,Rosie Flack, Charles Forker, Cecil Garrett, Timothy Harding, Michael Harris, Mason Jacobson, Jonathan Jennings, Barbara Laws, Joshua Levy, Fred Mansfield, Timothy Montgomery, Linda Orme, Tony Pulleyn, Christopher Ryan, Martin Sergeant, Celia Shore, Stephen Short, Brian Sparkes, Ian Stevens, Isabelle Stoughton, Andrew Tillyard, Melanie Toogood, Heather Walker, WendyWall The Recently Departed: Daphne Langford, Diane Stonebanks, Florence Watts, Susan Hainsworth, Richard Turner, Canon Philip Crosfield, Robin Kay, Edna Feakin, The Revd Alison WarnerAt the anniversary of their death: John Hosier, Diane Suzans, Georgina Carlton- Willimas, Joseph Semlyer, William Ingarfill, Mani Elizabeth Blake, Cecil Gorigne Saltford-Beaman, Hilary Phyllis Chadwick-Healey, John Thackeray Hanvey, Holbrook Gaskell, Charles Gage-Brown, John Nigel Rowe, Robin Miles Powis, Alexander Burnett-Brown, Harold Gaunt, John Wallace, Sister MAry Estelle, Grace Tembath, John Gaskell Senior, Patrick Scott (Priest), Elizabeth Usherwood, Margaret Roache
At St. Cyprian’s 6th at April 3pm with the choir of St. Cyprian’s.
At All Saints 13th April at 4pm, sung by former choristers.
Each year, former choristers from the days of the Choir School gather for a reunion and to sing Evensong in All Saints under the direction of Louois Halsey, one of their number. This year they will sing a setting of the evening canticles specially composed for them by Dr. Harry Bramma who will be playing the organ at the service.
FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION
ANGLICAN CATHOLIC FUTURE LAUNCH
Thursday 18th April at 6.30pm
Church of the Annunciation, Bryanston St.
Celebrant: The Bishop of Ely
Preacher: The Revd. Dr. Peter Groves, Vicar of St. Mary Magdalen, Oxford.
The mass will be followed by refreshments and introduction to Anglican Catholic Future.
It will be helpful if those who intend to come could let us know, either through the events page on the website -www.anglicancatyholicfuture.org or be email to the Parish Offcies of All Saints or St. Matthew’s, Westmi9nster.
VOCATIONS DAY Saturday 20th April, 10.30am-4pm
ALL SAINTS CABARET NIGHT.
Sunday 21st April at 7.30pm.
The choir will be staging another cabaret night in aid of the All Saints Restoration Fund. It will be at the Phenix Pub in Cavendish Square, within easy walking distance of the church.
Tickets (£15 each p-lus optional further donation which will allow you to Gift Aid your purchase) are on sale online or in the courtyard after High Mass.