Weekly Email – Trinity 9
(Fr Peter is away this week so this is from Fr Michael)
During the week ahead we celebrate the Lord’s Transfiguration (6th August), one of those out-of-season reminders of significant markers in our salvation history, like Corpus Christi and Holy Cross Day: the Transfiguration gospel is properly part of the Lenten sequence, during the Lord’s journey to Jerusalem. Jesus appears with Moses and Elijah (representing the Law and the Prophets, that is, all of Scripture, God’s Word incarnate) and is visible as who he truly is, God’s divine Son, to the three fortunate witnesses. We’ll keep the feast, as is now our custom, with a Cantor-led Sung Mass. But this time those present will be able to join in the hymns.
For me August is also the month of the Patron of my home parish in Sydney, S Laurence (10th August), depicted near the Lady Altar in All Saints with the gridiron on which he was martyred. His interpretation of the poor of the city of Rome as ‘the treasures of the Church’ (demanded from him by the Prefect of the city), led to his death just a few days after his Bishop, Pope Sixtus, and several others; Laurence reminds us always to recall where our true treasure lies, as the Lord teaches.
And then, on the 15th, we celebrate Our Lady’s Assumption, in which we see the first Christian, Mary, being brought home to be with her Son, as we pray we all shall be. We are delighted to be resuming our (customarily restrained) procession of witness with Our Lady’s statue in the streets of the parish this year (we need volunteers to be stewards at the procession – see notice below). Because the Solemnity falls on a Sunday the procession will happen between Evensong and Benediction. I hear whispers that a ‘coach party’ of visitors (for which Chris Self always wistfully hopes) is actually expected, so be early if you want a good seat. Evensong will conclude with the Salve Regina before the statue of Our Lady of Margaret Street as we prepare to process and, when we return, Benediction will include my favourite Tantum Ergo, by Henschel. I hope many of you will be able to join us.
Stewards for the Assumption Procession: Sunday 15 August
We need volunteers to be stewards for our Assumption procession on the evening of Sunday 15 August. Please speak to Chris Swift after Mass or Evensong & Benediction this Sunday.
An additional incentive to volunteer this year is that dreary Hi-Vis jackets are out and stylish red sashes are in for those who volunteer.
Chris Swift is also happy for potential volunteers to contact him on his mobile: 07966 257231.
Links for Sunday
The link for the Propers for Trinity 9 is at the end of this email.
And click here for the YouTube live stream.
Evensong and Benediction is at 6pm. This Sunday the music includes Weelkes Sixth Service, Joubert O Lorde, the maker of al thing, Bruckner O salutaris, and Elgar Tantum ergo. This service is not live-streamed.
The flowers on Sunday have been given by Tony and Penny Upton, in memory of Arthur and Doris Upton, whose anniversaries fall at this time.
We are looking for volunteers to help with the flowers in church. If you have a particular talent for flower arranging and would like to help from time to time or on a regular basis, please contact Shawn on 07988 287 663 or email@example.com.
If you would like to make a donation for flowers, please contact Shawn or speak to Chris Self.
Prisoners and captives
Nazanin Zhagari-Ratcliffe, Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, Nasrin Sotoudeh
Rohingya Christians in Pakistan and Karen Christians in Burma
David Fettke, Vallery Tchukov, Sara Vice, Katherine Lee, Lorna Smith, Beth Klausing, Hilary Porter, Bruce Ross-Smith, Benjamin Woolf, James Shrimpton, Tony Rodger, Rachel Pereira, Fr Michael Gudgeon, Chris and Carole Radley, Fr Harry Hodgetts, Rosemary Orr, Martin Berka, Barbara Schiefer, Joan Anna SLG, Poppy Harris, Sheila Wood, Jennifer Spreckley, Sue Yesnick, Elizabeth Lyon, Rosina Sargon Eskrya, Malcolm Brown, Fr Pip Bevan, Tim Knight, Hillary Rodger, Geoff Vardy, Fr John O’Brien, Charles Hoff, Max Fernandes, Mark Willoughby
Those known to us recently departed
Donald Strachan Pr, Timothy van Carrapiett Pr, Ivan Wood, Alan Hewson, Julia Flack
Anniversaries of death
1st – Winifred Cratherne
2nd – Patrick Watmore, Sara Stevens, Eva Spencer
3rd – Harriet Brownlow (Mother Foundress)
4th – Donald Scott, Mona Morgan
5th – Julian Davies
6th – Jessie Graves, David Archer
Supporting All Saints
Parish Giving Scheme
You can set up a regular donation to All Saints here.
We use the Parish Giving Scheme, which allows contributions to be anonymous and deals with GiftAid, saving our office a lot of time. You can read about how the scheme works here.
Donations for general church purposes
To give by BACS please use the following details, advising the Administrator to collect Gift Aid:
PCC All Saints (Charity no. 1132895)
Sort Code 60-09-15
Parish Legacy Policy
We are always delighted to hear from anyone who wants to support us with a donation. Our PCC Legacy Policy encourages people to leave bequests specifically to one of our two related charities to be used for purposes of lasting value (rather than day to day costs):
All Saints Choir & Music Trust (Charity # 802994)
or The All Saints Foundation (Charity # 273390).