Sunday, 22 March, was our last public mass. It was the fourth Sunday of Lent, known as Mothering or Refreshment Sunday, the midpoint of Lent. The 8 am mass had no hymns and a sermon while the 9.30 mass started with the sung Litany. It had hymns with a choir and a sermon, and there was a cup of tea after the mass. There was a said Evensong from BCP at 4 pm. At mass that day we blessed and handed out the traditonal simnel cake, the refreshment for Lent. As a sign of a lightening of the Lenten mood, we changed the vestments to rose pink, instead of purple.
Church is closed
Owing to the government rulings we have been forced to close the church as as place of prayer. However, the bells will be rung and the priest will continue to say mass. The angelus will be said each day at noon in the garden by the shrine.
This group will resume on Wednesday evenings, 7.30 to 8.30 after the crisis.
Our next meeting will be arranged at the conclusion of the restrictions.
Our next Sunday study will be on the last Sunday of the next month we can meet at 11 am. It will be on the prayer book, from Act of Supremacy to obsolescence.
Every month, usually on the first Friday, we remember at a special requiem all those whose year’s mind falls in that month, the recently departed, and any others for whom prayers are requested. Our next monthly requiem is on the first free Fridayl at 5.15 pm.
The Lodge Service
Once a month we hold an Anglican service in the local nursing home, The Lodge, at Wayville. Our services are usaully the third Wednesday of the month at 11.15. This is now on hold until the present restrictions are over.
Meetings are now postponed
Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham
Every month, usually on the first Saturday, we have a special mass in devotion to Our Lady. Our parish has a special devotion ot Our Lady of Walsingham, the famous pilgrimage site in England, and has a wonderful statue of Mary in her role there. The Cell meets next on Saturday 2 May 2020 at 9 am for mass followed by a shared breakfast.
This meets next on Sunday 3 May, 2020 at 11 am.