Lent, Eastertide and Pentecost

Services at St Michael's during Passiontide and Easter

Monday 3rd - Friday 7th April

Candlelit Compline (15 min. night prayer) will be said in the Lady Chapel every evening at 7.30pm.

Monday 10th April

Said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel - 7.30pm

Tuesday 11th April 

Said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel - 10.30am

Wednesday 12th April  

Said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel - 7.30pm

PALM SUNDAYSunday 9th April

To commemorate Jesus’ triumphal yet tragic entry into Jerusalem, those who wish to meet opposite the station at 9.40am to walk to church through the streets, carrying green branches.  As we begin the journey of Holy Week, the 10 am service will include a dramatised reading of the story of Christ’s Passion.

MAUNDY THURSDAY  Thursday 13th April - 8.00pm

We commemorate the initiation of the Eucharist at the Last Supper and Jesus’ humble washing of the feet of his disciples.  The altar is then stripped to symbolise the stripping of Christ’s garments and the left-over bread and wine is placed reverently on the Altar of Repose.  After the service you may, if you wish, ‘stay and keep watch’ until 10.30 pm.

GOOD FRIDAY  Friday 14th April - 10.00am

We gather in silence as we remember Christ’s Crucifixion.  For Holy Communion we use bread and wine already consecrated and brought from the Altar of Repose.

The Churches Together Walk of Witness through the streets of the town will start from the Free Church at 11.45 am and finish at St Michael’s, where hot cross buns will be served.

HOLY SATURDAY  Saturday 15th April  - 8.00pm

We gather in darkness.  The Paschal candle, signifying the Light of Christ, is lit and we are invited to renew our Baptismal vows, remembering that in the early church Baptisms took place only at Easter.  This is followed by the first Eucharist of Easter.

EASTER DAY Sunday 16th April

We celebrate Christ’s Resurrection with Eucharists in the Lady Chapel at 8.00am and the main church at 10.00am.  The church will be full of beautiful, scented flowers on this joyous day.