Holy Week began at St Dunstan's with our Palm Sunday Procession in the beautiful spring sunshine, hopefully there will be some great pictures on our website and Facebook page in due course. This newsletter aims to tell you what is happening for the rest of Holy Week and as always you're very warmly invited to join us for Easter Day on Sunday 20th April at 10.00am, Everyone Welcome.
On Mon, Tue &Wed this week at 6.30pm in church here is a Mass with special homily on the subject of 'Music in Holy Week' Trevor, Chris and Andrew will be playing and talking about a particular piece of music that has moved them in Holy Week. The Mass with talk will take no more than an hour and it's a great way to prepare for the Tridium (3 Holy Days).
Maundy Thursday at 7.00pm is when we remember Jesus gift of the Eucharist and re-enact what happened at the Last Supper including the washing of the disciples feet. Jesus words 'do this in remembrance of me' make a powerful connection between the disciples dining with Jesus on the night before he died and disciples today who experience his presence in the Mass.
After the last supper Jesus asked the disciples to pray with him but later discovered they were in fact sleeping. Directly after the Maundy Thursday Mass the church is stripped bare of all ornament, comfort and colour and we hold an All Night Vigil of prayer in the Lady Chapel from 9.00pm to 9.00am. Please consider joining the vigil for just one hour, sign the list of participants at the back of church.
The ancient Good Friday Liturgy at 2.00pmwith veneration of the cross and communion bread reserved from the Maundy Thursday Mass takes place in a bare church, the stark contrast reminding us that Jesus was hailed as King on Palm Sunday and Crucified just four days later.
One of the highlights of the Christian year starts before the sun rises on Easter Day at 5.30am with the lighting of a fire and readings that outline the history of salvation from the Garden of Eden through Noah, Abraham, Moses, Issac and Jacob all leading to the life and passion of Jesus. As the sun rises and the Resurrection is proclaimed the church is filled light, music and colour. Breakfast is served afterwards in the Parish Room.
St Dunstan's Easter Day celebration of the Resurrection is at 10.00am on Sunday 20th April and everyone is welcome. There will be great music (Organ and Trumpeter), beautiful flowers and profound liturgy. It would be wise to arrive early.
Easter Activity Day
Come and join us to make Easter Cards, Easter Bonnets, and other Easter Craft activities on Tuesday in Holy Week. This workshop is repeated twice starting at 10.00am and again at 1.30pm. A light lunch is available at 12.15pm. Leader Sarah Smith.
Children's Stations of the Cross
Sarah will also lead a gentle but thoughtful children's stations of the cross on Good Friday from 11.00am using a few of St Dunstan's blue ceramic stations for inspiration. Accompanied children please, adults also very welcome, will take less than an hour.
On Good Friday there is an Ecumenical Walk of Witness around the streets of Stepney, please do join in if you are able. It starts outside the Methodist Mission on Whitechapel Road at 11.00am and will be outside St Dunstan's at about 11.30am.
APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting) St Dunstan's 'AGM' is on Sunday 27th April after the 10.00am Mass at which Churchwardens, PCC Members, Deanery Synod Members and Sidespeople will be elected for the coming year and we'll also hopefully approve the 2013 accounts.
St Dunstan's New Choir has made a great start and would very much welcome new members; they rehearse on Thursdays at 7.00pm in church, simply turn up and get involved. Enthusiasm and willingness to learn are valued more than the ability to read music.
Advanced Notice; Patronal Festival on Friday 16th May 7.00pm. We've been planning a big celebration of St Dunstan's Day in May with a festival service, a newly commissioned icon, a walk to Canterbury to pray at Dunstan's tomb (which is located by the high altar of Canterbury Cathedral), a BBQ, the blessing of a new flag and much else besides. Put the date in your diary now.
Just a reminder of the dates and times of the principal Holy Week services ...