Good Friday Liturgy

Here are the Good Friday Hymns: Good Friday Holy Saturday Hymns

Bonus posts:

Richard comes to Morning Prayer and Beyond Belief:

A musical meditation on the crucifixion:

Wintershall will livestream through their Facebook page at 12 and 3pm. You do not have to be a Facebook member to see it, it is open to everyone. It includes pre-recorded clips of rehearsals from their Passion Play 2020, clips and interviews from the other cities and towns taking part in the One Good Friday 2020 project.

Video from Bible Society

Mental health support in the lockdown

The current lockdown has the potential to cause many of us mental health problems. If you can, try to talk to someone about it. The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day on 116 123. You can also visit www.samaritans.org/

The NHS has a helpful page here and there is also advice for those in need of urgent support here.

The Church of England has some useful resources here.

 

 

Picture by Dyversions from Pixabay

Communion in the Parish during Coronavirus

During the Coronavirus pandemic this parish will not be celebrating Holy Communion.

This will be difficult for many of us. Holy Communion is, for many, a vital part of worship – not just vital in the sense of ‘important’ but in the original sense of the word – ‘life-giving’ or ‘belonging to life’. We know that God is with us whether we share in Communion or not, but the sharing of the Bread and Wine helps us feel united with each other and with other Christians now, in the past and in the future, and it reflects our relationship with God.

Within the Christian Church, and within the Church of England, there are many different theologies of Holy Communion. It is not a question of which are right, and which are wrong, it is more a question of which matters are given greater priority.

Lesley and I believe that when we preside (note the choice of word, not celebrate) at Holy Communion we are presiding in an action undertaken by all the people of God who are present. When people are not present, for us it loses its significance. Consequently in this parish we have decided not to stream services of Holy Communion – which would be others watching us have Communion whilst not having it themselves. In fact, we will not be streaming any services (using streaming as a technical term to mean people joining a live broadcast), as our experiments to date have not been terribly successful. Instead we will continue to put pre-recorded material onto the web site.

This may not suit everyone and we understand that so we have a couple of suggestions to help until the current lockdown is lifted.

  1. There are streamed services on the web which include Communion and you can watch these.
  2. You can partake of Spiritual Communion

Spiritual Communion

During this time of not receiving communion we can receive Spiritual Communion.

Bishop Jo has written a paper on Communion during a pandemic:  https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/docs/default-source/coronavirus/priestly-practice-in-a-pandemic.pdf?sfvrsn=bb330032_0 which includes the following:

The Book of Common Prayer instructs us that if we offer ourselves in penitence and faith, giving thanks for the redemption won by Christ crucified, we may truly ‘eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ’, although we cannot receive the sacrament physically in ourselves. Making a Spiritual Communion is particularly fitting for those who cannot receive the sacrament at the great feasts of the Church, and it fulfils the duty of receiving Holy Communion ‘regularly, and especially at the festivals of Christmas, Easter and Whitsun or Pentecost’ (Canon B 15).

It also contains a link to the Church of England’s advice on this:  https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/Guidance%20on%20Spiritual%20Communion%20and%20Coronavirus.pdf

If you wish to discuss this with Lesley or myself, please give us a call.

Image by David Eucaristía from Pixabay

Future Services

Many of you will have seen the service for 29th March.  For future services I would like to enable more people to contribute.  So…

If you have only a telephone with no special features …

Alan can record any comments you would like to make over the phone.  Please call the Rectory and arrange a time to do this.  It will involve calling Alan on his mobile – and a number will be provided to do this.

If you have a smartphone/computer with camera and microphone

Worship has developed over the years into the form that it has, but now we are temporarily unable to meet there are other ways to express our faith.

Please let me know whether you would like a live service that lots of people can join and join in.  Unfortunately we don’t think the technology is up to this for large numbers.  We are however experimenting with smaller numbers.

If you would like to record a video or sound; make something and take a picture of it; write some prose; share something you found on the web – whatever you have found that has fed you spiritually; please send it to Alan to pull it together.  With Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter coming up I am sure we could create a cornucopia of material for others to enjoy.

Large files can be sent to Alan via https://www.filemail.com/

If you don’t know how to use the computer to do this

  1. Click on the magnifying glass at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Search for Camera
  3. Click on the Camera App option
  4. Click on the Video button on the right hand side of the screen so that it is white.
  5. Click on it again to start videoing
  6. Click the red square to stop videoing.
  7. Open File Explorer and then Camera Roll – you should find the video you have recorded there.
  8. Use FileMail, TransferXL or PCloud (works better on mobiles) to select a video and send it to Alan.

Using a mobile/tablet

  1. Record the video – turn your device to landscape mode – it gives a bigger picture.
  2. Use PCloud to select the video and send it to Alan.

I look forwards to receiving lots of material.

Holy Week – Tuesday

On the first three days of this Holy Week we will be having services of Compline with a short video and reflection.  Today we look at the Watch.

If you click on the YouTube logo at the bottom of the screen you can make the video full screen.  This doesn’t work on the video clip, as the clip doesn’t stop if you do!

If you cannot see the responses at the top of the screen, please move your mouse so that it is not over the video.

Article referred to in meditation:

Holy Week – Monday

On the first three days of this Holy Week we will be having services of Compline with a short video and reflection.  We start today with the foot washing.

As these services use a clip from a longer piece, you cannot click through to YouTube for the video clip, as the clip doesn’t stop if you do!

I have just discovered that my videos have text over the words I put into them.  If you move the mouse away from the video these other display items will disappear, allowing you to read the text.


 

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