Holy Week and Easter at St Mary’s
Holy week is at the very heart of the Christian faith and christians throughout the world will be celebrating it in a multitude of ways. Here at St Mary’s we will travel through the week seeking to understand our own lives in the light of the Jesus story. We will live the joy of Palm Sunday; rest in the intimacy of Maundy Thursday, recognising both our closeness to Christ and our easy acts of betrayal; we will stand at the foot of Jesus’ cross on Good Friday and pause to remember the ways in which Christ is still being crucified today. We will wait in silence on holy Saturday, alongside all who wait and despair. Then finally on Easter Day, together we will celebrate our conviction that love is stronger than hate, hope stronger than fear and life stronger than death.
If you would like to travel part of this journey with us, you’d be very welcome at any or all of the following:
Meet at Abney Park (Stamford Hill entrance) at 9.50am, to join with Christians from neighbouring churches for the Blessing of Palms followed by the Procession of Witness. Or join us at the New Church for our service at 10.30am.
Tuesday of Holy Week:
Morning prayer followed by Eucharist: 8.30am in the New Church (Epiphany Chapel)
Meditation: 10.30am in the New Church (porch)
Wednesday of Holy Week:
Evening Eucharist followed by Meditation: 7.30pm in the New Church (Epiphany Chapel)
‘On the night before he died’. 7pm in the Old Church.
A shared supper interspersed with music, poetry, meditation and a simple sharing in bread and wine.
‘At the foot of the Cross’ explored through word, music & image'. 12 - 3pm in the New Church.
Easter Vigil 4.15am in the Old Church (wear something warm!)
Dawn Service beginning with the lighting of the new fire (5.15am approx) on the steps of the New Church, followed by a shared dawn breakfast.
Celebration of Easter. A service designed for all ages, celebrating the God of life, love and new beginnings. 11am in the New Church.
Choral Evensong: 6:30 pm in the Old Church.
8.15am - Mattins in the Old Church, except the third Sunday of the month when a service of Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) is held.
9.30am - an informal service in the Old Church that is especially good for children.
11.00am - Sung Eucharist in the big church. This service is more formal in style but children are very welcome and there are resources for them (books, colouring, toys) in the Children’s Corner.
6.30pm - Evensong is held on the third Sunday of the month, in the Old Church.
Several times a year the 9.30 and 11am Sunday services combine for a joint service at 10.30am, including at Christmas, Easter and Harvest.
The church is open daily. Morning and evening prayer is usually held at 8:30 am and 5 pm. You are welcome to join us.
There is also a service of Holy Communion following morning prayer on Tuesday (at about 8.45am) and on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. The last Wednesday of each month there is an emphasis on healing at this service.
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There is also a time for meditation after the service of Holy Communion on Wednesday evening (see above). Everyone is welcome at the short service beforehand or to arrive in time for meditation at about 8.15pm.
Other events and services
To find out about other events and services and changes to our regular pattern of worship then please see here.