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Monday, 22 April 2019
On Thursday evening at 7:30 we held the first of our Easter services, the Eucharist of the Last Supper.

This service marks the end of Lent, and starts in a celebratory style, the Gloria is sung and bells are rung, but as the service proceeds the tone becomes more serious and it ends with the stripping of the alter and the Gethsemane Watch at the Easter garden. The garden was prepared by a flower arranger and was candle lit for the vigil.

The Choir sing an antiphonal psalm and the congregation leave in silence.

On Good Friday there was a said Mattins at 11:30 am. In the afternoon at 2 pm there was a service of readings and music in contemplation of the Cross. This year we had, in addition to the Gospel readings, some poems continuing the theme of sacrifice and salvation. Interspersed were Good Friday Hymns and music. The Choir sang the spiritual  'Where you there', O Saviour of the world' setting by John Goss, and 'Ah Holy Jesu'

On Easter even the Service of Easter vigil, combining the lighting of the Pascal Candle, the renewal of baptism vows and the first mass of Easter  took place starting at 7:30. The new fire was used to light the Pascal Candle outside the church and the congregation lit their own candles from the Pascal Candle. The light was brought into the Church and the service began. This liturgy, incorporating the renewal of baptism vows, dates from the very early church, and ends with the first Eucharist of Easter 'Christ is Risen!!'

Service Times

10:00am Sunday Service

Useful links

Here are some links to resources you may find helpful:

  1. Chichester Cathedral will be live streaming services. For the Eucharist and order of service Click here before 10:00am Sunday and follow the instructions.
  2. The BBC Daily Service is available here.
  3. Prayer for today.
  4. The C of E youtube channel.
  5. We will be updating Fr Stephens Message page on a regular basis.
  6. Hearing You is a new phone help line launched by the Diocese of Chichester in partnership with Together in Sussex in response to the impact that Covid 19 has had on Just about the whole community. It aims to provide pastoral support and a listening ear to the recently bereaved and people directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  7. COVID-19 advice from the Diocese of Chichester here.