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Monday, 21 April 2014
On Easter Saturday evening we had our Easter Vigil Service, with the lighting of the new fire, and renewal of Baptism vows. This lovely service starts outside the church with Father Stephen lighting the new fire, and preparing and blessing the new Paschal Candle. The candle is blessed and has incerted into it small pieces of incense to represent the wounds Jesus received at the Crusifixion. The Candle is then lit, and the new flame pased from candle to candle as each member of the congregation lights their own candle. Te congregation then enter the darkened church where the new light is displayed and a hymn of exhaultation is sung. There are readings from the Old Testament, and from the New. The congregation are invited to renew their baptism vows and to use the concecrated water to mark their commitment by dipping fingers in the water and applying it to their foreheads. Then the first Eucharist of Easter is celebrated.

Easter Morning dawned overcast and wet, but this did not discourage a large congregation from attending the 10:am Eucharist. The Main Church and both Trancepts were full of families who came to celebrate the Resurection.

Christ is Risen!! He is Risen Indeed Alleluya!!

This wonderfully uplifting and hopeful service was celebrated with joy! The Choir sang 'Blessed be the God and Father'  words from 1 Peter, setting by Samel Sebastian Wesley. The Church was full of the most beautiful flowers appreciated the more after our long Lented period of none!

Service Times

First Sunday in the Month:
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Family Service

Second Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Third Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Sung Matins

Fourth Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Variations can be found in the Parish Magazine or the Calendar at the bottom of this page.

Useful links

Here are some links to resources you may find helpful:

  1. St Mary's Facebook page
  2. Chichester Cathedral will be live streaming services. For the Eucharist and order of service Click here before 10:00am Sunday and follow the instructions.
  3. The BBC Daily Service is available here.
  4. Prayer for today.
  5. The C of E youtube channel.
  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.

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