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Tuesday, 18 August 2015
On a lovely summers morning we met at 10 o'clock for Matins. The festival of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is widely celebrated in the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church, is also acknowledged by the Anglican Church, and as our Patron is St Mary, we also held St Mary in our prays and hymns today. Father Stephen, in his sermon, said that we now have St Mary in perspective with in Anglicanism, an important Saint who's veneration helps us to understand Our Lord better. The New Testament reading of the Magnificat from St Luke's Gospel was his starting point for looking at Her role in the Gospel story and he told us that she ended her days in Ephesus in the Christian community founded by St Paul, so much of what she knew of her Son was communicated to St Peter and St Paul and formed part of the shaping of the early Church.
There was no anthem as the choir is in recession for August.

Please do consider coming on the Evening Cruise of Chichester Harbour on Saturday the 6th of September, tickets from the Church Wardens £12 each to include refreshments.
Also coming up we have 2 concerts, on the 20th of September, Alex Palmer, Family and Friends will be performing followed by Tea, and on the 18th of October we have a concert by our friend and long time favourite, Tom Cooper also followed by tea. details nearer the time but put the dates in your diary!!

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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