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Wednesday, 11 May 2016
To mark the ascension of Our Lord we held a Eucharist at 7:30 in the evening, the Eucharist was celebrated by Father Stephen and in his sermon he reminded us that, as heard in the Gospel, after Jesus had Ascended to the Father, the Disciples returned home joyfully. We remember that Jesus will return, but as we await Pentecost we remember that the Spirit remains with us until that day comes.
Music at the Eucharist for the feast included an English versification (by J M Neale) of the Latin office hymn for first vespers of the feast Æterne Rex altissime – Eternal Monarch, King most high -  and Charles Wesley’s Hail the day that sees him rise (sung to Llanfair). The motet at Communion was J S Bach’s Lift your heads, ye gates eternal, and the voluntary at the end of the service was Heut’ triumphieret Gottes Sohn (Today God’s Son rises in triumph), BWV 630, again by J S Bach.
We came home in the dusk of a May evening with the joy of the disciples in our minds and hearts.

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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