Thursday 21st May 2020 (Ascension Day)

This Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ.  The following Ascension Day services are available:

Wednesday 20th May 2020

7:30 PM – Sung Mass (with Spiritual Communion (Fr Iain Templeton)): Live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Church/St-Andrews-Birchills-108982647183429/)

Thursday 21st May 2020

10:00 AM – Low Mass (with Spiritual Communion (Fr Iain Templeton)): Live on Facebook

12:15 PM – Mass (Shrewsbury Cathedral): Live on cathedral webcam (http://www.shrewsburycathedral.org/webcam)

12:30 PM – Sung Mass (Bishop of Fulham): Live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BishopOfFulham)

Novena

From Friday 21st May 2020 there will be nine days of prayer, which will take us up to Pentecost.  The Bishop of Ebbsfleet has produced a booklet for the Novena to distribute to the congregation. 

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We can also use the resources for Thy Kingdom Come during this period (www.thykingdomcome.global/prayer-resources).  At St. Edmund’s we may wish to listen to the Journey with Mary Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/journey-with-mary/id1376646206)

Sunday 17th May 2020 (Easter 6)

HM Government made changes to the Covid-19 lock down last week.  The advice now is: Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives; for further information please see here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Under the new government guidance, churches may be open again in July.  However once churches are open again, we may not be able to use service books, hymn books, or Holy Water.  You can read a statement from the Bishop of London here: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/statement-latest-government-guidance-coronavirus

Services that do not require a computer

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This telephone line is open 24 hours per day for music, prayer, and reflections, as well as full services.

8:10 AM – Sunday Worship (Rev Dr Alison Jack & Fr Dermot Preston): BBC Radio 4

10: 45 AM – Sunday Worship (Very Rev Dr Rowland Jones): BBC 1

11:15 AM – Sunday Morning Stories (Rev Kate Bottley): BBC 1

1:15 PM – Songs of Praise (Aled Jones): BBC 1

3:00 PM – Choral Evensong (2011 London Festival of Contemporary Church Music): BBC Radio 3

Services that require a computer

10:30 AM – Morning Worship (Dudley Benefice): Zoom (to get access to this service, you will need to e-mail Rev Hugh Burton (rectorofdudley@gmail.com)

10:30 AM – Sung Mass (with Spiritual Communion (Fr Iain Templeton)): Live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Church/St-Andrews-Birchills-108982647183429/)

10:45 AM – Mass (Shrewsbury Cathedral): via the cathedral webcam (http://www.shrewsburycathedral.org/webcam)

11:30 AM – Sung Mass (Bishop of Fulham): Live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BishopOfFulham)

Other Resources

Thursday 21st May is Ascension Day.  Between Ascension Day and Pentecost we celebrate Thy Kingdom Come.  You can find more resources here:  www.thykingdomcome.global/prayer-resources

12 PM Every Friday – #PrayTheRosary

5PM Every Saturday – Rosary (Fr Iain Templeton):  Live on Facebook

6PM Daily – Shrine Prayers: Live via the Shrine website: https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/worship/shrine-prayers-live-stream/

Thursday 14th May 2020

A message from The Society:

Pope Francis has called on people of all religions to come together on Thursday 14 May for a Day of Prayer, Fasting and Works of Charity to implore God to help humanity come together to overcome the Coronavirus pandemic.

We encourage you all to join in with this, and we hope that this resource will help you to enter into this day:

 https://www.sswsh.com/uploads/14MayResource.pdf

Sunday 10th May 2020 (Easter 5)

The Covid-19 lock-down has been extended for another three weeks.  The Prime Minister will make an announcement on Sunday afternoon as to how the country is to move forward, however it is extremely unlikely that public church worship will be happening again in the near future.  With this in mind, the Society, and the Church Union have published the following two booklets:

Saints of the Month

Although we are praying and worshipping in our homes, we never pray alone. We pray with the Church around the world and our prayers are joined with those of the company of heaven. In this booklet there are a selection of biographies of saints and holy people whose feast days occur this month, as well as prayers you might find helpful.  The booklet can be downloaded here: https://www.churchunion.co.uk/uploads/Saints_of_the_Month_-_May_FINAL.pdf

Wisdom from the Cloister

Another excellent free resource from The Society and The Church Union this time in conjunction with RooT. It explores what has the Religious Life got to teach us during this time of Pandemic. Available here: https://www.sswsh.com/RooT/uploads/WisdomformtheCloister.pdf

Some Good News

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The Society under the patronage of Saint Wilfrid and Saint Hilda is delighted to learn of the appointments of Fr Will Hazlewood SSC to be the next Bishop of Lewes and of the Revd Ruth Bushyager to be the next Bishop of Horsham. This is especially welcome news as it is five and a half years since the last announcement of a traditional Catholic priest to be appointed to a Church of England bishopric; at that time it was the appointment of Fr Philip North to be the Bishop of Burnley.

The Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Chairman of The Society’s Council of Bishops, commented: “I am thrilled for Will and Ruth and wish them every success and happiness in their new roles. It is wonderful to see the Church of England’s Five Guiding Principles being lived out in this way. We have been acutely conscious of the lapse in time since the last appointment of a traditional Catholic priest to the episcopate and so Will’s appointment is both welcome and timely. We do of course hold Will and Ruth in our prayers, along with their families, and indeed the entire Diocese of Chichester under Bishop Martin.”

Services Resources for this Sunday Not Requiring a Computer

This telephone line is open 24 hours per day for music, prayer, and reflections, as well as full services.

8:10 AM – Sunday Worship (Dr Rowan Williams): BBC Radio 4

10:45 AM – Sunday Worship (Rt Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin): BBC 1

1:15 PM – Songs of Praise (Katherine Jenkins): BBC 1

3:00 PM – Choral Evensong (Tewkesbury Abbey): BBC Radio 3

Service Resources that Require a Computer

9 AM – Church of England On-Line Service: https://youtu.be/TUAriWLhyKE

10:30 AM – Sung Mass (with Spiritual Communion (Fr Iain Templeton): Live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Church/St-Andrews-Birchills-108982647183429/)

Other Resources

12 PM Every Friday – #PrayTheRosary

5PM Every Saturday – Rosary (Fr Iain Templeton):  Live on Facebook

6PM Daily – Shrine Prayers: Live via the Shrine website: https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/worship/shrine-prayers-live-stream/

Sunday 3rd May 2020 (Vocations Sunday)

This Sunday is Vocations Sunday.  Please pray for everyone who is currently exploring a vocation, or who feels that they may have a calling into ministry.  Please pray this prayer from the Additional Curates Society website: https://www.additionalcurates.co.uk/images/prayer.jpg

Everyone has a vocation.  You can explore yours here: https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/vocations

For any Catholic men, who feel they may have a vocation to ordained ministry, please visit this website: www.here-i-am.org.uk

Worship Resources that do not require a Computer

This telephone line is open 24 hours per day for music, prayer, and reflections, as well as full services.

The following services can be access this Sunday:

8:10 AM – Sunday Worship (Bishop of Salisbury): BBC Radio 4

10:45 AM – Sunday Worship (Very Rev Kathy Jones): BBC 1

1:15 PM – Songs of Praise (Rev Kate Bottley): BBC 1

3:00 PM – Choral Evensong (Chapel of St. John’s College, Cambridge): BBC Radio 3

Worship Resources requiring a Computer

10:30 AM – Sung Mass (with Spiritual Communion (Fr Iain Templeton)): Live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Church/St-Andrews-Birchills-108982647183429/)

11:30 AM – Sung Mass (with Spiritual Communion (Bishop of Fulham)): Live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BishopOfFulham

5:00 PM – Rosary (Fr Iain Templeton): Live on Facebook

6:00 PM – Shrine Prayers: Live via the Shrine website: https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/worship/shrine-prayers-live-stream/

Every Friday

12:00 PM – Do not forget to join in with the Bishop of Fulham to pray the Rosary through May: #PrayTheRosary

MARY’S MONTH OF MAY

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Each Friday in May at 12pm you are invited to join in and #PrayTheRosary.

Pope Francis is encouraging households to join together in praying the Rosary throughout May, and we are encouraging families to do the same. Join Bishop Jonathan this coming Friday as we enter into Mary’s month of May, a month where we can join with her in celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This livestream is especially helpful for those unfamiliar with this ancient prayer as well as being a helpful aid for those who pray it regularly already.

Each Friday in May at 12pm you are invited to join in with praying the holy rosary via Facebook Livestream

Please read the How to Pray The Rosary Booklet and download the Printer-friendly Rosary guide

Sunday 26th April 2020 (Easter 3)

Stations of the Resurrection

As we continue to worship and pray at home, The Society and The Church Union have published Stations of the Resurrection.  In this devotion we follow Jesus and the disciples from Easter morning through to Pentecost. They follow the same pattern as the Stations of the Cross, with a scripture reading, meditation and a prayer. Through these scenes we share in the disciples’ doubts, their misunderstandings, their fears, but most of all their joy in the Risen Jesus. It is the Resurrection of Jesus that, in these very strange times, is our strength and hope.  You can download the resource here: https://www.churchunion.co.uk/uploads/Stations_of_the_Resurrection_v2_2.pdf

Non-Computer Worship Resources:

8:10 AM – Sunday Worship (Prof Jennifer Strawbridge & Rev Dr Steve Nolan): BBC Radio 4

11 AM – Sunday Worship (Bishop of Dover): BBC 1

1:15 PM – Songs of Praise (Sean Fletcher): BBC 1

3PM – Choral Evensong (Chapel of Royal Holloway, University of London): BBC Radio 3

Computer Worship Resources (with Spiritual Communion):

10:30 AM – Sung Mass (Fr Ian Templeton): Live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Church/St-Andrews-Birchills-108982647183429/)

6PM (Daily) – Shrine Prayers: https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/worship/shrine-prayers-live-stream/

Sunday 19th April 2020 (Low Sunday)

The coronavirus lock-down has extended for another three weeks, and our church will remain closed until further notice.  However it is important to continue a pattern of regular worship and prayer from our own homes.

For those who are not good with computers, the following services are available:

8:10 AM – Sunday Worship (Holy Trinity Platt, Manchester): BBC Radio 4 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_fourfm)

10:15 AM – Sunday Worship (St. David’s Cathedral): BBC 1 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcone)

1:15 PM – Songs of Praise (Aled Jones) – BBC 1

3PM – Choral Evensong (Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, Texas): BBC Radio 3 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_three)

For anyone who wants to watch a live Mass and receive a spiritual communion, the following service will be streamed live on Facebook:

10:30 AM – Sung Mass (Fr Iain Templeton): Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Church/St-Andrews-Birchills-108982647183429/)

For anyone who is not comfortable using social media, the daily services from the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (Anglican) can be accessed via the link below:

6 PM – Shrine Prayers will be live-streamed daily on the Shrine’s website, and on Vimeo and YouTube. Shrine Prayers will continue to be live-streamed on Facebook as usual. For further details see the following link:
https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/…/livestreaming-serv…/

Please remember to keep praying for all of us affected by the coronavirus.  If you need any assistance on how to pray, please visit this site: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-parishes/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer

Easter Day Services (Update)

Alleluia, The Lord is Risen. 

8 AM – Society Easter Day Video: The Society Facebook Page or https://www.sswsh.com/fullposts.php?id=284

8: 10 AM – Easter Sunday Worship (Archbishop of Canterbury): BBC Radio 4 (92–95 MHz FM, Freeview channel 704, Freesat channel 704, Sky channel 0104, Virgin Media channel 904, https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_fourfm)

10:30 AM – Sung Mass of The Resurrection (Fr Iain Templeton): https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Church/St-Andrews-Birchills-108982647183429/ (Father Templeton will continue to celebrate a daily Mass every day at 10 AM, except Wednesdays when the Mass will be at 7:30 PM.)

10:30 AM – Easter Day Liturgy (Bishop of Chichester): https://www.chichester.anglican.org/liveservices/?fbclid=IwAR26xEZLMxiWejlEii7U9nvpADFKJnK3NOyhnE9Popj9lwVJ55nWyMvRkms

11 AM – Urbi et Orbi (Pope Francis) followed by Easter Sunday Worship (The Very Rev Kathy Jones): BBC 1 (Freeview channel 1 or 101, Freesat channel 101 or 106, Sky channel 101 or 115, Virgin channel 101 or 108, https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone)

3 PM – Choral Evensong (Norwich Cathedral): BBC Radio 3 (92 MHz–95 MHz FM, Freeview Channel 703, Freesat Channel 703, Sky channel 0103, Virgin Media channel 903, https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_three)

I have listed services on terrestrial television, radio, social media websites and non-social medial websites.  So please try to join in with one of these services today.