top of page

Passiontide

Dear All Saints and St Mary’s

 

This Sunday, we turn away from the joyful thanksgiving of Mothering Sunday and towards the events of Holy Week. The season is often referred to as Passiontide, from the Latin passio, meaning suffering. It is a time to reflect on Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death. In the early church, many Christians struggled with the idea that an almighty and perfect God could suffer and die in the way that Jesus did. Yet through the debates and discussions that followed, the church fathers came to the realization that perfection is not about standing aloof from the sufferings of the world. Jesus was born into the world to be with humanity and to identify with us in our joy and our sorrow. It is when we remember Christ’s suffering, that we know we are not alone in anything that we go through. God can understand our fears and temptations, recognize our pains and our sufferings, because, in Christ, he has been there before us. He has led the way and can lead us through the worst that the world can throw at us. 

 

This Sunday, we have several services, where we can reflect further on this. In the morning there are services of Holy Communion at both St Mary’s at 10.00am and All Saints at 10.30am. In the evening, there is a service of readings and music for Passiontide at St Mary’s, 6.30pm. This gives the following services for this Sunday:

10.00 am

St Mary’s

Holy Communion

10.30 am

All Saints

Holy Communion

6.30 pm

St Mary’s

Music and readings for Passiontide

 This week we have our normal weekday services with Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints on Wednesday and Holy Communion at St Mary’s on Thursday. 

 

Next Sunday, we start Holy Week with our Palm Sunday celebrations. There is Holy Communion at 8.00 am at All Saints and 10.00 am at St Mary’s. The 10.30 am service at All Saints will be a Service of the Word with a procession round the local streets and a Palm Sunday drama.

 

This gives the following services for the coming week:

Weds 20th

9.00 am

All Saints

Celtic morning prayer

Thurs 21st

10.00 am

St Mary’s

Holy Communion

Sun 24th

8.00 am

All Saints

Holy Communion

 

10.00 am

St Mary’s 

Holy Communion

 

10.30 am

All Saints

Service of the Word with procession and drama

 

As we approach Holy Week led us pray that God will guide us in our reflections on Jesus’ road to Jerusalem and Calvary:

 

Gracious Father,

you gave up your Son

out of love for the world:

lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,

that we may know eternal peace

through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Mark

 

Mark Simms

Licensed Lay Minister

Benefice of All Saints and St Mary, Fishponds

17th March 2024 Email Notice Sheet
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.27MB
17th March 2023
.pdf
Download PDF • 96KB

80 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Comments


bottom of page