Scripture Verse

Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.

— Hebrews ix:24, Opening Sentence for Evening Prayer [Ascension]

Holy Week Schedule 2019

The schedule for Holy Week 2019 has been posted.

This seems like a good time to remind people that gluten-free hosts are available. If you have a gluten-related issue, please just mention this to an usher or to a member of the clergy before the service. (For people with extreme gluten sensitivities, we also . . . → Read More: Holy Week Schedule 2019

Holy Saturday

Harrowing of Hell

Harrowing of Hell, by Pieter Huys (c. 1519—c. 1584). From Wikipedia.

Grant, O Lord, that as we are baptised into the death of thy blessed Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, so by continual mortifying our corrupt affections we may be buried with him; and that through the grave, and gate of death, we . . . → Read More: Holy Saturday

Saint Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr

St. Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, is asked for advice

St. Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, is asked for advice, from a medieval illumination attributed to the Master of the Cité des Dames. From Wikipedia.

O God, who didst adorn thy blessed Bishop Alphege with the dignity of the priesthood and with the palm of martyrdom: Mercifully grant that we may be so assisted . . . → Read More: Saint Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr

Good Friday

Anthony van Dyck - Crucifixion

¶ All three collects are to be read.

Almighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and . . . → Read More: Good Friday

The growth of the church: A miraculous achievement

Fr Hawtin

If you were to ask Henry Ford or John D. Rockefeller, Sr. to name Jesus Christ’s most significant accomplishment here on earth, it is unlikely they would refer to any of his miracles—not even his virgin birth, his resurrection or his ascension.

And they most certainly wouldn’t mention his first miracle of all: Changing water . . . → Read More: The growth of the church: A miraculous achievement

Maundy Thursday

Jesus washing Peter's feet by Ford Madox Brown

Jesus washing Peter’s feet by Ford Madox Brown (1821–1893)

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, did institute the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may thankfully receive the same in remembrance of him, who in these holy mysteries giveth us a pledge of life eternal; . . . → Read More: Maundy Thursday

Only two weeks left to go! Get ready to party!

White Elephant booth

It is later than you think! In two short weeks we will be celebrating Saint Stephen’s Annual British Garden Party on Saturday, May 4th. I have it on good authority (Fr Hawtin) that we can expect another excellent day, weather wise, with sunny spring-like temperatures. However, just in case something should fall through, it probably . . . → Read More: Only two weeks left to go! Get ready to party!

Wednesday in Holy Week (Spy Wednesday)

Christ Taken Prisoner

Assist us mercifully with thy help, O Lord God of our salvation; that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts, whereby thou hast given unto us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christ Taken Prisoner, by Giuseppe Cesari (568–1640). From . . . → Read More: Wednesday in Holy Week (Spy Wednesday)

The Latest Newsletter

hermit at work on a manuscript

Here is the latest newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXX No 14, April 23rd, 2019.

Tuesday in Holy Week 

Christ at the Column

O Lord God, whose blessed Son, our Saviour, gave his back to the smiters and hid not his face from shame: Grant us grace to take joyfully the sufferings of the present time, in full assurance of the glory that shall be revealed; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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