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Welcome to St Michael and All Angels

Candles, Carols, Tree, Crib – Rejoice and be Merry! A Blessed Christmas & Epiphany from and to all at St Michael’s Mount Dinham. We hope to welcome many of you to worship and share this festive season, which we keep right through to Candlemas.

“You wait little year on an empty stage, for fate to turn the light on; your life little year is an empty page that we will have to write on – Twenty-sixteen going on seventeen!”  New Year’s Day Mass at 10.45am is Fr Tom Honey’s final Service at St Mike’s – please support this as we wish him well for the future. And please pray for our Parish of St David’s & St Michael’s as we enter the Interregnum of 2017.

Fr Christopher Durrant has prepared this file as a taster for a parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land after Easter 2018.

All are most welcome to enjoy traditional liturgy, fine music and good fellowship with us here at St Michael’s, Mount Dinham, in Exeter. We are a friendly, welcoming, diversity affirming church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. Sunday Mass is sung at 10.45am, with an excellent choir and fine pipe organ. With a varied Music List of Masses & Motets, the Choir welcomes new singers, especially Bass & Soprano Choral Scholars.

We are a diverse group of people united in celebrating the life and teaching of Jesus through the rhythm of the Christian year. We value familiar words on which you can lay your own thoughts and prayers; proper music & hymns, with vestments, incense & ritual hallowed by time; a short sermon to help you think, not tell you what to think; Communion in the bread and wine of Christ; and informal fellowship afterwards. All are welcome.

Accessibility.  We welcome wheelchair users; as a Listed Victorian building we currently need to deploy a temporary ramp to enable access.

We hope you enjoy exploring this website; the scrolling images above link to some key pages. Click Worship for regular service times,  Events for future activities (plus 10 most recent ones too!), our Blog for summaries and commentary, and Twitter for latest News. The new Parish Magazine is online, with Farewells to/from Tom Honey, Articles, Poems, Diary, a short story and more. Look around our beautiful church in words and pictures using Floorplan or browse 2000 years of “local” Christianity with our History Timeline.

Nick Dixon has produced a beautiful new 24-page booklet on the History of our Peregrine Falcons, with excellent photos, available in Church for £5 or by post for £6 using this Order Form.

Lectures & Concerts -  The St Michael’s Lectures – watch out for information for the 2017 Series.  To arrange a Concert or other event, please contact us.

At St Mike’s the “& All Angels” reminds us that God loves us all as his children, wherever we are on the pilgrimage of life. Come and see if this beautiful and eclectic church is a place where you could contribute and grow.  We would love to welcome you.

“ We seek to know God’s presence in the world through worship, prayer and meditation;
we rejoice in the richness of the Christian heritage in word, music and ritual;
we are called to be an outgoing, welcoming and friendly community of faith and service.”

St Michael’s Church is grateful to have been given the chance to fix its long-standing guttering problems through a grant of £78,000 from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Scheme; the work carried out by Williams & Burrows is complete, and tested by the rains of storm Angus. We are also grateful to the Allchurches Trust for a contribution of £2000 and to Exeter Historic Buildings Trust for their £3000 donation.

This website honours the memory of the Revd Dr John Hughes, former Curate of this parish and Dean of Jesus College, Cambridge. whose enthusiasm, encouragement and vision inspired the development of St Michael’s heritage and music. Likewise, the late Canon John Thurmer, part of whose legacy is the Glossary exploring the rich vocabulary of the Church. May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

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Sundays in January

These first few Sundays of 2017, we follow the early Ministry of Jesus, his Baptism by his cousin John, calling his first Disciples, and the Beatitudes (Blessed are they…) the opening of his Sermon on the Mount. The Choir’s music…

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Parish Lunch Club

The monthly Parish Lunch Club has dates booked for 2017 on Jan 26 (Scottish themed), Feb 23 and March 23. All are Thursdays and all at 12.00. All are welcome at these friendly social gatherings which take place at Exeter College’s…

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Men’s Breakfast

Saturday 28 January at 9am at the Farmers’ Union for the next Men’s Breakfast. An Open Invitation to the men of St David’s and St Michael’s, and any other male friends, to meet together for a hearty cooked breakfast and…

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Candlemas

The Feast of Candlemas, or the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (as the Book of Common Prayer terms it), takes place on Thursday 2nd February, with Sung Mass in the evening at 7.30pm. This is a whole Parish event…

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Choral Evensong for February

After omitting January’s 1st Sunday Evensong in favour of our Epiphany Mass, Evensong & Benediction return to St Michael’s on Sunday 5 February at 6pm. We also mark the Eve of 65th Anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth II. Music…

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Sundays in January

These first few Sundays of 2017, we follow the early Ministry of Jesus, his Baptism by his cousin John, calling his first Disciples, and the Beatitudes (Blessed are they…) the opening of his Sermon on the Mount. The Choir’s music…

Read more
Candlemas

The Feast of Candlemas, or the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (as the Book of Common Prayer terms it), takes place on Thursday 2nd February, with Sung Mass in the evening at 7.30pm. This is a whole Parish event…

Read more
Choral Evensong for February

After omitting January’s 1st Sunday Evensong in favour of our Epiphany Mass, Evensong & Benediction return to St Michael’s on Sunday 5 February at 6pm. We also mark the Eve of 65th Anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth II. Music…

Read more
Byrd Masses in February

For the -gesima Sundays, 12th, 19th, 26th Feb, you can hear the choir singing all 3 of William Byrd’s Masses in order. He composed them c.1592-4, while in his 50s and a Roman Catholic, but tolerated by Queen Elizabeth I.…

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Monthly CBS Plainsong Mass

Once a month the regular Tuesday and Thursday 6pm Service of Plainsong Vespers & Silent Meditation is replaced by a Plainsong Mass for the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament. Founded in 1862 as part of the Catholic Revival in the…

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Sundays in January

These first few Sundays of 2017, we follow the early Ministry of Jesus, his Baptism by his cousin John, calling his first Disciples, and the Beatitudes (Blessed are they…) the opening of his Sermon on the Mount. The Choir’s music…

Read more
Parish Lunch Club

The monthly Parish Lunch Club has dates booked for 2017 on Jan 26 (Scottish themed), Feb 23 and March 23. All are Thursdays and all at 12.00. All are welcome at these friendly social gatherings which take place at Exeter College’s…

Read more
Men’s Breakfast

Saturday 28 January at 9am at the Farmers’ Union for the next Men’s Breakfast. An Open Invitation to the men of St David’s and St Michael’s, and any other male friends, to meet together for a hearty cooked breakfast and…

Read more
Choral Evensong for February

After omitting January’s 1st Sunday Evensong in favour of our Epiphany Mass, Evensong & Benediction return to St Michael’s on Sunday 5 February at 6pm. We also mark the Eve of 65th Anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth II. Music…

Read more
Shrove Tuesday Choir Practice

On Shrove Tuesday, 28th February 2017, there is Vespers & Meditation at 6pm, our regular weekly Choir Practice from 7pm, and at 8.30pm we hope to be cooking and eating Pancakes at the back of the Church. As always, you are…

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Lent Reading Group – Augustine’s “Confessions”

For 5 Wednesdays in Lent at St Michael’s Church you have a chance to get up close and personal with St Augustine of Hippo in a Reading Group guided by historian Oliver Nicholson, recently retired from over 30years’ teaching at…

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Tenebrae – Good Friday Evening

On Good Friday evening at 8pm the ancient service of Tenebrae is sung in Latin and English by the Choir from the West Gallery to plainsong and to polyphonic music by Orlando de Lassus (1532-94) and Giovanni da Palestrina (1525-94). Since part of the…

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