March 2018 at St Michael’s

March Events.

2018 is our 150th Anniversary. If you have special memories or photos of St Michael’s over the years, please let us know. It would be good to compile some articles and a display for our Sesquicentenary celebrations at Michaelmas.

Fri 2 Mar at St David’s Church. 7.30pm Exeter College Choral Society conducted by Alfie Pugh, accompanied by John Draisey. Mozart, Kodaly & Rachmaninov. £12 (£5 students).
Sun 4 Mar, Lent III. 11am Sung Mass. Missa Brevis, Lotti. Motet: God so loved the world, Sir John Stainer. Celebrant: Fr Nigel Guthrie. Followed by the Bountiful Table.

Sun 4 Mar, 3pm. Trumpet, Organ & Piano Recital, Will Palmer & Peter Adcock. Fundraiser for St Peter’s School Malawi Project.
Sun 4 Mar at 6pm, Choral Evensong & Benediction. Byrd Responses. Psalms 11,12. Hymn: 67. Canticles: Dorian Service, Tallis. Anthem: Wash Me Throughly, SSWesley.

In his Ash Wednesday Sermon, Fr Christopher encouraged us to spend more time in prayer in Church, and to study to broaden our imagination. We could use one or more Wednesdays in Lent (28 Feb, 7,14,21 Mar) for this. There is Stations of the Cross at 6pm – a prayerful 45min meditation on Jesus’ way to the Cross. And the Lent Reading Group at 7pm for an hour or so exploring the life and thoughts of St Antony, the founder of desert monasticism.
Station VI - St Veronica
Sun 11 Mar, Laetare & Mothering Sunday, 11am. Mass in F, Harold Darke. The Lord bless you & keep you, John Rutter. Ven David Gunn-Johnson. Rose Vestments, flower posies & simnel cake.

Thurs 15 Mar. Parish Lunch, 12 noon, at Exeter College’s @34 Restaurant – please sign up in Church.

Sat 17 Mar at 7.30pm, Exeter Chamber Choir Concert. Music for Lent including MacMillan Miserere & Lotti Crucifixus. Admission £10.

Sun 18 Mar, Passion Sunday, 11am. Sarum Plainsong Mass. O große Lieb, JSBach. Fr Nigel Guthrie.

Sun 18 Mar, 4pm in Exeter Cathedral. Farewell Service for Bishop Sarah Mullally, who will be installed as Bishop of London in May.

Sat 24 Mar, 9.30am Men’s Breakfast at the Imperial. Details from Ian Smith at St David’s.

Sun 25 Mar, Palm Sunday, 11am. N.B. BST starts. Blessing of Palms & Procession. Sung Gospel. This Mass will finish a little later than usual.

Summary of Holy Week at St Michael’s

28th Spy Wednesday, Stations of the Cross at 6pm, Liszt Via Crucis.

29th Maundy Thursday, Sung Mass with Foot-washing at 7.30pm, Casciolini & Elgar.

30th Good Friday Liturgy & Veneration of the Cross at 10.30am and the moving Office of Tenebrae sung from the Gallery at 8pm, Plainsong, Lassus & Palestrina.
Tenebrae 2017
31st Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil Mass with New Fire & Lighting of Paschal Candle at 8pm, Stanford & Handel.
Blessing the New Fire
Sun 1 Apr, Easter Day, 11am Festal Sung Mass. This Joyful Eastertide. Mozart Mass in D. Hallelujah Chorus. Ven David Gunn-Johnson.
NO Choral Evensong & Benediction today – Choir & Clergy serviced out!

A Happy & Joyful Easter to & from all at St Michael’s. Christ is Risen; He is Risen indeed. Alleluia!

Richard Barnes.