Easter Season at St Michael’s

On Sunday 19th April we were delighted to celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary of John and Monica Darch, who give so much to the life and fellowship of St Michael’s through their love and care for the worship and the fabric of the church, and through organising our substantial paper recycling effort.
John & Monica Darch - Golden Wedding Anniversary
Lovely flowers by Stephanie.
Golden Wedding Flowers
And remembering our Easter Services.
Easter Vigil - New Fire
Saturday 4th April, Holy Saturday 8pm – The Easter Vigil brings us back from the darkness of Tenebrae into holy brightness. We kindle the New Light, prepare and bless the Paschal Candles for St Michael’s and St David’s, hear the Exsultet, the proclamation of Christ’s Resurrection, and renew our Baptismal Vows.
Setting: Fitzwilliam Mass by Alex West. Anthem: Lift up your heads, O ye gates, from Handel’s Messiah.
Christ our Saviour
Easter Sunday, 5th April at 10.45am, Festal Sung Mass and Blessing of the Easter Garden.
All at St Michael’s wish you a Happy and Blessed Easter. Christ is Risen; He is risen indeed!
Introit: Surrexit Christus Dominus, Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) who died on his 50th birthday and is buried in Wolfenbuettel, where the Choir will be visiting in July.
Setting: Kleine Orgelmesse, Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), the prolific Classical composer.
Motet: Easter Anthem, William Billings (1746-1800) of Boston, Massachusetts, who is widely regarded as the first American choral composer.
Easter Garden
Easter Egg News; chocolate eggs blessed and it’s definitely 4 peregrine eggs being incubated, as the female left the eggs visible at about 12.30 on Easter Sunday for a comfort/food break. May I echo Fr David’s thanks to all who helped and shared in a wonderful Holy Week and Easter Day at St Michael’s.
Sunday 5th April at 6pm – Festal Evensong and Benediction. Responses: Tallis. Canticles: Herbert Brewer in D. Anthem: Charles Wood ‘This joyful Eastertide’. Plainsong Benediction Hymns.
Noli me tangere
Friday 10th April at 7.30pm. Recitals@StMichael’s welcome Dr Robert Manning and Dr Tom Corfield performing a variety of organ duets and solos on our new pipe organ – Four Hands, Four Feet, and an Organ!
Low Sunday 12th April at 10.45am – 2nd in or 1st after Easter. Mass. Setting: White in E flat. Anthem: Loosemore ‘O Lord, increase our faith’. Easter Bonnet Competition after Mass.
Fr David Walford judges the Bonnets
Sunday 19th April at 10.45am – 3rd in/2nd after Easter. Mass. Setting: Martin Shaw’s Anglican Folk Mass. Anthem: Byrd ‘Quotiescunque manducabitis panem hunc et calicem bibetis mortem Domini adnuntiatis donec veniat’. Some serious Latin to get our teeth into. As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you shall show the death of the Lord, until he comes.
Indeed, special University Challenge geek point – within the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible, “manducabitis” is a hapax legomenon, a word that occurs only once!

Thursday 23rd April at 6pm, in place of Vespers, CBS Mass for St George’s Day sung with Plainsong Propers and Hymns in the St Clement Chapel. All Welcome.

Sunday 26th April at 10.45am – 4th in/3rd after Easter. Mass. Setting: Darke in F. Anthem: Bairstow ‘Jesu, the very thought of thee’. Followed by a second (Re)Vision Day for St Michael’s, led by Sabrina Groeschel.

Monday 27th April, at St Michael’s, 7pm Holy Communion, 7.30pm, the important Annual Parochial Church Meeting to review and pray for our Churches’ life and mission.

Sunday 3rd May at 10.45am – 5th in/4th after Easter. Mass
Rogation Procession
Sunday 10th May at 10.45am – Sunday before Ascension, Rogation Sunday Procession. Mass