Tuesday evening, 29 September, at 7.30pm – Please join us, if you can, for our Patronal Festival Mass, a simpler event than usual owing to the continued precautions against the Covid-19 virus.
Fr Nigel Guthrie will celebrate Mass, our Curate Rev Ash Leighton Plom will preach, and we shall have a small, well-distanced Choir & Organist. Sadly no Procession, and probably no Prosecco or Party this year.
While we often shorten our church’s title to St Michael’s, it’s good also to let the “and All” Angels remind us that God values us all as his children, wherever we are on the pilgrimage of faith; all are welcome here, quiet, confident or questioning.
Music: Plainsong Propers. Mass in E by Harold Darke. Ave verum corpus, by Sir Edward Elgar.
We might think of the Anthem: Faire is the Heaven, Sir William Harris (1883-1973) - A high point of 20th century Anglican music from an Organist of Sr George’s Chapel, Windsor, setting a 16th century poem by Edmund Spenser.
Faire is the heaven where happy soules have place In full enjoyment of felicitie;
Or the sonnet for this day by Malcolm Guite, Cambridge poet, priest and performer. For today:-
Michaelmas gales assail the waning year,
And Michael’s scale is true, his blade is bright.
He strips dead leaves; and leaves the living clear
To flourish in the touch and reach of light.
Archangel bring your balance, help me turn
Upon this turning world with you and dance
In the Great Dance. Draw near, help me discern,
And trace the hidden grace in change and chance.
Angel of fire, Love’s fierce radiance,
Drive through the deep until the steep waves part,
Undo the dragon’s sinuous influence
And pierce the clotted darkness in my heart.
Unchain the child you find there, break the spell
And overthrow the tyrannies of Hell.
INTROIT. Benedicite Dominum. Ps. 103.
O PRAISE the Lord, ye Angels of his, ye that excel in strength: ye that fulfil his commandment, and hearken unto the voice of his words. Ps. ibid. Praise the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, praise his holy Name. V. Glory be.
O EVERLASTING God, who hast ordained and constituted the services of Angels and men in a wonderful order; Mercifully grant that, as thy holy Angels always do thee service in heaven, so, by thy appointment, they may succour and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
GRADUAL. Ps. 103. O praise the Lord, ye Angels of his, ye that excel in strength: ye that fulfil his commandment. V. O praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, praise his holy Name.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Holy Michael Archangel, defend us in the day of battle: that we perish not in the dreadful judgement. Alleluia.
OFFERTORY. Rev. 8, An Angel stood at the altar of the temple, having a golden censer in his hand, and there was given unto him much incense: and the smoke of the incense ascended up before God, alleluia.
COMMUNION. Song of the Three Children. O ye Angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: sing ye praises, and magnify him above all for ever.
St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB