January 2017 at St Michael’s

A Happy New Year to all our readers.

“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 pray for our Parish of St David’s & St Michael’s as we enter the Interregnum/Vacancy of 2017; a busy time for Church & Chapel Wardens, our Curate Fr Christopher and the rota of visiting priests at both churches.

Sunday 1st January 2017, Holy Name of Jesus, 10.45am. Mass in F by Sir William Harris. Carol: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, trad. arr. Willcocks. This is Fr Tom Honey’s final service at St Michael’s; we wish him well for his new ministry as Hospice Chaplain in Basingstoke.
N.B. No Evensong today, but please come to…

Tues 3rd Jan and each Tuesday. 6pm Plainsong Vespers & Silent Meditation. 7pm Choir Practice.
Wed 4th Jan and each Wednesday. 9.30am Prayer Book Matins, 10am Low Mass (Monthly Requiem).
Thurs 5th Jan and each Thursday. 6pm Plainsong Vespers & Silent Meditation.
Magi at the Manger
Friday 6th January, Epiphany, 7.30pm. Mass in F by Sumsion; O God who by the leading of a star, by Attwood. Please support this first weekday Feast of 2017. Celebrant & Preacher Fr Christopher Durrant.

Sunday 8th Jan, Baptism of Christ, 10.45am. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera (the eternal gifts of Christ), by Palestrina; Listen Sweet Dove, by Grayston Ives.

Sunday 15th Jan, Epiphany II, 10.45am Sung Mass. A little post-Christmas austerity with Kenneth Leighton’s Mass in D and John Tavener’s “The Lamb”. Celebrant & Preacher Ven David Gunn-Johnson.

Tuesday 17th January at 6pm. CBS Plainsong Mass. St Antony of Egypt, Hermit, Abbot (356). Celebrant Fr David Hastings.

18-25 January – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Sunday 22nd Jan, Epiphany III, 10.45am . Mass in C & F and Beati quorum via, both by Stanford. Preacher Rev M Diffey (URC).

Wednesday 25th Jan, Conversion of St Paul, Years’ Mind of Canon John Thurmer. 9.30am BCP Matins, 10am Low Mass.

Thursday 26th Jan, Parish Lunch Club at 12noon in Exeter College’s @34 Restaurant – please sign up in church.

Saturday 28th Jan, Men’s Breakfast at 9am at the Farmers’ Union – please sign up in church.

Sunday 29th Jan, Epiphany IV, 10.45am. Missa L’Hora Passa by Viadana; Ubi caritas, by Duruflé. Ven David Gunn-Johnson.
We complete the Nativity narrative with the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Candlemas, on Thursday 2nd February at 7.30pm. Mass in C by John Ireland; Nunc Dimittis by Gustav Holst. Celebrant & Preacher Fr Christopher.

Richard Barnes.