March 2017 at St Michael’s

Please pray for St Michael’s and support your church with your time, talents and giving. Lent starts on 1st March, St David’s Day. Our Liturgy and the music that supports it is simple & subdued this month. There’s a multiple celebration on Sun 26 March as the clocks go forward for BST, it’s Mothering Sunday, the Feast of the Annunciation transferred from 25th and Laetare – Rose Vestments or White, that is the question.

Wed 1 March, Ash Wednesday. Services Morning & Evening.
9.30am Matins, 10am Said Low Mass with Ashes. Fr Christopher.
7.30pm Solemn Sung Mass with Imposition of Ashes. Mass in the Dorian Mode – Tallis; Remember not Lord our offences – Purcell. Preacher Ven David Gunn-Johnson.
Ash selfie
Sun 5 Mar, Lent I. 10.45am Sung Mass. Cranmer’s Litany of 1544 in Procession. Missa de Angelis; Purge me, O Lord – Purcell. Fr C.

Sun 5 Mar at 6pm, Choral Evensong & Benediction. Byrd Responses. Ps 50 vv 1-15. Short Service – Weelkes. Wash me throughly from my wickedness – SSWesley. Fr C.

Tue 7 Mar at 6pm, CBS Plainsong Mass, Saints Perpetua & Felicity, Martyrs at Carthage (203). Fr David Hastings.

Each Wednesday in Lent, 8,15,22,29 Mar & 5 Apr there is both Stations of the Cross at 6pm with a prayerful 40min walk around St Michael’s Church led by a different person each week, and the Lent Reading Group at 7pm for an hour or so exploring the life and thoughts of St Augustine through his famous autobiography, the Confessions, led by Oliver Nicholson.
Sun 12 Mar, Lent II 10.45am Sung Mass. Sarum Plainsong. God so loved the world – Goss. Ven David Gunn-Johnson. Fr Christopher and Preb Alastair Wheeler will be in church afterwards to talk about a Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in April 2018.

Fri 17 Mar at 7.30pm, Exeter College Choral Society Concert – Poulenc Gloria and Mozart Solemn Vespers. Admission £10 adults, £5 students.
Sun 19 Mar, Lent III 10.45am Sung Mass. Merbecke. Sicut Cervus – Palestrina. Fr C.
Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum, ita desiderat anima mea ad te, Deus. Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks: so longeth my soul after thee, O God.

Sun 26 Mar, Lent IV, 10.45am. N.B. start of BST. Laetare, Mothering Sunday and Annunciation (transferred). Missa Aeterna Christi Munera – Palestrina. The Lord bless you & keep you – Rutter. Fr C.
Icon of Our Lady
Sun 2 Apr, Lent V, Passion Sunday, Crosses & Statues are veiled, 10.45am Sung Mass. Dorian mode – Tallis. Song of Christ’s Glory – Grayston Ives. Ven David Gunn-Johnson.