May 2017 at St Michael’s

With Easter having been so late, May 2017 sees only Rogation Sunday and Ascension Day among the movable feasts. Regular weekday services continue with Tuesday & Thursday Vespers at 6pm, and Wednesday Matins & Low Mass at 9.30/10am.

Our nest box camera is online on the Peregrine page, and we hope that the 4 eggs laid in the last week of March will hatch during the first few days of May. Donations always welcome.

Ascension Day, Thursday 25th May, marks the start of a time of evangelistic prayer “#ThyKingdom_Come” called for by our Archbishops. In Devon this culminates in a Diocesan event at Exeter Cathedral starting at 6.30pm on Pentecost Sunday, 4th June.

Thurs 4th May at 12 noon, you may wish to join the Parish Lunch Club at Exeter College’s @34 Restaurant on the Hele Road site.

Sun 7 May, Easter 4. 10.45am Sung Mass. Service in F by Harris. Psalm 23 by Schubert.

Sun 7 May, 6pm First Sunday Choral Evensong & Benediction. Responses: Sumsion. Psalm 29 vv 1-10. Office Hymn: 103. Canticles: Stanford in C. Anthem: Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem – a thrilling composition by C V Stanford. O salutaris: Rossini. Tantum Ergo: Fauré.

Sat 13 May – Exeter Pride. We welcome any who want to show solidarity with Exeter’s LGBTQ+ communities to join us for Sung Matins at 10am at St Michael’s. There is a music practice at 9am for singers, and brunch will be served afterwards. Or join the Christian group in the Pride Parade from the St Sidwell’s Centre at 12noon.
Sun 14 May, Easter 5. 10.45am Sung Mass. Setting: Darke in F. O taste and see, by Vaughan Williams. This is also the start of Christian Aid Week.

Thurs 18 May at St Boniface Church Whipton at 7.30pm. Concert by Exeter Police & Community Choir. Tickets £6 on the door.

Sat 20 May at 7.30 pm, Exevox Chamber Choir Concert of a cappella music entitled ‘Northern Lights’. Tickets £10 on the door.
Rogation Sunday, 21 May, 10.45am Sung Mass and Procession around Mount Dinham. Missa Brevis by Lotti. If ye love me, by Tallis.

Tues 23 May at 6pm – Rogation Day and CBS Plainsong Mass for May.

Thurs 25 May, 40 days after Easter, we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ into Heaven.
Ascension Day Plainsong Matins is sung at 7.30am from the West Gallery, followed by breakfast.
Ascension Matins
Thurs 25 May at 7.30pm, Sung Mass for Ascension Day. Little Organ Mass by Haydn. O clap your hands, by Gibbons. This is a joint Parish service – All welcome.

Sat 27 May, 9am at the Farmers’ Union for the monthly Men’s Breakfast jointly with St David’s.

Sun 28 May, Easter 7. 10.45am. Sung Mass. Setting: Sumsion in F. O God the king of glory, by Purcell.
Our Archbishops are asking all Christians to pray especially this week for better Witness and Evangelism to our secular society. St Michael’s offers welcome to all – a traditional Church for today!

Thurs 1 June at 7.45pm. The Canon John Thurmer Memorial Lecture, given by Dr Bruce Coleman of Exeter University History Dept on “The Oxford Movement in Church and Society”.

Sun 4 June, Whitsunday/Pentecost, 10.45am Sung Mass, and 6pm Choral Evensong & Benediction.
Also Sun 4 June, from 6.30pm in Exeter Cathedral, “Thy Kingdom Come”, a diocesan service in response to the Archbishops’ call to prayer, led by Bishop Sarah.

Richard Barnes.