Feast Days & Special Services

The Usage of St Michael’s is a generic calendar of Feast Days, observed here; traditional forms of worship based on the Sarum Missal are used within the cycle of the Church’s seasons.

The Usage can be downloaded as a PDF here. This Usage follows ancient forms of services from the 11th Century until the English Reformation. This online resource was commissioned by the Heritage and Music Development Group for the Organ Project and originally compiled in 2011 by Canon John Thurmer.

The late Canon Thurmer was Canon Emeritus of Exeter Cathedral and also an Honorary Assistant Priest of the Parish of St David’s with St Michael & All Angels, Exeter.

Throughout the year, other Saints and Martyrs Days may be marked, e.g. St Theresa of Avila, or Sankta Lucia, either within a CBS Mass or at Vespers or by a special service or recital. Each year, the calendar of Feast Days and Special Services is updated and listed  further down this page.

A further PDF resource for download is currently being compiled to accompany the Usage document for Feast Days at St Michael’s, with examples of music for full choir, organ and occasionally string quartet.

Special Services

BAPTISM

BAPTISM

Holy Mass and Baptism at St Michael’s …

Order of Service for Baptism within the Mass

MARRIAGE

MARRIAGE

Couples at St Michael’s often choose a full Nuptial Mass for their Wedding service. Others choose a simpler marriage service or blessing.

See our Wedding pages for information about music, and other resources.

FUNERAL

FUNERAL

A Funeral at St Michael’s can vary from a Prayer Book or Common Worship Service to a full Requiem Mass with Incense and Asperges. The Choir of St Michael’s can provide singers as required.

Feast Days for 2022

January
Thursday 6th, 2022 7:00pm
EPIPHANY

The Magi arrive at the Crib

Sung Mass

Choral Evensong and Benediction

Liturgical colour: WHITE ~ a Feast of Our Lord

February
Wednesday 2nd, 2022 7:00pm
CANDLEMAS

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, celebrated 40 days after Christmas

Sung Mass with Candle Blessing and Procession
Choral Evensong and Benediction

Liturgical colour:  WHITE ~ a Feast of Our Lord

March
Wednesday 2nd, 2022 7:00pm
ASH WEDNESDAY

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent and takes places 46 days before Easter. This follows the PASCHAL full moon each year.

Sung Mass with Imposition of Ashes

Liturgical colour: PURPLE

March
Sunday 27th, 2022 11:00am
MOTHERING SUNDAY (Laetare Sunday)

Mothers are presented with posies of spring flowers, distributed during the service, followed by Simnel cake and refreshment.

Sung Mass.

Liturgical colour: ROSE RED

March
Friday 25th, 2022 11:00am
THE ANNUNCIATION of OUR LADY (Lady Day)

We celebrate the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the Mother of Jesus, the Jewish Messiah and Son of God, marking his incarnation.

Sung Mass

Liturgical colour: WHITE ~ a Feast of Our Lord

April
Sunday 3rd, 2022 11:00am
PASSION SUNDAY

5th Sunday in Lent Marked with the Veiling of Crosses and Statues

Sung Mass

Liturgical colour: PURPLE

HOLY WEEK 4th - 17th April 2022

In the Anglo-Catholic tradition, Holy Week is perhaps the most important Liturgical time of the year. At St Michael’s the pattern of the week marks the journey of Jesus entering into Jerusalem through to his suffering and passion on the Cross. The following days and services are observed:

Passion Sunday: Sung Mass

Tuesday: Vespers & Meditation, Passiontide Office

Spy Wednesday: Stations of the Cross and the Stabat Mater is Sung

Maundy Thursday: Vespers & Meditation, Maundy Thursday Office
Sung Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday: Sung Mass of the Pre-Sanctified and Adoration

Good Friday: Tenebrae, the Lamentations of Jeremiah are sung from the Gallery by candlelight

Holy Saturday: Sung Mass & Great Vigil, with the Lighting of the Pascal Candle and Blessing of the New Fire

Easter Sunday: Sung Mass

Liturgical Colour: PURPLE

Download PDF for more information

April
Sunday 10th, 2022 11:00am
PALM SUNDAY

Sung Mass with the Blessing & Procession of Palms and Sung Gospel of the Passion

Liturgical colour: PURPLE

April
Wednesday 13th, 2022 6:00pm
SPY WEDNESDAY

Spy Wednesday, Stations of the Cross with Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Liturgical colour: PURPLE


April
Thursday 14th, 2022 7:30pm
MAUNDY THURSDAY

Mass of the Lord’s Supper, with Foot Washing
At the end of this service the High Altar is stripped – followed by the Watch through the Night

Liturgical colour: PURPLE

Plainsong Tenebrae is sung during the Watch through the Night

April
Friday 15th, 2022 10:30am
GOOD FRIDAY

Good Friday Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross

Mass of the Pre-Sanctified and Adoration

Liturgical colour: BLACK

Good Friday Tenebrae, 8.00pm.  The nave is lit with candles which are gradually extinguished during the service of sung Psalms and prayers, meditating on the Passion and Death of Our Lord.

The Psalms and Responds of the Lamentations of Jeremiah are sung to plainsong, elaborated with polyphony by Orlando di Lassus (1532-1594)  and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)

April
Saturday 16th, 2022 8:00pm
HOLY SATURDAY

Easter Eve – Vigil and the First Mass of Easter with the Ceremony at the Font : the Blessing of the New Fire and Lighting of The Paschal Candle, Sung Exsultet, Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and First Mass of Easter. The service is followed by a party.

Liturgical colour: WHITE ~ a Feast of Our Lord

April
Sunday 17th, 2022 11:00am
EASTER DAY

Festal Mass and Blessing of the Easter Garden

Sung Mass for Easter Day

Liturgical colour: WHITE ~ a Feast of Our Lord

May
Saturday 7th, 2022 3:15pm
Evensong for the Company of Servers

A national event to celebrate the Company of Servers and host their AGM.

The Venn. David Gunn-Johnson presiding and assisted by Servers from St David’s, Exeter Cathedral and across Britain.

Liturgical colour: WHITE ~ a Feast of Our Lord

May
Sunday 22nd, 2022 11:00am
ROGATION SUNDAY

Rogation Procession, Sunday before Ascension

Sung Mass with procession around Mount Dinham, praying for God to bless our work and the fruits of the Earth in their seasons

Liturgical colour: WHITE ~ a Feast of Our Lord

May
Thursday 26th, 2022 7:30pm
ASCENSION DAY

Ascension Day is 40 days after Easter
Plainsong Matins is sung from the Gallery, followed by breakfast

Sung Mass

Liturgical colour: WHITE ~ a Feast of our Lord

June
Sunday 5th, 2022 11:00am
PENTECOST (Whitsunday)

50 days after Easter
Sung Mass

Liturgical Colour: RED

June
Sunday 12th, 2022 11:00am
TRINITY SUNDAY

A Feast dedicated to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, the essence of God expressing itself in three persons: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the spirit of God. It is one of the few Christian feasts that celebrates a doctrine, not an event. 

Sung Mass

Liturgical Colour: WHITE ~ a Feast of Our Lord

June
Thursday 16th, 2022 7:30pm
CORPUS CHRISTI

Sung Mass with procession of the Blessed Sacrament with “chuppah” (canopy) around Mount Dinham. A young server or member of the choir scatters fresh petals ahead of the procession from a small basket.
Held on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.

Liturgical Colour: WHITE ~ Feast of Our Lord

June
Sunday 12th, 2022 11:00am
MUSIC SUNDAY (RSCM)

Sung Mass with Viennese Mass Setting (sometimes accompanied by Strings in previous years).

Date chosen by Royal School of Church Music (RSCM)

Liturgical Colour: GREEN

RSCM Music Sunday “.. is a fabulous opportunity not only to celebrate the role of church music in worship and the dedication of all our church musicians, but also to reach out into the community and join with others“.

July
Sunday 10th, 2022 11:00am
SEA SUNDAY

The Second Sunday in July has been kept as Sea Sunday with Sermon and Prayers reflecting on the worldwide work of the Mission to Seafarers.

Sung Mass

Liturgical Colour: GREEN

August
Monday 15th, 2022 7:30am
ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Sung Mass

Liturgical Colour: WHITE ~ Feast of Our Lord

September
Thursday 29th, 2022 7:30pm
MICHAELMASS

Procession, Sung Mass and Party for our Patronal Festival.

Liturgical Colour: GOLD

October
Sunday 2nd, 2022 11:00am
DEDICATION SUNDAY (after Michaelmas)

The Sunday after our Patronal Festival.

Sung Mass

Liturgical Colour: RED

October
Sunday 2nd, 2022 11:00am
HARVEST SUNDAY

Sung Mass, Harvest Thanksgiving with shared Harvest Loaf, also Bountiful Table of Baking, Produce & Preserves.

Liturgical Colour: GREEN

November
Tuesday 1st, 2022 7:30pm
ALL SAINTS DAY

Sung Mass of All Saints

Liturgical colour: WHITE ~ a Feast of Our Lord

November
Wednesday 2nd, 2022 7:30pm
ALL SOULS DAY

Sung Requiem Mass

Liturgical Colour: BLACK

November
Sunday 13th, 2022 11:00am
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Sung Mass

Act of Remembrance is observed at 11am, or at the end of the service.

Liturgical Colour: BLACK

November
Sunday 20th, 2022 11:00am
CHRIST THE KING

Sung Mass

Liturgical Colour: RED

Also traditionally known as Stir-up Sunday, from the Prayer Book Collect and the making of Christmas puddings, the last Sunday before Advent is a celebration of Christ the King, Jesus as the just ruler over all the Universe.

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ADVENT 27th Nov - 24th Dec 2022

Advent is a season of the liturgical year observed in most Christian denominations as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at Christmas and the return of Christ at the Second Coming.

At St Michael’s the Advent wreath is decked with 5 candles, 4 around the edge and 1 in the centre. The first candle is lit on the first Sunday in Advent, then two are lit on the second Sunday and so on, until all four and the fifth are lit together on Christmas Day.

Liturgical colour: PURPLE

November
Sunday 27th, 2022 11:00am
ADVENT SUNDAY

Sung Mass with Litany by Cranmer (1544)

The Litany published in 1544 is the earliest officially authorized vernacular service in English.  The 1st candle of the Advent wreath is lit.

Advent Sunday is the Sunday nearest to 30 November and the start of the Christian Year.

Liturgical colour: PURPLE

December
Sunday 4th, 2022 6:00pm
ADVENT PROCESSION

The Advent Procession uses Prayers, Readings, Hymns and Advent Carols illuminating the Great O Antiphons, which comprise the Advent Hymn “O come, O come Emmanuel” and concludes with the Magnificat (and in former years the service of Benediction).

This usually takes place on the 2nd Sunday of Advent to allow for Exeter Cathedral’s Advent Service on the 1st Sunday.

Liturgical colour: PURPLE

December
Sunday 11th, 2022 11:00am
GAUDETE SUNDAY

The 3rd Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday, from the Introit words “Rejoice in the Lord alway”; the Rose Candle of the Advent wreath is lit.

Sung Mass

Liturgical colour: ROSE RED

December
Tuesday 13th, 2022 7:30pm
SANKTA LUCIA

Sankta Lucia Services are held at a growing number of locations throughout the UK, though the origins of the festival lie in Scandinavia. St Lucy was a fourth century Christian martyr and her feast day is December 13th; she is associated with bringing light into the winter darkness. The traditional events follow the Swedish pattern of a candle-lit procession in church  with special carols and readings, led by a girl representing the Saint wearing white robes with a crown of blazing candles.

Liturgical colour: WHITE

December
Saturday 24th, 2022 11:00pm
MIDNIGHT MASS

Sung Mass and Blessing of the Crib, by candlelight, preceded by Carols from the West Gallery

Liturgical colour: WHITE/GOLD

December
Sunday 25th, 2022 11:00am
CHRISTMAS DAY

Sung Mass with Prayers at the Crib

Liturgical colour:  WHITE/GOLD