oly Week: a guide. Thoughts, Prayers, Resources

Holy Week: a guide.

Holy Week began yesterday with Palm Sunday.  The three days that follow lead to Maundy Thursday. The Gospel accounts are not always clear or in agreement about the events which occurred on these days. For the sake of uniformity therefore, the gospel readings follow St John’s Gospel.  

The reading for Holy Monday describes the anointing of Jesus at Bethany. On Holy Tuesday, Jesus predicts of his own death. On Holy Wednesday, Jesus predicts the betrayal by Judas to the Sanhedrin.

The Collect for Holy Week

True and humble king,

hailed by the crowd as Messiah:

grant us the faith to know you and love you,

that we may be found beside you

on the way of the cross,

which is the path of glory

Monday 6th April

Monday of Holy Week

 Reading: John 12:1-11

Tuesday 7th April

Tuesday of Holy Week

Reading: John 12:20-36

Wednesday 8th April

Wednesday of Holy Week

Reading: John 13: 21-32

Thursday 9th April

Maundy Thursday

Text of Service to be supplied

Friday 9th April

Good Friday

Text of service to be supplied

A prayer for Holy Week

Ah my dear Lord, the church is locked
but let my heart be open to your presence;
there let us make, you and I,
your Easter garden;
plant it with flowers,
and let the heavy stone be rolled away.

Amen

St Mary’s Bulletin for Holy Week and Palm Sunday

St Mary's Aberfoyle
St Mary’s Aberfoyle- Built 1893

Bulletin for Holy Week

Richard writes….

Thank you to those who have continued to be in contact by phone and email during the week. Please continue to do so, even if just for a chat. I am not self-isolated and remain of course anxious to help anyone during these difficult days. My thought and prayer for you all.

The Scottish Episcopal Church will continue this Sunday to broadcast video coverage of its Eucharistic service via its website, social media channels and YouTube channel.  The web page for the broadcast is located at www.scotland.anglican.org/broadcast-sunday-worship The website will also contain a downloadable video and audio format of the service.

It seems unthinkable that Holy Week this year will need to be observed in solitude. Even in the darkest days of the last Great War churches remained open. We will though do our best to make the coming week as meaningful as possible with a Linkage Service being available via the Bulletin both for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Through participation in the whole sequence of services, the Christian shares in Christ’s own journey, from the triumphal entry into Jerusalem today to the empty tomb on Easter morning.

The week starts today with the procession with palms. In normal circumstances, Palm Crosses would be distributed in church services today. They will be as soon as circumstances allow.  For the purposes of today’s service, would you please imagine a palm cross in your hand?  Better still, you may have retained a cross from a previous occasion.

The Palm Sunday Service

Introduction and Collect

Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

During Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the Church throughout the world. Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us go with him in faith and love, so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.

God our Saviour,

whose Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer

and to die;

let these palms be for us signs of his victory

and grant that we who bear them in his name

may ever hail him as our King,

and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

All   Amen.

The Gospel

Matthew 21.1-11

When Jesus and his disciples had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.’ This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

‘Tell the daughter of Zion,

Look, your king is coming to you,

humble, and mounted on a donkey,

   and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

‘Hosanna to the Son of David!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking,

‘Who is this?’ The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from

Nazareth in Galilee.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

The Nicene Creed.

I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God; Begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man: And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered was buried: And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father: And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the Prophets: And I believe one Catholic and Apostolic Church: I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins: And I look for the Resurrection of the dead: And the Life of the world to come. Amen.

The Sermon

I was honoured last year to be asked to conduct a baptism, in, of all places, the Chapel of the House of Commons in London. A parking space was arranged, and the day went well. That is, until I started out upon my homeward journey. In Parliament Square a Gay Pride demonstration was in full swing. For an hour the traffic was gridlocked. Nothing moved, save for thousands waving flags and banners. I have never seen so many excited people gathered together in one place.  Perhaps the day was like the gathering in Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday.

How did so many in London know where and when to meet? The answer is obvious: social media.

So how did so many know where and when Christ would enter Jerusalem? The answer is of course different, but obvious: it could only have been by word of mouth. St John’s Gospel records that Christ had already turned water to wine, fed five thousand hungry people and healed the incurable. More miraculously still, he had raised Lazarus from death at Bethany. Although Jesus wouldn’t have wished it, he had achieved celebrity status; everyone wanted to glimpse him. Others had still higher hopes of him as a political leader. Jerusalem had been subdued under the rule of the Roman Empire for at least a century. Could it be that Christ, who had referred to himself as King of the Jews, was now coming to Jerusalem to overthrow the empire and lead the nation to renewed glory? Certainly, that was the hope of many belonging to a nationalist group called the Zealots.     

Once upon a time, the people of an ancient Spanish village learned that their king was to pay the village a state visit for the first time within living memory. At a village meeting it was agreed that the occasion should be marked, but how? Then someone suggested this idea. Since many of the villagers made their own wines, the plan was for everyone to contribute a cup of their choice wine. Each contribution was to be poured into a large vat through a funnel at its top and placed in the market square. “When the king arrives and draws wine from the vat, it will be the very best he’s ever tasted!” promised the mayor.

The day before the king’s arrival, hundreds of people lined up to pour in their offering to the honored guest until the vat was full. The next day the King arrived. He was escorted to the square, given a silver cup and invited to take a drink from the vat.

The king placed his cup under the vat’s tap and drank. He was surprised to taste nothing more than water.  You see, every villager had reasoned after the meeting, “I’ll withhold my best wine and give water instead. With so many cups of wine in the vat, the king will never know the difference” The problem was that everyone thought likewise. Nobody gave wine, but only water. The king was thus greatly dishonored.

On the first Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem to great acclaim. Bystanders waved Palm leaves in his honour. They quickly realised though that a man riding a donkey rather than a charger was not a king. A man followed by a rabble of disciples rather than menacing men of war was never going to be of use to them. They therefore deserted Christ the Son of God at the roadside leaving him alone to face death. A few days later at the trial they saw a beaten and disfigured Jesus. They too dishonored their king. He was like the King whose subjects promised wine, but only gave water  

Will in the days to come, our king the Son of God draw water or the best wine from our lives. Will he be honored or dishonored?  

The Prayers

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Amen.

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

For those who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Confession

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against Thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly Thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings: The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please Thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of Thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Absolution

The Almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon and absolution of all my sins. Amen.

The Comfortable Words, Preface. and Sanctus.

Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all who truly turn to Him.
Come unto Me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matt. xi. 28.
So God loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16.

Hear also what Saint Paul saith.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15.

Hear also what Saint John saith.
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous; and He is the Propitiation for our sins. 1 St. John ii. 1, 2.

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify Thy glorious Name; evermore praising Thee, and saying,
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God of hosts, Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory: Glory be to Thee, O Lord Most High. Amen.

A personal Communion

In union, O Lord with the faithful, I desire to offer Thee praise and thanksgiving. I present to Thee my soul and body with the earnest wish that I may always be united to Thee. And since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, I beseech Thee to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to Thee, and embrace Thee with all the affections of my soul. Let nothing ever separate Thee from me. May I live and die in Thy love. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

The Conclusion:

O Lord Jesus Christ,

Son of the living God,

set your passion, cross and death

between your judgement and our souls,

now and in the hour of our death.

Grant mercy and grace to the living,

rest to the departed,

to your Church peace and concord

and to us sinners forgiveness,

and everlasting life and glory;

for, with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

you are alive and reign,

God, now and for ever.

Amen.

St Mary's Aberfoyle

Service for Sunday 29th March 2020 – Passion Sunday

The Bulletin for Passion Sunday

29th March 2020

Notices

Thank you to those who have been in contact by phone and email during the week. Please continue to do so, even if just for a chat. I remain of course anxious to help anyone during these difficult days. My thought and prayer for you all.

The extended virus regulations issued earlier this week now prohibit anyone save the incumbent entering his or her place of worship.

The Scottish Episcopal Church will this Sunday broadcasting video coverage of its Eucharistic service via its website, social media channels and YouTube channel.  The web page for the broadcast is located at www.scotland.anglican.org/broadcast-sunday-worship The website will also contain a downloadable video and audio format of the service.

For those who prefer devotion in another form, the following is a complete service for Passion Sunday

SERVICE FOR TODAY

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.

The Collect for the day

Most merciful God,

who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ

delivered and saved the world:

grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross

we may triumph in the power of his victory;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

The Gospel.

John 11.1-45

11 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.

8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?

9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.

13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:

19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.

29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.

30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.

31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.

32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.

34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.

The Nicene Creed.

I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God; Begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man: And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered was buried: And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father: And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the Prophets: And I believe one Catholic and Apostolic Church: I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins: And I look for the Resurrection of the dead: And the Life of the world to come. Amen.

The sermon

Today, Passion Sunday marks the beginning in the Christian calendar of a two-week period in the Christian calendar during which the sequence of events leading to the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday are recalled.

Passion is a richly suggestive word. In its human context, it describes a state of deep emotional feeling and attachment. In the context of the divine, it conveys the most powerful longing by Almighty God to redeem humanity by allowing his only son to suffer death for the sake of the world.

Exhibiting passion requires self-giving, that in turn may necessitate personal suffering. Christ’s sufferings in the cause of passionate love for the world are well documented in the Gospels. During his anguished visit to the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ confessed to his disciples that his soul was overwhelmed with sorrow. As he prayed, sweat like drops of blood fell to the ground. The next day, Good Friday, his accusers spat on him and mocked him. They struck his head repeatedly before attaching him to a cross with nails. Later, Christ called from the cross in words of deepest distress., “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  That Christ willing suffered this and much besides explains the divine context of passion, a holy outpouring of love demonstrated by the crucified Christ.

 However, before showing this love for the world, Christ was to outpour his love for one particular family.  Mary, Martha and Lazarus who lived at Bethany were amongst Jesus’ closest friends. Lazarus became ill to the point of death and, in desperation, Mary and Martha sent for Christ, pleading with him to come immediately and heal their brother.

But Christ didn’t respond as the sisters had wished. Rather he postponed the journey for nearly three days. By that time, Lazarus had died. The explanation for the delay will in time became apparent. Martha and Mary though were unaware of the cause and consequently made no effort to hide their disappointment. “Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.”

At Christ’s bidding, the sisters took him to Lazarus’s tomb and Jesus shook with emotion from the depth of his soul in his concern for the grieving sisters. Christ then was able to show more than mere sympathy for Martha and Mary’ plight.

St John carefully notes in his gospel account no less than seven occasions when Christ exhibited the miraculous. He turned water into wine and cured the hunger of five thousand people with five loaves and two fish. He healed a paralytic at Bethsaida, a royal official’s son at Capernaum, and gave sight to a blind man. He walked over the Sea of Galilee to rescue the disciples from a storm. These account for six miraculous acts. Now Jesus would perform his last and greatest miracle in the presence of Martha and Mary at their brother’s tomb.  

Upon their arrival, Jesus asked that the entrance stone be removed.  Martha though demurred.  “Lord, he has been dead four days.” The stone was nevertheless rolled away. Jesus prayed and then called out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”.  He appeared; his body was still wrapped in burial cloths.  Jesus said, “Free him, and let him go.” The previous six miraculous acts had given Jesus an opportunity to demonstrate the power of God in varying ways. Now in this the seventh at Lazarus’s tomb Jesus proved the power of God to raise the dead to new life.

The reason for Christ’s delay in answering the sister’s plea for help now becomes apparent. The performance of this last and greatest miracle could only be possible after Lazarus had died.   

No act of compassion can be made without cost. According to St John, those who witnessed the miracle went back and told the temple leaders what happened.  John then wrote:

“The chief priests and the Pharisees gathered
and from that day forward they took counsel
that they might put him to death.”

Through this outpouring of compassion for Martha and Mary, Christ had thereby sealed his own fate. And of no less importance, the miracle foreshadowed Christ’s own rising from a tomb.

Amen  

The Prayers

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Amen.

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

For those who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Confession

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against Thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly Thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, And are heartily sorry for these our misdoings: The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please Thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of Thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Absolution

The Almighty and merciful Lord, grant me pardon and absolution of all my sins. Amen.

The Comfortable Words, Preface. and Sanctus.

Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all who truly turn to Him.
Come unto Me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matt. xi. 28.
So God loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16.

Hear also what Saint Paul saith.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15.

Hear also what Saint John saith.
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous; and He is the Propitiation for our sins. 1 St. John ii. 1, 2.

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify Thy glorious Name; evermore praising Thee, and saying,
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God of hosts, Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory: Glory be to Thee, O Lord Most High. Amen.

In union, O Lord with the faithful, I desire to offer Thee praise and thanksgiving. I present to Thee my soul and body with the earnest wish that may always be united to Thee. And since I can not now receive Thee sacramentally, I beseech Thee to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to Thee, and embrace Thee with all the affections of my soul. Let nothing ever separate Thee from me. May I live and die in Thy love. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

The Grace

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with me always. Amen.

Coronavirus On line and Broadcast Services

Coronavirus – Updated information – On line and Broadcast Services

From the Episcopal Church in Scotland
As part of the ongoing response to the Coronavirus pandemic the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) will this Sunday (22 March) begin broadcasting video coverage of Eucharistic services via its website, social media channels and YouTube channel.  The web page for the broadcast is located at www.scotland.anglican.org/broadcast-sunday-worship

The first service, led by the Most Rev Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, will be broadcast at 11am on Sunday, to coincide with when many people would normally be worshipping, if church services had not been suspended earlier this week. 

The website will also contain a downloadable video and audio format of the service. A new service will be broadcast every Sunday on the SEC website, to allow all congregations to worship. We are aware that some congregations will offer their own version of online worship, but others will not have the means or resource to attempt this, hence this province-wide broadcast.

In advance of the broadcast of each provincial service, the Liturgy will be available to download from the SEC website.  We are conscious of the need to offer as much assistance as possible to those who have no access to the internet, and we encourage people to distribute the video/audio recordings and the Liturgy widely within their own personal networks. In households with no internet or playback capacity, people who can be helped by others through the provision of printed materials will have the opportunity to read the words of the Liturgy to themselves close to the appointed time, praising God along with others in the Church.

“Prayer is an important part of the tradition and spiritual life of the people of God,” said Bishop Mark. “In hard times and good times, quietly being before God with the people we love in our hearts encircles us all in God’s everlasting love and the promise of hope and salvation.”

The service will be available online after its first broadcast, followed by a new one each week, the next at 11am on Sunday 29 March.

Broadacast services – Anglican Church
Subject to outside broadcast capacity and our partners, the BBC will aim to broadcast a weekly Sunday morning church service on BBC One, and on local radi stattions

From Mark Seymour
Secretary to St Mary’s Vestry

22nd March 2020

Coronavirus – Updated information – Church services

Coronavirus – Updated information

Coronavirus Guidelines have been issued today by the College of Bishops. They are available in full at www.scotland.anglican.org/coronavirus-updates

 By way of summary, the Guidelines make the following changes to the Linkage
 

public worship is suspended from today in our churches.

•  Should they occur, funerals will have to be taken at the graveside or crematorium, without family presence. These can be followed by a memorial service when the situation permits.

• weddings may have to be celebrated in private or postponed until the situation changes.

• face to face meetings of Vestries and other groups and events are suspended.

The Scottish Episcopal Church will be providing online Eucharistic Sunday worship via the SEC website from this Sunday onwards.

I am anxious that everyone feels that the Linkage continues to function, albeit in a different way. Amanda Smith at St Andrews has already graciously offered practical help to anyone in need, and the same offer is extended by me. Please contact me as and when required and I will do my best to assist, whatever the difficulty

I will of course share further information as and when it is received. In the meantime, my thoughts and prayers for each of you.


It is quite possible, of course, that the suspension of Services might last as long as Easter and beyond.  We will let you know if this becomes the case.

Richard Grosse
Rector
18 th March 2020

Notices for the week beginning 16th March 2020

Coronavirus

Linkage Policy

1.      The sharing of the Peace at St Mary’s will only be shared verbally.    Thereafter, any other salutation will be at the attendee’s discretion.

2.     Communion. The administration of Communion will continue, but the precise form of receiving will be at the discretion of the communicant.  

The options are:

 

  1. To decline communion and remain in the pew during administration.
  2. To receive ‘a non-contact’ priest’s blessing instead of Communion. A service book held in the hand will indicate this choice.
  3. To receive communion in the form of the wafer only. Communion received in both kinds, being the bread and the wine has always been an important part of Anglican practice.  In the present circumstances, there may be concern that receiving bread alone is somehow disrespectful or lacking in some regard. Church teaching is that as Christ is indivisible, he can still be received in all fullness by the bread alone.  
  4. All decisions taken will be respected. Please be assured that strict hygiene continues to be observed by those preparing elements both before and after the service.

 Easter Lily Fund

The Lily fund in both churches is now open

Rotas

Callander

Luna, Roger or Sandra.

Aberfoyle

Juliet Edmonstone

David Miller

Wednesday 18th March

10.00 Callander

Matt. 5. 17-19

Sunday 22nd March

Lent 4

Mothering Sunday

Collect

Merciful Lord,

absolve your people from their offences,

that through your bountiful goodness

we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins

which by our frailty we have committed;

grant this, heavenly Father,

for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

1. Sam. 16.1-13

Eph. 5.8-14

John 9.1-41

11.15 Aberfoyle

1. Sam. 16.1-13

Eph. 5.8-14

John 9.1-41

Wednesday 25th March

10.00 Callander

Luke 1.26-38

Future Notices:

Saturday 28th March

11.00 – 13.00 St Ninians Cathedral Perth

Our Digital Church

This course is with the Digital Missioner of Glasgow and Galloway Diocese with the aim of improving the skills of those who look after the online presence of their churches. A step by step guide of best practices will be followed by a question and answer session. Booking via the Diocesan Office (01738 443173) please.

Holy Week and Easter Services

Monday 6th April

19.30 Devotion at Callander Kirk

Tuesday 7th April

19.30 Devotion at Callander Kirk

Wednesday 8th April

19.30 Devotion at Callander Kirk

Maundy Thursday 9th April

11.00 Chrism Mass at Perth Cathedral

19.30 at St Andrews Devotion ‘In Remembrance’

Good Friday 10th April

10.30 Devotion at St Mary’s

12.00 Devotion at St Andrews

Easter Day 12th April 

Holy Communion

8.00 St Anthony Balfron

10.00 St Andrew’s

11.15 St Mary’s

Saturday 13th June

St Mary’s Summer Fair 12 noon to 16.00

The annual Summer Fair takes place in the Information Office, Main Street, Aberfoyle. Please suggest to anyone you think might be interested in taking a table. Further details from Susan Forsyth.

 Our campaign to assist Start Up Stirling is ongoing to allow contributions of the following items to be delivered to the tray in church on any Sunday. Thank you to all who contribute.

Tinned meat/fish/veg/beans, soup/fruit

Dried foods

Ready meals

Cooking sauces

Breakfast cereals

UHT milk

Tea/coffee/sugar

Snacks

Toiletries

Cleaning products

Household goods – good quality crockery, cutlery, towels, pots and pans.

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.

Notices for the week beginning 9th March 2020

Coronavirus

A great deal of general information is already circulating to minimise risk of illness.

The Scottish Episcopal Church is following guidelines issued by the Church of England relating to Sunday and other services. The following summarises this advice insomuch as it relates to The Linkage.

1.      The sharing of the Peace at St Mary’s will only be shared verbally.    Thereafter, any other salutation will be at the attendee’s discretion.

2.      Communion. The administration of Communion will continue, but the precise form of receiving will be at the discretion of the communicant.

  The options are:
 

  1. To decline communion and remain in the pew during administration.
  2. To receive ‘a non-contact’ priest’s blessing instead of Communion. A service book held in the hand will indicate this choice.
  3. To receive communion in the form of the wafer only and then depart before being offered the cup.
  4. To receive communion in both kinds as normal. Intinction, which is the practice of partly dipping the consecrated bread into the consecrated wine before consumption by the communicant is strongly dissuaded. The practice has been identified as a high-risk potential cause of infection.  
  5. 3.      General.

All decisions taken will be respected by Richard. Please be assured that strict hygiene continue to be observed by those preparing elements both before and after the service.

 Easter Lily Fund

The Lily fund in both churches is now open

St Mary’s Business Forum

The next meeting of the St. Mary’s Business forum will take place at 7 o’clock on Tuesday 10 March. The topic will be “What is my website for?”. There will be a presentation by Simon Ward of LDMA. Simon is building Aberfoyle’s website and this will be an opportunity to ask him how it will interact with your own website. As before there will be refreshments provided, and a donation of £2 will be requested to cover costs.

St Mary’s Third Sunday at Three Concert series

The next in the series will take place at 15.00 on Sunday 15th March. Coro Vincenzo will be performing works including Faure’s Requiem


Rotas

Callander

Luna, Roger or Sandra.

Aberfoyle

Robin and John Willis

Tuesday 10th March

17.00 Fellowship Group -Croftamie

Wednesday 11th March

10.00 Callander

Matt. 20.17-28

Sunday 15th March

Lent 3

The Feast of St Joseph of Nazareth

Collect

God our Father,

who from the family of your servant David

raised up Joseph the carpenter

to be the guardian of your incarnate Son

and husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

give us grace to follow him

in faithful obedience to your commands;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Services & Readings

08.00 Balfron

Matthew 1.18-end

10.00 Callander

Exodus 17.1-7

Rom. 5.1-11

Matthew 1.18-end

11.15 Aberfoyle

Exodus 17.1-7

Rom. 5.1-11

Matthew 1.18-end

Wednesday 18th March

10.00 Callander

Matt. 5.17-19

Future Notices:

Saturday 28th March

11.00 – 13.00 St Ninians Cathedral Perth

Our Digital Church

This course is with the Digital Missioner of Glasgow and Galloway Diocese with the aim of improving the skills of those who look after the online presence of their churches. A step by step guide of best practices will be followed by a question and answer session. Booking via the Diocesan Office (01738 443173) please.

Holy Week and Easter Services

A diary of these services will be published in due course.

Saturday 13th June

St Mary’s Summer Fair 12 noon to 16.00

The annual Summer Fair takes place in the Information Office, Main Street, Aberfoyle. Please suggest to anyone you think might be interested in taking a table. Further details from Susan Forsyth.

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ADDENDUM BY SECRETARY TO ST MARY’S VESTRY

At the Diocesan Synod on Saturday last, our Rector was elected as a Canon, Emeritus.

I am sure that you will agree that this reflects both the respect and love due to Richard throughout the Diocese. Our congratulations.

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 Our campaign to assist Start Up Stirling is ongoing to allow contributions of the following items to be delivered to the tray in church on any Sunday. Thank you to all who contribute.

Tinned meat/fish/veg/beans, soup/fruit

Dried foods

Ready meals

Cooking sauces

Breakfast cereals

UHT milk

Tea/coffee/sugar

Snacks

Toiletries

Cleaning products

Household goods – good quality crockery, cutlery, towels, pots and pans.

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.

News about Coronavirus from St Mary’s

Coronavirus

A great deal of general information is already circulating to minimise risk of
illness.
The Scottish Episcopal Church is following guidelines issued by the Church of
England relating to Sunday and other services. The following summarises this
advice insomuch as it relates to The Linkage.

  1. The sharing of the Peace at St Mary’s will only be shared verbally.
    Thereafter, any other salutation will be at the attendee’s discretion.
  2. Communion. The administration of Communion will continue, but the
    precise form of receiving will be at the discretion of the communicant.
    The options are:
    a. To decline communion and remain in the pew during administration.
    b. To receive ‘a non-contact’ priest’s blessing instead of Communion. A
    service book held in the hand will indicate this choice.
    c. To receive communion in the form of the wafer only and then depart
    before being offered the cup.
    d. To receive communion in both kinds as normal. Intinction, which is
    the practice of partly dipping the consecrated bread into the
    consecrated wine before consumption by the communicant is
    strongly dissuaded. The practice has been identified as a high-
    risk potential cause of infection.
  3. General.
    All decisions taken will be respected by Richard. Please be assured that strict
    hygiene continue to be observed by those preparing elements both before and
    after the service.
    Richard Grosse
    Rector
    5 th March 2020

Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 2nd March 2020

Notices for the week beginning 2nd March 2020

World Day of Prayer

This will take place at 14.00 on Friday 6th March at St Andrews. Further details from Sandra Connell

 Easter Lily Fund

The Lily fund in both churches is now open

St Mary’s Business Forum

The next meeting of the St. Mary’s Business forum will take place at 7 o’clock on Tuesday 10 March. The topic will be “What is my website for?”. There will be a presentation by Simon Ward of LDMA. Simon is building Aberfoyle’s website and this will be an opportunity to ask him how it will interact with your own website. As before there will be refreshments provided, and a donation of £2 will be requested to cover costs.

St Mary’s Third Sunday at Three Concert series

The next in the series will take place at 15.00 on Sunday 15th March. Coro Vincenzo will be performing works including Faure’s Requiem

Rotas

Callander

Luna, Roger or Sandra.

Aberfoyle

Jamie Parker

Melanie Grosse 

Wednesday 4thMarch

10.00 Callander

Luke 11.29-32

11.30 Killearn

Luke 11.29-32

Friday 6th March

14.00 St Andrews

World Day of Prayer (see above)

Saturday 7th March

10.00 at St Ninians Cathedral

Diocesan Synod

Sunday 8th March

Lent 2

Collect

Almighty God,

you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,

that they may return to the way of righteousness:

grant to all those who are admitted

into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,

that they may reject those things

that are contrary to their profession,

and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;

through our Lord Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander 

Gen. 12.1-4a

Rom. 4.1-5,13-17

John 3. 1-17

11.15 Aberfoyle

Gen. 12.1-4a

Rom. 4.1-5,13-17

John 3. 1-17

Tuesday 10th March

17.00 Fellowship Group – Croftamie

Wednesday 11th March

10.00 Callander

Matt. 20.17-28

Future Notices:

Saturday 28th March

11.00 – 13.00 St Ninians Cathedral Perth

Our Digital Church

This course is with the Digital Missioner of Glasgow and Galloway Diocese with the aim of improving the skills of those who look after the online presence of their churches. A step by step guide of best practices will be followed by a question and answer session. Booking via the Diocesan Office (01738 443173) please.

Holy Week and Easter Services

A diary of these services will be published in due course.

Saturday 13th June

St Mary’s Summer Fair 12 noon to 16.00

The annual Summer Fair takes place in the Information Office, Main Street, Aberfoyle. Please suggest to anyone you think might be interested in taking a table. Further details from Susan Forsyth.

 Our campaign to assist Start Up Stirling is ongoing to allow contributions of the following items to be delivered to the tray in church on any Sunday. Thank you to all who contribute.

Tinned meat/fish/veg/beans, soup/fruit

Dried foods

Ready meals

Cooking sauces

Breakfast cereals

UHT milk

Tea/coffee/sugar

Snacks

Toiletries

Cleaning products

Household goods – good quality crockery, cutlery, towels, pots and pans.

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.

Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 24th February 2020

Notices for the week beginning 24th February

Ash Wednesday

This Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. There are Ash Wednesday services at St Andrews commencing 10.00 and a Taize service at St Mary’s starting at 18.30 Please note the earlier start time.

World Day of Prayer

This will take place at 14.00 on Friday 6th March at St Andrews. Further details from Sandra Connell

Easter Lily Fund

The Lily fund in both churches is now open

St Mary’s Business Forum

The next meeting of the St. Mary’s Business forum will take place at 7 o’clock on Tuesday 10 March. Tthe topic will be “What is my website for?”. There will be a presentation by Simon Ward of LDMA. Simon is building Aberfoyle’s website and this will be an opportunity to ask him how it will interact with your own website. As before there will be refreshments provided, and a donation of £2 will be requested to cover costs.

St Mary’s Third Sunday at Three Concert series

The next in the series will take place at 15.00 on Sunday 15th March. Coro Vincenzo will be performing works including Faure’s Requiem
Rotas

Callander

Luna, Roger or Sandra.

Aberfoyle

James Stirling

George Willis

Wednesday 26th February

ASH WEDNESDAY

10.00 Callander

John 8.1-11

18.30 Aberfoyle Taize Service. Please note earlier start time.

Sunday 1st March

Lent 1

Collect

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,

and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:

give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;

and, as you know our weakness,

so may we know your power to save;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

BCP

Rom. 5.12-19

Matt. 4.1-11

11.15 Aberfoyle

Gen. 2.15-17;3.1-7

Rom. 5.12-19

Matt. 4.1-11

Wednesday 4thMarch

10.00 Callander

Luke 11.29-32

11.30 Killearn

Luke 11.29-32

Future Notices:

Saturday 28th March

11.00 – 13.00 St Ninians Cathedral Perth

Our Digital Church

This course is with the Digital Missioner of Glasgow and Galloway Diocese with the aim of improving the skills of those who look after the online presence of their churches. A step by step guide of best practices will be followed by a question and answer session. Booking via the Diocesan Office (01738 443173) please.

Holy Week and Easter Services

A diary of these services will be published in due course.

Saturday 13th June

St Mary’s Summer Fair 12 noon to 16.00

The annual Summer Fair takes place in the Information Office, Main Street, Aberfoyle. Please suggest to anyone you think might be interested in taking a table. Further details from Susan Forsyth.

Our campaign to assist Start Up Stirling is ongoing to allow contributions of the following items to be delivered to the tray in church on any Sunday. Thank you to all who contribute.

Tinned meat/fish/veg/beans, soup/fruit

Dried foods

Ready meals

Cooking sauces

Breakfast cereals

UHT milk

Tea/coffee/sugar

Snacks

Toiletries

Cleaning products

Household goods – good quality crockery, cutlery, towels, pots and pans.

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.