St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 12th April.

It is Good Friday and I write this the morning after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper that Fr. Edward and Katherine so amazingly delivered for us in our homes last night. I am still glowing from the intimate feeling of celebrating the institution of the mass in such a personal way in Fr. Edward’s home. If you’ve not seen it yet, a recording is available for you to watch at any time on the St. Mary’s Live Webcam Page.

Whilst we’re talking about video – thank you all so much for being patient with us as we make the technology work. It’s been quite a learning curve for us to get mobile streaming working in multiple locations in a way that is as easy as possible for you to use. 

On Good Friday we would usually take a Walk of Witness with other Christian denominations in Kenton – ending with Stations of the Cross in St. Mary’s. This year I encourage you to go and watch a short 30 minute film from the Augustine Institute:

“Triduum: A Spiritual Pilgrimage is a beautiful, 30 minute contemplative documentary. This film cinematically walks through the locations of the Holy Week story, re-presenting the most important days of human history. Immersed in the real and sacred places of the Holy Land, the pilgrim faithful is brought tangibly nearer to the story, the landscape, and the reality of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

You can find this video – along with a host of other resources for Holy Week & Easter on a special page on our website

We continue to live stream all our services over this Triduum – all from Fr. Edward’s home. Streams will be at the following times.

Good Friday

  • 9:45am – Morning Prayer
  • 3pm – Good Friday Liturgy

Holy Saturday

  • 9:45am – Morning Prayer
  • 7:30pm – Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday

  • 9:45am – Morning Prayer
  • 10:30am – Parish Mass
  • 4pm – Evening Prayer, Benediction and Te Deum

The stream will appear ‘broken’ until about 10 minutes before each of these times. If it does look broken just keep refreshing the page until it appears. We’ll also be streaming on our Facebook Page, and if you fail to connect on our own website it may be worth giving it a go there. 

And finally… at the suggestion of Sheeri & Christine I have recorded a short video for children, reading the story of Good Friday to Easter Sunday from Bob Hartman’s Rhyming Bible. It’s only 8 minutes long but I hope will bring this holy story to life for our youngest members. 

As ever, we continue to be here for whatever you may need. We miss you all desperately, but over this most holy of weekends we are connected through our prayers, through the sacrifice of Christ and through our love for one another.

Do take a moment to download and read the latest news from the Harrow Group of ACAT and to offer prayers for Pastor John Cho – a US Chinese pastor known for his work among Myanmar’s poor – currently serving seven year prison sentence. 

With all our love & prayers,

Fr. Matthew & Edward.