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Holy Week and Easter 2023

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Published by Justin Dodd on Wednesday, 1 March 2023 06:00
Holy Week and Easter 2023

Holy Week and Easter 

From Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to his crucifixion and resurrection, Christians through the ages have found that recalling these last days in the life of Jesus continue to have a life-changing effect on us in the present. We welcome you to journey with us through the liturgies, devotions and activities of this holiest week of the year.   

Palm Sunday | 2 April 

  • Said Mass (BCP), 8am
    Join us for a meditative communion service to start Palm Sunday. Palm crosses will also be blessed and distributed at this service.
  • Palm Procession and Parade, 10:15am 
    Join us as we mark Jesus's triumphant entry into Jerusalem in a lively procession down Pitshanger Lane. We gather outside The Village Inn pub to process to St Barnabas Church with palms and joyful songs.
  • All Together High Mass, 10:30am 
    Palm Sunday worship continues at St Barnabas Church after the procession. During this Eucharist the poignant story of Jesus' journey to the cross, the Passion, is brought to life in a powerful sung setting. Our talented choir and soloists perform the roles of Jesus, Pilate, the Pharisees and the crowds.

Monday to Wednesday in Holy Week | 3–5 April

  • Celtic Mass with Silent Meditation, 6pm (as well as 12:30 pm on Wednesday)
    Drawing on the rich contemplative tradition of Celtic Christianity, these short and simple services of Holy Communion on Monday through Wednesday will conclude with a period of silent meditation. This is an opportunity to take in some oxygen for the soul as we prepare for the sacred celebrations of The Triduum "The Great Three Days" (Maundy Thursday through to Easter Sunday).     

Maundy Thursday | 6 April

  • High Mass of the Last Supper (with washing of feet & vigil), 7pm 
    A meditative service with the washing of feet and the stripping of the church to mark the night before Jesus was betrayed. We then keep silent vigil at the garden of repose until 9:30 pm. 

Good Friday | 7 April

  • Walk of Witness, 9:30am (meet in front of Village Inn)
    Christians from all over Ealing gather to mark Good Friday. We will meet outside the Village Inn at 9:30 to walk to Ealing Abbey and Christ the Saviour. 
  • Children’s Workshop, 10:30–12pm 
    Join us to for some fun, interactive crafts together with hot cross buns and drinks as we prepare for Easter. We'll also been planting spring bulbs in the church's wild garden. Please note: this is not a drop off event. Parents need to be present to supervise their children. Tea and coffee will be on offer!  
  • Liturgy of Good Friday, 2pm 
    A service reflecting on the great sacrifice of Christ, with Veneration of the Cross. The choir will sing a powerful setting of the Passion. 

Holy Saturday | 8 April

  • Church Cleaning, 9:30am–12pm 
    The church building is prepared for the celebration of Easter. Come along to add to the numbers of a joyful band of volunteers as we clean, polish and flower arrange. Sustenance in the form of hot cross buns and other refreshments!   
  • Great Vigil and First Mass of Easter, 8pm 
    Enter into one of the most powerful acts of worship in the Christian calendar, the Easter Liturgy. We light the new fire, mark the Easter candle with the sign of the cross and sing an ancient hymn. At a poignant moment, the lights are switched on, the bells are rung and the church is filled with flowers. 

Easter Day | 9 April

  • Said Mass (BCP), 8am 
    Start Easter Sunday with this short spoken service of Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel, using the beautiful liturgy of the 1662 Book of Common prayer.
  • Family High Mass (with Baptism & Admission to Communion), 10:30am
    We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with popular Easter hymns and a child-friendly sermon. New Christians will be baptised and those children preparing during Lent will be admitted to Holy Communion. Don't miss the symphony of handbells rung by the children to celebrate the Easter Victory! 
  • Easter Egg Hunt, 12pm in the church grounds 
    Children are invited to join the fun on Easter day, hunting for hidden Easter eggs in the church grounds after the High Mass.

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