The Parish of S Michael and All Angels
SUNDAY 12 April 2020
HE IS RISEN!
Dear friends as you will have heard we cannot have any public services at S. Michaels during the current emergency. Mass and the Daily Office will continue to offered every day, but in the Vicarage. Even if you can’t be with us you will be in our prayers.
We are producing this sheet each week instead of our usual notice sheet, to keep everyone in touch and to provide some things to help you as you pray. The only way for us to do at the moment is to send it with an email. Please pass sheets or information on to those for whom we don’t have an email address.
THIS WEEKS GOSPEL READING.
He must rise from the dead
It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she said ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’
So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
The Regina Coeli
This is the Easter Anthem to Our Lady. It is sung every day during Eastertide at the end of Night Prayer and is used instead of the Angelus before Morning and Evening Prayer and at Mid-day. It dates from at least the Twelfth Century.
JOY to thee, O Queen of heaven, alleluia.
He whom thou wast meet to bear, alleluia,
As he promised hath arisen, alleluia :
Pour for us to God thy prayer. alleluia. .
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia.
Let us pray.
O GOD, who by the resurrection of thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, gave give joy to the whole world: grant,, that through his Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
MAKING A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.
Even if we cannot be at mass and receive Holy Communion, we can always make a Spiritual Communion. God will always fill our hearts with his grace if we ask.
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We can’t meet at church, but this year on Easter Sunday, let’s all go to our front doors at midday and shout out ‘Christ is Risen, Alleluia!
I dread that someone, possibly the Archbishop of Canterbury, will actually suggest this; to do so would of course be both inappropriate and to fundamentally misunderstand the reality of the Resurrection. Easter Week this year will probably coincide with a steep rise in the deaths and cases of the Corona Virus. We can shout as loud as we like, we can put false smiles on our faces, but it will not change the hard facts of reality.
But the truth is that Christ is Risen, that has changed everything; but his resurrection didn’t end the fact that his body had been cruelly crucified. Thomas and other disciples could still see his wounds even on his risen body. He did die on the cross, the Resurrection wasn’t something that wiped away the horrors of Good Friday; but rather what happened in that dark tomb on Easter morning, transcended and transformed it.
Christ’s body was broken, but it was that brokenness that enabled the resurrection. It was in the breaking of bread, that the disciples recognised the Lord at Emmaus, as we continue to do today.
Easter this year, is one we cannot celebrate with all of it Liturgies. In this country the Anglican Bishops have forbidden even the clergy to pray in their churches, it will be a different Easter and a hard one. This year we cannot just sing Alleluia and pretend it is Easter joy, but perhaps it is an Easter when all of us can come closer to the Resurrection. We are often closest to God in our brokenness, it is then we know most the power of his love, it is then we that we discover his transformative presence.
The first disciples on Easter morning were like us; Confused, broken, discouraged, and afraid, it was then that they met the risen Jesus. The Resurrection of Jesus was a hidden, even secret thing, He appeared at first only to a few people, the Apostles and the Women and some close disciples. It was only at Pentecost that the Resurrection became more widely known, and that was because the disciples, made it known. They made it known not by their shouting, or even by their preaching, but because it had changed their broken lives and so others came to believe as well. From being locked in that room, they went out and proclaimed life to the world.
So, let us go to our doors this Easter, not to clap or shout Alleluia, but with lives changed, because we too have ‘seen the Lord’ and so our fragile and broken selves have been transformed him. When our lock in is ended, let us go out and proclaim his resurrection by living our faith in our broken world. Let us in out time, do what the first disciples did and proclaim new life our world.
OUR PARISH LIFE
EASTER DUTY. This year you are exempted from the obligation to receive Holy Communion at Easter. There is a hope that we will still be able to gather again publicly later during Eastertide and share fully in the eucharist. Until then please try to make a Spiritual Communion.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS. We will start Preparation once we have resumed Sunday Services etc., If you are interested please email Fr David with names.
APCM Our Annual Parish meeting was due next Sunday. It will now take place later in the year, Fr David will announce a date in due course.
EASTER EGGS. Because people are confined to being in doors and not getting much exercise, it is inadvisable to eat too many eggs this year. But do not worry Fr David is here to help. Please leave your eggs on the Vicarage doorstep and he will eat them for you.
EASTER WEEK. This is Easter Week, we keep the whole week as one of celebration and rejoicing. A week of Easter Days.
WALSINGHAM YOUTH PILGRIMAGE 2020. If you are aged 11‑18 and would like to come this year email Fr David for a form.
EASTER RAFFLE. The winners of the Easter Raffle were
1st large chocolate rabbit- Maxine
2nd box of milk tray - Janet
3rd bucket of eggs- Dave C
4th Tea hamper- Christine F
5th Loopy lamb- Sheila
6th bubbly bunnies- Janet
FUNERALS. If sadly you know of anyone who has to arrange a Funeral over the coming weeks. please advise them that if they want a member of the clergy to take the service, they will have to tell this to the undertaker, otherwise they will be given a Civil Celebrant.
If you would like Fr David to conduct a funeral please give the undertakers the contact details on this sheet,
BISHOP CHRISTOPHER has written an Easter letter to the Young People of his Diocese. We’ll try to link it here soon.
PASTORAL WORK If you need him for something or just want a chat, please phone or email Fr David, he is here for you. During the current situation either email him on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone him on 0779432357
If you are self-isolating and need help getting shopping etc, please let him know and he will do his best to find someone to help you.
A kind person has donated a quantity of food etc. for a family or persons who may need it. Please contact Fr David if we could help you or someone you know of.
PARISH MAGAZINE. We are unable to print and deliver this at the moment. but we have placed some of the articles from the April Magazine on the Parish Website.
PARISH PRIEST. Fr David Sherratt. Tel. 0779432357
Assistant Priest Fr Derek Robinson
Churchwardens Mr Peter Ludlow, Mr Christopher Harper
Safeguarding Officer Mrs Susan Robinson