Stations of the Cross
Saturday, 8 April, 12 noon
A prayerful pilgrimage around our large painted Stations of the Cross by Hove artist Harry Mileham. The paintings, which date from the 1910s to early 1930s, originally hung in the church of St Thomas the Apostle in Davigdor Road, Hove, and were transferred to St Mary's in 1993, when St Thomas's was closed as an Anglican church. They suit St Mary's space remarkably well and have a wonderfully immediate and human character to them.
Palm Sunday - Liturgy of the Palms and the Passion
Sunday, 9 April, 10 am
We begin Holy Week on Palm Sunday with a traditional procession of palms and hymns. The service includes the moving narrative of Christ's Passion from the Gospel of St Matthew.
Open Day, Wednesday of Holy Week, 12 April
The church will be open all day on the Wednesday of Holy Week, beginning with Morning Prayer at 8.30 am, which is followed by Stations of the Cross at 11 am, the rehearsal of Stainer's Crucifixion at 4.30 pm and its performance at 7 pm. Please drop in to experience the very special atmosphere of the church on this day of worship through art and music.
Stations of the Cross
Wednesday, 12 April, 11 am
A second chance to explore and meditate upon our beautiful Stations of the Cross by Hove artist Harry Mileham. After Holy Week six of the paintings will be taken down to preserve them during major building works, so this will be the last chance to see the whole series until the end of the year.
Wednesday, 12 April, 4.30 pm and 7 pm
Our traditional 'come and sing' performance of John Stainer's oratorio The Crucifixion (1887) is conducted by Gregory Moore with Andrew Beaizley, organ. Singers are welcome to join the choir for rehearsal at 4.30 pm. Please bring a score if you have one, though we will have spares to hand. The performance is at 7 pm and entry is free. We will be serving refreshments for the choir after rehearsal and for everybody after the performance. For further details please call 01273 698601.
The Pedilavium - Washing of the Feet
Thursday, 13 April, 8 pm
The Maundy Thursday liturgy, including the ceremony of the Washing of the Feet and vigil, is held in the intimate space of the Lady Chapel at St Mary's.
The Good Friday Walk of Witness
Friday, 14 April, 10 am
The Good Friday Walk of Witness reaches St Mary's at 10 am and processes down to the Old Steine for a service bringing together Christians from all churches and walks of life at 11 am.
Good Friday Liturgy
Friday, 14 April, 2 pm
Our Good Friday service commemorating the suffering and death of Jesus is held at St Mary's at 2 pm. We leave the church in silence.
Easter Vigil and the Service of Light
Saturday, 15 April, 8 pm
A beautiful service that begins in darkness and erupts into light and song as we celebrate the risen Christ.
Easter Day Eucharist
Sunday, 16 April, 10 am
The culmination of Passiontide - a beautiful, joyous service that brims with the sense of new life, hope and redemption. Followed by refreshments and children's Easter Egg hunt.
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