Regular Worship Calendar

Regular Services at St Mary’s Church

The regular pattern of services is as follows:

Sunday

  • 08:00 The Eucharist (1662)
  • 09:45 The Parish Eucharist (Common Worship: streamed)
  • 12:15 The Eucharist (1662 Prayer Book)
  • 18:00 Sung Evensong (often Choral on 1st Sun &  usually with Benediction on 3rd)

1st Saturday of each month:

  • 16:30 Children’s Eucharist

Monday – Saturday inclusive

  • 09:20 Morning Prayer (usually said at this time on Mon-Sat)
  • 09:45 The Eucharist (BCP on Fridays and the 1st Wednesday of the month)
  • 17:00 Evening Prayer (usually said at this time on Mon-Fri)
  • For those unable to attend in person, the Eucharist is streamed live every day at 09:45 on Facebook.

The Church of England:

  • regards regular communion as something to be encouraged and makes that point especially of Christmas, Easter and Whitsun/Pentecost (Canon B15);
  • is clear that the sacrament should normally be received in both kinds—bread and wine—but the doctrine of concomitance asserts that Jesus is fully present in both the bread and the wine and so that it is possible to receive it fully in one kind if necessary (Sacraments Act 1547, section 8);
  • has always taught that if it is not possible to receive physically, one can receive spiritually, making what is known as a spiritual communion (BCP Communion of the Sick, 3rd of the rubrics at the end of the Order).

This last point clearly speaks to the present situation of those who are uncertain about venturing out yet, so it’s worth printing the relevant part of the rubric (the key statement is underlined) by way of explanation, together with a prayer for spiritual communion that can be used at home most appropriately, perhaps, as the priest receives the Sacrament in church:

If a man … by any other just impediment do not receive the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood: the Curate shall instruct him that if he do truly repent him of his sins, and steadfastly believe that Jesus Christ hath suffered death upon the Cross for him, and shed his Blood for his redemption, earnestly remembering the benefits he hath thereby, and giving him hearty thanks therefore; he doth eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ profitably to his soul’s health, although he do not receive the Sacrament with his mouth.

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.

Amen.

(a famous prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori)

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