Anglican Services - March 2018

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4th March
Third Sunday of Lent

All Saints


Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22

11th March
Fourth Sunday of Lent (Mothering Sunday)

St Nicholas
Community Breakfast

St Edmund’s

Exodus 2:1-10 or 1 Samuel 1:20-28
Psalm 34:11-20 or Psalm 127:1-4
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 or Colossians 3:12-17
Luke 2:33-35 or John 19:25-27

18th March
Fifth Sunday of Lent

All Saints
Family Service


Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-13 or 119:9-16
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33

25th March
Palm Sunday

St Edmund’s


Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1-15:47 or 15:1-39 [40-47]

29th March
Maundy Thursday

St Nicholas
Passover Agapé **



Please feel very welcome to attend any Benefice service 

The lectionary readings will not necessarily be used in the services

BCP. The Book of Common Prayer 1662 

CW Common Worship 2000

For other services during Holy Week see the Benefice Easter Card

** ‘Agapé’ is a communal meal shared by people in the early church to celebrate the highest form of love, i.e., the love between God and man and between man and God. It was a community meal separate from the sacramental celebration of the Eucharist but often it included the sharing of bread and wine.

In the Jewish tradition Passover was also a communal meal shared by families and friends which commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The gospels place the crucifixion of Jesus on the day before the Passover and the Christian tradition sees significant spiritual parallels between the sacrifice of the lambs consumed in the Passover meal and the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

Some Christians think the meal Jesus shared with his friends on the night before he died - the Last Supper - was a Passover meal but they are mistaken. For a number of detailed reasons that was not the case, but in the last century some Christian groups began holding an agapé on Maundy Thursday evening as a way of remembering what Jesus and his friends did together. 

Thank you to David Kirk for the explanation.