HOLY WEEK begins on PALM SUNDAY which is on the 14th April this year. We begin our Sunday Mass outside at 10.00am for the traditional Blessing of The Palms before we commemorate the Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as we process into Church.
THE EASTER TRIDUUM is the three great days at the end of that week:
HOLY THURSDAY 18th APRIL: MASS of the LORD’s SUPPER 8.00pm
GOOD FRIDAY 19th APRIL: LITURGY OF THE PASSION 3.00pm
HOLY SATURDAY 20th APRIL: THE EASTER VIGIL AND FIRST MASS OF EASTER 8.00pm
EASTER SUNDAY MORNING continues the celebration with our usual Mass at 10.00am.
HOLY THURSDAY is usually called MAUNDY THURSDAY in England from the Latin word for a Commandment. Jesus gave us two very important Commandments on this day. First he washed his disciple’s feet and told them to “Love one another”; and then he took Bread and Wine and said “Do this in memory of me.” Christians have tried to keep both these commandments down through the Centuries with varying levels of success.
OUR MAUNDY THURSDAY MASS of THE LORD’S SUPPER commemorates this event. The Priest washes the feet of some of the people and then Mass (the Ceremony of the Bread and Wine) follows. We then move to our Garden of Gethsemane where people take it in turns to Watch in Prayer till Midnight following the request of Jesus to his disciples to “Watch and Pray”. They fell asleep and were only woken when the soldiers came and arrested Jesus.
GOOD FRIDAY reminds us how our failures hurt others and most of all hurt God, as we think of him suffering and dying nailed to a cross. OUR LITURGY at 3.00pm includes a Reading of the whole of that story as told in the Gospel of St John, followed by Solemn Prayers and a time for all to come forward and kneel at the foot of the Cross in sorrow and thanksgiving that God loves us so much.
HOLY SATURDAY NIGHT is when Easter begins. OUR LITURGY starts 8.00pm outside with the Easter Fire and the Easter Candle and then, lighting our own candles, we process into a darkened Church to listen to a series of Readings, before Easter really begins as the Lights go on, the Bells are rung, and we celebrate our First Mass of Easter.
Post Easter coming events:
Pilgrimage to Walsingham: Archdiocese of Birmingham. 12th May.
First Holy Communion Sunday 30th June 10.00am.
This Year Past Events.
A CONCERT OF SACRED SONGS FOR SPRINGTIME on Saturday 23rd March performed after the evening Mass, by our very own Nicholas Clapton (Counter-Tenor) accompanied by Richard Briggs. A collection after the concert raised £400 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
LAST YEAR (2018) EVENTS.
Father MARTIN and his wife FRANCES were celebrating their Golden Wedding with a special Mass on Saturday 25th August followed a Bring and Share Buffet Lunch. There were no presents or flowers but donations to the charity Aid To The Church In Need – in total £1200 was raised. They would like to thank everyone for their generosity, and are so glad in this way to have helped the Christians of Syria return to their homes and churches and begin to rebuild them. It was pointed out at their Golden Wedding that Christians have been in Damascus and other cities of Syria since the very beginnings of the Church in the AD30’s.
ST PETER’S WON THE PRIZE for the best Business Front at the Eynsham Front Gardens Competition earlier this year. Thanks to those who mow the grass and use the trimmer in the Graveyard that helps make everything look so good.
Parish BBQ, Sunday 22nd July. This was a wonderful parish social occasion and we were blessed with fine weather and wonderfully cooked BBQ meals. We have collected £750 for the Church funds.
Eynsham Open Gardens Weekend on Saturday & Sunday 9/10th June. How lovely to welcome so many visitors to St. Peter’s during the weekend and being so blessed with the summer sunshine. This was a great chance to see the changes Father Mark has made including his addition of some water features and lots of tinkling chimes. Thank you To Eve and her willing recruits for looking after refreshments: Total Raised (cakes & beverages) for church funds £150.
On Sunday 3rd June our Archbishop the Most Reverend Bernard Longley was visiting us and during the mass we witness the Confirmation of some of our young people.
We had an Episcopal Visitation on Sunday 18th February as part of The North Oxfordshire Deanery Visitation. Bishop William Kenney came to St. Peter’s, where he celebrated the Holy Mass and met parishioners afterwards. There will be an opening and closing ceremony with Archbishop Bernard (dates/venue to be Confirmed) to which everyone is welcome.
St Peter’s Pancake Feast, which was an ever popular event for all sorts of people who do not necessarily attend St Peter’s. It was on Saturday 10th February.
Congratulations! Raymond & Revel Elliot received a blessing at the end of Mass on Sunday 7th January, for their 50th Wedding anniversary – many friends & fellow-parishioners did join them in The Tolkien Room afterwards.
The Summer Barbecue was organised traditionally after the Sunday Mass on the 23rd July 2017 – this was our happy annual event allowing also to collect money for the church fund. And the sun was shining.
First Holy Communion Day: 2nd July 2017 – a joyful day for the whole parish.
Vivaldi ‘Stabat Mater’ concert performed by Nick Clapton and Richard Briggs on Saturday 25th March 2017, after the 5pm Mass.
Pancake Feast on 24th February 2017. Thank you to the ladies (and to the many other helpers) of the parish for hosting the annual Pancake Feast. It was lovely to see so many parishioners and visitors coming together for this social occasion. A wonderful day! We have collected £430 for the Church funds.
during the Sunday Massn the 11th September 2016.
Father Martin’s last Sunday Mass as the Parish Priest in charge was celebrated on the 8th May 2016.
OUR PANCAKE FEAST 2016 was once again a very happy occassion when we welcomed many visitors and raised £600 for Church Funds
As in the previous year, we continue our weekly Bible Share sessions every Wednesday at 10.30am in the Tolkien Room.
OUR SUMMER FETE and BBQ (2015) on June 21st was a very happy occasion that also raised money for the Church Funds (£902.87 in total). It began straight after our Sunday Morning Mass, as it has done every year for many years now.
ON PALM SUNDAY (2014) on the April 13th, we had our usual Outdoor Procession with Palm Branches, which was to symbolize the Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The Mass that follows included dramatised reading from the Bible of the whole of the Holy Week story.
THE CELEBRATION OF THE EASTER VIGIL (2013) by Bishop William was a very happy end to these three great days, and was followed by a bit of a party with Wine and Easter Eggs in a very full Tolkien Room. As ever some people found it disconcerting having to stumble around in the dark at the beginning of the Liturgy, but as Father Martin explained, that expressed what life is like without God, without the risen Christ.
THE REBURIAL of the EYNSHAM ABBEY BODIES took place on the Saturday 23rd June 2012. The information about this event with interview with Fr Martin Flatman was published by the Oxford Mail on the 22nd of June, please see also our June Newsletter. Eynsham Online also published a great report from the event. The Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Most Revd. Bernard Longley the Archbishop of Birmingham.
THE EYNSHAM ABBEY ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE TRAIL was opened on the Wednesday 30th March 2011. Mr Alan Hardy from The Oxford Archaeological Unit who led the Dig 20 years ago, officially open the trail. The children, all from Year Five of the Eynsham Community Primary School, and a number of guests, witnessed the opening. Following the ceremony, the children helped show people the various locations on the site, showing that they were well prepared at school for this event. One can walk the site and find out from the Plaques and the Leaflet where the two Abbeys were and can imagine the size and complexity of the buildings. The Leaflet is available inside the Church.
The Eynsham Abbey Bones (2011). The bones from 9 bodies that were dug up during the Dig by Oxford Archaeology 20 years ago were examined by Dr Simon Underdown, a Biological Anthropologist from Oxford Brookes University. These bones were in the Oxfordshire Museum Store in Standlake who had asked for this to be done before they were re-buried. Father Martin was present at the beginning of this examination and was able to assure himself that these people’s remains were being handled reverently. They were then re-buried in our Graveyard as described above and a Headstone has been placed to mark the grave.