READINGS FOR  SUNDAY, 17th NOVEMBER  = PENTECOST  23   (PROPER 28)


Scripture readings from the New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized edition). Introduction to the readings by Fr Tom Amoore.

   Introduction and first reading

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  •    Psalm

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  •    Introduction and second reading

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  •    Introduction and Gospel reading

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  •  St Michael and All Angels

      Service Times :
  • Sunday     9am   -   Sung Mass and youth worship
  •                  6pm   -  Evening Prayer {with Guild of St Luke on 1st Sunday in month. } 

  • Thursday  9am        -    Mass
  • Saturday  7:30am   -     Mass

  •  Address : 150 Commissioner Street. 
                     (Corner of Plein and Commissioner Streets.)
                    Boksburg Central

     Directions :
                     From the South West Corner of Boksburg Lake travel 200 metres along 
                     Commissioner Street towards Germiston.

     GPS Co-ordinates :
                     S   26° 13.284'
                     E 028° 14.498'

    St Gabriel's


    Service Times 
  •  Sunday          7am   -     Mass
  •  Wednesday   6pm    -    Mass

  •  Address : Corner 6th Street and Gelofte Avenue.                        
                    Boksburg North

     Directions :
         150 metres east of Trichards road, down 6th Street. 

     GPS Co-ordinates :
                  S   26° 12.255'
                  E 028° 15.326'

    St Raphael's

     Service Times
  •  Sunday   8:30am   —   Mass and youth worship
  •  Address : Corner Lotus and Korhaan Street. 
                     Sunward Park

     Directions :
        250 metres west of Pick and Pay in Sunward Park. 

     GPS Co-ordinates :
                S   26° 
                E 028° 

    Looking at Worship - the Eucharist

    Jesus, at the Last Supper, instructed the disciples "Whenever you do this, do it in memory of me." He was talking about the four-fold action of take, bless, break and share of the bread and wine. This is what is now celebrated in most churches, and in this parish, as the central act of worship, in what is known variously as the sacrament of Holy Communion, the Mass or the Eucharist.

  • WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN (HOLY) MASS, (HOLY) COMMUNION AND (HOLY) EUCHARIST?

    No difference. These are three names for the same service.

    Mass is derived from the Latin ending of the service "Ite missa est" meaning "Go, it is sent". The name is convenient because of its shortness and because unlike the other two names it does not also refer to a particular part of the service. It also reminds us of th very important aspect of our being snet out into the world from our encounter with God in Christ in the servcie.

    Communion(from Latin) refers to the act of our being joined with Christ and all Christians when we receive the bread and wine.

    Eucharist (from Greek) means thanksgiving and refers particularly to that part of the service where the priest consecrates the bread and wine by saying a prayer of thanksgiving over them.

  • WHAT WILL I NEED ?

    Nothing. Books are supplied in church, or the text is projected digitally..

    For use in church we have chosen the New Revised Standard Version of the bible. This may be bought from the parish office if you would like one for use at home.

    For the Mass, we now use only   "An Anglican Prayer Book, 1989" commonly abbreviated to APB. This is not only a revision of the language of the older book (South African Prayer Book 1954), but more importantly recovers the earlier understandings of the service, and allows greater freedom and variety of worship.

  • WHAT MUST I WEAR ?

    We want everyone to be free to follow their own sense of what is fitting, and not feel judged by others for it.

  • MAY I RECEIVE COMMUNION ?

    If you are from another church and receive communion there (and are baptised) you may receive communion. If you are Anglican you will need to have been confirmed or have been admitted to communion.

    You may receive communion in different ways, either receiving the host (bread) directly onto your tongue, or into your hand, and either drinking the wine from the chalice, or dipping your host into the wine.

  • WHAT IF I AM NOT RECEIVING COMMUNION?

    If you are not receiving communion you may still come to the rail for a blessing. Fold your arms across your chest to indicate that you are not receiving.

  • Church Colours

    There are four liturgical colours used during the year: Red, White, Purple and Green.

    Their significance is;

  • Purple :
    Purple is the colour of penitence. So it is used in the two seasons of Lent and Advent. In Lent as we prepare ourselves for the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are aware of how much we need his saving death for our sins, and so appropriately, offer them to the Lord in repentance. In Advent, as we look to the return of Jesus as king and judge, we are made aware of how we have failed to walk with him as we ought, and so turn to him, seeking forgiveness.
  • White or Gold :
    White marks both celebration  and new life, and so is used  at Christmass and Easter, during the seasons of Christmass and Easter, and for all celebrations (Feasts and Commemorations) such as saint's days that don't use Red. 
  • Red :
    Red marks the Holy Spirit (from the colour of fire) and blood, and so is used for Feasts and Commemorations  of those martyred for their faith, and at the Great Feast of Pentecost in honour of the Holy Spirit,  as well as the Feasts of  the original transmitters of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles.
  • Green :
    Green is used when no other colour is appropriate, and so matches Ordinary Time (the other Sundays of the Year outside the seasons). During this time, which is a time for reflecting on our spirtual growth, the colour is  green, which depicts growth. 
  • The Church Year — Liturgical Seasons

    The Church Year contains 4 special seasons and 7 universal Great feasts, as well as a number of feasts and commemorations. 

    The 4 seasons are;
  • Advent :
    Advent has 4 Sundays, with the first Sunday always four Sundays before Christmass, and so the date changes year by year, falling somewhere between 27 November and 3 December. Advent is the start of the Church's year. Advent focusses on Christ's first coming when he was born as man, and Christ's second coming, his return as king and judge.  Advent lasts until Christmass.

  • Christmasstide :
    Christmasstide is kept from Christmass day to the Great feast of the Epiphany (January 6th). (The 12 days of Christmass)

  • Lent :
    Lent runs from Ash Wednesday to Easter. It is forty days long (excluding the Sundays). We remember Jesus' forty days in the wilderness being tempted at the start of his ministry. 

  • Eastertide :
    Eastertide runs from Easter Day to the Feast of Pentecost. Forty days after Easter we celebrate Ascension Day; and ten days later, Pentecost. The name "Pentecost" means "50th" and was the Jewish feast of the giving of the law to Moses, and the day on which the Holy Spririt came upon the apostles in the upper room.  

  • THE GREAT FEASTS
    • 1. Christmass Day
       The celebration of the birth of Jesus.  
    • 2. The Epiphany :
      The Epiphany recalls the wise men (magi) coming to worship the baby King of the Jews. This marks the good news of salvation being for the whole world, not just for the Jews. In the Early Church Epiphany was a more important Feast than Christmass. The name means "showing forth".
    • 3. Easter or the Easter Triduum
    • The Triduum, three days, ( Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter morning ),  that bring together the central acts on which the Christian Faith is based, the death of Jesus and his resurrection.
    • 4. The Ascension;
      The occasion (40 days after Easter) when Jesus was seen by His disciples rising in his body through the clouds to heaven, after which they no longer saw him in bodily form.
    • 5. Pentecost  
      The day (50 days after the Resurrection) when the Holy Spriit came upon the Apostles in the upper room as they were keeping the Jewish feast of Pentecost.
    • 6. Corpus Christi  
      A celebration of God nurturing us with the Body and Blood of Jesus (Corpus= body)
    • 7. All Saints Day
      A day on which we celebrate the heritage we have from all the saints who have gone before us and  also that our destiny is to share with them in the glory of heaven.

    PATRONAL FESTIVAL /DEDICATION FESTIVAL.

    In addition each congregation will keep as a local Great Feasst, the day of its dedication or its Patronal Festival (Feast of Title.) Ours is kept for all three congregations on the Feast of St Michael and All Angels, 29th September.

    Anglican Parish of Boksburg (Fr Tom Amoore 2017)