HOLY WEEK CHURCH CRAWL

             All services at 7pm with soup and rolls served from 6.15pm

*  Sunday 9th April (Palm Sunday);
    Hosted by ACTS & Rev’d Stewart Gordon at Ora Bella Restaurant, cnr of 11th Ave and Charl Cilliers St, Boksburg North.

* Monday 10th;
    Hosted by the Uniting Presbyterian Church and Rev’d Gavin Vaaltyn at St John’s, Leeuwpoort St, Boksburg.

*Tuesday 11th;
    Stations of the Cross at St Michael’s

* Wednesday 12th;
    Hosted by Central Methodist Church and Rev’d Graham Huxtable, Market and Osborne St, Boksburg.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES

PALM SUNDAY;  Blessing of palm crosses 9th April at normal service times
           ( procession at 8.30 and 9am services)

MAUNDY THURSDAY;          Liturgy of the day with foot-washing and procession of
13th April                                   the Sacrament to the Garden of repose; 7pm St Michael’s
                                                    Followed by all-night vigil.

GOOD FRIDAY;                      6.45am Morning prayer at St Michael’s
14th April                                   Family Devotions and veneration of the Cross @ 9am at St Gabriel’s
                                                   3 Hour liturgy of the day @ 12 noon St Michael’s
                                                   (Veneration of the Cross @ 2.10pm)

HOLY SATURDAY                 Lighting of Candle and Easter Vigil Mass
15th April                                  @ 6pm at St Gabriel’s @  6pm at St Raphael’s

EASTER DAY                         Lighting of candle and Easter vigil mass @ 5am at St Michael’s
16th April                                 Mass @ 7am St Gabriel’s and @ 8.30am St Raphael’s.
                                                 High Mass @ 9am at St Michael’s.

St Michael's

St Michael and All Angels

Service Times :
                  Sunday   9am   —  Sung Mass and youth worship
                             6pm   —  Evensong 

               Thursday      9am          —    Mass                  
               Saturday       7:30pm      —     Mass

Address : 150 Commissioner Street. Boksburg
                 (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

St Gabriel

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

St Raphael

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


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

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MASS,COMMUNION AND 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.

(Holy) 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.

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, 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 return as king and judge (The Second Coming). 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 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 ( Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter morning ) 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  that our destiny is to share with them in the glory of heaven.


 

 

 

 

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