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Ickenham Church News - April 2004

A Warm Welcome awaits you at the ICKENHAM CHURCHES over the EASTER PERIOD
Holy Week and Easter Services are as follows:

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th April
0900 Morning Prayer at St Giles'

Maundy Thursday 8th April
1000 Holy Communion at St Giles'
1930 Remembrance of the Last Supper at the URC - Revd Ken Tombs
(See individual Church News letters for details)

Good Friday 9th April
1030 Joint Family Service for Good Friday at the URC - Anne Dove.
1115 Walk of Witness starting from the URC forecourt.
1200-1330 Frugal Lunch in support of Christian Aid at St Giles' Church Hall.
1400 'The Last Hour' - Service at St Giles'.

Easter Eve Saturday 10th April
1800 Evening Prayer, Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Lighting of the Paschal Candle at St Giles'.

Easter Day 11th April
0800 Holy Communion (Traditional Language)
0945 Holy Communion (Common Worship)
1830 Choral Evensong

Easter Day 11th April at the URC
1100 Morning Worship including Holy Communion - Revd Ken Tombs
 

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What is Holy Week All About?

This year, Easter Day falls on 11 April. The week leading up to it, which begins with Palm Sunday on 4th April, is very special in the church year and is known as Holy Week.
 
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, the day when the Church remembers the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. He had gone up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, and when He entered the city, the crowds gave him a rapturous welcome, throwing palms into his path. Today churches distribute crosses of palm fronds.
 
The next highlight of Holy Week falls on Maundy Thursday, which recalls the washing of the disciples' feet by Jesus. The ceremony of the 'washing of the feet' was an important part of the liturgy of the Medieval church. 'Maundy' relates to the opening words of a typical service on this day from John 13: 'A new command I give you: Love one another..' In Latin, this begins 'mandatum novum do vobis' The word 'mundy' is a corruption of the Latin 'mandatum'. In England, in by-gone years, the monarch would wash the feet of a small number of his or her subjects. Nowadays the Queen distributes specially minted coins to the elderly at various cathedral services.
 
Good Friday is the day on which Jesus died on the cross. It is the most solemn day in the Christian year. Decorations are removed from churches. In Lutheran churches, the passion narrative from a gospel was read out, a practice which lies behind the 'passions' composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 ­ 1750).
The custom of observing a period of three hours' devotion from 12 midday to 3 pm on Good Friday goes back to the 18th century.
 
Lent ends with Holy Saturday. The Eastern Orthodox churches hold the 'Paschal Vigil' ­which leads directly into Easter Day.

GOOD FRIDAY WALK OF WITNESS 11.15 A.M.
From The U.R.C. Forecourt

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DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVED. Third Monday of each month. St Giles' Church Hall, 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. A friendly, informal opportunity for a chat, over a cup of tea, with other bereaved people and pastoral visitors.  The next meeting is Monday 19th April (also Monday 17th May). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970), if you would like to talk to someone first.

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ICKENHAM GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME exists to serve the whole of Ickenham. We're here to assist in an emergency. If you need help, the daytime contact numbers are: 01895 633020 or 01895 235061.

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