Holy Week is one of the most important weeks in the Christian year. Beginning with Palm Sunday, we participate in a series of services recalling the final days of Jesus’ life and ministry. These observances culminate in the Great Feast of Easter, when we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection. Everyone is very welcome to join us for any or all of these services:
Sun, 25 March at 10.30am: Liturgy of Palm Sunday (meet at Bedford Hill Place for Palm Procession or gather here at St Mary’s)
Mon, 26 March at 7.30pm: Performance of The Devil’s Passion (see below )
Tues, 27 March at 8pm: Eucharist with Anointing and Prayers for Healing
Wed, 28 March at 8pm: ‘Dayenu’ – A Service Remembering the Passover
Thurs, 29 March at 8pm: Liturgy of Maundy Thursday
Fri, 30 March at 10am: Stations of the Cross Family Service (for all ages)
Fri, 30 March at 2pm: Liturgy of Good Friday
Sat, 31 March at 8pm: Easter Vigil with Baptism
EASTER DAY: Sun, 1 April at 8am: Said Eucharist (BCP)
EASTER DAY: Sun, 1 April at 10.30am: Festal Eucharist (with crèche)
The acclaimed play The Devil’s Passion will be performed by its creator, Justin Butcher, here at St Mary’s Balham on Monday 26th March at 7.30pm.
The production has been described by actor David Suchet as ‘one of the most remarkable evenings I have spent in the theatre,’ while the Sunday Telegraph called it a ‘vivid, comic and lyrical twist on familiar events’. The Observer judged it a ‘magnificent, satirical, darkly comic, thoroughly stimulating production [that] raises many theological and ethical questions.’
Tickets are £15 (£10 for under 18s, full-time students, and unwaged).
You can book by phone at Brown Paper Tickets on 0800 411 8881
or online at https://thedevilspassionstmarybalham.bpt.me.
Doors will open at 7pm. Running time is about 90 minutes, plus an interval. Refreshments will be on sale before and after the performance.
Proceeds from the performance will go to the charity Amos Trust to support the Al Ahli Hospital in the centre of Gaza City, Palestine. This hospital treats over 45,000 patients a year and is a haven of peace and hope in one of the world’s most troubled areas: http://www.amostrust.org/amos-palestine/partners/al-ahli-hospital-gaza/
People of all ages are very welcome to join us for our Family Service at St Mary’s on Sunday, 4 March at 4.30pm. Together we will focus on the Lord’s Prayer and how we talk to God. The service will last for 1/2 hour and be followed by a brief craft activity.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a season of self-examination, repentance and preparation for Easter. Since the Middle Ages, Christians have observed the start of Lent by having their foreheads marked in ash with the sign of the cross as a gesture of penitence and as a recognition of mortality. All are welcome to join us for our Ash Wednesday services:
12.30pm: Eucharist with Litany (Holy Family Chapel)
8pm: Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes (Nave)
Please join us on Sunday, 28 January from 5-5.45pm for our Christingle service, at which we will celebrate the Light of Christ at Candlemas. This family service is open to people of all ages!