This year the Moot Community at the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary are building on our Lenten activities as we move into Holy Week, when the church remembers the story of Jesus in the run up to the crucifixion and the life, death and resurrection story of God. We will sustain our usual prayer pattern of Morning Prayer 9.45am to 10.10am Monday to Thursday, and Evening Prayer 5.30pm to 6pm Monday to Wednesday inclusive.
** ACTION MOOTERS ** For the Maundy Thursday Service we need people to take up the 30mins slots from 9pm to 11pm click here to add to the rota **
Sunday 24th March – Palm Sunday Taize Service, 6.30pm
In this service we will reflect through sung chant on the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem.
25th March – Monday of Holy Week
1.05pm, We will celebrate a Book of Common Prayer Eucharist, reflecting the lectionary readings of Monday of Holy Week.
27th March – Wednesday of Holy Week, Meditation Group 6.30pm
This is an opportunity to be silent for 20 minutes to reflect on the significance of the times.
28th March – Maundy Thursday Services, 7.30pm
Contemplative Eucharist 1.05pm
This creative interpretation of Holy Communion gives room for Lectio Divina, an ancient form of shared prayer and reflection of a sacred text. This service deliberately aims to use contemporary language integrated with prayer and silence for those who have busy working lives in the City. The service involves the symbolism of eating and drinking, reflecting our thirst and hunger for the spiritual path and for God. Holy Communion is an ancient service stretching right back to Jewish table rituals.
Maundy Thursday Eucharist and stripping of the altars, 7.30pm
On Maundy Thursday the Church remembers how Jesus showed deep love and humility by washing his disciples’ feet. This service will reflect the emotion of that day, and will involve sharing a meal, washing each other’s feet, and remembering Christ’s betrayal for 50 silver pieces. This will be followed by a prayer vigil.
The Maundy Thursday Service is followed by a prayer vigil which is a symbolic expression of solidarity with Jesus as he awaits his arrest in the Garden Gethsemane, as the disciples lie asleep leaving him in isolation and great distress.
30th March – Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Service 6pm, St Pauls Cathedral
This year at least 2 mooters will be baptised or confirmed at the great celebration of the Easter Vigil. This begins with candles and lights lighting the paschal candle. Come early if you want a seat!
31st March – Easter Sunday 11am, St Mary Aldermary Church
This will be our Moot at St Mary Aldermary Easter Service celebration marking the end of Holy Week and the beginning of Easter. This will be followed by a picnic, details of which will be confirmed nearer the time.
The Church will then be closed until the morning of Tuesday 2nd April.