The Crown of the Year : Holy Week and Easter 2012

posted 23 Mar 2012, 11:08 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 23 Mar 2012, 13:00 ]

The Crown of the Year

Holy Week and Easter 2012


A Prayer for Holy Week


Lord Jesus Christ, in this week when with you we turn towards the cross and see again the depth and mystery of your all embracing, redeeming love, grant us courage to follow where you go, to notice where you stumble, to listen when you cry, to hurt as you suffer, to bow our heads in sorrow as you die, so that, when you are raised to life again, we may share in your everlasting joy. Amen.


Palm Sunday (1st April)


We start Holy Week by recalling the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem, welcomed with the waving of palm branches, but also hear the story of his arrest, trial and crucifixion.


Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday



The Easter Triduum

The Great Three Days

(A triduum is a special period of three days of prayer)


Maundy Thursday (5th April)


This is the day when we recall the Last Supper, at which Jesus told his disciples (including the one who went on to betray him) to break bread and take wine in remembrance of him. We also recall how he washed his disciples’ feet (Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum, the commandment of Jesus that we love and serve one another). We also enter into his agonising in the Garden of Gethsemane at the Watch before the Altar of Repose where the sacrament is reserved. The stripping of the altars reminds us of how Jesus was stripped and humiliated after his arrest.


A prayer for Maundy Thursday

Lord Jesus Christ, for the gift of yourself in holy bread and wine, signs of your awesome grace, your sacrificial love and your daily presence within each one of us, accept our praise and thanks. Lord, here you give yourself to us, help us to give ourselves to you. Show us how to make you known at play. Lord, by your grace, may we know, and be, your presence in the world. Amen.


Use the prayer above as a Prayer of Preparation before coming to the act of worship in church, or as thanksgiving afterwards.


Good Friday (6th April)


A “Good” day because by giving his life for us, Jesus shows us how much God loves us. On this day we venerate the cross, as by it we are reconciled to God, and Holy Communion is taken from the sacrament that was reserved the night before. At the Liturgy in the afternoon we also mark the actual time when Jesus died.


A Prayer for Good Friday

Lord, it is so easy to ignore this holy day when you died for each one of us, yes for me too. Many people try to avoid going with you to the cross because it is so stark a revelation of the depth of your love that you would die for each of us that we and the world might be reconciled with the Father. Help us to see this day not as one of mourning, but as the day of your triumphant passion. Accept our thanksgiving for all that your endured, and give us the courage to come to the foot of the cross in worship and to stay with you until it is finished. For your name’s sake. Amen.


Use the prayer above as a Prayer of Preparation before coming to one of the acts of worship in church, or as thanksgiving afterwards.


Holy Saturday (7th April)


We begin our joyful celebration of the resurrection through one of the most wonderful services in the Christian Year. With Christians all over the world, we gather in a dark Church where the Easter Candle will be lit and from which our candles will be lit. In the words sung by the Deacon we shall hear the truth that this is “most blessed of all nights, when wickedness is put to flight, sin is washed away and mourning turned to joy...and all creation reconciled to God”


A Prayer for Holy Saturday

Lord, on this day your body lay in the cold, dark tomb. As we hear again the saving deeds of our God recorded in scripture, renew our baptismal promises and sing our Alleluias once more, open our hearts to celebrate your resurrection with deep joy and to express in our lives the love we celebrate. Risen Lord we praise and adore you: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.


Easter Day (8th April)


We celebrate the risen life of Jesus present with us, the centre of our faith and hope.


A Prayer for Easter

Living Lord,

on this day of celebration, make us joyful in our praise;

on this day of resurrection, bring us to new life;

on this day of new creation, open our hearts to your love,

that our lives may show your light and peace to the world.


Easter Week at St Helens

posted 22 Mar 2012, 10:57 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 23 Mar 2012, 12:59 ]

PALM SUNDAY 1ST APRIL, 10.00am — Eucharist

with dramatised readings and special activities for children.

MONDAY 2ND - WEDNESDAY 4TH APRIL, 7.30pm in the Chapel

Each day a short service of prayer and music with meditations

MAUNDY THURSDAY 5TH APRIL, 7.00pm — A service to include lamb

casserole supper (please book in advance), leading into a night

watch at the Foot of the Cross until Midnight.


9:45am at St Alphege — Exploring the Cross

Special interactive service for all ages to explore the meaning of

Good Friday.

11:00am — Ecumenical Walk of Witness starting at St Alphege Church

7:30pm in St Helen’s Chapel — Tenebrae (a service of light & shadows)

HOLY SATURDAY 7TH APRIL, 8:00pm at St Alphege

The Easter Vigil and 1st Easter Eucharist

EASTER SUNDAY 8TH APRIL, 10:00am — All–Age Eucharist for Easter Day

with special activities for children and Easter Eggs!

For more information or to book for

Maundy Thursday please contact:

Rev’d Helen Greenham

0121 704 2878

St Helen’s Church, St Helen’s Road, off Buryfield Road


posted 21 Mar 2012, 11:39 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 23 Mar 2012, 12:59 ]

PALM SUNDAY (1st April) 8.00am Said Eucharist with Blessing of Palms
6.30pm  A Service of Healing for Holy Week
Holy Monday 9.30am Eucharist
7.30pm  Eucharist with hymns
Holy Tuesday 9.30am Eucharist
7.30pm  Eucharist with hymns
Holy Wednesday 10.15am Eucharist
7.30pm  Eucharist with hymns
GOOD FRIDAY 9.45am Discover The Cross - Informal Worship
11.00am  Procession of Witness
EASTER DAY 8.00am Said Eucharist
9.15am  All-age Eucharist
11:00 AM Choral Eucharist
6.30pm  Blessing of the Light and Choral Evensong

Lent Blog

posted 23 Feb 2012, 13:06 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 23 Feb 2012, 13:13 ]

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