Throughout Lent we prayed to God asking that our Holy Week services would be well attended and that he would bless them, so that those taking part would find their faith enriched and deepened. Those prayers are being answered and, thus far, it has been a really worthwhile holy week in Pembury. Let’s keep it going!
This morning both priests are available to hear confessions from 9am until 11:30am. Meanwhile the church will be decorated and cleaned for Easter. Do pop along with a duster and some polish and join with the labour!
From 10am- 11:30am the Children’s Easter Workshop is being held. This is a time for our Sunday School children to come together for craft activities and the making of the Easter garden. You do not need to have signed up so just turn up! No chocolate yet but we might find some biscuits at the back of the cupboard….
This evening, at 8pm, we gather for our Vigil Mass of Easter. This is the jewel in the crown of the liturgical year and not to be missed. We light the pascal candle from the bonfire, hear readings from the old covenant gathered in the darkness and then the exultet proclaims the resurrection and Christ is risen! With fanfare the gloria is sung, we bless the waters of the font and end the celebration with a glass of fizz! (NB: this is an archive photo and I fully appreciate that in the year it was taken I somehow neglected to remove my biretta for the procession. Mea Culpa)
On Sunday morning we have a said Mass at 8am and then a joint Mass at 10am. During the 10am Mass we shall be baptising baby Sebastien, the second child of Olivia and Stewart Walduck