A MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR AT THE START OF HOLY WEEK
Hello everyone. We are at the start of Holy Week. For centuries many Christians have marked this week as an intense time of prayer and worship and devotions, entering into Christ’s passion, his suffering and his death on the cross and God raising him up on the third day, Easter Sunday. To paraphrase Harold Wilson, “a week is a long time in the Kingdom of God”. This Holy Week will be like no other Holy Week we’ve ever had before or likely ever see again, I hope. We remain in what some call lockdown, our church buildings are closed to everyone and all social gatherings are banned. This is the year 2020 (twenty/twenty) and 2020, as we know, is a metaphor for perfect vision. In the light of the current events, does the year 2020 mock us (we had so many things planned) or will we discern or hear God’s prophetic word, mind, spirit speaking afresh into our lives together? And if we hear will we listen?
On Sunday morning we blessed the palms and read the passion (if you would like to receive one contact the Revd. Sue Hart). The diocese also encourages us to affix greenery on our front door, as a sign of hope. We continue with our morning prayer at 9 am and compline at 9 pm until Wednesday and then again on the Saturday before Easter. We will also say Morning Prayer on Maundy Thursday.
But at other times I encourage you to join with our Cathedral and our Bishop to mark this Holy Week, to remind ourselves that in these times of trial we journey not alone, not as isolated Christians in an isolated community. You might already have discovered that Salisbury Cathedral are posting 10-minute reflections every day at 5.00pm. These will continue from Palm Sunday and on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week. There will also be one at 11 am of the Saturday. These will be delivered by members of the Bishop’s Staff. Bishop Nicholas will be doing one on Easter Day, at 5.00pm.
In addition, The Bishop will hold a short service of the Blessing of the Oils at 11 am on Maundy Thursday (from his chapel at his home) and the Cathedral will have a short act of Worship later that day at 7.30 pm. On Good Friday the Cathedral will have a Good Friday devotion at noon followed by the Good Friday Liturgy at 1.30 pm. We (the River Were Benefice) may do something in addition to this but we haven’t decided yet and what it will be. The Revd. Margaret Collins has put together some materials of pictures and prayers and reflections that you may find helpful specially to mark Good Friday.
On Easter Sunday we will livestream the Eucharist at 10 am, hopefully using the Zoom App (fingers crossed).
We will keep you updated.
These are extraordinary times when we are called to lay aside our customs and our habits and our devotions for a greater good, for love for one another. In a sense we will mark Holy Week by absence, the absence of things and perhaps even by silence. Maybe we should be just a little more relaxed about this (I’m speaking mostly to myself).
May you know the peace and the love of God this Holy Week.
Welcome to the parish church of St Denys the Minster Warminster.
We are a worshipping community in the Church of England and the world wide Anglian communityin the Diocese of Salisbury. We are a place of prayer where many have prayed and worshipped over the centuries, celebrating their joys and mourning their losses.
We invite you to browse through our website and all other related websites. Do feel free to contact us.
We invite you to visit us anytime and to take part in the various activities that take place in the church, to join us in our worship or just to enjoy the peace and solitude of this beautiful and holy building.
The church is opened everyday during the day.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
We sincerely regret that the church must remain closed for the foreseeable future following the recent directive from our Prime Minister and the instructions received from our Archbishop and Diocesan Bishop
If you want more information or wish to speak to some about it, please feel free to contact our Rector (01985 213456).
We hope to reopen soon but only when it is deemed safe to do so.
Holy Week Services:
Monday 6th April - Wednesday 8th April
Morning Prayer - 9am
Comline - 9pm
Maundy Thursday (9th April)
Morning Prayer - 9am
Saturday 11th April
Morning Prayer - 9am
Easter Sunday (12th April)
Eucharist - 10am
Available on Worship in Warminster Facebook Page