A message from the Dean this Easter
8 April 2020
On behalf of St Paul’s, a warm welcome as you find your way in – not, sadly, to our beautiful building, but gladly to our community of worship, which continues as the church at prayer whether or not the cathedral doors are open.
Life for nearly all of us has been stripped back: isolating, staying away, staying in; hard and potentially hazardous work and care given by some, suffering and grief for others; being at a distance, while using what means we can to come closer together.
The Christian experience of Holy Week and Easter is the experience of letting go. Like Jesus and his disciples, both men and women, we are in the hands of others; however hard we try we know that we are not in control of our own destiny; we have to stand at a distance and watch, or we suffer the loss of health or family or friends. In Jesus we believe that God enters into our experience, even of suffering and loss and death; but that through all that, God’s new life waits for us, now and into the future.
We invite you to join with us in prayer over this Easter weekend, as we not only remember Jesus’ death and resurrection, but also hold before God all those who are suffering and grieving.
Three service sheets for Maundy Thursday, Good
Friday and Easter Sunday are available to download.
They contain words for a simple ‘pray at home’ service, as well as links to sound and video files so that you can listen to the St Paul’s Choir singing hymns and anthems, and also see or hear reflections (from myself on Maundy Thursday; from Paula Gooder, the Chancellor, on Good Friday; and from Bishop Sarah on Easter Day).
In addition to this you can download activities for all the family here.
These have been produced by our Schools and Family Learning department.
There are also specially commissioned reflections from the Adult Learning department, daily Monday to Friday, from now until Pentecost. You can find those here. The direct links you will find in the left hand menu – but I would advise signing up to the mailing list to have them delivered direct to your inbox (click here and make sure you select Adult Learning in the list provided).
Also on Easter Sunday don’t forget to click here to listen to
the hymns from the Choir of the Nation. Tom Daggett our outreach worker has worked with sound engineers to mix tracks sent in from all around
the world of singers joining in with three great Easter hymns – Jesus Christ is Risen Today; Love’s Redeeming Work is Done; and Thine be the Glory.
Listen and join in with them on Easter Sunday.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
The Very Reverend David Ison, Dean