The Royal Maundy service takes place at Christ Church Cathedral on Maundy Thursday, 28th March. We are delighted that Fr Michael Farthing has been given the honour of receiving the Royal Maundy from Her Majesty the Queen. Please pray for her, and for all the recipients.
The following is an extract from the website of the Royal Mint:
The Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony which has its origin in the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples on the day before Good Friday.
Fr Simon Jones invites members of St Mary Mags to consider coming to Merton College's third Passiontide Festival, which will take place over the weekend of Palm Sunday (23/24 March).
Details of the programme, and of cost, are at the Chapel pages of the College website: http://www.merton.ox.ac.uk/.Brochures are also available in church. Among the performers this year is our former organist, Libby Burgess, now a highly successful chamber musician and accompanist.
As we contemplate Christ's Passion during Lent and Holy Week, we once again have the privilege of taking part (either by our presence or our prayers) in three free public Lent Concerts in the beautiful baroque Chapel of the Queen's College, Oxford. For St Mary Magdalen's, the concerts also offer the opportunity to hear Michael Lowe playing his the orbo and choir members Nancy-Jane Rucker and Benjamin Thompson singing Allegri's Miserere.
Mothering Sunday is always the fourth Sunday in Lent (this year Sunday 18th March) and is sometimes known as Refreshment Sunday or Laetare. Posies will be distributed at the high mass for mothers and others. That day will see the first use of our new set of high mass vestments in rose, the liturgical colour for the fourth Sunday of Lent and the third Sunday of Advent.
On Saturday 9th March Christian Aid are organizing a sponsored abseil from our church tower. There are six participants from Mary Mags so far signed up: Fr Richard, Nigel, Esther, Ella-Mae, Will, and Fergus.
Please sponsor one or all of them. The church will be open during the day from 10am, tea and coffee will be available and there will be a sale of books and other goods in aid of St Mary Magdalen's Please come along.
The Electoral Roll is a legal membership roll of a parish church. It is made up of the names of baptised people over the age of sixteen who are resident in the parish, or who regularly attend that particular church. Every few years, we are required to remake the electoral roll from scratch, which means that everyone who wishes to have their name entered will need to fill in a form to this effect. We will be distributing forms and reminding people of the need to return them during the spring - the process will begin towards the end of February.