DAY BY DAY IN THE PARISH OF GREAT ST BARTHOLOMEW

Monthly Church Diary & Music Notes
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Except where indicated, all events take place in St Bartholomew the Great
Please note: the Cloister Café is closed for a review of its activities
It will, therefore, only be open on the occasions noted in the diary below


Church Diary 27th to 1st
Mon 27th
       
Tue 28th
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Wed 29th
       
Thu 30th
08:30 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
12:30 Roman Catholic Mass in The Less
18:00 Lent Group in the Cloister Café
Fr Peter Delaney is giving presentations on The Passion of Christ in Art. This week, the subject is Stanley Spencer. A glass of wine is provided, and the event ends by 19:30.
       
Fri 31st
       
Sat 1st
       

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Sunday, 2nd 2017, Fifth Sunday of Lent: Passion Sunday
St Bartholomew the Great is open 08:30–20:00
This Sunday is traditionally known as “Passion Sunday”.
It is the beginning of a special part of Lent in which the Passion of Christ is given special attention.
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
Celebrant & Preacher: The Ven. Peter Delaney, Bishop's Chaplain
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in St. Bartholomew the Less
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
Celebrant & Preacher: The Ven. Peter Delaney, Bishop's Chaplain
Readings: 1: Ezekiel 37:1-14; E: Romans 8:6-11; G: John 11:1-45
Setting: Missa In te Domine speravi – Palestrina
At the Offertory: Ecce nunc tempus – Guerrero
Postlude: Prelude in F minor, BWV534 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Music Notes for Lent V: Passion Sunday
12:30 Election of Churchwardens in the Lady Chapel
18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon in The Great
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
Readings: 1: Lamentations 3:19-33; 2: Matthew 20:17-24;
Responses: Plainsong
Canticles: The Short Service – Gibbons
Anthem: When David heard – Weelkes
Postlude: Ciacona in E minor – Buxtehude
Music Notes for Lent V: Passion Sunday

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Church Diary 3rd to 8th
Mon 3rd S. Richard of Chichester, Bishop, 1253
       
Tue 4th S. Ambrose of Milan, 397
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
16:30 Meeting of Music & Events Committee in the Cloister
19:00 PCC Meeting in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Newgate Street
       
Wed 5th
       
Thu 6th
08:30 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
12:30 Roman Catholic Mass in The Less
       
Fri 7th
13:00 Recital
BAROQUE-LUTE BY CANDLELIGHT
Andrew Maginley lute
Click here for more information about Andrew Maginley
       
Sat 8th
       

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Sunday, 9th 2017, Palm Sunday
St Bartholomew the Great is open 08:30–20:00
This Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week, which culminates in the Crucifixion on Good Friday. The day is called “Palm Sunday”, because it marks the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, feted by the people who carried palm branches that they strewed on the ground before him – like a red carpet today – welcoming him with cries of “Hosanna!”. Later in the week, we will hear how they turned against him in a short space of time, and were instead clamouring for his death. The Solemn Eucharist in the morning begins in St Bartholomew the Less, our smaller church just within the main gate to the hospital building adjacent to the gatehouse of The Great. There, palm crosses are distributed to the congregation. Jesus’s journey into the city is then represented by a procession to St Bartholomew the Great. The Solemn Eucharist includes the dramatic singing of the passion narrative according to S. Matthew in a setting by Victoria. In the evening we have a special service that is like a carol service, but with the theme of the story of Holy Week, taking us from Palm Sunday, through to the Crucifixion and Jesus laid in the tomb, with some of the most beautiful music of the season.
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
Celebrant &: Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Sacrist
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
09:30
Please note time
Family Eucharist with hymns in St. Bartholomew the Less
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
11:00 Blessing of Palms and Procession beginning in St Bartholomew the Less
Reading: Matthew 21:1-11;
Hosanna to the Son of David – Weelkes
Pueri Hebræorum – Schubert
11:30 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
Celebrant: The Ven. Peter Delaney, Bishop's Chaplain
Reading: E: Philippians 2:5-11;
Setting: Communion Service in E – Darke
The Passion: Victoria

"Into the Hands of Sinners" comprises a sequence of readings, music, and prayers. In some respects, it is like a Christmas Carol Service in structure, but the narrative in this case tells the story of the events of Holy Week up to the crucifixion, death, and burial of the Lord Jesus Christ. It includes some of the most powerful music of the season, and is a poignant way to prepare for the days ahead.
18:30 "Into the Hands of Sinners" in The Great
Readings: 1: Matthew 21:33-46; 2: Matthew 26:6-16; 3: Matthew 27:1-2, 11-31;
Music: Hosanna to the Son of David – Weelkes
             Vinea mea electa – Poulenc
             O sacrum convivium – Messiaen
             O vos omnes – Gesualdo
             Crucifixus – Lotti
             Civitas sancti tui – Byrd

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Church Diary 10th to 15th
Mon 10th Monday in Holy Week
08:30 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
Celebrant: The Ven. Peter Delaney Bishop's Chaplain


       
Tue 11th Tuesday in Holy Week
08:30 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
Celebrant: The Ven. Peter Delaney Bishop's Chaplain
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less


       
Wed 12th Wednesday in Holy Week
08:30 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
Celebrant: The Revd Jeremy Davies The Hospitaller


       
Thu 13th Holy Thursday – known in the UK as Maundy Thursday
This is the evening on which we remember the Last Supper before Jesus's arrest, trial, and crucixion. That meal is the basis of the services of the church known as the Mass, Eucharist, or Holy Communion. On this occasion, the celebrant also follows the example of Jesus by taking water and washing the feet of representatives of the congregation, as he washed the feet of his disciples, and told them to follow his example of service and love. At the end of the service, the reserved Blessed Sacrament is taken in procession to the Lady Chapel. The High Altar of the church is then stripped bare, and left empty to symbolize Jesus going before his accusers as all his followers desert him. After the service, those who wish to do so can go to the Lady Chapel to spend time before the Sacrament. This opportunity is available until midnight and is known as the “Watch” from Jesus’s question to his sleeping disciples: Could you not watch with me one hour?
20:00 The Mass of the Lord's Supper with the Washing of Feet
at the High Altar of The Great
followed by a Watch at the Altar of Repose (in the Lady Chapel) until Midnight

Celebrant: The Revd Jeremy Davies The Hospitaller
Preacher: The Ven. Peter Delaney Bishop's Chaplain
Readings: E: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; G: John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Setting: Messe cum jubilo – Duruflé
At the Washing of Feet: Ubi caritas – Ola Gjeilo


       
Fri 14th Good Friday
The Butterworth Charity was established in the Victorian era by the law publisher, Joshua Whitehead Butterworth, as a charitable bequest to benefit poor widows of the parish. In a brief service in the churchyard, hymns are sung, prayers offered, and there is a brief address. The presiding priest asks if there are any poor widows to claim the sixpence to which they are entitled, and the charity is then distributed in the form of buttered hot cross buns to those attending.
11:30 Butterworth Charity Service in the Churchyard of The Great
Officiant: The Ven. Peter Delaney Bishop's Chaplain
       
Our Solemn Liturgy at noon marks the final stage of Jesus’s journey to the Cross and his death. The story of the passion according to S. John is sung by the choir in a setting by Victoria. After an address, a crucifix is carried down the central aisle of the church, and there is then an opportunity for all those who wish to do so to venerate this. After special prayers, the Sacrament that has been reserved in the Lady Chapel since the previous evening’s Solemn Eucharist is brought back to the bare High Altar and distributed to those who wish to receive it. After this, the remainder of the Reserved Sacrament is consumed and the church left completely empty once the congregation has left.
12:00 Solemn Liturgy of the Passion in The Great
Celebrant: The Ven. Peter Delaney Bishop's Chaplain
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies The Hospitaller
Readings: E: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; G: Hebrews 10:16-25
Music: The Reproaches – Sanders
             Crux fidelis – King John IV of Portugal
             Christus factus est – Bruckner
       
Tenebræ is an extraordinarily atmospheric and beautiful service. Progress is marked throughout using a special triangular candle stand placed to the side of the High Altar and bearing fifteen candles. As each section of words or music is completed, a candle is extinguished, until only one is left burning at the tip of the triangle. This is then taken and hidden behind the High Altar while the choir sings. Once they have finished, the congregation bangs with their hands or with books on the chairs or desk in front of them as loudly as possible to demand the return of the light – a plea for the new light of the Resurrection towards, which are now looking hopefully. When the demand is sufficient, the light is shown again briefly beside the High Altar, before being extinguished to mark the end of the service. The music, a mixture of plainchant with Victoria's Responsory settings, is especially effective in the darkened atmosphere of our building.
19:00 Tenebræ in The Great
Officiant: The Ven. Peter Delaney Bishop's Chaplain
Music: Responsories – Victoria
             Christus factus est – Anerio


       
Sat 15th Holy Saturday and Easter Eve
This is the beginning of our Easter celebration, and another very atmospheric service. The church begins in total darkness with the congregation gathered in the cloister. A small fire is lit in a brazier, symbolizing the Light of Christ returning to the world in the Resurrection. From this, the Paschal Candle, incense, and the congregational candles (which will have been given to each person present) are lit. The Paschal Candle is carried into the church, with everyone following. The Exsultet – the proclamation of Easter – is sung by the Deacon, still illuminated only by candlelight. At its conclusion, every candle in the church is lit as the first Gloria of Easter is sung by the choir. This is followed by a short sequence of readings, anthems, hymns and prayers telling the story from the creation of the world to the promise of redemption through the Cross and Resurrection. Then all corners of the church are incensed while a Te Deum is sung by the choir. The service ends; we return on Sunday for the First Mass of Easter.
20:00 The Easter Vigil in the The Great
This service begins in the Cloister in darkness. Those attending are invited to gather there for the First Fire before we go in procession into the church behind the new-lit Paschal Candle for the proclamation of Easter in the Exsultet.
Officiant: The Ven. Peter Delaney Bishop's Chaplain
Readings: 1: Genesis 1:1-2:2; 2: Exodus 14:15-31; 3: Isaiah 4:2-6; 4: Ezekiel 37:1-14;
                   E: Romans 6:3-11; G: Matthew 28:1-10
Music: Messe Solennelle (Gloria) – Vierne
             Sicut cervus – Palestrina
             Te Deum in G – Vaughan Williams
Postlude: Final, from Symphonie VI – Widor
       

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Sunday, 16th 2017, Easter Day
St Bartholomew the Great is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Easter Day Family Eucharist with hymns at The Less
Followed by an Easter Egg Hunt!
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
11:00 Solemn Eucharist Baptism & Renewal of the Baptismal Covenant at the High Altar of The Great
Easter Eggs will be available at the door after the service
Celebrant: The Ven. Peter Delaney, Bishop's Chaplain
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
Readings: 1: Acts 10:34-43; E: Colossians 3:1-4; G: John 20:1-18
Setting: Krönungsmesse – Mozart
At the Offertory: Rise Heart, from Five Mystical Songs – Vaughan Williams
Postlude: Final, from Symphonie IV – Widor
18:30 Festal Solemn Evensong, Sermon, & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in The Great
Preacher: The Ven. Peter Delaney, Bishop's Chaplain
Readings: 1: Revelation 1:12-18; 2: John 20:11-18;
Introit: Hæc dies – Byrd
Responses: Sheppard
Canticles: Evening Service in D – Dyson
Anthem: My beloved spake – Hadley
At Benediction: O Salutaris Saint-Saëns; Tantum ergo – Henschel
Postlude: Christ ist erstanden – Johann Sebastian Bach

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Church Diary 17th to 22nd
Mon 17th Monday in Easter Week
Today is a Bank Holiday in the UK
We wish everyone on holiday today a very happy time
       
Tue 18th Tuesday in Easter Week
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Wed 19th Wednesday in Easter Week
       
Thu 20th Thursday in Easter Week
08:30 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
12:30 Roman Catholic Mass in The Less
       
Fri 21st Friday in Easter Week
       
Sat 22nd Saturday in Easter Week
       

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Sunday, 23rd 2017, Second Sunday of Easter: Low Sunday
St Bartholomew the Great is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Sacrist
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in St. Bartholomew the Less
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
11:00 Procession & Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
Celebrant: The Revd Bill Wilson The Sub-Prior Emeritus
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Sacrist
Readings: 1: Acts 2:14a, 22-32; E: 1 Peter 1:3-9; G: John 20:19-31
Setting: Missa Quarti toni – Allegri
At the Offertory: Christus resurgens – Lassus
Postlude: Joie et clarté des corps glorieux – Messiaen
18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon in The Great
Preacher: The Ven. Peter Delaney, Bishop's Chaplain
Readings: 1: Daniel 6:1-23; 2: Mark 15:46-16:8;
Responses: Radcliffe
Canticles: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis of Twelve Notes – Ridout
Anthem: Christ is now rysen agayne – Brockless
Postlude: Resurrection Dance – Ridout

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Church Diary 24th to 29th
Mon 24th S. George of England (transferred)
       
Tue 25th S. Mark, Evengelist
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Wed 26th
       
Thu 27th
08:30 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
12:30 Roman Catholic Mass in The Less
       
Fri 28th
       
Sat 29th S. Catherine of Siena
       

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Sunday, 30th 2017, Third Sunday of Easter
St Bartholomew the Great is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
Celebrant & Preacher: The Ven. Peter Delaney, Bishop's Chaplain
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in St. Bartholomew the Less
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
Celebrant: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
Preacher: The Ven. Peter Delaney, Bishop's Chaplain
Readings: 1: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; E: 1 Peter 1:17-23; G: Luke 24:13-35
Setting: Missa Tempore Paschali – Gombert
At the Offertory: Surrexit pastor bonus – L'Héritier
Postlude: Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541 – Johann Sebastian Bach
18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon in The Great
Preacher: The Revd Martin Freeman
Readings: 1: Haggai 1:13-2:9; 2: 1 Corinthians 3:10-17;
Responses: Clucas
Canticles: Evening Service in G – Stanford
Anthem: Ye choirs of new Jerusalem – Stanford
Postlude: O Filli et Filiæ, from Douze choral préludes sur des thèmes grégoriens – Demessieux

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Key Dates in 2017


April
Sun 2nd Lent V: Passion Sunday
Sun 9th Palm Sunday
09:00 Holy Eucharist Lady Chapel
09:30 Family Eucharist The Less
11:00 Blessing of Palms & Procession The Less
18:30 'Into the Hands of Sinners' The Great
Thu 13th Maundy Thursday
20:00 Mass of the Lord's Supper with Mandatum & Watch until Midnight The Great
Fri 14th Good Friday
11:30 Butterworth Charity Churchyard
12:00 Solemn Liturgy of the Passion The Great
19:00 Tenebræ The Great
Sat 15th Easter Eve
20:00 The Easter Vigil The Great
Sun 16th EASTER DAY
09:00 Holy Eucharist Lady Chapel
10:00 Family Eucharist & Easter Egg Hunt The Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist & Baptisms The Great
– with Easter Eggs distributed after the service
18:30 Festal Evensong with Benediction The Great
Sun 23rd Low Sunday
Mon 24th S. George (transferred)
Tue 25th S. Mark, Evangelist
May
Mon 1st Ss Philip & James, Apostles
Wed 3rd The Invention of the Holy Cross
Thu 25th Ascension Day
Thu 28th Sunday of the Ascension
Wed 31st The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
June
Sun 4th Pentecost: Whitsunday
Pledge Sunday
Sun 11th Trinity Sunday
Thu 15th Corpus Christi
Sun 18th Sunday of Corpus Christi
Sat 24th The Nativity of S. John the Baptist
Thu 29th Ss Peter & Paul, Apostles
July
Sat 22nd S. Mary Magdalene
Tue 25th S. James, Apostle
August
Sun 6th Sunday of The Transfiguration
Tue 15th The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thu 24th S. Bartholomew the Apostle
Sun 27th Sunday of S. Bartholomew the Apostle
Feast of Title
September
Sun 3rd Feast of Dedication of the Priory Church
Fri 8th Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thu 14th Holy Cross Day
Sun 17th Sunday of our Founder, Prior Rahere
Wed 20th Death of Prior Rahere, our Founder, 1143
Thu 21st S. Matthew, Apostle
Fri 29th S. Michael & All Angels
October
Wed 4th S. Francis of Assisi
Sun 8th The Appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Priory Church
Wed 18th S. Luke, Evangelist
Wed 25th Translation of the Relics of S. Bartholomew
Sat 28th Ss Simon & Jude, Apostles
Sun 29th 02:00 British Summer Time ends
November
Wed 1st All Saints
Thu 2nd All Souls
Sun 5th Sunday of All Saints
Sun 12th Remembrance Sunday
Sun 26th Last Sunday after Trinity: Christ the King
Thu 30th S. Andrew, Apostle
December
Fri 1st Anniversary of the Death of Henry I, 1135
Sun 3rd Advent Sunday
09:00 Holy Eucharist Lady Chapel
10:00 Family Eucharist The Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist The Less
18:30 Advent Carol Service The Great
Fri 8th The Immaculate Conception
Sun 10th Advent II
09:00 Holy Eucharist Lady Chapel
10:00 Family Eucharist The Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist The Less
18:30 Mid-Advent Carol Service The Great
Sun 17th Advent III
09:00 Holy Eucharist Lady Chapel
10:00 Family Eucharist The Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist The Less
18:30 Service of Nine Lessons & Carols The Great
Mon 18th 18:00 A Ceremony of Carols Carol Service The Great
Tue 19th 13:00 Lunchtime Carol Service I The Great
Wed 20th 18:00 A Star-Spangled Christmas Carol Service The Great
Thu 21st 13:00 Lunchtime Carol Service II The Great
18:00 Stille Nacht Carol Service The Great
Fri 22nd 18:00 A Christmas Carol Carol Service The Great
Sun 24th Advent IV/CHRISTMAS EVE
09:00 Holy Eucharist Lady Chapel
10:00 Family Eucharist The Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist The Less
18:30 Evensong The Great
23:45 Midnight Mass of the Nativity
Mon 25th CHRISTMAS DAY
09:00 Holy Eucharist Lady Chapel
11:00 Solemn Eucharist The Less
Tue 26th S. Stephen's Day
Sun 31st Sunday after Christmas
09:00 Holy Eucharist Lady Chapel
10:00 Family Eucharist The Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist The Less
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