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Friday, April 18, 2014

The Blessed Easter Triduum at Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Ballarat

We have been on pilgrimage for the last six weeks.
A pilgrimage of penitence and remembrance. 
Now the climax is upon us -
The Blessed Triduum or The Great Three Days.

It began last night as we remmembered
and partially re-enacted
which he celebrated with is friends. 

The photos below were taken by my friend, Ian Hall.
 You can find more at his blog, Spiritual Journey of life.

Father Constantine - Footwashing
St Paul's Anglican Church, Humffray Street, Ballarat

Worship at the Altar of Repose

If you would like to celebrate The Blessed Triduum
with us at Saint Paul's here are the times:

Good Friday

11 a.m:   Stations of the Cross
3 p.m: Liturgy of the Passion


8 p.m: Vigil Service at Christ Church Cathedral, Lydiard Street

Easter Sunday

8 a.m:  Lighting of the New Fire and Eucharist
10 a.m: Procession, Sung Eucharist, Renewal of Baptismal Vows

God willing, the writer will be doing the Second Reading
at this afternoon's service.
If you are there, please come up afterwards and say hello.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Palm Sunday - Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, Ballart - Pilgrim's Service

Palm Sunday, Christ Church Cathedral, Ballarat
Pilgrim's Service with symbols of service.
Among the symbols brought to the altar are -
A stack of lego blocks from a Lego Club
A cornflakes packet from a Breakfast Club
Coathangers from the Sebastopol Op Shop

A feature of Palm Sunday in Ballarat was the evening Pilgrim's Service at the Anglican Cathedral.  What follows is a Prayer to Jesus, Prince of Peace, to start - as pilgrims - our Holy Week journey. 

Jesus, Prince of Peace,
humble and riding on a donkey.

 Jesus, disturber of the peace,
you upset bad religion when it gets in the way of God.
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.

Jesus, upsetter of self-righteousness,
you turn questions on their head, offering no instant answers, but showing the way.
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.

Jesus, lover of the lost,
you say "forgive" when we ant to shout "condemn!"
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.

Jesus, host at the table,
you share your best even in the face of the worst.
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.

Jesus, Saviour of the world
- yes, even the world
which wants you
until it meets you
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.