The Gospel of the Fifth Sunday is perhaps the deepest meditation on the mystery of Baptism and membership of the Church. It is a prelude to the events of Easter Sunday, when we celebrate the triumph of life over death. To be plunged into the waters of baptism is to be buried with Christ, only to rise with him from the waters. This paradox of life and death is the content of today’s readings. There is no more important part of our faith that the resurrection: that Christ rose from the dead is the very centre and heart of all that we believe - without it, our faith is useless. In the same way our belief in our own resurrection is vital: it is the most deeply needed gift that Christ gives us. This is why the climax of the instructions given to candidates for Baptism was this teaching: that Christ would give them life after death. Look ahead to the 3rd Sunday of Easter, where Saint Peter preaches to the crowds – what he teaches them is that life comes after death, as it did for Lazarus, and for Christ himself.
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Well this Sunday is going to be very different for us!
We all love our Church Building, and we love ( I hope) as a Church community. Now we are going to have to discover what it means to be Church in a different way.
We are no strangers at All Saints to streamed liturgies. We have been doing this for some time. But it is very different for me, as I usually have people to interact with, now I will only have 1 person, or perhaps be alone. It will also be very different for those of you who have not used our livestream before .
a few things to help you.
I encourage you to engage with it, just as if you are in church, be fully present. Before we begin Imagine that you are sitting where you normally do. Maybe it might be at a different church if you are not an All Saints Regular. Think of yourself in your normal place in your church.
Join in with everything, sing, make the responses, stand and sit if you are able.
Light a Candle.
Send a message in the Comms box next to the stream, to show that you are there.
These are very different times for us, lets make them a time of blessing.
Remember - We are the Body of Christ!
THE LITURGY THIS WEEK
SUNDAY 10am PARISH MASS
When we get to Easter, there are two symbols of the resurrection that we use in Church: fire and light (the Easter Candle) and water (the Font). Last week we reflected on water, and this week there are passages all about light – true light, that defeats the blindness of sin. Again, this would have been offered to those preparing for Baptism, but speaks to all of us who have been baptised, inviting us to be renewed in the light of Christ at Easter. Remember that one of the oldest titles of the newly baptised was “neophyte”, which means “newly enlightened” There is a subtle link between the readings on this Sunday: in the first reading, David is anointed, and the Spirit of the Lord seizes on him. This anointing lights him along the right path - ‘no evil would I fear’ as the Psalm says. Then Paul tells us more about this light: it is Christ shining on us, calling us to live as children of light. All this is summed up in the Gospel, the marvellous story of the healing (by being ‘anointed’ with spittle) of the man born blind. Jesus is the light of the world
TIMES OF LIVE STREAM THIS WEEK
Tuesday - Mass 7pm
Wednesday - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 10am - Mass 7pm
Thursday - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 10 am - Mass 7pm
Friday - Mass 10am
Saturday - Mass 10am
The order for compline tonight which you can download if you wish.
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The Gospel of the third Sunday is the remarkable conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman by the well, the theme is water - which gives life, which cleanses, which is so necessary. This reading forms part of the catechesis given before Baptism at Easter: the candidates who would go into the water are invited to reflect on what that means. But more necessary than the water which gives life is the water which gives eternal life - the water of baptism, the water flowing from Jesus side on the cross. Even if your Church does not have any candidates preparing for Baptism, we will all renew our baptismal promises at Easter: we should take this opportunity to reflect on what baptism has given us, and what God has done for us in this gift.
10am PARISH MASS
& SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
We welcome our Bishop
The Right Reverend Jonathan Baker
The Bishop of Fulham
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