Throughout the year the Church's festivals are particularly poignant and atmospheric events, going deeper into Jesus' life and Christian faith. Here at All Saints' they are marked with rich liturgy and music.
Advent and Christmas
Advent Carol Service. The 4th Sunday before Christmas anticipates the coming light of Christ with readings, hymns and carols by candlelight. (Watch a montage of a past service.)
Christmas Eve. God's coming into the world is celebrated at the traditional midnight mass. Earlier in the afternoon there is a family crib service.
Christingle Service. In January children and families especially enjoy this service, involving the iconic orange to emphasise Jesus as Light of the world.
Epiphany to Candlemas Carol Service. At the start of February we recall the visit of the Kings and the showing forth of Christ to the world, with gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Explore recordings and the video below.)
Lent and Easter
Ash Wednesday. The beginning of the Church's springtime, known as Lent, where all are solemnly marked with palm ash as a sign of penitence and mortality.
Palm Sunday begins Holy Week leading up to Easter by following Jesus' entry into Jerusalem with a joyful outdoor procession waving palms and singing.
Maundy Thursday. At mass the priest washes the feet of parishioners after the example of Jesus at the Last Supper. The service continues with a vigil in the garden of Gethsemane before the Blessed Sacrament until midnight.
Good Friday. A solemn procession and Veneration of the Cross marks Jesus' dying for our sins. Beforehand there is a silent walk of witness through the town. Stations of the Cross are in the evening.
Easter Eve. The first mass of Easter starts with a vigil where the Paschal candle is lit from the Easter fire outside on the piazza, the ancient Exsultet is chanted by candlelight, and God's saving acts through history are heard. The joy of Christ's Resurrection begins as the Gloria and handbells ring out.
Summer and Autumn
Pentecost. On the 7th Sunday after Easter, all may receive anointing for the grace of the Holy Spirit as we go in work and mission.
Corpus Christi - a beautiful summer feast in June, giving thanks for God's gift in the Eucharist. This is richly celebrated with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament over a carpet of flowers laid by children from the church school.
All Saints. On 1st November we remember the dead now enjoying God's presence, reaffirming the prayerful bond between those in heaven and the living church. As this is also our Dedication Festival there is a procession to commemorate our beautiful church building.
All Souls. On 2nd November there is the opportunity to have the names of deceased family and friends read out at mass.
Here is a montage of a carol service: