April 5, 2019
Friday again! I really will try harder to get this out earlier! Not next week though - I will be at Diocesan Clergy Retreat so I may miss sending something. I look forward to these annual retreats that the clergy of the Diocese of Qu'Appelle and the Diocese of Saskatoon have together. There is the collegial aspect of course but there are times of silence, times of instruction, times when we worship together.and all of these give your clergy rest and renewal. Retreat time is good for all of us - you too! ; a time of removing ourselves from the day to day business of life to be with our Lord. Retreats can be any length, an hour or a month - I'll be happy with a few days for now.
The scheduling of the retreat is the week before Holy Week this year - good timing as we head into a busy time in the church year.
I have to admit that I love Holy Week and Easter Sunday as much or more than Advent and Christmas. Strange for some to believe that I prefer Easter over Christmas, but remember that it is a deeply spiritual time that I'm thinking about - NOT Easter Bunnies and chocolate vs Santa and presents.
Holy Week begins with Palm/Passion Sunday, April 14th 10:am
continues through the week to Maundy Thursday, April 18th with Trinity Lutheran, Archdeacon Wilma preaching
Good Friday, April 19th 11:am
Holy Saturday Vigil April 20th 7:30pm with Hot Dog roast after service
into the Resurrection of the Lord on Easter Sunday. April 21st sunrise service with St Paul United, Trinity Lutheran and Youth Group
10: am Holy Eucharist at St Giles
Each of those services has special significance as we move through the days with Jesus as he enters Jerusalem in welcome and celebration, through to His crucifixion and then to Resurrection. I hope that you will attend these services so that you may experience the fullness and spiritual depth of Holy Week.
See you Sunday!
And here's some info about
A Preparation for the Resurrection
Holy Week, for members of the Christian faith, is the last week of the season of Lent before the
celebrations of Easter Sunday, running from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday. It is a time to
commemorate, reflect upon, and reenact, specifically, the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, though
many liturgies expand that practice to include his entire ministry.
Holy Monday is marked by the Pasaba, a marathon chant of Jesus' life, passion, and death, which
often lasts for days at a time. On Holy Thursday, the last Mass before Easter Sunday typically
includes a reenactment of the Washing of the Feet of the Apostles, as well as a procession of the
Blessed Sacrament before it is taken to the Altar of Repose.
Good Friday sees street processions in which self-flagellation and crucifixion as acts of penance are
not uncommon. Finally, on Easter morning, Salubong is practiced, a ceremony in which large statues
of Jesus and Mary are processed to a meeting, symbolizing the first meeting of Jesus and his mother
for the death of Christ. It is also, however, a preparation for the elation of the celebration of his
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Our website is up and going again - Yes I know its been the same for quite a number of years, but now Mike Sinclair's blog has been updated along with a lot of other things. Thank you Wendy and Robert Godfrey!!
We also have media presence on Facebook with a Group page which you can post in. There is also the Facebook page which is where you can find information about what is going on at St Giles, Diocese of Qu'Appelle, and the Anglican Church of Canada. Like both for all the best and up to date info!
We now have 2.68 farms bought for PWRDF!! We have 1.32 to go - or $620.40 to go until we meet our goal of 4 farms. Can we do this by Easter? Pretty sure we can - Maybe bring your pocket change, coffee money for a day, cigarette money for a day, beverage of choice money for a day... and put it in the little barn at the back of the church.
Congratulations to the Bruins! Also, so much thanks to all the volunteers from St Giles who have done all the regular games throughout the season.
Getting on with spring, off with winter boots and even our winter coats some days.
Celebration to be continued on Sunday morning - both at 8:am and 10:am .... the readings and sermon will have more to say.....
May each day be a celebration for you - and I would love to hear about them!
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