Advent, Christmas and Epiphany
N.B. the dates are corrected from the previous year each autumn as the Advent & Christmas Schedule is agreed. The dates below pertain to 2017)
Advent Sunday – 3rd December
Advent begins with Evening Prayer on Saturday 2nd December once the church has been restored to normality after the Christmas Fayre during Stony Stratford’s renowned ‘Lights’ Switch-On Day.’ This is a special time when all is quiet and the ancient hymn “Creator of the stars of night” is sung.
The same hymn, sung to plainsong, also begins our 9:30am Parish Mass at St Mary & St Giles and the 11:00am Family Mass at All Saints on Sunday 3rd December. At each Mass a child lights the first candle on the Advent wreath and the adults are asked to whom the candle is dedicated when it is lit.
At 6:00pm in St Mary & St Giles, on the same evening a traditional candlelit ‘Advent Carol Service’ is celebrated. The church is in darkness as the Choir sing the Matin Responsory and gradually the light (candlelight) spreads towards the altar. Many of us may have participated in this beautiful and very popular traditional Advent Liturgy in Cathedral Churches.
Wednesdays (6th, 13th & 20th) December
The 7:30pm Mass in St Mary & St Giles is preceded by an extended period of Silent Prayer during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Saturday 9th December 3:00pm: MK Youth Choir will give a concert in St Mary & St Giles Church
Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th December Russell School will hold their Nativity Plays in St Mary & St Giles Church at 10:00am each day.
Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th December (11:00am – 7:00pm) in All Saints Church a Christmas Tree Festival will be held – refreshments will be available.
Tuesday 19th December 7:00pm: “Cowleys” Funeral Director – a memorial service in St Mary & St Giles in memory of those whose Funerals have taken place in the past year
Friday 15th December
9:30am St Mary & St Giles School Carol Service in Church.
Sunday 17th December
As well as the 9:30am Parish Mass at St Mary & St Giles, at 6:00pm A traditional Carol Service will be held at All Saints Church in Calverton and much preparation is being made to use candles within lanterns and to make this a really special service in a beautiful church where its mosaic of the Adoration of the Christ Child by the Magi reminds us of the real meaning of the Incarnation.
Tuesday 19th December
7:00pm JS Cowley & Son Funeral Directors’ Annual Memorial Service & Carols at St Mary & St Giles
Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th December 7:30pm: Carol Singing around the Parish Each year we try to cover some of the areas of our Parish and to raise money for our Advent Appeal, which this year supports the MK Bus Project for the Homeless (see the noticeboard in St Mary & St Giles for the meeting point on each evening)
Thursday 21st December at 12:30pm – Lunchtime Concert at St Mary & St Giles Church – bring your packed lunch and we provide the hot drinks.
Thursday 21st December at 7:00pm TRADITIONAL CAROL SERVICE at St Mary & St Giles
Friday 22nd December at 5:00pm there will be a Children’s Nativity Play & Carols followed by Afternoon Tea at St Mary & St Giles
Sunday 24th December (4th Sunday of Advent)
9:30am PARISH MASS at St Mary & St Giles
4:30pm Christingle Service at St Mary & St Giles Church
CHRISTMAS 2017 – THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
11:30pm Midnight Mass at All Saints Church
Monday 25th December (CHRISTMAS DAY)
9:30am Parish Mass of the Lord’s Nativity at St Mary & St Giles
Sunday 7th January 2018
The Epiphany of the Lord: 9:30am Parish Mass at St Mary & St Giles & 11:00am Family Mass at All Saints