Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

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ADVENT 

N.B. the dates are corrected from the previous year each autumn as the Advent & Christmas Schedule is agreed. The dates below pertain to 2018)

Advent Sunday – 2nd 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.

Sunday 2nd December                       ADVENT SUNDAY

09:30    Parish Mass    at St Mary & St Giles

11:00     Family Mass   at All Saints

18:00    Advent Carol Service at St Mary & St Giles

Tuesday 4th December                      19:30     Rosary Group meets at the Rectory

Wednesday 5th December               19:30     Ladies Group ‘Christmas Meal’

Thursday 6th December      19:30 Milton Keynes Melody Makers Concert at All Saints Church

Friday 7th December 12:00 Soup Lunch & Organ Recital

14:00 Rosary Group meets in St Mary & St Giles

 

Saturday 8th December Walsingham Festival at Coventry Cathedral

17:00 ‘MK Chorale Concert at St Mary & St Giles

Wednesday 12th December 12:00 The Fellowship ‘Christmas Meal’

Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th December Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints Church

 

Saturday 15th December 19:30 Orphean Singers Concert at St Mary & St Giles Church

 

Sunday 16th December ADVENT 3

09:30 Parish Mass at St Mary & St Giles

15:00 MK Youth Choir Concert at St Mary & St Giles

18:00 CAROL SERVICE at All Saints Church

 

Monday 17th December 10:00 Russell School Nativity Play in St Mary & St Giles Church

 

Tuesday 18th December 10:00 Russell School Nativity Play in St Mary & St Giles Church

19:00 Cowley’s Funeral Directors’ Christmas Memorial Service in St Mary & St Giles Church

 

Wednesday 19th December 10:00 Russell School Nativity Play in St Mary & St Giles Church

 

Thursday 20th December 12:30 Lunchtime Concert at St Mary & St Giles Church

 

Friday 21st December 09:30 St Mary & St Giles School Carol Service in St Mary & St Giles Church

 

Sunday 23rd December ADVENT 4

09:30 Parish Mass at St Mary & St Giles

11:00 Family Mass at All Saints

18:00 Christmas Carol Service at St Mary & St Giles Church

 

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve

12:00 Mass of the Day

16:30 Christingle Service

23:00 MIDNIGHT MASS OF THE LORD’S NATIVITY (N.B. earlier time this year)

 

Tuesday 25th December CHRISTMAS DAY

08:30 Morning Prayer

09:30 PARISH MASS & CAROLS

 

Wednesday 26th December St Stephen, Proto-Martyr – 08:00 Mass at St Mary & St Giles

 

Thursday 27th December St John the Evangelist – 10:30 Mass at St Mary & St Giles

 

Friday 28th December The Holy Innocents – 12:00noon Mass at St Mary & St Giles

 

Sunday 30th December THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY & JOSEPH

09:30 PARISH MASS at St Mary & St Giles

11:00 Family Mass at All Saints

 

Tuesday 1st January 2019 SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD – 10:30 Mass & Elevenses at All Saints

Saturday 5th January 10:00 Coffee Morning in aid of St Mary & St Giles Restoration Fund

 

Sunday 6th January THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

09:30 PARISH MASS at St Mary & St Giles

11:00 Family Mass at All Saints