Weekly notices

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time,
Year B
24th January, 2021

COVID-19

* All services are live streamed via the Parish website.

* For our Risk Assessment and Guidance for Worship at St Gabriel’s, please see our website.

Services this week

Services may be changed or cancelled at short notice because of H.M. Government guidance.

COVID-19: for our Risk Assessment and Guidance for coming to worship at St Gabriel’s, please see our website.

8.00 a.m.      Holy Communion (trad. language)
Grosvenor Road, Guildhouse Street                                                       
10.30 a.m.   Sung Mass
Parish and Congregation 
6.00 p.m.      Choral Evensong and Benediction
Introit: O, remember not, Purcell
Responses: Plainsong
Canticles: in G, Wood
Anthem: View me Lord, Wood
Voluntary: Allegretto from Sonata No. 4, Op. 65,
Mendelssohn
St Gabriel’s Choir, dir. James Day
7.30 p.m. No Mass

The Blessing of Home

Services this week
please see the website for any changes

Mass:  Week 3 Ordinary Time Year 1

Tuesday 9.30 a.m. Sts Timothy &Titus
Hugh Mews, Hugh Street

Wednesday 9.15 a.m. No School Mass
7.00 p.m. Feria
Jane Austen House, Keats House

Thursday 9.30 a.m. St Thomas Aquinas
Kirkstall House, Langdale House

Friday 10.00 a.m. Feria
Lenthall House, Longdale House

Saturday 9.30 a.m. of Our Lady
Lowther House, Lupus Street

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time,
Year B
Candlemass

8.00 a.m.      Holy Communion (trad. language)
10.30 a.m.    Sung Mass
Parish and Congregation 
12 noon       Heaven’s Gate Mass
at the Parish House
6.00 p.m.      Evensong and Benediction
7.30 p.m.      No Mass

dates for the diary
this week

The Parish Pray-ers fortnightly meetings are now suspended under H.M. Government Guidance.

 Social distancing: we have reviewed and tightened our distancing procedures (please see the Risk Assessment on the website).

The Pimlico Musical Foundation is looking for 30 adults living in Westminster to take part in an exciting new collaborative creative writing and music project. Using movements from Handel’s Messiah as a starting point, they will explore universal themes such as what gives us hope, who our heroes are, where we find comfort in times of adversity and what sacrifices we make for others. The workshops will be led by theatre director/facilitator Rachel Yates, and are free. Selections of text created during these workshops will feature in a new, specially composed 1 hour piece of music/spoken word based around Handel’s Messiah.

   Places are offered on a first come, first served basis and must be booked in advance. The deadline is noon on Friday 29th January. For more information and to book please go to the P.M.F. website: https://pimlicomusicalfoundation.org.uk/event/messiah-reimagined-creative-writing-series/ 

Chalk for writing your house blessing is available.

Write: 20 + K + M + B + 21

Say: The three Wise Men, Kaspar, Melchior and Balthasar followed the star of God’s Son who became Man, two thousand and twenty one years ago. May Christ bless our home and remain with us through the new year.

The formula  20 + K + M + B + 21 is written out with chalk blessed on the Epiphany while the words of blessing (‘The three wise men …’) is said. This is done by one or more members of the family. The prayer calls down a blessing on the home and the chalk writing is a sign of hospitality.

 Holy Water
The custom of blessing water for use in church and the home goes back at least to the fifth century, and probably earlier since it was a custom Christians carried on from their Jewish forebears.

The water is not magical but is used by God to give a blessing to people or their homes. In fact blessings with holy water can be applied to all sorts of things, from the sacred vessels of the Mass to a new motor car. This is a sign to us of God’s care for the whole of His creation and how the Spirit of God makes all things new (Is. 65.17, Rev. 21.5).

The water also reminds us of our baptism. So in happier times when we come into church we make the sign of the cross on our foreheads as a reminder that we entered Christ’s Body the Church through baptism.

Holy water is a symbol of God’s strength to both protect us and give us new life.

Prayer of blessing

Blessed are you, Lord, all-powerful God,
who in Christ, the living water of salvation,
blessed and transformed us.
Grant that when we are sprinkled with this water
or make use of it,
we will be refreshed inwardly by the power
of the Holy Spirit
and continue to walk in the new life
we received at Baptism.

We ask this though Christ our Lord.  
R. Amen.

If you would like to make your usual church worship at home, please see the link Spiritual Communion 2020

Public Notice 

The Westminster Chapel Foodbank which usually meets in the Parish Halls as part of the Pimlico Hub at St Gabriel’s, requests the following items;

Cleaning fluids   Toiletries   Toilet roll
Sanitary towels   Cooking oil   Herbs & Spices
Also
Tins of fruit    Juice
UHT milk    Rice pudding/custard
Coffee      Sugar
Tinned tomatoes  Pasta sauce     Tinned vegetables

For the moment we ask that you take your donations to Sainsburys in Wilton Road for collection and distribution to the needy – thank you.

 

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Vicar: Fr Owen Higgs

St Gabriel’s Church
30 Warwick Square
London SW1V 2AD

         
   
 
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