Weekly notices

Christ the King,
Year A
22nd November, 2020

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)
Gillingham Row, Gillingham Street
10.30 a.m.  Mass
Parish and Congregation
6.00 p.m. Choral Evensong and Benediction
Introit: Great Lord of Lords, Wood
Responses: Smith
Canticles: Sumsion in A
Anthem: Hymn to St Cecilia, Britten
Voluntary: Toccata in F, BWV 540, J.S. Bach
The Epiphoni Consort, dir. Tim Reader
7:30 p.m. No Mass

From the 5th November, following H.M. Government Guidelines, we are closed for public worship. The church will open for private prayer between 12:00 – 15:00 Monday to Friday.

We are currently live streaming our private services (that is services celebrated with only the clergy present in accordance the Bishop of London’s guidance) via YouTube . The private services take place at the service times listed above and in the Weekly Notices.

Mass:  Thirty Fourth Week in Ordinary Time,  
Year 2

Tuesday       9.30 a.m.    Feria
Grosvenor Road, Guildhouse Street

Wednesday  9.15 a.m.  School Mass
7.00 p.m.    St Catherine of Alexandria                       
Hallam House, Hawthorne House

Thursday      9.30 a.m.    Feria
Hugh Mews, Hugh Street

Friday          10.00 a.m.   Feria
Jane Austen House, Keats House

Saturday       9.30 a.m.    of Our Lady
Kirkstall House, Langdale House


Advent Sunday, Year B 

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


The Parish’s GDPR General Notice is published in hardcopy on the noticeboard at the back of church. For further information, please see James Farmer.


dates for the diary
this week

Next Sunday:
6 p.m.
Advent Carol Service with The Sovereign Singers.

Colla Voce Christmas Concert: 6 p.m., Saturday, 12th December.


Concerts at 7 p.m.
Performed by singers from the Royal Academy of Music

Thursday, 3rd December – Songs by Schuman, Brahms, Grieg
Thursday, 10th December – A Christmas Celebration: music from Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and more.  

Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/st-gabriels-concerts

All events are subject to HMG Safeguarding Guidance and maybe cancelled at short notice.

Church opening

We are very grateful to all those who have volunteered to open the church and to Caroline Colvin for organising this. Please contact Caroline directly or via the website if you would like to volunteer.

The Church will be open this week Monday-Friday, 12 noon – 3 p.m.


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
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.



Vicar: Fr Owen Higgs

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

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