Holy Cross Anglican Church Hackett

Following Jesus and building community in Canberra’s Inner North

Tag: Worship

Sponsor a paver to build our labyrinth

Our Trinity labyrinth at Holy Cross and St Margaret’s is taking shape. You can be a part of it by sponsoring some of the thousand pavers that make it up. At $3 per paver, your contribution can help this beautiful place of prayerfulness grow. Leave a lasting footprint on our sacred land, and help bring the love of God to fellow pilgrims in the Inner North.

Contact treasurer@holycrosshackett.org.au to make a donation.

Mothers Union Lady Day Service and AGM

This year’s Lady Day Communion Service of the diocesan Mother’s Union will be held at 10am Wednesday 24 March at Holy Cross Hackett, with guest preacher Reverend Joan Smith.

It will be followed by lunch and the MU AGM. Bring a friend!

Easter worship services

Join Holy Cross for Easter:

9am 28 March Palm Sunday;

7.30pm 1 April Last Supper;

2 April Good Friday
9am Service
2pm Meditation at the Cross;

4 April Easter Sunday
6am Dawn Vigil
9am Family Eucharist

Contemplative worship at Holy Cross

Following a challenging year and as the holidays come to a close, our meditative prayer services are returning from 1 Feb, offering a chance to pause amidst busy lives and return our minds to God.

4.15pm Mondays — Meditation Group

5.30pm Tuesdays — Contemplative Evening Prayer and Meditation

Advent & Christmas Services

Celebrate the festive season at Holy Cross and St Margaret’s with the North Canberra Nativity Festival, Carols by Candlelight and special worship services for Advent and Christmas.

Advent Sunday Worship
10am 29 Nov Family Service
7pm 29 Nov Darkness into Light

Nth Canberra Nativity Festival
Thu 10 to Sun 13 Dec
6.30pm Sunday Community BBQ
7.30pm Carols by Candlelight

Christmas Services
7.30pm Mon 21 Dec Blue Christmas Service
5pm Thu 24 Dec Kids Nativity Service
11pm Thu 24 Dec Midnight Mass
9am Fri 25 Dec Christmas Day Family Service


Sunday services in Lent

Table in front of altar with purple cloth, candles and crown of thorns

Sun 1 Mar Environment Sunday joint service;

9am Sunday worship:

8 Mar 2nd Sunday in Lent;

15 Mar 3rd Sunday in Lent;

22 Mar Mothering Sunday (no in-person worship);

29 Mar 5th Sunday in Lent (no in-person worship);

5 Apr Palm Sunday (no in-person worship)

Join Holy Cross for Christmas

Sun 1 December 9.30am Advent Family Service 7pm Darkness into Light Service Wednesday 11-Sunday 15 December North Canberra Nativity Festival Saturday 14 December 7pm Looking Glass Percussion Sunday 15 December 6pm Community BBQ 7pm Carols by Candlelight Wednesday 18 December 7.30pm Blue Christmas Service Tuesday 24 December 5pm Kids Nativity Service 11pm Midnight Mass 9am Christmas Family Service

Join us for the festive season: Advent Sunday 1 Dec;

Nativity Festival & Carols by Candlelight 11-15 Dec;

Blue Christmas 18 Dec;

Kids Nativity; Midnight Mass 24 Dec;

Christmas Service 25 Dec

The meaning of our Trinity Labyrinth

Congregations from St Margaret's and Holy Cross gather for the blessing of the Trinity Labyrinth

Labyrinths are an ancient spiritual practice: for many thousands of years, people of all faiths and none have used them for prayer and meditation. In the Middle Ages Christians embraced them as a form of pilgrimage: the most famous one is in Chartres Cathedral, France. A labyrinth is not a maze: you can’t get lost! There’s just one route to follow which always leads to the centre.

Diagram showing the Holy Cross Trinity Labyrinth

The Trinity Labyrinth is unusual in having three centres: the heart, representing the Father; the cross, representing the incarnate Son, Jesus Christ; and the dove, representing the life-giving Holy Spirit. The path that links the centres represents the “divine dance” of love between Father, Son and Spirit, in which we are invited to join. The theological word for this is perichoresis, from the Greek peri-khorein (which also gives us “chorus” & “choreography”).

Unlike some labyrinths which take you on a long journey before reaching the centre, when you enter the Trinity Labyrinth you are welcomed at once to the Father’s heart, and then invited on a pilgrimage into the heart of the love of God.

  • Before you enter the labyrinth, you might want to reflect on a line of Scripture, hold a memory of a loved on you wish to pray for, or consider an experience from your life where you are seeking healing or forgiveness.
  • As you walk the path, moving slowly at your own pace and pausing at the centres, you are invited to experience the love of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who creates, redeems and sustains you at every moment.
  • When you return to the heart, you can either leave the labyrinth, or – if you have time – choose to continue on your pilgrimage (you might like to walk it three times). There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth.
  • When you leave, take a moment to thank God for what you have received.

Download the labyrinth card with this information here (pdf – 295kb).

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