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CHRISTMAS SERVICES – update

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All our Christmas services (other than the Kids Nativity) will be available on Zoom: click here to join.

CHRISTMAS EVE, Fri 24 Dec

5pm: Kids Nativity

– this will be held OUTSIDE under the cherry tree, by request of parents who would prefer their children to be in a space with better ventilation. The weather should be fine. Bring a rug if you want somewhere comfortable to sit! Chairs will also be available.

11pm: Midnight Mass in the church

CHRISTMAS DAY, Sat 25 Dec

9am: All Age Eucharist in the church (NB no morning tea will be served)

BOXING DAY, Sun 26 Dec

10am: a simple said Eucharist, followed by morning tea in the Annex

Christmas Events

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Join the Holy Cross community and friends for our Christmas events! All welcome.

Darkness Into Light, Sun 28 Nov, 7pm

Join us for a beautiful service of music, readings and prayers to mark Advent Sunday. No need to book.

Or you can attend via Zoom at the usual Parish link.

Contemplative Morning Prayer

(The psalm, reading, and collect for each day can be found on the free epray app downloadable here. The Holy Cross epray code is 6806. A print-friendly version of the liturgy can also be found at the foot of the page.)

Opening Responses

Lord open our lips
And our mouth shall declare your praise.

Glory to God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

A Time of Open Praise

Opening Prayer

The night has passed
and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm

Bible Reading

For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

A Time of Quiet Meditation

Benedictus

In the morning, Lord,
I come into your house, Alleluia.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel:
who has come to God’s people and set them free.
The Lord has raised up for us a mighty Saviour:
born of the house of God’s servant David.

Through the holy prophets, God promised of old:
to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us,
To show mercy to our forebears:
and to remember God’s holy covenant.

This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship God without fear:
holy and righteous before God, all the days of our life.

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High:
for you will go before the Lord to prepare God’s way,
To give God’s people knowledge of salvation:
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God:
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death:
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever. Amen.

In the morning, Lord,
I come into your house, Alleluia.

A Time of Open Intercession

Lord in your love,
hear our prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

now and forever. Amen.

Collect

Closing Responses

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia.

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)

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