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The Feast of Epiphany including the Conversion of St Paul and the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas).

 

In the Western churches, the Epiphany (‘manifestation’) became an occasion to celebrate one element in the story of Christ’s birth, the visit of the far-travelled magi, understood as the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. Matthew’s account speaks simply of ‘wise men from the east’; later tradition fixed their number at three, made them kings and recalled their resonant names – Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. In this perspective, Epiphanytide is an apt season to pray for the worldwide mission of the Church. The feast of the Conversion of St Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, appropriately falls in the Epiphany season, as does the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In the Eastern churches, the Epiphany is, rather, the celebration of Christ’s baptism at the hands of John, when the heavens were opened and a voice from heaven declared Jesus to be God’s beloved Son. The miracle of Cana in Galilee, where Jesus ‘first manifested his glory’, follows immediately:

 

Manifest at Jordan’s stream,

Prophet, Priest, and King supreme;

and at Cana wedding-guest

in thy Godhead manifest.

(Christopher Wordsworth)

 

The arrangement of the Sundays of Epiphany in the Revised Common Lectionary deliberately draws out these aspects.

The season of joyful celebration that begins at Christmas now continues through the successive Sundays of Epiphany, and the festal cycle ends only with the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas). The child who has been manifested to the magi at his birth is now recognized by Simeon and Anna, when he comes to be presented in the Temple according to the Law of Israel. He is both ‘a light to lighten the Gentiles’ and ‘the glory of God’s people Israel’. But the redemption he will bring must be won through suffering; the Incarnation is directed to the Passion; and Simeon’s final words move our attention away from the celebration of Christmas and towards the mysteries of Easter.

 

Text from the Church of England website

 

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St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA

 

Registered Charity               Number 1138077

January – March 2020 Installation of new lighting

Monday – Friday 11.00am – 4.00pm

Limited access only during the week

An area of the church will be available for private prayer

Sunday services will be as usual. 

 

Sundays

10.00 Family Eucharist  

08.00   Holy Communion (First Sunday in the month)

10.00   Parish Eucharist
16.00   Evening Prayer30 

Evening Prayer may be cancelled on the Sunday after Christmas and on Easter Day or during August. The service may  also be cancelled if no key holder is available or it may take place in the rectory instead.

 

Weekdays

08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday)

The church is normally open from 11.00-16.00 Monday to Friday.

 

Monthly Private Prayer and Reflection 

These sessions are held on the first Thursday of the month., from 13.00-13.30.

2020 Dates.

6 February, 5 March,

2 April, 7 May, 4 June, 2 July,

No session in August, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November, 3 December.

 
Cleaning Angels 

These sessions are normally held on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.00. Some gentle cleaning and tea and cakes at the end.

2020 Dates.

6 February, 5 March,

2 April, 7 May, 4 June, 2 July,

No session in August, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November, 3 December

 

2020 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30 

Monday 27 January

Tuesday 24-March

Tuesday 5-May (*Supper)

 Monday 29 June

 Tuesday 15 September

 Monday 23 November

*19.30 in the Rectory 

 

Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997  

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