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March 31, 2013 High Mass Booklet

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  • Before Mass

    If you require assistance at any time, please speak to one of the welcomers at the

    Church entrance (narthex).

    As a friendly reminder, please turn off all electronic devices that might disrupt worship.

    In the interest of security, please keep purses and other valuables with you at all times.

    Wireless hearing amplifiers are available.

    Washrooms can be accessed through the doors on the left hand side at the back of the

    church on the opposite side to the entrance.

    Solemn Festal Procession & Second High Mass of the Resurrection Easter Day | March 31, 2013 | 10:30 AM

  • 2 | HIGH MASS

    Welcome

    Welcome to St. James, especially if you are a newcomer or visitor. Children of all ages

    are fully welcome at every liturgy. We hope that you will enjoy your visit here with us.

    Please help us to get to know you by introducing yourself to one of the clergy.

    VISION STATEMENT

    Discovering the beauty of holiness in our lives and neighbourhood, by living a

    Christ-centred sacramental life rooted in the Anglo-Catholic tradition.

    MISSION OBJECTIVES

    To be a beacon for all as a neighbourhood and destination church where we invite and

    welcome friends, family and strangers into our midst;

    To deepen our life of prayer and formation in Christ;

    To develop relationships and fellowship in open, honest and spiritual ways among

    parishioners, with our neighbours, and those in need;

    To pursue and practice justice and mercy for the imparting of the Kingdom of God

    within and beyond the Parish;

    To maintain financial equilibrium, develop our reserves and optimize the use of our

    assets to ensure the preservation of our sacred space and ministry from generation to

    generation, to the everlasting glory of God.

    TODAY

    9:30 AM No formation session

    10:30 AM Procession with High Mass

    5:00 PM Evensong & Benediction

    Cover: Easter Lilies emerge from the earth in the spring, and symbolize new life and the

    resurrection of Christ.

    This booklet is printed on recycled paper. Discarded copies will be recycled.

  • Before Mass

    If you require assistance at any time, please speak to one of the welcomers at the Church

    entrance (narthex).

    As a friendly reminder, please turn off all electronic devices that might disrupt worship.

    In the interest of security, please keep purses and other valuables with you at all times.

    Wireless hearing amplifiers are available.

    Washrooms can be accessed through the doors on the left hand side at the back of the

    church on the opposite side to the entrance.

    Your family is welcome at St. James. Children may wish to remain in the Church

    during the service: there is a play area with toys and colouring books just in front of the

    piano. We also have nursery care for children under 5 and Sunday School for older

    children.

    The sacrament of reconciliation (confession) is available. Speak with a priest to make

    an appointment.

    The Mass booklet contains all the prayers and information required to

    participate in the Mass.

    The directions given in this booklet to stand, sit and kneel are offered as guidelines to

    those who are able. The symbol + indicates when to make the sign of the cross. It is also

    customary to make a discreet bow at the name of Jesus.

    You are encouraged to take the opportunity before Mass for silence, stillness and

    prayer. Please refrain from talking before Mass begins.

    We adore you,

    most Holy Lord Jesus Christ

    here and in all your churches throughout all the world;

    and we bless you because

    by your Holy Cross

    you have redeemed the world.

    St. Francis of Assissi

    HIGH MASS | 3

  • 4 | HIGH MASS

    A Reflection

    EXSULTET: THE EASTER PROCLAMATION

    Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven, exult, let Angel ministers of God exult,

    let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty Kings triumph!

    Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her eternal King,

    let all corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness.

    Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice, arrayed with the lighting of his glory, let this

    holy building shake with joy, filled with the mighty voices of the peoples.

    Therefore, dearest friends, standing in the awesome glory of this holy light, invoke

    with me, I ask you, the mercy of God almighty, that he who has been pleased to

    number me, though unworthy, among the Levites, may pour into me his light

    unshadowed, that I may sing this candles perfect praises.

    It is truly right and just, with ardent love of mind and heart, and with devoted

    service of our voice, to acclaim our God invisible, the almighty Father, and Jesus

    Christ, our Lord, his Son, his Only Begotten. Who for our sake paid Adams debt to

    the eternal Father, and pouring out his own dear Blood wiped clean the record of

    our ancient sinfulness.

    These then are the feasts of Passover, in which is slain the Lamb, the one true Lamb,

    whose Blood anoints the doorposts of believers.

    This is the night, when once you led our forebears, Israels children, from slavery in

    Egypt and made them pass dry-shod through the Red Sea.

    This is the night that with a pillar of fire banished the darkness of sin.

    This is the night that even now, throughout the world, sets Christian believers apart

    from worldly vices and from the gloom of sin, lending them to grace, and joining

    them to his holy ones.

    This is the night when Christ broke the prison-bars of death, and rose victorious

    from the underworld. Our birth would have been no gain, had we not been redeemed.

  • HIGH MASS | 5

    O wonder of your humble care for us! O love, O charity beyond all telling, to ransom

    a slave you gave away your Son! O truly necessary sin of Adam, destroyed

    completely by the Death of Christ!

    O happy fault that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!

    O truly blessed night, worthy alone to know the time and hour when Christ rose

    from the underworld!

    This is the night of which it is written: The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is

    the night for me, and full of gladness.

    The sanctifying power of this night dispels all wickedness, washes faults away,

    restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners, drives out hatred, fosters

    concord, and brings down the mighty.

    On this, your night of grace, O holy Father, accept this candle, a solemn offering, the

    work of bees and of your servants hands, an evening sacrifice of praise, this gift from

    your most holy Church.

    But now we know the praises of this pillar, which glowing fire ignites for Gods

    honor, a fire into many flames divided, yet never dimmed by sharing of its light, for

    it is fed by melting wax, drawn out by mother bees to build a torch so precious.

    O truly blessed night, when things of heaven are wed to those of earth, and divine to the

    human.

    Therefore, O Lord, we pray you that this candle, hallowed to the honor of your name,

    may persevere undimmed, to overcome the darkness of this night.

    Receive it as a pleasing fragrance, and let it mingle with the lights of heaven.

    May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star: the one Morning Star who

    never sets, Christ your Son, who coming back from deaths domain has shed his

    peaceful light on humanity and lives and reigns for ever and ever.

  • Entrance Rite

    PRELUDE Trumpet Air - George Phillipp Telemann; Meditation - Gabriel Faure;

    Rondeau - Henry Purcell; Arrieta - Alessandro Scarlatti.

    At the entrance of the clergy and servers all stand. Stand

    INTROIT

    I am risen and am still with thee, alleluia. Thou hast laid thine hand upon me, alleluia.

    Thy knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me, alleluia. Psalm Thou hast

    searched me out and known me; thou knowest my down sitting and mine uprising.

    Glory be . . .

    ResurrexitHealey Willan

    SOLEMN FESTAL PROCESSION

    During the procession to the Easter Garden verses 1-5 of the hymn on the next page will be

    sung. The peoples response at the blessing of the Easter Garden is below. The remaining

    verses of the hymn are sung as the procession makes its way around the rest of the church,

    stopping in the main aisle for a station collect before the Rood Cross. The peoples response

    at the station is found on page 8.

    BLESSING OF THE EASTER GARDEN This is the day which the Lord hath made, alleluia.

    All We will rejoice and be glad in it, alleluia.

    Let us pray.

    Thanksgiving and honour and glory be unto thee, Almighty God, who for us and for our

    salvation didst raise up thine only Son Jesus Christ, from the dead. Accept and bless to

    our use this Easter Garden, that it may set before us the faith and love of our Saviour,

    and bring us with the holy apostles and Mary Magdalene, to pay to him our true

    devotion: to whom with thee and the Holy Spirit, be all praise and worship, world

    without end.