New Waves – Easter 2012

 

This is the ‘electronic’ version of the magazine of the Priory Church of St Andrew the Apostle, Hamble. This version is for those living outside the parish who do not receive a free copy, or for those that have lost their original copy. My thanks to Liz (Scoop) Jarvis, New Waves editor, for her kind co-operation in making this ‘e’ version possible.

Funded by St Andrew’s and delivered free to all homes in Hamble

In this issue:


 
 

Special Services for Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday, 1st April

8.00 am           Holy Eucharist

10 am              The Parish Eucharist

11.15 am         Procession

Meet at the church after the service and join the procession around the village led by a donkey.  Carrying palms and singing hymns, we re-enact Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the last week of his life on earth. (Weather permitting)

Maundy Thursday, 5th April

9.45 am           Family Eucharist

7.00 pm           Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper with Traditional Foot Washing Ceremony

8.30 – 10 pm   Vigil Watch at the Altar of Repose

Celebration of the Last Supper, when Jesus gave the first Eucharist and washed His disciples’ feet; 12 volunteers have their feet washed by the priest at this service.  The “Vigil Watch” in the Lady Chapel, where the altar is beautifully dressed with flowers and candles, follows the Eucharist.  Stay for as long as you wish.  Join in meditations, remembering how Jesus spent the night before his crucifixion in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Good Friday, 6th April

11.00 am         Stations of the Cross

Around the walls of the church are pictures depicting how Jesus carried his cross to Golgotha where he was crucified.  We move around the church in a group, pausing at each of these pictures for prayers, readings and singing.  We are reminded of the appalling cruelty of the crucifixion and the extent of the suffering that Jesus went through for us.

12 – 4.00 pm   Children’s Easter Workshop  

2.30 pm           Celebaration of the Lord’s Passion

                        Veneration of the Cross and Holy Eucharist with Music

At this, the most solemn and moving service of the year, we commemorate in words and music the suffering and death of Jesus.  Those who wish, kiss the wooden cross, the sign of God’s love that won life for the world.

Holy Saturday,  7th April

7.00 pm           Easter Vigil and Service of Light

Starting with a fire outside the church – the new flames are blessed and from them comes the light for the Easter Candle, symbolising Christ who dispels the darkness of the night.  In a representative “vigil” at the Lord’s tomb, we listen to Bible readings, renew our baptismal vows and then joyfully celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.

Easter Day, Sunday 8th April

8.00 am           Holy Eucharist

10.00 am         The Mass of the Resurrection

The celebration continues with glorious Easter hymns.  If you have re-lived the death and burial of Jesus over the preceding days at these special services, you will experience the true meaning of Easter.

 
 

A Voice from the Vestry

Each year in the spring, masses of worshipers celebrate Easter.  Around the world, Easter Sunrise Worship services are held on the tops of hills and mountains.  While priests chant and utter incantations, devotees kneel and bow in worship towards the east as the sun crests the horizon.  The places of worship overflow with people dressed in their new Easter clothes.  Bells ring from cathedrals and stirring hymns fill the air to inspire and uplift the worshipers.  Priests announce the resurrection of Jesus Christ with great acclaim and joy.  And, after the religious rites are over, the children are treated to an Easter egg hunt.  This is a description of a modern-day celebration of Easter.  But, as strange as it may seem, a similar description applies to the Easter celebrations in Babylon over 4,000 years ago, in Asia Minor over 2,500 years ago, and in pagan Rome in 100 A.D.

The origin of the Pasch (Easter) eggs is just as clear as the origin of Easter.  The ancient druids bore an egg, as the sacred emblem of their order.  In ancient times eggs were used in the religious rites of the Egyptians and the Greeks, and were hung up for mystic purposes in their temples.  From Egypt these sacred eggs can be distinctly traced to the banks of the Euphrates.

The religious solemnities of April, as now practiced, are called by the name of Easter — that month, among our ancestors, having been called Easter month. The festival, of which we read in Church history under the name of Easter, in the third or fourth centuries, was quite a different festival from that now observed in the Church, and at that time was not known as Easter.     It was called the Passover, and though not of Apostolic institution, was very early observed by many professing Christians; in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Christ.

Today the entire of Christendom celebrates Easter Sunday in memory of the Resurrection.  It is the Feast of feasts . . .

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon of spring.  The feast is moveable, and can fall between March 22nd and April 25th.  This variance in the date of Easter was devised to more closely counterfeit the dates of the true Christian Passover and make it easier to replace the Passover with Easter.  Also, the observance of the Passover ceremony, as commanded by Jesus Christ himself, was by edict of the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.

So, when you come to Church on Easter Sunday remember you are part of a great multitude of Christians throughout the world who is giving glory to God for his Son’s resurrection.  It is a day when every second of time someone is praying to God, singing praises to Him and worshipping the Christian saviour of the world.

Remember, Jesus Christ is risen. Alleluia!

 
 

NEWS

A Perfect Evening

Social fund raising gatherings organised by the Friends of St. Andrew’s are eclectic in terms of their approach and the music associated with them.  The quartet ‘Blow’ provided a rather sombre minor key accompaniment at the October black tie dinner.  In total contrast December 10th introduced to Hamble the lively and versatile West End Singers.  The West End Singers were formed in September 1988, to sing mainly modern music and has a reputation for polished and sensitive singing.  They have won various trophies and also sung in the USA (April 1991 & October 2007).  After their 2009 Christmas concert, they bid a fond farewell to their Musical Director of 20 years, Ann Cousins, and welcomed their new Musical Director, Alex Silverman.

This ensemble of thirty plus singers (providing four part harmony) was energetically conducted by the Winchester College / Cambridge University trained tenor Alex Silverman.  Rebecca Jane Smith the violin soloist studied violin at Wells Cathedral School and the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music.  Rebecca was leader of the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra whilst reading Economics.  Alex and Rebecca met at Cambridge and after graduating performed together at the Edinburgh festival.  The guest pianist was Matthew Shenton, a graduate in Jazz and Contemporary Music at the Leeds College of Music.  Matthew has a wide variety of experience in the music industry with a broad range of genres – ranging from accompanying classical recitals to playing jazz on cruise ships.  Clearly, a very talented group of musicians had been brought together for this concert.

As an academic such inane questions as ‘How many academics does it take to change a light bulb?’ always brings about the resounding response of: ‘Change – change?’ introducing a new event, and perhaps with the timing of the event, appeared to produce a similar response.  Ticket sales were painfully slow and few a fortnight before.  Cancellation became a real possibility.

Perhaps we lacked faith for ultimately the church was packed, with most ticket purchase made during the performance week, and more at the door.  Consequently the Priory centre heaved with energetic chatter in the interlude as wine and waitress/waiter canapés were served to one and all.

Attendees were not disappointed with either the diversity or varied pace and intensity of the musical programme.  The evening commenced with the soprano section initiating ‘Carol of the Bells’, followed by the altos with their ding donging, before all four parts celebrated the spreading gaiety of ringing bells while people sang.  Contrast followed with ‘The Shepherds Farewell’ and ‘Jesus Christ the Apple Tree’ before the first violin solo.  The men performed Alex Silverman’s adaptation of ‘The Longest Time’ before the choirs interpretation of the Flying Pickets’ ‘Only you’.  (My wife and I heard the Flying Pickets’ rendition many years ago at the Newcastle Theatre Royal.)  After another beautiful violin solo the singing of ‘California Dreamin’ led to audience participation in a Festive Sing-along.

The second half of the programme was equally diverse in style and mood.  From the Take That ‘The Flood’ to the syncopated ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’ to ‘Choo Choo Chi Boogie’.  Particularly memorable (for me) was the dynamic interchange of piano (Alex) and Violin (Rebecca) in the tango music that had been featured in the film Scent of a Woman.  Rebecca later informed me it was entitled Por Una Cabeza by Astor Piazzolla arranged by John Williams.  As each instrument took the lead there appeared to be greater energy rele of the ase, colour and increased intensity.  For the ear it was a quite wonderful treat.  There then followed ‘I Sing of a Maiden’, with piano and violin accompaniment.  ‘Perfect Day’ preceded the audiences’ gusto in a ‘Christmas Mash up’ of popular seasonal music.

The church reluctantly emptied itself of its appreciative audience with beaming smiles, many a thank you and a quickening in everyone’s step as a perfect evening concluded.

Grant E. Hearn

(Chairman of the Friends)

 Burns Night

A contingent of nearly a hundred were greeted by the St. Andrew’s Pipe Band when they gathered at the Priory Centre for what has become a rather slick, well run annual Burns Night hosted by the Friends of St. Andrew’s Church at the Priory Centre.

The evening started with some lovely smoked salmon, before ramping up the Scottish-ness when the star of the show (the Haggis) was piped in, to be paraded and then addressed by an enthusiastic Scot (……………?) in full tartan get up, complete with sword, before being given a rather hearty toast.

While waiting for the main event, we were treated to a well sung version of the Dark Isle by Vicki Miles.  The hard working waiting staff then set about serving the Haggis, complimented by Neaps and Tatties, not to forget the onion gravy, to cap off the full Burns Night experience.

A little more song followed, this time an address to the lassies by Peter Watson followed by the reply from the lassies to the wee laddies by Kathy Cole. Some good cheer and a reflection on Robbie Burns and his modern day relevance (Scottish independence and the Banking industry) provided the interlude before the traditional apple pie. And let’s not forget the cheese course and Whisky (Scottish, of course) toast.

I’m pleased to say the St. Andrew’s Pipe Band, who were out in force, gave an invigorating performance for the second time of the night and as usual managed to raise the roof on the night.

The evening wound up with some rousing traditional Scottish folk songs accompanied by some well drilled accordion playing by Fr. John and David Carney.

Will I make the hundred mile journey from my Gloucestershire base again next year? Yes.

Andrew Tait

Congratulations

Thursday Fellowship shared a delicious birthday cake to mark the 90th Birthdays of two of its members, Tom and Eileen, who both regularly attend services and other social events at St. Andrew’s Church.  Tom and Eileen have enjoyed rounds of celebration with their respective families and friends.

Many congratulations from all at St. Andrew’s.

 

 A Great Big Thank You

The church family of St. Andrew’s, Hamble would like to say a sincere “thank you” to those kind people who gave Christ their Christmas Gift in the shape of money for the upkeep and running of our village church following the Christmas issue of New Waves.

 
 

An Insight to Holy Week

Holy Week is the last week of Lent immediately preceding the important Christian festival of Easter. It is the most solemn week of the Christian year, a time in which we reflect on the last week of Jesus’ life here on Earth.

Special Days in Holy Week

  • Palm Sunday, the day Jesus arrived in Jerusalem.
  • Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), Last Supper and the betrayal by Judas.
  • Good Friday (Holy Friday), the arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus Christ.
  • Holy Saturday, the Sabbath on which Jesus rested in the grave.
  • Easter Sunday, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the culmination of Holy Week.

Palm Sunday (1st April)

Holy week begins on Palm Sunday.  It celebrates Jesus’ triumphant arrival in Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of the Passover.  On this day great crowds of excited people gathered together and lined the streets of Jerusalem.  They welcomed Jesus by waving and laying before Him palm branches, shouting ‘Hosanna’, a cry of praise in recognition of the Messiahship of Jesus, as he entered this Holy city.

Maundy Thursday (5th April)

Maundy Thursday – also called Holy Thursday –  commemorates the last supper of Jesus with his Apostles. During this supper Jesus took bread and wine and shared them with his Apostles, as Christians today also continue to do, as part of their worship in church.  It is also on this night that Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane, which then led to His arrest.

The name ‘Maundy’ is derived from the Latin word “mandatum”, meaning a commandment. Jesus at the Last Supper gave a new commandment:

‘That you love one another.

Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.’ (John 13:34)

Maundy Thursday also initiates the three day period known as ‘The Easter Triduum’, the three days of devoted prayer and observance during Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, commemorating the Passion, Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus.

 

Good Friday (6th April)

Good Friday commemorates the Passion: the day when Jesus was tried in a mock trial and handed over to the Romans to be beaten and flogged.  He was then forced to carry His own cross to Calvary, where he was subsequently crucified.  It is a day of mourning in the church, where Christians throughout the world will reflect on Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for them in their own personal lives.

The name Good Friday may have been derived from ‘God’s Friday’ in the same way that good-bye is derived from ‘God be with ye’.

It is also ‘good’ because through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, the barrier of sin was broken.

 

Holy Saturday (7th April)

Holy Saturday, sometimes known as Easter Eve, is the last day of Holy Week, bringing the season of Lent to a conclusion.  It commemorates the day that Jesus’ body lay rested in the tomb.  A day of waiting and quiet reflection, as Christians contemplate the darkness of a world without a future and without hope apart from God and His grace.

Liturgically speaking, Holy Saturday lasts until 6.00pm or dusk, after which normally, during the hours of darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Day, the Easter Vigil is celebrated.

The Easter Vigil is a Christian service, which begins in darkness as the Paschal Candle is lit.  This return of light, symbolizes the  Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave and the light of salvation and hope God brought into the world through the resurrection, the triumph of the light of God’s grace and salvation, over the darkness of death and sin, marking the official start of the Easter season.

Easter Sunday (8th April)

Easter Sunday is the culmination of Holy Week and a major festival of the Christian church’s year, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus on the third day of his crucifixion.  Jesus’ resurrection shows that death is not the end of everything.  Easter is like the spring season it graces, associated with birth, renewal and fertility.

There are many customs associated with Easter Day which involve eggs.  The custom of giving children chocolate eggs has always been popular and eggs were always thought to be special even before Jesus was born.  This is because they are associated with new life when the chick breaks from the egg.  After Jesus had risen from the dead, it was easy to think of eggs as a sign of new life. So eggs have always been part of celebrations at Easter.

In conclusion, the message of Holy Week and the Easter celebration is that Christ died so that we might no longer live for ourselves.  He gives us a new focus, as we live for him and his principles.  Let us reflect during this solemn week and take on that new focus, helping us to not be as selfish, not to live for ourselves as perhaps we have done, but to help others.  In this way, we will all make the world a much better place.

 
 

 The Voice from the Potting Shed

By the time this edition of New Waves drops through your letterbox, spring and Easter will be upon us.

What a mild winter we have had! Sightings of camellias in bloom in December and January – the plants must wonder what season it is!

If you have not already done so, now is the time to go round the garden with a pair of secateurs tidying up the borders and containers cutting back any dead foliage such as on lavenders, hydrangeas and hardy fuchsias.  I recommend forking over the soil to give it a fresh look and at the same time forking in a light dressing of general garden fertiliser as you go, to give the plants a spring boost.  If your daffodils have died down don’t be tempted to cut them back, let them die down naturally, at least six weeks after flowering, to build up strength in the bulb for next year’s flowering.  If anything, give them a liquid feed and tie the leaves up in bunches.

Last year for the first time I grew bedding begonias which were a great success.  They are virtually maintenance free, reasonably drought tolerant and flower up to the first frost.  They will be readily available in garden centres which will also soon be full of a lovely range of summer bedding plants.

If we have a warm and sunny spell it is always tempting to buy and plant out summer bedding plants into the garden borders, hanging baskets and containers before the risk of frost is passed – be patient and wait a little longer.

If you enjoy fresh cut salad leaves, and you haven’t got much room, try planting in pots or containers on your patio.  I recommend a variety called ‘salad leaves’ which is very easy to grow.  Sow thinly into moist, lightly firmed compost, covering with a thin layer of compost.  Cut when you think the leaves are large enough to harvest with a pair of scissors.  If you sow little and often you should have a supply of juicy leaves throughout the summer.  Be careful not to let the young plants dry out but don’t be tempted to over water at the same time.  If space permits, these can be sown directly into the soil.

Happy gardening until the next edition of ‘The Voice from the Potting Shed’.

 
 

 Easter is Coming

Our Lord died for us on the cross

The sky was dark and the sun was lost.

Crucified, nailed on hands and feet

Why was this?

 

Born in a stable amongst animals and hay

So now we have Christmas Day.

Only a short life He had to live

What did He give?

 

He gave us His life to keep us good,

To take away our sins.

What have we done in the years since then?

Not anything.

Wars, hatred, gluttony and greed,

Nothing for those that are in need.

Jesus Christ is our only hope,

Pray for Him.

 

He is there for you and He is there for me.

Confide in Him in your prayers

And just a few of you might see

That Jesus really cares.

Jesus Christ is LOVE

                                        Rosemary Ann Barton


 
 

 What’s on?

MARCH
Sunday 25th 6 pm Lent Choral Evensong
Mon 26th – Sat 31st 9 am and 6 pm Daily Office
Wednesday 28th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Saturday 31st 10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B
APRIL
Sunday 1st 11.15 am Palm Sunday Procession;6 pm Lent Choral Evensong
Monday 2nd 10 am – 4 pm Quiet Day
Mon 2nd  – Sat 7th 9 am and 6 pm Daily Office
Tuesday 3rd 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café7 pm Healing Service
Wednesday 4th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs; 7 pm Parish Passover Supper
Thursday 5th 7 pm Maundy Thursday Eucharist
Friday 6th 11 am Stations of the Cross; 12 – 4 pm Children’s Easter Workshop; 2.30 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Saturday 7th 7 pm Easter Vigil and Service of Light
Sunday 8th 10 am Mass of the Resurrection; 6 pm Choral Evensong
Wednesday 11th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Monday 16th 7 pm St. Andrew’s Church AGM
Tuesday 17th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café
Wednesday 18th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Wednesday 25th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Saturday 28th 10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B7.30 pm Brass Band Concert
MAY
Tuesday 1st 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café;7 pm Healing Service
Wednesday 2nd 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Sunday 6th 11.30 am The 11.15 with Baptism Service
Wednesday 9th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Sunday 13th 6 pm Choral Evensong
Tuesday 15th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café
Wednesday 16th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Thursday 17th 9.45 am Ascension Day Service
Wednesday 23rd 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Saturday 26th 10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B
Tuesday 29th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café
Wednesday 30th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
JUNE
Sunday 3rd 11.30 am  The 11.15 with Baptism Service
Tuesday 5th 7 pm Healing Service
Wednesday 6th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Sunday 10th 6 pm Choral Evensong


 
 

 Who do I contact? St Andrew’s Parochial Church Council (PCC)

Bert Allwood : Deanery Synod Rep.                                                        023 8045 2851

Annette de Bary: Music                                                                            023 8045 8452

Colin Glue: Churchwarden                                                                        023 8045 7053

Joan Glue: Parish Reader                                                                          023 8045 7053

Helen Griffiths: Music; PCC Vice Chairman                                            023 8045 8452

Arthur Haines-Ray: Assistant Churchwarden; Funeral Verger          023 8045 3553

Brian Howlett: Deanery Synod Rep; Health and Safety Officer          023 9283 2740

Roy Pharoah:                                                                                               023 8056 1195

Fr John Travers: Baptisms; Weddings; Funerals; Priory Centre        023 8045 2148

David Winser; Parish Reader; Sacristan                                                  023 8045 5872

Holy Waghorn:                                                                                             023 8040 2972

Other contacts

Pat Gillman: Magazine distribution.                                                         023 8045 2422

Grant Hearn: Friends of St Andrew’s                                                       023 8045 6265

Jeff Law: Finance                                                                                         023 8045 4299

Kim Quayle: Beacons                                                                                   023 8056 2193

Heather & Terry Smith: Wedding Vergers                                              023 8045 2988

Helen Taylor: Cherubs                                                                                023 8045 8347

Judy Waghorn: Fete/Fayre Co-ordinator                                                014 8978 2795

 “New Waves” Magazine Editor: Liz Jarvis

17 Walker Place, Hamble, S031 4BL Tel 023 8045 2726

Email: lizjarvis@live.com

Please send all contributions to The Editor. 

For advertising enquiries please contact Roy Pharoah,

Tel 023 8056 1195   Email: roy.pharoah@ntlworld.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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