The Grosvenor Chapel
The Grosvenor Chapel

             This Week

The Chapel is open
for public worship. Some Services are live-streamed
 
(access here.)

 

Wednesday, 24th November,

  7.30am Morning Prayer,

Fr Alan Piggot (online only)

 

Thursday 25th November,

St. Catherine, 4th Century martyr

8am Said Eucharist, Lady Chapel

12 noon Thursday Lunch Club for Refugees & Homeless People, Garden Room

 

Friday, 26th November,

9.15am Act of Collective Worship, St George’s School (parents only)

 

Sunday 28th November,

Advent Sunday

11am Sung Eucharist

Preacher: Fr Richard Fermer

Music: 

William Byrd Mass for Five Voices

William Byrd Laetentur coeli

JS Bach Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BWV661

Looking ahead:

Chapel's Community Carol Service,

7pm Tuesday, 7th December

Christmas Eve, 24th December

4.30pm Family Crib Service

10.45pm Midnight Mass with Carol Prelude

Christmas Day, 25th December

11am Sung Eucharist

 

CHAPEL OPENING TIMES

At present only the rear of the nave is open for visits and private prayer during the week.

 

Monday to Friday: 8am - 5pm

Saturday: closed/ Occasional Offices

Sunday: 9am - 2pm

 

 

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

Lent Course 2021, “Encounters with Christ in Lent”

This Lent we will build on the success of our joint-vigils with Farm St Church during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, to offer an Ecumenical Lent Course to be delivered on Zoom. It takes place for six Wednesdays from 24th February. Each session will be composed of: 1.) A Brief Introduction, 2.) A Scriptural Reading, 3.) A twenty minute Guided Meditation on the Reading, 4.) Break out rooms to reflect on the Guided Meditation with a Facilitator in each group, 5.) Return to plenary and Final Prayers.

 

We are invited to encountering Christ ourselves through reflecting on His encounters with people  in the Gospel. The passage follow the pattern of the life of Christ in the second, third and fourth weeks of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. 
24th Feb: Curing of the leper Mk 2:40-45 – experiencing the compassion of Christ. 

3rd March: Call of the disciples Mtt 4.18 - 22 - called to follow Christ/

10th March: Walking on the water Mt 14:22-33 – called to trust in Christ. 

17th March: Bartimaeus Mk 10:46-52 – experiencing Christ’s healing and following him along the road to Calvary. 

24th March: This man was Son of God Mk 15: 33-39 – The Centurion recognises who Jesus really is through witnessing his Crucifixion. 

31st March: Mary at the tomb Jn 20: 11-18 – Mary of Magdala meets the risen Jesus and is told to go and share the news with his disciples. 

"Candles in the Dark"
A new Prayer & Discussion Group

 

Each Monday at 8.30am, a live-streamed devotional address will be given on three chapters of Rowan William's new book "Candles in the Dark".

This will be followed up with a Prayer and Discussion Group on the book on Tuesday evenings at 8pm. To register to for the Group let the Office know: info@grosvenorchapel.org.uk
 

 

Prayer & Discussion Group for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Sunday 17th Jan, Wednesday 20th, Sunday 24th at 8pm.

 

We will be joining brothers and sisters from the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, to undertake three Vigils, which will include an Address, discussion time, and prayers together. The sessions will be conducted on Zoom. Using material from this year's "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity", "Abiding in Christ". The below is taken from WPCU Resource Material for 2021:

"The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. e theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.

The Grandchamp Community has its origins in Europe in the 1930s, when a group of women of the Reformed tradition sought to rediscover the importance of silence and listening to the Word of God. Today the community has fifty sisters, all women from different generations, Church traditions, countries and continents. In their diversity the sisters are a living parable of communion. ey remain faithful to a life of prayer, life in community and the welcoming of guests. e sisters share the grace of their monastic life with visitors and volunteers who go to Grandchamp for a time of retreat, silence,

healing or in search of meaning.

In producing the material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity for 2021, the sisters are inviting churches across the world to enter into their tradition of prayer and silence that is rooted in the ancient traditions of the Church catholic.

Jesus said to the disciples, “abide in my love” (Jn 15:9). He abides in the love of the Father (Jn 15:10) and desires

nothing other than to share this love with us:
“I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father” (Jn 15:15b). Grafted into the vine, which is Jesus himself, the Father becomes our vinedresser who prunes us to make us grow. This describes what happens in prayer. The Father is the centre of our lives, who centres our lives. He prunes us and makes us whole, and whole human beings give glory to the Father.

Abiding in Christ is an inner attitude that takes root in us over time. It demands space to grow. It can be overtaken by the struggle for the necessities of life and it is threatened by the distractions, noise, activity and the challenges of life.

We live in a time that is both troubling and magni cent, an o en dangerous time where we are challenged by pandemics, wars, violence, poverty, racism and climate change. Yet as Christians seeking reconciliation, justice and peace, we also know the full value of a spiritual life, have an immense responsibility and must realize it, unite and help each other create forces of calmness, refuges of peace, vital centres where the silence of people calls on the creative word of God. It is a question of life and death.

Though we, as Christians, abide in the love of Christ, we also live in a creation that groans as it waits to be set free (cf. Romans 8). In the world we witness the evils of suffering and conflict. Through solidarity with those who suffer, we allow the love of Christ to flow through us. The paschal mystery bears fruit in us when we offer love to our brothers and sisters and nurture hope in the world.

Spirituality and solidarity are inseparably linked. Abiding in Christ, we receive the strength and wisdom to act against structures of injustice and oppression, to fully recognize ourselves as brothers and sisters in humanity, and to be creators of a new way of living, with respect for and communion with all of creation.

The summary of the rule of life that the sisters of Grandchamp recite together each morning begins with the words “pray and work that God may reign”. Prayer and everyday life are not two separate realities but are meant to be united. All that we experience is meant to become an encounter with God."

(Taken from: https://ctbi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/WPCU-2021-English-pamphlet-Final.pdf.pagespeed.ce.SnR5lgw9dp.pdf )


To join the Group and receive Zoom link contact the Office: info@grosvenorchapel.org.uk

 

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Make your Prayer Requests

I would encourage you to send in any prayer requests. It does not need to be focused just on the sick and the departed. It could be on any concern. Let us know if you want the matter prayed for publicly or not. Please send your request to me richard.fermer@grosvenorchapel.org.uk

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