The Presentation of Christ in the Temple
This morning we are marking the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, or Candlemas.
The earliest reference to a celebration of this feast is provided by the intrepid pilgrim nun Egeria. When she visited Jerusalem in the years 381-384, she reported of a solemn ceremony with a candlelit procession to the Church of the Resurrection and a sermon on Luke 2: 22.
The Emperor Justinian ordered its observance of this feast in Constantinople in the year 542 in thanksgiving for the end of the plague. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, this Presentation is one of the 12 Great Feasts of the Church.
The Feast of the Presentation spread slowly in the West, and did not become important enough to find a place in the secular calendar. The English poet Robert Herrick (1591-1674) recalled how on this day Christmas decorations of greenery, including all traces of berries and holly, were removed from people’s homes.
This was the day to remove the cattle from the hay meadows and from the field that was to be ploughed and sown that spring. People believed that the weather at Candlemas predicted the weather for the following winter: good weather at Candlemas meant severe weather the next winter. An old English song goes:
If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Come winter, have another fight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Go winter and come not again.
- Patrick Comerford
Winter Lunch to warm the heart
It may be cold outside but there's a delicious menu in store for you at our Winter Lunch next month. We will be sampling a new restaurant in Belgravia - LIV in Holbein Place, a short walk from Holy Trinity Church.
The Lunch, next week - Sunday 9 February at 1pm - includes a two-course meal and Tea or Coffee for just £22.50 per person. Drinks are not included. There are only a few places left!
Avocado & tomato bruschetta or
Cauliflower soup with hot smoked salmon or
Arancini, pumpkin & sage, with aioli
Traditional fish pie with buttered peas or
Slow cooked lamb with peas, bacon & onions or
Red lentil fritters, pea puree, herb yoghurt
If you would like to come please call or e-mail our Parish Administrator Sophie Wilson to book a place and choose your courses. However, you must pay for your meal by MONDAY 3 FEBRUARY.
'The world will be saved by beauty'
Beauty attracts us, evokes wonder and joy in us. We fall in love with beauty, sing its praises and want to stay in its presence.
The novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote in his novel 'The Idiot' that 'the world will be saved by beauty'. For the Christian, we see perfect beauty in the face of Jesus Christ. As Hans Holbein the Younger's stark and shocking painting of 'The Dead Christ in the Tomb' suggests, this is not always what the world regards as beautiful.
We are beginning 2020 at Holy Trinity by exploring the beauty of God and what it calls us to be and do in the 21st century as individuals and as a community in a series of sermons on Sunday mornings.
This Sunday (February 2), Fr. Grant will address the topic, 'The Beauty of Worship'.
Join us in contemplation, discussion and prayer as we undertake this journey together and share your thoughts by writing to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where do you find beauty? What draws you to the beauty of Jesus Christ? How do we become beautiful? How can we craft a more beautiful world?
Fr. Nicholas Wheeler Rector
...a rising star!
Piano Recital by Ischico Velzel – February 2, 2:30-3:30pm
This Sunday afternoon, we have the great pleasure to welcome Dutch national Ischico Velzel, 24, who will be performing a varied programme of piano masterpieces. Repertoire is to include Mendelssohn's Variations sérieuses and other works by Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Scarlatti. Entrance is free, and it will be a great opportunity to show support for a rising star!
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2021
It is always very moving to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, there is so much to see and experience and learn together. St Jerome said: ‘Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books and the one you will find in the land they call Holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you.’
We invite you to come and know this for yourselves whether you are new to the Holy Land or have been many times before; there are always new sights and sounds to reflect upon. Reading the gospels will never be the same again and by visiting the Holy Land we are standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters there too. To have the chance to meet the ‘living stones’, the local Palestinian and Israeli Christians who are the ongoing, living church in the region, is humbling.
Our pilgrimage will include the sites where the most important events in Our Lord’s life and ministry took place: in Jerusalem and the surrounding area and further north in Galilee. We hope that if you have never been on pilgrimage to the Holy Land before you will choose to join us and, if you have been before, we welcome you back. Our journey is a life changing as well as faith changing experience. We invite you to journey with us and to share in this great opportunity to see those places we read of in the Scriptures.
The cost is £1,995 sharing a twinbedded/double room with ensuite bathroom. We stay in two religious guest houses - St Andrew’s in Jerusalem overlooking the Old City and in Galilee we stay at the popular Pilgerhaus in Tabgha right on the lakeside. The tour is on a full-board basis with buffet breakfast, lunch and evening meal included daily. Touring is by airconditioned coach and we will be accompanied by a local guide who will share leadership responsibilities and look after the formalities of hotel check-ins, etc. All entrance fees are included as well as gratuities.
For more information, see the brochure in church or contact email@example.com
Free Teatime Concerts
The Free Teatime Concert series continues this Monday. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection. The series runs every Monday until 2 March. We have a stellar line-up of local and national talent. See you there! Please pick up a few flyers from the desk and give them to your friends and family or put them in a library near you.
Intermission Youth Theatre becomes a New Charity
We are pleased to announce that the Intermission Youth Theatre has become part of a newly-formed charitable company, Intermission Youth. The Parochial Church Council of The Parish of Holy Trinity and St Saviour, Upper Chelsea established the youth theatre project in 2008 and remains proud of its association with this excellent project. The decision was taken to enable the project to enter a new chapter as an independent entity for the benefit of its future operational and developmental needs. The PCC would like to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated staff and contributors whose tireless efforts have already helped so many and will continue to do so much for the community and its members.
Sunday 2 February 2020 at 2.30pm Free Piano Recital by Ischico Velzel
Sunday 9 February 2020 at 1pm Parish Lunch at LIV Restaurant, Belgravia
Sunday 19 April 2020 at 11am Fr Grant's Last Service at Holy Trinity
Sunday 4 May 2020 at 8pm Fr Grant's Induction as Vicar of All Saints at All Saints, New Cross
11-20 January 2021 Holy Land Pilgrimage with Fr Nicholas and Fr Grant
All events at Holy Trinity Sloane Square unless otherwise stated
SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY The Presentation of Christ in the Temple
(Candlemas) Intention: Parish and People
8.30am Holy Communion
11.00am Sung Eucharist Holy Trinity Choir
Hodie beata virgo Maria William Byrd Missa brevis William Mathias When to the temple Mary went Johannes Eccard
Nunc Dimittis Geoffrey Burgon
Preacher: The Revd. Grant Bolton-Debbage
6.00pm Choral Evensong and Benediction sung by Coro Magnificat and Nunc dimittis Philip Stopford
O Thou, the central orb Charles Wood
Monday 3 February Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg Intention: Scholars 5.45pm Free Teatime Concert
7.00pm Sloane Square Choral Society
Tuesday 4 February Gilbert of Sepringham, 1189 Intention: For Missionaries
Wednesday 5 February Agatha, Sicilian Virgin and Martyr Intention: Chelsea Deanery 6.30pm Chelsea Deanery Schools Tales of our Community 6.30pm Requiem Mass
Thursday 6 February The Martyrs of Japan, 1597 Intention: The Isolated 5.30pm Property Task Force Meeting 7.00pm Arts and Crafts Festival Meeting at the Rectory
Friday 7 February Intention: Church House
Saturday 8 February Intention: Parents
SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY The Third Sunday Before Lent Intention: Parish and People
8.30am Holy Communion
11.00am Sung Eucharist Preacher: The Revd. Canon Nicholas Wheeler 6.00pm Choral Evensong and Benediction
WHO'S WHO and CONTACTS
RECTOR The Revd. Canon Nicholas Wheeler E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASSISTANT PRIEST The Revd. Grant Bolton-Debbage E-mail: email@example.com
HONORARY ASSISTANT The Rt. Revd. Dr. Michael Marshall
CHURCHWARDENS Jeffrey Kabel Carolyn Hallett
ASSISTANT CHURCHWARDENS Gill Dunley
TREASURER David Fairlamb
PCC SECRETARY Martin Bonham
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR Sophie Wilson E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 020 7730 7270
FACILITIES AND EVENTS MANAGER Clinton McMaster E-mail: email@example.com
Telephone: 020 7730 7270