...this week at Christ Church!


... although ALL our Sunday and weekday services and Parish activities have been SUSPENDED, worship and our spiritual life is continuing, albeit in a different way!

So here are some resources so you can worship at home, either alone or with those around you, and continue sharing in the life of our Parish -

Palm Sunday - 5th April 2020

worshipping at home
this week's PARISH PRESS - The Vicar's message for Palm Sunday, prayers, and Parish news & information for the weeks ahead
Reflective music to begin.......originally played by Winton Barry as part of the Introit to the 2014 Carol Service (2:03)
Special Prayers for Times of Epidemic Disease ...including a Prayer for our Vicar and supporting clergy
A Short Sunday Liturgy of the Word (Palm Sunday) - a brief liturgy, for use at home or in small groups (Source - the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne)

this week's Readings - the Old and New Testament Readings, and Gospel for this week

the First Reading - Isaiah 50:4-9 read by Mary Lewis (1:31)

the Second Reading - Phillipians 2:5-11 read by Mandy Tannouri (0:51)

the Gospel - Matthew 21:1-11 read by Ruth Christian (1:53)

this week's PSALM - Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 "O, give thanks to the Lord" - sung by the Ely Cathedral Choir (this Psalm is followed by other choral works you may like!) * please ignore or skip any ads that appear before the Psalm!

this week's message Video or Audio ... Fr Russell's message for Palm Sunday (7:55)

this week's hymn - HYMN 467 - "He who would valiant be" - Organist Winton Barry, with choir and congregation (originally sung at the service for the Opening of the Legal Year, January 2015)

a closing organ voluntary - Salome - Grande Choer - Organist Winton Barry playing the Christ Church Courcelle Organ (3:57) (originally played by Winton in April 2014)

Note - the Address and any Hymns & music by the Christ Church organist, choir and congregation were recorded live in Christ Church, so background noise will be audible from time to time, and volume controls may need to be adjusted!


Holy Week and Easter 2020

Holy Week this year begins on Monday 6th April, and continues through to Good Friday on 10th April, and then Easter Day on 12th April 2020.

You can listen and participate in the whole week here - some excerpts are taken from previous Easters at Christ Church, but with new contributions for this year as well.

Click here to listen to Services throughout Holy Week, from those in 2019 and including messages for 2020, including the Stations of the Cross (Monday), Easter Tuesday, Maundy Thursday (the Washing of the Feet, Eucharist of the Last Supper, and Stripping of the Altar), Good Friday (Liturgy of the Passion), Easter Saturday and Easter Day itself (Lighting of the Pascal Candle, Affirmation of Baptismal Vows, and First Eucharist of Easter).

For all of Holy Week you can listen to the Readings, hear singing by choir and congregation, and by our organist Winton Barry, and listen to the addresses throughout the 2019 week by our clergy, and also three Addresses from Fr Russell in 2020 for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day.

Simple Services for Holy Week and Easter

Written by Keith Slater for the Franciscan Third Order members in Australia and the Pacific, this is an excellent resource for use at home - simple symbols, a meal shared at the family table or eaten alone; a passage of scripture, a reflection and simple time of prayer, beginning with a call to family or friends to join in this act of worship. (suggested by Bp Garry Wetherill, Bishop of Ballarat)

for quiet times in the days ahead... Holy Days in April ....books to read .... God in the Arts

Deep calls to Deep - a new ABM phone/tablet/computer resource - a daily reflection resource running from Holy Week to Ascension. You can download it to your device through your usual app store or by going to ABM (www.abmission.org and following the links). The program is free.

... and just for fun ...various things to do... ... and for younger members of the family!


The Parish Pastoral Care team has developed a roster of callers to keep in touch with parishioners, so you can expect a phone call soon ... but if you have not heard from anyone or think you might have been left off the phone list, please email the Parish or call Fr Russell on 0433933738 or Judy Munro on 0419870447, and you will be contacted.

... and please remember that, even while we cannot meet together, Parish expenses still continue - and the easiest way to continue your contributions is through bank account deductions via the Anglican Development Fund ... and, though we won't be dining out or going to the cinema for a time, these pleasures will return, another way to support the Parish is via the digital Entertainment Book for 2020-21 - click the link for details. We all need to continue to contribute if we want to have a church to return to!

...for other news the quarterly Parish Magazine - the Chronicle - is available online (see link at left), or contact the Parish Office, the Vicar or Parish Council members. This page is being updated every few days, or as changes occur, so check back from time to time if unsure of what is happening across the Parish. Stay safe and stay well!

... and if you misssed a recent sermon

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...you can find Christ Church on the corner of Moorabool & McKillop Sts, Geelong

Vicar - Fr Russell Trickey

0433 933 738    

Parish Office

03 5221 8055

























updated 3rd April 2020
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