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Easter Day at St Stephen’s

April 15, 2014
Christ is Risen - St Stephen's Anglican Church



and the people respond:

He is risen indeed.  Alleluia!

Our Service in the Church is at 11:00 am

Maundy Thursday at St Mary’s

April 14, 2014

April 17 th at 7:00 PM

Foot Washing and Holy Eucharist BAS

Maundy Thursday - St Mary's Anglican ChurchMaundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

The liturgy held on the evening of Maundy Thursday initiates the Easter Triduum, the period which commemorates the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ; this period includes Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and ends on the evening of Easter.

The mass or service of worship is normally celebrated in the evening.

St Mary’s web site

The Sacred Triduum

April 13, 2014
Pulpit Crucifix: Canterbury Cathedral

Pulpit Crucifix: Canterbury Cathedral

The last three days of Holy Week are called the Sacred Triduum, the three holy days.

We can look at this period from three perspectives:

These days bring to a climax and conclusion our preparation for Easter.

The season of Lent has pointed us in this direction.

Now we enter the Holy of Holies so to speak – where Christ our great high priest offers himself on the cross for sinful humanity.

These three days are already a part of Easter; for there is an inseparable union between the death of Christ and his resurrection. The two together constitute the Paschal Mystery.

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Palm Sunday

April 11, 2014

St Stephen’s Anglican Church – Regular BAS Sunday Service at 11:00 am

Palm Sunday – Ride On ! Ride On In Majesty

The choir of King’s College, Cambridge sing the Easter hymn, Ride On ! Ride On In Majesty. The choir are joined by the congregation. The trebles sing a verse on their own as do the gentlemen before the trebles soar to a lovely descant during the final verse.

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Sermon – Rev Rob Szo 03/30/14

March 30, 2014

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Revelation 3.7-14

Series: Letters to the Churches

Canadian-born evangelist Leighton Ford tells the story of an open-air crusade in Halifax. Billy Graham was going to speak the next night and had arrived a day early. He came incognito and sat on the grass at the back. Because he was wearing a hat and dark glasses, no one recognized him.

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A Marriage Preparation Course

March 27, 2014
Marriage Preparation CourseIf you or a family member or friend are seeking to be married in the Parish of Central Saanich (St. Mary’s or St. Stephen’s Anglican Churches) you will be asked to attend a Marriage Preparation Course.
The marriage prep course begins Thursday May 8th, 7:30 pm in the St Stephen’s boardroom. We’ll meet four times and the setting will be casual.
We’ll discuss God’s intention for marriage and how we can strengthen our marriage through a commitment to Jesus. We’ll also discuss some practical ways to build a healthy relationship.
Minimal cost of $5 to cover the study guide. To register, email Rob:

Sermon – Rev Rob Szo 03/09/14

March 9, 2014

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Revelation 2.1-7

Series: Letters to the Churches

On Ash Wednesday we started our journey into Lent and we started it with ashes, which, as the liturgy told us, is an ancient sign of repentance. So it’s appropriate that a visible sign of repentance would be the beginning of our journey for Lent.

Lent talks a lot about repentance, but it talks about repentance only so we would turn away from ourselves and towards Christ. We repent and deny ourselves so we might find freedom in Christ.

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Sermon – Rev Rob Szo 03/02/14

March 2, 2014

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Mark 8.34-38 “What does it mean to follow Jesus?”

Series: Gospel of Mark

As this diocese gets ready to join in the service of consecration for our new bishop, Logan, let me begin with a quote from Melito, the second century Bishop of Sardis. He was trying to capture the mystery and awesome wonder of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He said: 

“Nature trembled and said with astonishment: What new mystery is this? The Judge is judged and remains silent; the Invisible One is seen and does not hide himself; The Incomprehensible One is comprehended and does not resist; the Unmeasurable One is measured and does not struggle; the One beyond suffering suffers and does not avenge himself; the Immortal One dies and does not refuse death. What new mystery is this?”

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Wkly Prayer / Psalm 146 / 2 Co 5:11-21

February 23, 2014

St. Stephen’s Anglican Church presents

Taize at St. Stephen's Anglican ChurchA few minutes of prayer with song and a bible verse recorded live in Taizé, France. (Duration: approx 10 mins)

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2014-02-23 : Alleluia 17 + Psalm 146 / 2 Co 5:11-21 / Que j’exulte et jubile / Prayer by Brother Alois / Slavite vsi narody (Laudate omnes gentes in Ukrainian)

St Stephen’s Anglican Church – Taize Prayer Archives – click here

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

February 20, 2014

Pancake Supper - St Mary's Anglican Church St. Mary’s Church Hall

By the Central Saanich Lions

Tuesday, March 4 – Supper served continuously from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

By Donation and Proceeds to the Sidney Lions Food Bank

Download – Pancake Supper 2014 poster


“Surprised by Hope”, N. T. Wright

February 18, 2014

What is the resurrection of Jesus all about? How do we know that it actually happened? What does it tell us about our world and what will ultimately happen to it? What does it mean to our lives? Where does the church fit into all of this?

Surprised by hope NT Wright St Stephens ChurchThe Parish of Central Saanich, using the St. Mary’s facilitites and led by Rev Rob Szo, is offering a very special six week course based on the book “Surprised by Hope”, as written by the leading New Testament scholar of our day N T Wright.

Each week there will be a video of a talk given by N T Wright and followed up with a discussion of the topic for that week.

Here is the link to the biography of N. T. Wright and our poater.

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Sermon – Rev Gil Shoesmith 02/16/14

February 16, 2014

Sermons_Rev Robert Szo_St Stephen's_ St Mary'sMark 10:13 – 22.

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all of our hearts be ever acceptable in thy sight, O Lord our strength and our Redeemer. 

And may our hearts and our minds be open to your word /and message through this talk/ that  You have provided to me, to the Glory of God.  Amen.

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