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THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Remote Church – Palm Sunday

We can’t gather at St Mary’s for our usual Sunday service, but we can all join a collective act of worship from our homes. You can do this at 9:30am or 11am on Sunday morning, or whenever else is convenient.

This Sunday, 5th April, is Palm Sunday. This is the last Sunday before Easter Day, as we start Holy Week. Welcome to our Remote Church service!

We’ll shortly add links to parts of the service which Fr Jeremy has recorded on video. Our Youtube channel, containing our videos, can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF0WRLKWtkgWJjZw_d4S6Mw


We start with the Liturgy of the Palms, and a welcome from Fr Jeremy. The video for this is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS5TT8Tg0RE

Sing along to our first hymn, “Ride on, ride on in Majesty”, which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEcUDpWv6eE


The Old Testament reading is Isaiah 50.4-9a. Click the triangular play button below to hear it read by one of our congregation, Robert Treharne Jones. The text is available online here.


The psalm is Psalm 31.9-16. Click the triangular play button below to hear it sung by one of our choristers, Paula Nichols. The text is available online here.


The New Testament reading is Phillippians 2.5-11. Click the triangular play button below to hear it read by one of our congregation, Rob Ellerby. The text is available online here.


The text of the gospel of the Passion can be found here: http://bible.oremus.org/?passage=Matthew+27%3A11-54, and the text of Fr Jeremy’s sermon can be found here:

Here, we have the video of the gospel and sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnhXZ7qIGJo


One of our congregation, Joan Edwards, leads our prayers. This week, as last week, we are particularly praying for all of those affected by the Covid-19 virus. Click the triangular play button below to hear the prayers led by one of our congregation.


Next, we have the Eucharistic Prayer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC-1yG3fc3s, and finally, a blessing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y_3bXj7Jmc.

Homemade palm crosses, courtesy of Sheila Croton

Our closing hymn is “Glory be to Jesus”, which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEVdM9A0SB4



Remote church is an experiment, an attempt to keep our community together while the Covid-19 virus disrupts our normal life. If you have suggestions on how to improve this, or would like to record part of next week’s service, please do let us know by commenting below or emailing info@stmaryshenley.org.uk.

Many thanks to those of you who attended last week’s Remote Church and left comments and suggestions for how it could be improved.

Friends at other churches are doing similar things – if you prefer, try https://www.augustinetooting.co.uk/remote-church or http://www.stmarksholbrook.org.uk/online-service.html or plenty of others!

Closer to home, the Oxford Diocese have a livestreaming page which can be accessed at www.oxford.anglican.org and there will be a Diocesan Eucharist livestreamed this Sunday at 10 a.m.

Sacred Heart will be livestreaming Mass on Sunday morning (10.30 a.m.). See Sacred Heart’s website.

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