Worship

Worship

Our tradition of Anglican Catholic spirituality means that the Mass is at the heart of our pattern of worship. Not only is it our principal act of worship on Sundays, but it is celebrated on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays every week, and also in the Chapel of St Lawrence at Laslett’s Almshouses, Union Street, on Thursdays. Times of services for each month will be found on our Services for the Month page. All the major festivals are celebrated, as we live through the cycle of the Church’s Year from Advent through Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Eastertide, Pentecost until we reach the Feast of Christ the King. We also commemorate the many Saints who have enriched the life of the Church through the ages, and who surround us, ‘a great cloud of witnesses’, as we worship today and join our prayers with theirs. Once a month there is a Requiem Mass at which, in the hope of the resurrection and in the assurance of the Communion of Saints, we pray for those who have died in the past few weeks, for our own loved ones and for past worshippers at Old St Martin’s; once a month also we offer a Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart, which symbolises the Divine Compassion of Jesus , and a Votive Mass of Our Lady, whose ‘yes’ to God is a vital part of the unfolding of the mystery of the Incarnation. The Church of England’s Common Worship Calendar provides the basis for our observance of Festivals and Saints Days; we give special prominence to the celebrations of the Epiphany, Ascension Day, Corpus Christi (the Thursday after the first Sunday after Trinity), and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15th), and to the Feast of St Martin, our Patron (November 11th). Special note is also taken of the Feasts of St Paul (January 25th and, with St Peter, June 29th) and St Swithun (July 15th), Patron Saints of the other churches within our Parish boundaries: also of St Wulstan (January 19th) and St Oswald of Worcester (February 28th), Patron Saints of the Diocese of Worcester.