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The Chaplain’s letter for Holy Week & Easter 2014

  • Posted on April 29, 2014 at 5:31 pm

6th April 2014.

From the Chaplain…..

Dear members and Friends of Magdalen Chapel,


Thank you to all who attended the Annual Meeting on Sunday 6th April. I hope you found it an encouragement, to know that the Christian faith continues to be celebrated here and that you are part of that witness. The stories from Richard Lees about “his” Anglican Mission Charity in Goa were by all accounts an eye-opener. Apologies to those of you who missed the Notices about the meeting because of the delay in posting this letter.

Holy Week and Eastertide

A quarter of the pages of the four Gospels cover the last week of the life of Jesus Christ. Another way of putting it might be that the story of the last week of Our Lord would completely fill the pages of one of the four Gospels! No wonder Christians are somewhat occupied during this “Holy Week”. Worship and prayer, popularly called “Church Services,” are a major factor in our diaries from Palm Sunday to Easter Day. Without the events of this week, we would be remembering a great teacher, a charismatic wonder-working holy man, or a failed revolutionary whose memory was kept alive by a few disappointed followers. As it is, Easter is the Queen of seasons, and the high-point of the Christian’s year. Lent has led us wonderfully into the Salvation Drama of Holy Week and Easter. Now we see how the first disciples’ lives were tested, changed, and renewed: as you walk with Christ so will you.

The “Last Supper Eucharist” is traditionally the occasion to remember the humility of Christ, washing his disciples’ feet. We echo that ministry in our offerings of service to God and neighbour; particularly in the way we help others when we meet for worship and fellowship. It may be your gift is music, welcoming (as a Sidesman), coffee-making, floral decoration: whatever, it is an offering of ministry and service, and may perhaps only be possible with some effort and generosity. If you would like to develop your ministry in prayer and service, say, by assisting the Celebrant by serving at the Altar, or even as “an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist” by administering the Chalice to Communicants, please talk to me about it.

Following on the popularity of the Sunday Evening Prayer services during Lent, there will be an Evensong for Eastertide on Sunday 11th May at 6pm. (Will Choir volunteers please talk to Colin Hunt or Patrick Hutton on Sunday mornings.)

On these and at other times we offer prayers and thanksgivings for all who are, or have been, associated with the Chapel. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Holy Week and Easter Services, With prayers and blessings,

Sincerely, David

The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Open Lecture – “The Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Icon-writer”

On Saturday 10th May 2014 at 11am

You are invited to an Open ESBVM Branch Lecture : ‘The icon-writer and how an icon on the BVM is inspired and also how it is regulated by traditions of the discipline – with illustrations.’

To be given by Silvia Potter-Dimitrova on Saturday 10th May 2014 at 11am in The Magdalen Chapel, Holloway, Bath BA2 4PX Free admission / All welcome / Further info: Father Bill, OSM  / / 01225 832096

Coffee and welcome from 10.30am

Genesis Lunch Box Co-ordinator:  Lunch Box needs a new volunteer co-ordinator to help the team provide lunchtime snacks to the homeless. Are you free on a Monday and Wednesday lunchtime and a good organiser?  If you think you can help, please contact Ian Russell ( or 463549).  Thank you.

Genesis Trust Vacancies: We have 2 paid, part-time posts (maternity cover) for a Communications Manager (2 days p.w.) and a Community Fundraiser (3 days p.w.).  Application deadline: 30th April.  Please contact Ian Russell for further information ( or 463549) or look on our website  Thank you.


  • Holy Week and Easter cards are now available for yourself and to pass on to others, as an invitation to be with us in worship and prayer. Please collect from the Chapel, or ask.
  • THE SUNDAY AFTER EASTER Please note that on 27th April there will be only an 8am Holy Communion. There will not be a Sung Eucharist at 10am.


Holy Week


Saturday 12th April at 12noon


The Service of the Blessing of the Holy Oils


12noon at Bristol Cathedral – Celebrant, The Rt Revd Jonathan Goodall, Bishop of Ebbsfleet. Clergy renew their Ordination vows. All are welcome.


Palm Sunday at Magdalen Chapel 24th March


8am Holy Communion


10am Sung Eucharist with Procession & Blessing of Palms




Monday and Tuesday


 The Salvation Army Hall at Oolite Road


will be open from 9am-7pm. Come and experience a time of quietness and reflection with us and with Jesus Christ.


Maundy Thursday at Magdalen Chapel  7pm – 8.30pm


The Last Supper Eucharist



Good Friday at Magdalen Chapel


2.30pm Pray the Way of the Cross


3pm- 4pm Celebrate the Triumph of the Holy Cross!


The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, with Holy Communion



Holy Saturday at Magdalen Chapel 7pm – 8.30pm


Vigil  with Blessing of the Paschal Candle, renewal of Baptism Promises,


and Easter Eucharist



Easter Day at Magdalen Chapel


8am Holy Communion


10am Sung Eucharist


  • Magdalen Weekday Eucharist.

6.15pm Friday…

2nd May, in honour of Ss Philip and James

16th May, in honour of St Matthias

  • Evensong & Devotions

6pm on Sunday 11th May, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in her “Merry month of May”


Chandos Singers Chapel Concert

‘Summer Concert including completions of mediaeval and Renaissance works and comic compositions by Malcolm Hill’

Saturday 28th June, 7.30pm

Bath Box Office 01225 463362 – Further Details: Mandy Shaw 01225 436302

Chandos Singers

Bequests – a Memo from the Treasurer at the AGM

“Many will recall my mentioning at the last AGM that for all intents and purposes the Magdalen Chapel Foundation had been merged with St John’s Hospital, this we are told to make accounting easier. If you have left a bequest in your Will it is paramount that  your bequest is worded such that the funds come to the Chapel [if that is your wish] and not be lost amongst the funds of St John’s Hospital which could happen now.

I have spoken to those I know that have left bequests and a couple of Solicitors. If you wish your donation to come to the Chapel in support of its work then you need to specify that any cheque is drawn to The St Mary Magdalen Chapel and sent to the Treasurer (currently at PO Box 2152 Bath BA2 4YH), or to the Chaplain or Warden.

The Chapel’s account details are:  St Mary Magdalen Chapel. Sort Code: 30 90 54 Account Number: [0]1174156If you are in any doubt then please feel free to contact me at my office on Bath [01225] 315428 or by e mail “                                  Geoff Lee (Hon Treasurer)

At the AGM

We welcomed to our Sung Eucharist and AGM Mr Richard Lee, home in Bath from his work  in Goa. Richard has founded the Anglican Mission to Goa” and the account of  the charity’s work among the disadvantaged was an inspiration to us.

Glastonbury Pilgrimage Day – Saturday 21st June. “Behold the Lamb”.

The main events take place in the Nave of the (ruined) Abbey Church.

12noon Solemn Concelebrated Eucharist, followed by (BYO) picnic

3pm Procession and Benediction.

There could be no better reason for visiting Glastonbury, to be part of the Annual Church of England Pilgrimage to our own local place of blessing! Pilgrims walk (or more so these days go by Car/Coach) from all over the South West and Wales. For further details please ask at Chapel. For advance Programme and service book please sign the list.

Bath – Walsingham Pilgrimage 14th -17th July Coach transport and full board at Walsingham: in the footsteps of pilgrims for 1000 years, to “England’s Nazareth”. Enquiries to Mrs Sue Prothero

The next Chaplain’s Letter will be published in time for our Festival in July. Notices for the attention of readers will be received conveniently by 30th June, please.


Contact Details for The Chaplain

The Revd. David Prothero –

Tel:01225 938595 Mob 07834 269097 or use the “Contacts” box in the Chapel for messages to the Chaplain or Wardens.

Online – Magdalen Chapel: