The ancient service of Compline which dates back to the Middle Ages was the last service observed by the monks before retiring to rest. Its name derives from the Latin word meaning completion and it is above all a service of quietness and reflection. Beginning on Palm Sunday Compline will be held each evening of Holy Week except for Maundy Thursday alternating between St James and Christ Church. (See schedule below).
It will, as originally intended, be a simple service using the traditional words together with music and a short reflection each evening marking some of the events of that first Holy Week. A simple service which I hope will enable those who come to make more of their own journey through Holy Week as we share in the reality of the drama as it unfolds and recognize God’s will and purpose in sacrificing His own Son for us. The drama that begins with all the exultation and adulation of Palm Sunday and then leads to the appalling horror of the Cross before leaving us on Holy Saturday apparently lost and bewildered before the dawning of all the wonder and mystery of Easter Day.
Saturday 2nd April 7.00 p.m Christ Church Coldharbour
Monday 3rd April 7.00 p.m. St James’ Church Abinger
Tuesday 4th April 7.00 p.n. Christ Church Coldharbour
Wednesday 5th April 7.00 p.m. St James’ Church Abinger
Good Friday 7th April 7.00 p.m. Christ Church Coldharbour
Saturday 8th April 7.00 p.m. St James’ Abinger