March Services

The month of March brings several changes to both our service announcements and our schedule of events for the Parish of St Uriels, Sydney. Below you will find a summary of our March activities, bringing to you opportunity to join our community in different modes, in different places.

Services

Sunday 6 March
Unitarian Chapel 15 Francis St, Darlinghurst
Sophianic Eucharist – 6:00pm
Pelagius Day
With unique doctrines on free will and original sin, the ascetic Pelagius is celebrated as a saint in the Apostolic Johannite Church. Come join us in chant, prayer and song as we turn our awareness to the presence of the Divine, taking the time to richly embrace the presence of Pelagius amongst the body of our church, formed in the grace of the saints.

Sunday 13 March
Unitarian Chapel 15 Francis St, Darlinghurst
Johannite Eucharist – 6:00pm
Service for Ash Wednesday

Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, and includes the sacramental imposition of the ashes of palm leaves combined with the oil of Catechumens on the forehead. You are very welcome to join us for this solemn welcome to the season of Lent, honoring the energy of repentance and solemnity worthy of the 46 days preparation for Holy Week and Easter.

Sunday 20 March
Buddhist Library 90 Church St, Camperdown
Contemplative Eucharist – 6:30pm

The service this Sunday will be the Contemplative Liturgy, written by our very own Reverend Tim Mansfield. The service alternates engagement and stillness, provoking a meditative attitude and the cultivation of deeper perceptions. The service features prayer and contemplative practice, including a period of silent meditation, as well as sharing of the Body and the Blood, in the form of bread and wine.

Sunday 27 March
Unitarian Chapel 15 Francis St, Darlinghurst
Vespers – evening prayer – 6:00pm

Vespers is the evening prayer in the Divine Office, the Office being the hours that are kept by clergy, monastics and layfolk, setting space for praying at regular intervals throughout the day. The word comes from the Latin vesper, meaning “evening.” Vespers is an incredibly beautiful way to richly embrace the close of the day, please come and join us as we together engage in psalm, chant, meditation and prayer in full bodied recognition of the coming of the night.

Special Events

Sunday 20 March
Buddhist Library 90 Church St, Camperdown
Introduction to Centering Prayer – 9:30 – 6:00pm

Alicia, Tomek and Tim offer you the opportunity to join them for a one day introduction to Centering Prayer.  It’s entry by donation, bring your own lunch. The workshop will be followed by a contemplative eucharist. Please see this website for all details: http://cp-mar2011.eventbrite.com/

Sunday 27 March
Unitarian Chapel 15 Francis St, Darlinghurst
Afternoon with Tom Dünser – 1:00 – 5:00pm

Tom is a member of the community of the Friends of Bernadette Roberts – a one-time Carmelite nun who now writes of her experiences of no-self. Tom will speak with us about his own experiences in her community, and we together will discuss the ways this might reflect in our own experiences. Please see this website for more details: http://sydneyintegral.org/integral-spirituality/ We follow all services and gatherings with some conversation, hot drinks and snacks. Please come along and bask in the hospitality and fellowship so willingly shared, at the Parish of St Uriels.

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