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The regular weekly services
There will be at least one service in St Michael's everyday - with rare exceptions. There are of course special events and these are advertised on the Calendar and in the Events section of this website. But there is a set pattern of regular worship which underpins the special moments.
The regular pattern for most weeks is given here (but be sure to double check this with the 'This week at St Michael's' entry on the home page under the 'News' column):
Sundays The main event of every week is the 10am Eucharist.
We have seasonal booklets so the main pattern varies depending on
what time of year it is: eg Advent in winter or Trinity Season in summer.
On the 5th Sunday in the month we hold Theo's, our Café Church but
whatever the format we always have the Eucharist and receive Communion
Mondays to Fridays the Daily Offices form the backbone of the weekly worship.
Here 'Office' means Morning and Evening Prayer.
8.30 am is the usual time for Morning Prayer
6 pm is the usual time for Evening Prayer
These follow a set pattern with some seasonal materials provided
These short services of about 20 minutes are held in the Lady Chapel on the north side of the main body of the church
Weekday Eucharists there are 2 forms of Communion services midweek. Regular fixed ones and Red Letter days:
The fixed ones are
- the Said Eucharist on Wednesdays at 07.30 am
- the Informal Eucharist on Wednesdays at 11am
Red Letter days: 7.30 am weekdays or 10 am Saturdays - Said Eucharist
The Red Letter days can be on any day of the week and are the major feast days of the Apostles and other key figures around Jesus. Their names were picked out in red letters in some of the old Prayer Book Calendars. Each major figure has his or her own date in the year.
There are in addition 2 major days which are kept in their own specific way:
Ash Wednesday: 7.30 pm Liturgy of Ashing and Eucharist
Ascension Day: 7.30 am celebrated with hymns followed by breakfast
So an average week at St Michael's looks roughly like this:
Sunday 10 am Main Sung Eucharist of the week with music and sermon
Monday 8.30 am Morning Prayer and 6 pm Evening Prayer
Tuesday 8.30 am Morning Prayer and 6 pm Evening Prayer
Wednesday 7.30 am Said Eucharist, 11am Informal Eucharist + coffee afterwards, 6 pm Evening Prayer
Thursday 8.30 am Morning Prayer, 6 pm Evening Prayer
Friday 8.30 am Morning Prayer, 5.30 pm Silent Meditation and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (30 minutes total silence instead of following any pattern of words)
Saturday - Morning and Evening Prayer may be said at the customary times if one of the priests happen to be around to do this but it is the nature of this day that the priests will have to say the Offices earlier or later than usual to fit in various other essential activities or meetings, often elsewhere in Oxford or further afield
Other regular events
Other groups also are welcomed in to use our building. This makes our church more fully used each week and restores the idea of the parish church as a community wide resource.
Regular other users of the church are:
The Syrian Orthodox Church of SS Peter and Paul who celebrate a full Liturgy on the first Saturday morning of each month and at other times during Christmas and Easter and around their Patronal Feast day of 29th June.
The parents and others who are bringing youngsters to the Dance School - which operates in the Pastoral Centre next door during school term times - find warmth and a welcome in the church on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. The Ballet Café runs in the first week of the month at the same time. On the Third week of the month the Marston Community Hub runs with book swap, local musicians or dancers performing and refreshments available.
The Asian ecumenical group called 'Life in Christ' will be using the church weekly on Sundays from 1pm for a short service in Punjabi and English followed by tea and social time. This is open to anyone to join if they wish.
6 pm on Wednesdays is a time when activities may be organised for youngsters aged 10 years and upwards. Sometimes it is a drama group but other events are run in this slot from time to time for this age group too