This week’s Rector’s reflection: Antiphons
As early as the 4th century, at the start of worship as the clergy and choir entered, a Psalm – known as the introit – was sung responsorially, meaning a response (called an antiphon) was repeated at intervals. This is usually retained in both Sung Matins and Choral Evensong. When Holy Communion was restored in Protestant churches as the main form of Sunday worship, people were often intolerant of the service length. The introit was eventually reduced to the antiphon or dropped. But antiphons are part of Anglican worship. They are present in the most recent Scottish Daily Office. The 1982 Scottish Liturgy indicates what it calls the ‘refrain’ for every Psalm. But the traditional term is antiphon. It is good to say the antiphon at the start as it orients us to the theme and, at a time when we could be focused on the ministers walking to their places or all the work we did or have to do, it summons our attention to God’s work.
Services and Activities in the coming week:
- Wednesday 7 September:
- 10:00am: Holy Communion
- Sunday 11 September:
- 8:00am: Holy Communsion
- 10:15am: Sung Eucharist
Flower Rota: the new rota is available in the back to sign up and donate flowers through February 2017
Bottle in the Box: there are 3 bottles this time. Pop your £2 in the envelope and write your name next to the bottle you hope to win.
Spree Books are available. £20, £5 of which goes to St Mary’s. See Mary Allardyce
Organ Recital: 1 October at 8pm by John Riley of Edinburgh: Musical Discoveries and Conjectures. Chauvet; Gigout; Linke; Wachs; J. S. Bach in East London; Brahms and a Lady on a Bicycle; Postman Pat’s Bad Day; Improvisations on submitted themes. Free entry, donations welcome.
Harvest Sunday: on the 2nd of October, we will celebrate Harvest Sunday. There will be a bring and share lunch after service. Please come along!
10er Challenge Save £10/week for one year, to help with the cost of replacing our failing heating system.