HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

At 4pm on Saturday 17th April, following the funeral of His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in his honour the tenor bell of this Parish Church will be tolled ninety-nine times.

A PRAYER ON THE DEATH OF HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

God of our lives,we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,for his love of our country,and for his devotion to duty.

We entrust him now to your love and mercy,through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Church remains open for all visitors on Sunday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm, providing an opportunity to come in to look around, light a candle and to pause for reflection, private prayer in the peace and tranquilly of this Holy place.

10th June 1921 – 9th April 2021

We remember before God HRH Prince Philip and give thanks for his life and example of devotion and service.

Our Prayers, and heartfelt condolences are with Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family at this time of great sorrow.

Easter Day

A good congregation attended our Easter Sunday service following the decision to open the Church in a Covid secure way to the public.

The slideshow below shows photos taken both outside and inside the Church on Easter Day. The display in the porch includes easter eggs which can by taken by passers-by on the way to the Bridgewater canal.

During the service three members of the Choir were allowed to sing and the short video below is of the first verse of the final hymn.

Stations of the Cross

7pm today, Monday 29th March

The Stations of the Cross have formed part of Christian devotion at Passiontide for many centuries because they offer a particularly vivid way of following in the steps of Jesus on the way to the Cross, and enable us to engage actively with the path of suffering walked by Jesus.  They originated when early Christians visited Jerusalem and wanted to follow literally in the footsteps of Jesus, tracing the path from Pilate’s house to Calvary. They would pause for prayer and devotion at various points.  Eventually, those pilgrims brought the practice back to their home countries and ever since then Christians of differing traditions have used this form of devotion.

To maintain social distancing, booklets showing the station illustrations will be provided.

St Paul’s Easter Garden

Holy Week and Easter Services

The following are Services to which all are warmly invited to attend in person :-

Palm Sunday Service -28th March at 10am

Monday 29th March – 7pm, Stations of the Cross

Maundy Thursday – 1st April at 7-30pm – Commemoration of the Last Supper

GOOD  FRIDAY  2nd April – 2:30pm Holy Hour Reflection Service

EASTER SUNDAY – 10am Parish Communion

The Church will also be open for Private Prayer, 2pm to 4pm on Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday and the following day Easter Monday. 

National Day of Reflection

To mark the first Anniversary of Lockdown, the Church will be open today (Tuesday 23rd March) from 5pm to 6pm for private Prayer, with the opportunity to light a candle.

During this hour the tenor bell will be tolled for an hour remembering to recall the year that has passed since the first Lockdown began.

Thank you to Lucy Moores for this splendid photograph of St. Paul’s, taken during the evening as we shone a light in our windows as part of the 8pm ‘beacon of remembrance’. 

The National Day of Reflection, organised by the charity Marie Curie supported by the Church of England, marked one year since the UK first went into lockdown.  A time for everyone to come together to collectively reflect loss, support those who have been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.

Joint Prayer Week

St Paul’s is supporting this 24-7 Prayer during Holy Week Initiative. Further information will follow but in the meantime  this link gives details of how to become involved. A poster showing details of the Sale Churches Easter trail is shown on the pdf link below.

Mothers Day 2021

Because the Church is still not open for public worship, after the live streamed Sunday morning service a display for Mothers Day was set up in the Church porch. Passers by were invited to take a bunch of daffodils and a Mothers Day card. The photo below shows the display. The daffodils and cards would usually be given during the Mothers Day service but COVID restrictions meant this was not possible this year.

A special photo

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.  (Psalm 121. v.1-2)

A recent aerial view of Sale, showing St. Paul’s Parish Church on Springfield Road and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Hope Road and the hills beyond.

St Paul’s Sale

Thank you to Daniel Stazicker for sharing this fascinating photograph with us.