THE CHAPEL-OF-EASE TO THE PARISH OF GODSHILL
"St. Alban's, My Favourite Island Church"
- Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman CBE (1906-1984)
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St. Alban's Church, St. Alban's Road,
Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1DE
St. Alban's Church holds Mass twice a week on Sundays & Wednesdays.
We warmly welcome all newcomers to worship with us in a traditional
service sharing the Anglican communion.
Sunday Sung Eucharist - 9.30am
Wednesday Holy Communion - 9:30am
As part of tradition within the Anglo-Catholic worship incense is used during our services and prayers spoken and sung in traditional language.
Anyone wishing to include names of those in our community who are in need of prayer, please do contact us. Our intercesions of the sick, needy and the dearly departed are read on a weekly basis during our Sunday Eucharist.
Please contact our Parish Priest; Fr. John Ryder for submissions.
We kindly remind everyone that this church holds the Host and that silence is
to be kept before the service. We use Gluten Free communion wafers and wine from our local Abbey as part of the Body and Blood of Christ in which we share.
Having many events throughout the year from Piano recitals to musical concerts
we have recently revived the ministry of Healing at St. Alban's and our new Bereavement services which we have held at nearby Ventnor Cemetery Chapel.
Our outreach to the community extends to those in our parish who are unable to attend mass at St. Alban's due to health and our steps. Having recently installed our new 'easy access route' from St. Alban's Road, we still operate a service on the flat at St. Margarets' Hall in Lowtherville - the site of the former predecessor St. Margarets' Church which was replaced by our church of S. Alban
Our Church welcomes everyone no matter what denomination.
We also kindly welcome those with dogs to bring them to church
as an annimal friendly environment.
DURING THE SUSPENSION OF SERVICES IN CHURCH, WE CAN STILL PRAY AT HOME
TO HELP YOU, REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
ARE PRINTED BELOW (Thanks to Fr David Lawrence-March).
traditional anglo-catholic worship
REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS FOR MOTHERING SUNDAY
First Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13
In the sketch of the preparation for the coming of Christ which the Church lays before us during Lent, the fourth Sunday brings us to the story of David, with whom the promises of a messianic king originate. As founder of the messianic kingly dynasty David is the figure of the reality which will be fulfilled by Jesus. Here we have one of the three biblical versions of the discovery of the future king (the others being the story of the young musician at Saul’s court and the story of the young warrior slaying the giant Goliath. Here the lesson is that God does not choose as human beings do, though David is obviously an attractive young lad. He would turn out to be a leader of charism, who could twist anyone round his little finger. God also chose Cain’s younger brother Abel, and the youngest of Jacob’s twelve sons, Joseph. We constantly have difficulty in accepting that our achievements contribute nothing to God and do not earn his favour. David, the adulterer and murderer, learnt the hard way that we can rely only on God’s merciful forgiveness.
Second Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14
Light is one of the archetypal symbols of hope and encouragement. Without light we are crippled until, as the psalmist says, with the dawn man goes forth to his work and activities. In the Old Testament God is light who lives ‘in inaccessible light’. In the New Testament this attribute of God is transferred to Jesus, for Jesus proclaims that he is the light of the world. In the final book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation, victorious from the conquest over evil, God and the ‘Lamb once slain’ together constitute the light of the new city of God, so that neither sun nor moon is required. The reading ends with a positive little couplet, possibly an early Christian hymn adopted into the reading, about Christ as the light who by his resurrection bursts
through the deepest darkness of all, the darkness of death. Even in the darkness of Lent, preoccupied with the coming Passion of the Lord, we look forward to his liberation and ours in the glory of the resurrection at Easter.
Gospel: John 9:1-41
The second of the three great Johannine readings about water, light and life featured in the baptisms of Easter gives us the splendid account of Jesus bringing light to the blind man in the Temple. It is full of Johannine contrasts and irony. The ‘Jews’ or the Pharisees think they have the light and knowledge, but the more they abuse the man born blind, the clearer their own darkness and ignorance become. The more they try to thrust him away from Jesus, the more they push him into seeking refuge in him. Much of the colouring of the scene comes from the controversies towards the end of the first century, when the Pharisees were the only branch of Judaism to survive after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans. The New Testament shows that there was bitter opposition between those Jews who accepted the divine claims for Jesus, and those who rejected them. This is especially clear in the fear of the blind man’s parents that they would be excluded from the synagogue if they accepted that Jesus’ grant of sight was a sign of his divine mission. The brave man born blind has no such hesitation and neither should we.
Like all churches, we at St. Alban's rely on funds from our congregants. We take a collection every Sunday and
during our Special Events, so if you feel that you are able to make a contribution, it would be most appreciated.
Our collection plates are located at the back of the church.
For more information on how you can make a contribution please Click Here.
THE CHURCHES ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED SO
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS AT HOME
The churches of All Saints, Godshill and St Alban’s, Ventnor
An Act of Spiritual Communion when unable to attend Mass
+In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Our Father …
Let the power of the Holy Spirit come upon me, O Lord,
that he may both cleanse my heart,
and defend me from all that would harm me.
In Jesus’ name.
Take a few minutes’ reflection to think of the times you have failed to live as the Lord would wish
us to live, giving thanks always for his forgiving love and acceptance of who we are.
Lord my God,
I am sorry for the times I have failed to live your love in the world,
but offer thanks for your forgiveness and acceptance.
Through Christ our Lord.
From the Gospel according to John
Jesus says, I am the Vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty.
For cut off from me you can do nothing.
An Act of Spiritual Reception
In union, dear Lord Jesus, with the faithful at every altar of your Holy Church
where the blessed Body and Blood are being offered to the Father,
I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving.
I believe you are truly present in the Holy and Blessed Sacrament,
and since I cannot at this time receive you sacramentally,
I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart,
I unite myself to you with the love of all my heart
and in the depths of my soul.
Let me never be separated from you,
that in all things I may live to your glory
and into the eternity of your love,
and may the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life.
Blessed, praised and adored be Jesus Christ on his throne of glory,
and in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.