This special day was inaugurated in 1925 as a new festival in honour of the Kingship of Christ. While the world was increasingly telling Christians that they must compartmentalize their religion and give their highest allegiance to the government, this feast day was primarily intended to counter the claims of secularism by holding up the model of Christ, as King of the Creation, whose just and gentle rule is supreme.
Several theological and liturgical considerations account for the prominence of its observance. It concludes the Christian year with a climactic celebration that focuses on Christ as glorified Lord and King - a powerful reminder that praise of his Kingship is always the theme of the church calendar. by holding up the model of Christ, as King of the Creation, whose just and gentle rule is supreme.
Several theological and liturgical considerations account for the prominence of its observance. It concludes the Christian year with a climactic celebration that focuses on Christ as glorified Lord and King - a powerful reminder that praise of his Kingship is always the theme of the church calendar. It has been pointed out that every Sunday by its name, dominica (Latin) – belonging to the Lord and kyriake (Greek) -the Lord’s Day, is really designated as a day of Christ the King. This festival also deepens awareness of the final end of all things in the triumph of Christ: it brings the cycle of the liturgical year to an end, but looks forward to its turning again on Advent Sunday.
The spirituality of this festival was emphasised by Henri Nouwen in his Sabbatical Journey: "on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, Christ is presented to us as the mocked King on the Cross as well of the King of the universe. The greatest humiliation and the greatest victory are both shown to us in today's liturgy. It is important to look at this humiliated and victorious Christ before we start the new liturgical year with the celebration of Advent. All through the year we have to stay close to the humiliation as well as to the victory of Christ, because we are called to live both in our own daily lives."
In the Anglican tradition, this Sunday is also known colloquially as ‘Stir-up Sunday’. This name arose for two reasons:
Firstly, the Collect for the day begins with the words, “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people…”
Secondly, some old pudding recipes require the pudding to sit for several weeks before being cooked. This Sunday became a day that people would traditionally begin preparing pudding for Christians, which includes “stirring it up.”
These two things came together in people’s minds, as, supposedly, cooks, wives and their servants would go to church, hear the words ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord…’, and be reminded, by association of ideas, that it was about time to start stirring up the puddings for Christmas.”
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The present mandatory limit is 20 people + one clergy member at each service.
REGISTRATION is necessary due to the restricted numbers and because we have to collect this data for possible contact tracing by the State government in the event that COVID returns. Those without the internet, or the courage give this a try, are welcome to ring the Parish Office 03 9592 1240 (the phone is still redirected) and the Vicar will book you in.
Hopefully but without enthusiastic expectation, we will hear today from the Premier about the changed restrictions which will apply at Christmas. This will enable us to finalise the services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will need to provide some accommodation for people to sit outside the church as interior numbers will remain limited, but to what extent we wait to hear.
Bookings for the Christmas services will be essential – first in, best dressed (unfortunately). We will add the services to our registration page during the next week.
The Bilingual Service will continue on Sunday morning at 11.00am (using the Zoom app). Similarly the Morning Prayer (in Chinese) service on Zoom will continue at 10am on Wednesdays.
These arrangements remain in place until the numbers allowed at our physical services can be increased.
Next Sunday, 29 November, is the feast of St Andrew. We will have services at 8am and 10am. There will be incense at the 8am and 10am service as we bless a new icon of St Andrew on his feast day.
PARISH ANNUAL MEETING
Our Parish Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday 28 November at 11am using the ZOOM app. You can download a copy of the Notice & Agenda here. We have a special page on our website for Annual Meeting information (in case you lose the details) and it can be accessed here or from the front page of our website. Our Annual report will be forwarded to you later today.
Those on the Electoral Roll should have received a voting paper for the election of 2 people to the Parish’s Incumbency Committee. Please return your vote to the Parish Office either by email to the Returning Officer, Dr Calvin Bowman, at firstname.lastname@example.org or to 228 New Street Brighton 3186 by 4 December 2020.
We had a stall at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday selling Christmas cakes baked by Fr Jan. It was a sell-out morning for the team but more are on their way, so it you would like a cake - $30 (or $45 for gluten-free) please send me a note here.
This week at St Andrew’s
8.00 am – Holy Eucharist in the church [register here]
10.00 am – Holy Eucharist in the church [register here]
11am – Bi-lingual service [join here]
Anytime – Video Eucharist [watch]
1.30pm – English Conversation Class [join here]
10am – Morning Prayer (in Chinese) [join here]
10.30am – Midweek Eucharist [register here]
10am – Bible study (in English) [join here]
7.30pm – Alpha Course (in Chinese) [join here]
11.00am - Parish Annual Meeting [join here]
6.00 pm – Sat@6 in the church [register here]