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  • Live Stream Thursday Mass: Solemnity of Our Lady of Walsingham

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  • Readings for Solemnity of Our Lady of Walsingham

    Collect

    Grant, we pray, almighty God, that as in the mystery of the Incarnation the blessed and ever-Virgin Mary conceived your Son in her heart before she conceived him in the womb: so we, your pilgrim people, rejoicing in her motherly care, may welcome him into our hearts and become a holy house fit for his eternal dwelling; we ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

    First Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10

    The Lord spoke to Ahaz and said,

    ‘Ask the Lord your God for a sign for yourself coming either from the depths of Sheol or from the heights above.’ 

    ‘No,’ Ahaz answered ‘I will not put the Lord to the test.’

    Then Isaiah said:

    ‘Listen now, House of David: are you not satisfied with trying the patience of men without trying the patience of my God, too? The Lord himself, therefore, will give you a sign. It is this: the maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel, a name which means “God-is-with-us.”’

    Responsorial Psalm: Luke 1:46-55

    The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy is his name!

    My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.

    He looks on his servant in her nothingness; henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

    The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy is his name!

    His mercy is from age to age, on those who fear him.

    He puts forth his arm in strength and scatters the proud-hearted.

    The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy is his name!

    He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly.

    He fills the starving with good things, sends the rich away empty.

    The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy is his name!

    He protects Israel, his servant, remembering his mercy,

    the mercy promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his sons for ever.

    The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy is his name!

    Second Reading: Acts 1:12-14

    After Jesus had ascended into heaven, the apostles went back to Jerusalem, a short distance away, not more than a Sabbath walk, and when they reached the city they went to the upper room where they were staying; there were Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Batholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Jude the son of James. All these joined in continuous prayer, together with several women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

    Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

    The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her,

    ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’

    She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her,

    ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ 

    Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’

    ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.

  • Live Stream Funeral Mass for Jason Adam Orwin

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  • Live Stream Sunday Mass: Battle of Britain Sunday

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  • Readings for Sunday Mass: Battle of Britain Sunday

    1 Maccabees 3:13-23

    13 When Seron, the commander of the Syrian forces, heard that Judas had formed a large army of faithful men, 14he said, ‘I will make a reputation for myself and become famous in my kingdom by crushing Judas and his followers, who have scorned the king’s command.’ 15 So Seron organised his troops, a large number of wicked men who sought vengeance on the Israelites.

    16 They marched as far as Beth-horon, where Judas went out to meet him with only a few men. 17 When the Israelites saw the advancing army, they said to Judas, ‘How can so few of us flight against an army that is so large and strong? And we are weak, for we have eaten nothing today.’

    18Judas replied, ‘It is easy for many to be overpowered by a few, for it makes no difference in God’s sight whether we are saved by few or many. 19 Success in battle depends not on the size of the army but on strength that comes from God. 20 This arrogant and wicked army has come to destroy us, our wives, and our children and to take our belongings. 21 But we will fight for our lives and our laws, 22 and the Lord himself will crush them as we watch. So don’t be afraid of them.’

    23 As soon as Judas had finished speaking, he and his troops suddenly charged Seron and his army and overpowered them.

    Ephesians 6:10-20

    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

    18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people

    Matthew 24:3-14

    Signs of the End of the Age

    When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’[a] and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.

    Persecutions Foretold

    “Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10 Then many will fall away,[c] and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this good news[d] of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.

Home

Welcome to the Church of St Michael & All Angels, Maidstone!  You’ll find us on the Tonbridge Road (A26) just over half a mile from the town centre.  We are the parish church for a population of over 6,000.  We have a growing congregation, some of whom have been attending the church for most of their lives, whilst others are newcomers.  The age range is from 0 to retired.

Our aim is that we should all have an encounter with Jesus Christ in our services.  To that end, our main services are Eucharistic: we gather around Jesus, who is sacramentally present in the consecrated bread and wine.  With the very first Christians, we believe “Jesus is the only one who can save people.  His name is the only power in the world that has been given to save anyone. We must be saved through Him!” 1Acts 4:12 ERV  The quotation from the Bible emphasises our faith in its divine inspiration from cover to cover.

Following all our services there is tea and filter coffee to wash down freshly-baked snacks.  We are finding that people are staying to chat and enjoy being together for longer.

You’ll hear our wing of the Church of England sometimes described as Anglo-Catholic (or simply catholic).  But what does “catholic” mean?  It’s not what you may think: it simply means that it’s for everyone, which therefore includes you.  Yes, there is incense at Sunday Mass, there is holy water at all the entrances; there are candles; the choir, ministers and servers wear robes and the priest wears colourful vestments:  all of these emphasise the greater significance of what we are doing: our goal is to meet Jesus in our worship and to give Him the highest honour and glory.

Do come and experience Christian worship in this lovely church, meet us and, more importantly, meet our Lord!

Parish Calendar

Sep
24
Thu
Low Mass
Sep 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Sep
27
Sun
Sung Mass
Sep 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Sep
29
Tue
Church Cleaning (Holy Dusters)
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oct
1
Thu
Low Mass
Oct 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Oct
2
Fri
Bell Ringing Practice Quarter Peal
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
4
Sun
Sung Mass
Oct 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Oct
8
Thu
Low Mass
Oct 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Oct
11
Sun
Sung Mass
Oct 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Oct
13
Tue
Church Cleaning (Holy Dusters)
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oct
15
Thu
Low Mass
Oct 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Safeguarding Policy

Diocese of Canterbury Safeguarding Details

https://www.canterburydiocese.org/safeguarding/

Parish of St Michael and all Angels, Maidstone Safeguarding Statement

This Parochial Church Council has adopted the safeguarding polices and procedures of the Church of England. In particular we are committed to:

  • The safeguarding of all children, young people and vulnerable adults;
  • Carefully selecting and training paid and voluntary staff who might come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, using the Disclosure and Barring Service amongst other tools, to check their suitability;
  • Responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed;
  • Cooperating fully with the police, local authority and any other appropriate statutory body in any investigation;
  • Ministering appropriately to anyone, child or adult, who has experienced abuse;
  • Extending pastoral care to those known to have offended against children or vulnerable adults whilst ensuring that children and vulnerable are protected from them.

Any child wishing to talk about a problem can contact Childline 0800 1111

Any parent or carer wishing to talk about parenting problems can contact Family Lives on 0808 800 2222

Policy Statements