Extraordinary General Meeting Sunday 20 November

On Sunday 20 November after the service there will be a special General Meeting in the Centre Mounier, in the “salle” on the first floor. All those listed on the Electoral Roll of St. Alban’s are invited to attend and vote upon on a very important issue: to establish a shared ministry agreement between St. Alban’s Church and St. Pierre-le-Jeune Protestant Church in Strasbourg.

The Anglican and Protestant churches in France agreed in the Reuilly Accords to encourage the mutual recognition and shared ministries of our respective communities. As Anglicans we are committed to taking steps toward greater cooperation in as many areas of life and ministry as possible, to advance together to a more visible unity.

The idea of a shared ministry in Strasbourg  has been under consideration for the past 5 years.  Over the last 18 months St. Alban’s Church Council has discussed at length the possibility of of such a partnership, and there have been many meetings between the pastors and councils of both churches. It is now time to ask the members of St. Alban’s to give its informed consent to continuing the pursuit of this relationship.

For further information read here

This meeting marks a significant change in the life of St. Alban’s.  Please come and take part, ask questions and express any hopes and doubts you might have, as we all need to know what this new committment is going to involve.

25. September: Jubilee Service at St. Pierre-le-Jeune

On Sunday 25 September there will be no service at the Dominican Chapel!  Instead at 10.00 am we will join the congregation of St. Pierre-le-Jeune to celebrate the 700 year Jubilee of the building of the nave at St Pierre-le-Jeune Protestant Church.  The church is in the centre of town, at place St. Pierre-le-Jeune, off place Kléber (tram to Homme-de-Fer, routes A, B, C, D, F).

St. Pierre-le-Jeune, Archi-Wiki 2010.

 

Il n’y aura pas de culte à la Chapelle Dominicaine le 25 septembre! A 10h00 nous nous joindrons à la célébration  du jubilé de 700 ans de la construction de la nef à l’église protestante St Pierre-le-Jeune.. L’église se trouve au centre de la ville, place St. Pierre-le-Jeune, près de la place Kléber (tram au Homme-de-Fer, lignes A, B, C, D, F).

ACAS AGM Assemblée Générale 26 March

The Association Caritative Anglicane de Strasbourg (ACAS) exists in order that members of St. Alban’s may contribute to organisations that help people in need.  This is so as to comply with French law which does not permit “associations cultuelles” (i.e. churches) to give any of their income away. All those who attend services at St. Alban’s are invited to come to the Annual General Meeting of ACAS this coming Saturday, 26 March, 15.00h at Café Rivier, 40, rue de l’Université, Strasbourg, and put forward any suggestions for causes which ACAS could support.  ACAS usually contributes to CASAS and CIMADE, two organisations in Strasbourg which for many years have provided aid and advice for asylum-seekers and refugees. Through our Malgache members strong links have also been established with the Anglican church in Foulpointe which has repeatedly been ravaged by cyclones. All ideas are welcome !  Also welcome are ideas for fund-raising during the coming year, so that ACAS can continue to respond to calls for help.

Nuit des Religions – Evensong at the Dominicans

De nombreux événements sont organisés dans le cadre du Forum des Religions pour découvrir des traditions spirituelles différentes qui existent à Strasbourg. https://www.forumreligions.fr  Within the framework of the “Forum des Religions” in Strasbourg a number of events take place every year to explore the many different spiritual traditions which exist within the city.  One of these events is the  Night of Religions (Nuits des Religions)  which took place on 26th February. The Anglican Chaplaincy joined the Dominican community in their church, our place of worship for the past 50 years, for the service of Evensong.  A small group of singers from St. Alban’s contributed Anglican hymns and a setting of the Magnificat by Thomas Morley in Anglican chant to the service, while the Dominican brothers sang their traditional settings of  psalms and prayers. There is a distinct musical bond between both traditions, and it was a welcome opportunity to share the rich heritage of Anglican music with visitors from all over the city.  For St. Alban’s it was also another opportunity to explain the “middle way” that Anglicanism holds between the two major Christian denominations.

 

The singers.

Fr. Mark & Frère Jean-Francois welcome the     visitors.

Peace for Ukraine

“In these days of uncertainty and fear, we pray that each of us might again turn to the Lord and receive God’s gift of peace, work for God’s justice, know God’s reconciliation and love, and choose paths not of hatred or destruction, of violence or retribution, but God’s way of justice, mercy and peace.”

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written a pastoral letter to the clergy and people of the Church of England, calling on them to pray for peace in Ukraine.  Read the letter below:

Ukraine Pastoral Letter from the Archbishops

 

 

Celebration of Christian Unity Week

Last Sunday 23 January St Alban’s joined with the neighbouring congregations of  St Matthew’s Protestant and Christ Ressuscité/ Très Sainte Trinité for the annual commemoration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  The Anglican, Catholic and Protestant churches came together at St Matthew’s around the theme : “We saw his star in the East and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2.2)  The theme for 2022 was proposed by the Middle East Council of Churches, where Christians face many hardships.

The church of St. Matthieu was packed! There was a special programme for children of all ages, and for the bilingual order of service translations were provided. There was a tangible feeling of celebration within the congregation and a real sense of  mutual esteem amongst the clergy.

The pastor of St. Matthieu bids everyone welcome

 

 

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was first established in 1908 by an Anglican religious order as an eight-day period of prayer (octave) between 18 January (Confession of St Peter) and 25 January (Conversion of St Paul). The octave has since been observed by Christians of all sorts from around the world.

St Alban’s Mark Barwick gives the final blessing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was first established in 1908 by an Anglican religious order as an eight-day period of prayer (octave) between 18 January (Confession of St Peter) and 25 January (Conversion of St Paul). The octave has since been observed by Christians of all sorts from around the world.

Ecumenical Célébration Oecuménique 23 January 2022

This coming Sunday, 23 January, will feel very different for all those used to coming to the Église des Dominicans for St. Alban’s Sunday worship.  Instead of the usual service of Holy Eucharist at 10.30h the congregation of St. Alban’s will be joining its French Protestant and Roman Catholic neighbours for an ecumenical service to mark this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This will be held at 10.30h – same time! – at the Eglise protestante de Saint-Matthieu, 97 blvd d’Anvers, near the F tram stop Place d’Islande.  Here we shall also be joining forces with the Catholic congregations of Christ Ressuscité/ Très Sainte Trinité; there will be a special programme for children.

The theme of this year’s service was chosen and prepared by the Council of Churches of the Middle East:  ‘We observed his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage.’ Matthew 2.2

Our priest the Revd. Mark Barwick writes:

Christian Unity is not just about getting Christians together under one roof. Nor is it about coming to agre-ment over what we believe. The unity of Christians is part of a much larger project.    It is about living consciously the oneness that we already share with all people and with the creation itself.
Christians are not an elite class of humanity. We are made of the same flesh and blood as everyone else. We are subject to the same sins and failures as everyone else.  This awareness should drive us to greater love and solidarity in these fractious times.
Christian Unity is essentially a peace project. It is living the kingdom that Jesus envisioned – and which is urgently needed today

.L’unité des chrétiens ne consiste pas seulement à rassembler les chrétiens sous un même toit. Il ne s’agit pas non plus de parvenir à un accord sur ce que nous croyons. L’unité des chrétiens fait partie d’un projet beaucoup plus vaste. Il s’agit de vivre consciemment l’unité que nous partageons déjà avec toute l’humanité et avec toute la création.
Les chrétiens ne sont pas une classe d’élite. Nous sommes faits de la même chair et du même sang que tous les autres et soumis aux mêmes péchés et échecs que tous les autres. Cette prise de conscience devrait nous conduire à un plus grand amour et solidarité en ces temps.
L’unité des chrétiens est essentielle-ment un projet de paix. C’est vivre le royaume que Jésus envisageait et dont nous avons un urgent besoin aujourd’hui.

Le thème pour 2022 a été choisi et préparé par le Conseil des Églises du Moyen-Orient : « Nous avons vu son astre à l’Orient et nous sommes venus lui rendre hommage »  

Please don’t hesitate to come and join us at St. Matthieu, it will be a new experience for everyone and, we hope, the start of good things to come! 

Sunday 23 January, 10.30h: Ecumenical Worship at the Eglise protestante de Saint-Matthieu, 97 blvd d’Anvers, Strasbourg.

No Anglican service at the Église des Dominicains that day !

Église protestante St. Matthieu, Photo W. Helmlinger, Archi-Wiki.

Christmas Services

       All Christmas services will take place at the Eglise des Dominicains, 41 boulevard de la Victoire, Strasbourg.

Friday 24 December: Christmas Eve –

                                        17h30 Lessons and Carols by candlelight

Saturday 25 December: Christmas Day –

                                        10h30 Holy Eucharist

Sunday 26 December: First Sunday in Christmas

                                         10h30 Holy Eucharist and Service of Lessons & Carols

Sunday 2 January: Feast of the Epiphany

                                            9h40   Holy Eucharist, Book of Common Prayer

                                          10h30 Holy Eucharist, All-Age Worship

Sunday 9 January: Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord 

                                          10h30 Holy Eucharist

 

 

Sunday 3. Advent: candles and kora music

The Eucharist service on 12 December, the third Sunday in Advent, had a special flavour.  At the beginning of the service the third candle of the Advent wreath was lit by children from Sunday School, who also said a prayer.

During the service  Br. François from the Franciscan community in Strasbourg introduced a new musical dimension to our worship.  He is from Togo, a student of theology and an accomplished musician who plays the kora, a stringed instrument made from a gourd and a traditional instrument in western Africa. He accompanied us musically during intercessions and at other moments in the service.