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Holy Week on Epiphany Island

Anglicans on Epiphany Island are busy with special services in this most important week of the year, just as our counterparts are in offline churches throughout the world. Below are some pictures to give you a taste of what has happened in the last week.

On Palm Sunday Ana excelled herself as usual in decorating the sim with palm trees and palm branches. We met in the Peace Garden for the beginning of our service and then processed, along with a reluctant donkey, to the Cathedral where the rest of the service took place. In the garden we read the Palm Gospel Matthew 21:1-11 . In the cathedral the readings were Philippians 2:5-11 and the Passion Gospel which this year was a dramatised version of Matthew 26:14-27:66 . Continue reading

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Looking both ways

On 31 January, Candlemas, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 24, Malachi 3:1-5, Luke 2:22-40.

The month of January is about to finish. It gets its name from the Roman god Janus. He was the spirit of doorways and archways and possibly first of all was the god of beginnings. All first days, of weeks, months, years and agricultural seasons, were sacred to him. It makes sense, therefore, that the month of January is named after him. He is shown as a double-faced head, facing two ways at once.

At the beginning of the year, we too met here in the Cathedral and faced two ways at once. We used the ancient practice of the ‘examen’ to review the year past. We then turned to face the new year by dedicating ourselves to God’s service in the words of the Methodist Covenant Prayer.

I wonder if you noticed that the introduction to today’s service also has us looking in two directions:

“Today we celebrate both the joy of his coming and his searching judgement, looking back to the day of his birth and forward to the coming days of his passion.”

“Looking back to the day of his birth”: we look back to Christmas as we come to the end of the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany. The stable, which has graced the Peace Garden in this season, disappears for another year. The angels, shepherds and wise men fade into the background.

“Looking … forward to the coming days of his passion”: Lent will soon be upon us, beginning on 10 February which is Ash Wednesday, followed by Holy Week and Easter. So soon after celebrating the wonderful story of a miraculous birth, we have to turn our attention to the suffering of the adult Jesus. It all seems to rush in too quickly. Continue reading

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Holy Week and Easter Services 2015

Several of these services need readers. If you can help please contact me. All are welcome to attend. All times are Second Life Time.

  • Palm Sunday 29 March

Midnight, 6pm in the chapel

Noon – Palm Procession and Passion Sunday. I need up to 14 readers, though we can double up on small parts. Jesus and the narrator are big parts.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 30, 31 March, 1 April

Midnight and noon  in the chapel.

  • Maundy/Holy Thursday 2 April

Midnight in the chapel.

Noon in the Cathedral – 7 readers needed.

  • Good Friday 3 April

Midnight in the chapel.

6am Stations of the Cross in the Cathedral. I would be happy to have one or two readers share the meditations with me.

Noon Tenebrae (A service of shadows) in the Cathedral. 6 readers needed.

  • Holy Saturday 4 April

Midnight in the chapel.

Noon Easter vigil in the Cathedral  – 6 readers needed.

  • Easter Day 5 April


Midnight, 6pm in the chapel

Noon in the Cathedral – 2 readers needed.


Services for Holy Week and Easter 2013

Here is a list of the services we will be holding over the week from Palm Sunday on 24th March until Easter Sunday on 31st March. The times are complicated a little this year by the fact that Daylight Saving Time begins in the UK and Europe in the early hours of Sunday 31st March. Please note the times very carefully, all given in SLT.

Palm Sunday 24th March

Morning Prayer               Midnight E0485

Bible Study                        11.30am

Cathedral Service           1pm

Compline                            6pm


Monday 25th to Wednesday 27th March

Morning Prayer               Midnight

Prayer During the Day  6am

Evening Prayer                1pm

Cathedral Worship         3pm (Wednesday only)

Maundy Thursday 28th March

E0476Morning Prayer               Midnight

Prayer During the Day  6am

Evening Prayer                1pm

Cathedral Service           3pm




Good Friday 29th MarchE0472

Morning Prayer               Midnight

Stations of the Cross       6am

Evening Prayer               1pm

Tenebrae                            3pm



Holy Saturday 30th March

E0463Morning Prayer               Midnight

Meditative service          6am

Evening Prayer               1pm

Easter Vigil                       3pm



Easter Sunday 31st MarchE0464

Morning Prayer               Midnight

Prayer During the Day  6am

Cathedral service            Noon

Compline                           6pm

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Conversation and Cake #2

Refreshments provided by Cady to help the conversation

Here, rather late I’m afraid, is the report on our last Conversation and Cake get together on Sunday 15 April.

At the last conversation we had talked about finance. At the time of this meeting it was apparent that we will not meet our target in order to pay the tier for the year 2012-2013 which falls due in May. We are probably short of about $1000. The target seen in world has been high because we set a budget to try to provide for the future and to account for increases in prices. As things stand, we will not have raised what we actually need, with no contingency built in. The way to manage is to borrow some money effectively from the months to come but that means that by this time next year we will need to have raised the tier for the year plus the $1000 borrowed. When we consider that in September 2010 Linden Lab suddenly doubled the tier we had to find, I think we did very well as a community to collect what we needed. It has been quite a difference to adapt to. We really appreciate all the generous donations we receive.

Our current source of income is donations. As we have not yet been able to fulfill our hope to become a charity, we cannot apply for grants or claim tax rebates as can be done in some countries. It was suggested that a church seeing us as a mission extension would be good. I have followed up two contacts which members of our community have suggested but so far had no response. It would be wonderful to work with RL churches, providing their members with all that we enjoy in addition to RL church.  Continue reading

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Holy Week and Easter 2011

Yesterday, led by Gareth, we waved palm branches as we processed from the Peace Garden to the Cathedral. Our progress was punctuated by shouts of ‘Hosanna!’ as we remembered Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey. There was a festive air about the place. Today, the donkeys have departed from the Peace Garden and there is a tomb cut from rock with three crosses in the background. We are journeying with Jesus through his last week on earth as a man.

Our journey will be marked by special services. Each day there will be an extra service at 6am SLT in addition to our regular midnight and noon services. As the week progresses we will remember the story of Holy Week as the gospel writers give it to us.

On 21 April it is Maundy Thursday, the day when we recall the Last Supper which Jesus ate with his friends in the upper room. Here he demonstrated how we should serve one another as he washed the feet of his disciples. At the end of the 2pm service we will take away all the decoration on the altar, the candles, the bible, and leave everything bare. In doing this we symbolize what happened to Jesus that Thursday night when he was arrested. The removal of cloth coverings reminds us that Jesus was stripped and beaten by the Roman soldiers. Removing candles reminds us that for a short time, evil seemed to triumph and the Light of the World went out as Jesus’ human life ended.

On Good Friday at 6am SLT together we will walk with Jesus through Jerusalem to Golgotha as we meditate on the Stations of the Cross. Each station is illustrated around the walls of the Cathedral. We will walk from one to another, listen to a meditation and walk on. This is a service that people can join and leave as they wish. Even if you can only walk a short way with Jesus, do try to take that opportunity. The full service takes over an hour. At 2pm SLT our Tenebrae service (a service of shadows) will take place in the Cathedral. If you would like to read at this service, do let me know.

For those first disciples, for Mary and the women who followed Jesus, Saturday was a day of grief. All hope had died with Jesus. We will grieve with them in a meditative service for Holy Saturday at 6am SLT. At 2pm the same day, is the Easter Vigil when we drive back the darkness by lighting the new fire, the light of Christ, and we retell the story of salvation from Genesis onwards. Readers are needed for this service also.

Easter Sunday (24th April) is the climax of the Christian year. Christ has risen and we will celebrate together at midnight, 6am, noon and 6pm, with the main service being at noon in the Cathedral. Do come and rejoice that death has been conquered!

Please visit the Peace Garden and the tomb for a time of meditation during the week and afterwards.

Helene Milena – Lay Pastor

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Holy Week Worship Schedule

Monday, April 6, 2pm – Helene Milena
Tuesday April 7, 2pm – Helene Milena
Wednesday April 8, 2pm – Helene Milena
Wednesday April 8, 6:30pm (with labyrinth walk) – Caoilin Galthie
Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2pm – Helene Milena
Good Friday, April 10, 12 noon – Arkin Ariantho (the Rev. Mark Brown)
Holy Saturday, April 11, 2pm – Helene Milena

Easter Services (April 12)
Saturday (April 11) 8pm – Arkin Ariantho (the Rev. Mark Brown)
Sunday 12 noon – The Cathedral Worship Leaders
Sunday Compline Service 6pm – Hildeguard Psaltery (the Rev. Brenda Monroe)