“Midsummer Festival - Friday 25 and Sunday 27 June
While we are still waiting to see whether the Government is going to allow the originally planned full reopening on June 21st, it may seem a bit premature to be publicising events later this month. We are therefore planning – on a contingent basis, which we will keep under review – some exciting events in the last weekend of June: a “Midsummer Festival” at St Cyprian’s, with four free events, as a gift to the local community. These are:
Free Lunchtime concert by students from the Royal Academy of Music on Friday 25 June at 1:00pm
Festival Mass on Sunday morning at 10:30am
Free concert by the acclaimed Albion Quartet on Sunday afternoon at 2.30 pm: Haydn and Beethoven quartets
Festival evensong with our own wonderful choir at 6.00 pm
We are not sure about refreshments yet. We do hope these events, can be our gift to everyone in St Cyprian’s worshipping community, and to the wider community living in the parish and beyond.
There is more information about the wonderful Albion Quartet here: Albion Quartet
June will be a busy month in the life of our church beginning with the great Feast of Corpus Christi. In the Gospel for Corpus Christi we read, ‘When Jesus had said this, He broke the bread and gave it to them . ‘Take it’, He said, ‘this is My body.’’
As we go through our daily lives, it can be fruitful to notice how much we complain and how much we express gratitude. With a relentless news cycle and the various stresses and worries that find their way into each day, it can sometimes feel difficult to find anything to give thanks for. Or it can seem superficial to give thanks in the wake of all the problems in the world.
Jesus is often depicted eating with his disciples and teaching them during the meal. Today we see Jesus blessing the bread, giving thanks for the wine, and sharing these gifts. This is a simple, familiar moment for us.
The Feast of Corpus Christi – and every Mass – celebrates Christ’s gift of the Eucharist, which the BCP calls,’ The strengthening and refreshing of our souls by the Body and Blood of Christ, as our bodies are by the Bread and Wine.’ And which the Roman Catechism calls “the source and summit of the Christian life.
The pandemic has meant that some of us have been long separated from the sacrament, which may make the meaning of this month’s feast feel somewhat distant.
In these quiet moments of separation, we might ask ourselves how and where we encounter Christ, how we have allowed these encounters to transform us, and how we can bring this life-giving bread to others.
Another event that involves us this month, though ‘secular’ is the G7 summit in Cornwall. The G7 summit will see heads of government of seven of the world’s richest countries - including President Joe Biden - travel to Cornwall and discuss how the world can rebuild after the coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a crucial role to play, with the UK holding the presidency of the G7. We need to send a message to him and the other G7 leaders that people of faith in the UK and around the world expect them to put in place plans for a global and green recovery from the crisis which leaves no one behind.
The pandemic means we can’t all travel to Cornwall to send this message to the leaders at the summit. But that doesn’t stop us coming together online in an act of witness.
So, instead of travelling to Cornwall, we can join together on our laptops, tablets or phones on Thursday 10 June at 7pm (BST) at an event streamed live from Truro Cathedral.
We’ll reflect on the impact of the pandemic, how we rebuild and send a digital message to the presidents and prime ministers ahead of the start of their meeting the next day.