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Centenary of Anzac Service – Sunday 19 April 2015

Rising SunOn Sunday 19th April 2015 at 6.00 pm, in conjunction with the Darwin sub-branch of the RSL, we are hosting a service to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac. It is to be a quiet and reflective service honouring those who served, remembering those who have paid the supreme sacrifice, and praying for all those who suffer because of war. In particular, we will be remembering three parishioners of Christ Church Darwin who served in the Great War - Lieutenant Charles Lloyd Herbert and Private Sidney James Lauder who both died at Ypres in October 1917, and their friend Private Willie Allen, an aboriginal soldier, who survived and returned home in 1919. The address will be given by Lieutenant Colonel Matt Campbell, Commanding Officer of the North West Mobile Force (Norforce). For further details, please contact the Dean, Fr Keith Joseph, on 0409 783 452.

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Synod Meeting

From 17 to 19 April the Synod of the Diocese of the Northern Territory will be meeting. The Synod will commence on Friday evening with opening worship at the Cathedral at 5.00pm. This will then be followed by the Bishop's Charge. The business of Synod will then continue at Kormilda College on Saturday. On Sunday the Synod returns to the Cathedral. On Sunday 19th April there will be only ONE morning service at 8.00 am. Bishop Greg will celebrate and preach. This will then be followed by morning tea for parishioners and Synod members, and then the concluding session of Synod. In the evening all are welcome to attend the Centenary of Anzac service at 6.00 pm.

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Holy Week at the Cathedral

Palm Sunday - 29 March 7.30 am - Holy Eucharist 9.00 am - Blessing of Palms and Sung Eucharist   Holy Tuesday - 31 March 5.30 pm - Stations of the Cross   Holy Wednesday - 1 April 7.00 pm - Tenebrae   Maundy Thursday - 2 April 7.00 pm - Holy Eucharist with Institution of the Lord's Supper   Good Friday - 3 April 9.00 am - Good Friday Liturgy 12 noon - The Seven Words   Holy Saturday - 4 April 5.30 pm - Evening Prayer   Easter Sunday - 5 April 6.00 am - Service of the Light, with Holy Eucharist 9.00 am - All age worship, with Baptisms and Communion

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Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu

So far the news from Vanuatu is not good, and has come almost entirely from the capital, Port Vila. But it is reported that Penama Province - the islands of Pentecost, Ambae and Maewo - has also been badly affected. Vanuatu is a very religious country, and the Anglican Church has a substantial presence in Penama Province. When our Dean was working with the Anglican Church of Melanesia, he spent some time in northern Vanuatu: our pictures here are taken from Fr Keith's visit in 2009. Fr Keith is shown off Pentecost on the MV Southern Cross, the other photos show the Chapel of the Melanesian Brotherhood on Ambae, the Mothers Union on Pentecost Island, and traditional dancing at Point Cross, on the southern end of Pentecost Island. Unfortunately, there has been no news received yet from Pentecost or Ambae Islands. The following prayer is adapted from the prayer for seafarers in the Melanesian Book of Common Prayer: Eternal God you alone spread out the sky and rule the raging of the sea, be pleased to keep safe all those who go down to the sea in ships, and do their work in its great waters, and all those who live on our islands surrounded by the oceans. Keep them safe in body and soul, in all time of danger defend them, and bring them to the harbour where they hope to be, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Fr Keith Joseph picture MBH Chapel at Tumsisiro Ambae Mothers Union PentecostPoint Cross Southern Pentecost Dancing

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ASH WEDNESDAY

Ash WednesdayWe start our Lenten Observance on 18 February 2015. During Lent, Christians around the world reflect on all that is broken and sinful - in their own lives, in their communities, and in the world. We do so not with a sense of despair, but with hope, knowing that after Lent comes the light of Easter. But it is good to reflect on those things that are wrong, as we endeavour with the grace of God to do that which is right. This applies to ourselves as individuals, and also to our community and nation. For example, during Lent we reflect on our abject failures to look after the stranger in our midst, such as those who come here seeking refuge; and we cry for the damage we are doing to our earth in the pursuit of human greed. To commence our Lenten Observance we have the Imposition of Ashes at 7.30 am, as part of the Darwin Clergy Eucharist - all are welcome to attend. At 5.30 pm we will have a further Imposition of Ashes, followed by our first Lenten Study. Again, all are welcome.