About Worship Posture and Gestures:
Worshiping God with our bodies as well as our minds and emotions, the congregation changes posture according to the content of the worship. “Kneel for prayer, stand for praise, sit for instruction” is one Anglican adage, but there is considerable variation
across the Diocese of Barbados and among worshipers at St. Michael’s. Consideration is, however, given to the condition of the worshippers and one should adopt a posture for which one is able to comfortably assume.
Many people use personal gestures of devotion, such as bowing, genuflecting, and making the sign of the cross. Some notes on these gestures follow, but remember that you are welcome to use those gestures that aid your worship, and free to omit those that do not.
Bowing may be a low reverence from the waist to recognise God’s presence when passing an altar or at the mention of the Incarnation in the Nicene Creed. Bowing may at other times be a simple inclination of one’s head, as is customarily done when the Cross passes by one during a procession, when the Holy Trinity is praised at the end of a psalm or hymn, when the Gospel is announced and concluded, at the opening words of the Sanctus, and in general whenever the holy Name of Jesus is said or heard.
The Sign of the Cross is made with the right hand (for right-handers), from forehead to chest, then from left shoulder to right. This sign symbolizes God’s blessings on us through Christ’s self-giving on the cross, and it expresses our trust in God and the hope that we receive from our baptism, wherein we were born again in Christ and made one with him in his resurrection. The sign of the cross is both a reminder and renewal of our baptism. It is often made at the Opening Acclamation, at the mention of baptism in the Creed, at the Absolution, at the time of receiving Communion, and at the Blessing.
Genuflection is kneeling briefly on the right knee and returning upright. It is appropriate to genuflect in respect and honour of our Lord when approaching or passing an altar where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved, the Sacrament Altar at St. Michael’s. People often genuflect as they leave their pew to go to communion and as they return.
Again, remember that these gestures are entirely optional. All are welcome to use whatever gestures aid their worship and free to omit any that do not.
The St. Michael Centre for Faith and Action Trust is a Registered Charity No. 1322. The Objectives and Goals are: i) the advancement of public education and religion; ii) the promotion of purposes beneficial to the community; and iii), the relief of poverty. Interested persons may contribute to the work of the Centre as associates; such are asked to complete a registration form and make an annual contribution of at least $25.00. A brochure is available with further details.
Guild of St. Raphael: A branch of the Guild of St. Raphael was commissioned in the Cathedral on Sunday, December 03, 2017. The Convener is Mr. Darwin Clarke and the Secretary is Ms. Kurlyne Alleyne. Members observe a simple rule of prayer, study and work for this ministry, aiming always to promote Christ’s ministry of healing – healing of the whole person. The Guild will meet in corporate worship on the first Wednesday of each month at the Public Service of Healing.
Confirmation: Registration is now open for children and adults who are desirous of being confirmed. Please complete and return the forms provided as soon as possible.
Registration: The Cathedral is currently seeking to update its membership record. Consequently, members are asked to complete the registration forms which are available and return them to the office as soon as possible.
5K Charity Walk And Run has been postponed until further notice. (All proceeds will go towards The St. Michael Centre for Faith and Action and The Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society).
Volunteers: The office of the Administration is seeking your assistance in a cleanup venture for our church yard in time for the Christmas Holidays. Please bring your rakes, weed whackers, lawn mowers, trimmers, gloves and goggles. Garbage Bags will be provided. Saturday, December 16th 2017 starting at 5:30 A.M. Food and Drinks will be on hand. Let’s be proud of our church and its surroundings.
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Congratulations to all celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this week. May God bless and strengthen you.
NB: The next Food Stall & Flea Market will be held on Saturday, January 27th 2018
Advent Retreats: Quiet Days will be held for Laity and Clergy on Thursday, December 14th, at Codrington College, St. John and the Church of St. Clement respectively. Each session will commence at 9:30 A.M. Persons attending the Codrington session are asked to bring their own lunch.
Institution: Please note that the Rev’d Jillian Crawford will be instituted as Rector of St. Mary on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.
Ordination: Ms. Audrey Griffith will be ordained to the order of Deacon on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. in the Church of the Holy Trinity, St. Philip.
DONATIONS: The Flower Guild is asking for your assistance in the provision of flowers at Christmas. These flowers may be donated in memory of departed loved ones, in celebration of birthdays, anniversaries and or any special occasion.