Worship

Holy Cross Church is established firmly within the Anglo-Catholic tradition, a Christian community bound by the Eucharist and the Sacraments of the Church.

Weekday Masses take place on Wednesdays at 6pm and Fridays at 12.45. Our Sunday services welcome Christians of many nationalities – both local residents and overseas visitors. 

During the pandemic while the Church was closed, our services were held on Zoom and we continue to Zoom our Sunday Mass and other special services. Contact us if you would like to receive our Zoom link and each week’s worship resources. 

During Advent and Lent the Church also runs Bible Study courses which take place after Sunday Mass. This year’s Advent Bible Study Course started on Sunday November 27th and runs until December 18th.

Services

Wednesday18:00Mass
Friday11:00Recitation of the Holy Rosary
12:45Mass
Sunday11:00Parish Mass

Partners in worship

Holy Cross has close links with nearby Goodenough College, a postgraduate residential college for overseas students. Father Christopher is Anglican Chaplain there and the College uses Holy Cross for an annual carol service as well as for other special events.

London’s South Sudanese community is another partner for Holy Cross, holding an annual Independence Day service and celebration here. Many thanks to all those who worked so hard to make this year’s service on July 9 such a truly memorable and spiritual occasion, and especially to Rosa, Fanny and their team for providing excellent refreshments. Our link and solidarity with South Sudan is an important part of our Christian witness here at Holy Cross. A small group have been invited to meet South Sudanese bishops in Salisbury in August following the Lambeth Conference.

We also have an important new partnership with three neighbouring churches close to the Euston Road. All four have buildings which could be used much more by the local community but which need substantial work in order to be fit for 21st century use. The churches are working together to coordinate their community work and plan an application for Heritage Lottery funding. Our Open Day on June 4 was part of this project. Our ‘Camden 4’ partners are the Churches of St Mary the Virgin, Eversholt Street, St Mary Magdalene, Munster Square and St George the Martyr, Queen Square.


Notices

Services this Week:

Wednesday December 7th at 6.00 pm (St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan)

Friday December 9th, at 11.00 am, Recitation of the Holy Rosary. Mass at 12:45 pm

Sunday December 11th, Parish Mass at 11.00 am. (Third Sunday of AdventGaudete, or Rejoice Sunday)

Advent Bible Study is right after the Parish Mass at 12:30 pm

Then on Monday December 12th at 11am there will be Memorising with Carols at the Greatcroft Daycare Centre, Cromer Street, an event for our older citizens with a children’s choir from Argyle School. Please note the change of venue.

And on Thursday December 15th at 6pm we will welcome Goodenough College for their Christmas service of lessons and carols

Parochial Church Council:

The PCC met last on September 25th. The next meeting will be on January 15th.

Other news

The Church was packed on October 21st for Hookers in the House of the Lord – The reunion, commemorating a sit-in at the Church by local prostitutes forty years ago. The event was part of the 2022 Bloomsbury Festival, organised in partnership with the English Collective of Prostitutes and certainly one of the Festival’s highlights. If you missed it you can see the whole event on Youtube.

We welcomed 91 visitors to the Church during our Open House sessions on 10-11th September. 64 came from outside London WC1 and more than half of those were from outside the UK – from all over the world.

A small group of us met South Sudanese bishops in Salisbury on August 8th to discuss our link with the church in South Sudan and opportunities to support the education of young people there. These discussions are continuing.

We have now returned to our pre-Covid sacramental and other provisions. We have communion in both kinds, both bread and wine, The holy water stoops at the back of the church are again filled with water. And we are exchanging the Sign of Peace at the Parish Eucharist as we did before the pandemic, though individuals are free to express the Sign of Peace as they wish and this will be fully respected. Continue to wear a mask if you wish.



Help with private prayer

PACTS – pause, adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication – is a framework which might help you with private prayer:

At Sunday Mass in our intercessions we pray for the Church, the world and those who govern, for the community – our friends, family and neighbours – and for those in need. That’s another framework that might help your own prayers.