2019 Holy Week Services in Bordeaux

Holy Week Services

Thursday, 18th April at 18:00 – Maundy Thursday Holy Communion led by the Rev’d Charlotte Sullivan at Église Saint-Pierre, Place Saint-Pierre, 33000 BORDEAUX ( map )

Friday 19th April at 19:30 – Good Friday Vigil led by Rev’d Charlotte Sullivan at FLOIRAC

Sunday 21st April at 7:00 – Easter Morning Sunrise Service – Ecumenical Service with our Roman Catholic and at Protestant Brothers and Sisters at Temple du Ha, 32 rue du Cdt Arnould, 33000 BORDEAUX ( map )

Sunday, 21st April at 10.30 – Easter Anglican Holy Communion led by Rev’d Charlotte Sulliva at Église Saint-Pierre, Place Saint-Pierre, 33000 BORDEAUX ( map )


Services following Holy Week at Chapel of Le Bon Pasteur, rue de L’Ecole Normale 33200 BORDEAUX Map ) ( Directions )

Sunday, April 28th 10.30 – All Age Worship led by Revd. Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday, 5th May 10.30 – Morning Worship led by Christine Rychlewski

Sunday, 12th May 10.30 – Family Communion led by Revd Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday, 19th May 10.30 – Family Communion led by Revd Charlotte Sullivan


Easter Service 2018

Reverend Charlotte Sullivan led us on Easter Sunday

Christ is Risen! Alleluja!! Bordeaux is privileged to worship in a magnificent Chapelle and this 1st April Easter Morning 2018 was no April Fool’s day!

Christ was amongst us and our much awaited, much prayed for, Resident Priest, was leading an expectant, thankful congregation in praising God for the Resurrection of our Lord. We are renewed!

As Charlotte preached, the bright Spring sun broke through the multicoloured stained glass window panes and a Divine Light shone on the assembly. When Charlotte announced that she was preaching on Fear, many faces portrayed a question mark. Fear on Easter Sunday – impossible! Yet, according to the Gospel of Mark, those who came to the grave, the women who loved Jesus, witnessing His miracles, His wisdom and His love and who came to tend His body, were terrified. If we are honest, so would we have been.

Charlotte led us to come to the foundation of that Fear and helped us to recognise it and move past it, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to the life of Resurrection; of spreading the joyous Gospel News rather than remaining immobilised in our fear or guilt …. The children joined the celebration of song and we were filled with wondrous faith and hope!

Warm and cool refreshments were enjoyed and our children rushed out, accompanied by Sunday School Teachers, Youth Group Leaders and parents, for an abundant, jolly, Easter Egg Hunt in the radiant sun!

We thank the Lord for answered prayers and wish Rev’d Charlotte Sullivan well for her ministry in Bordeaux and elsewhere.


2018 Holy Week Services in Bordeaux

Holy Week Services

( Sunday, March 25th at 10.30 – Palm Sunday Morning Worship Service led by Reader Janis Adams )

Thursday, March 29th at 19.30 – Maundy Thursday Holy Communion led by the Revd Tony Lomas

Sunday, April 1st at 10.30 – Easter Family Communion followed by an Easter Egg Hunt in the Gardens (weather permitting)

Sunday, April 1st at 15.00 – Madagascan Community Family Communion and Baptism – Revd. Charlotte Sullivan


Services following Holy Week

Sunday, April 8th 10.30 – Family Communion led by Revd. Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday, April 15th 10.30 – Family Communion led by Revd. Charlotte Sullivan
followed by our monthly Congregation Fellowship Bring and Share Lunch

Sunday, April 22nd 10.30 – Family Communion led by Revd Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday, April 29th 10.30 – Family Communion led by Revd Charlotte Sullivan

Children are most welcome to join in our Sunday School during all the above Services

Please also note this important date: Saturday, April 14th Chaplaincy of Aquitaine Annual General Meeting and Chap-Aid Annual General Meeting in Doudrac


2017 Holy Week at the Anglican Church in Bordeaux

Thursday 13th April – Maundy Thursday

19:30 at our Presbytery house in Floirac – Agape Service & Meditation with (optional) foot washing – Revd Peter Jordan

If you would like the address details then please request by email to reverend@anglicanbordeaux.org

Friday 14th April – Good Friday

19:30 at La Chapelle de l’Assomption – Readings & Meditation at the Cross – Revd Peter Jordan

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Sunday 16th April – Easter Sunday

7:17 in the morning outside Cathedral St Andre – Ecumenical Service with Anglican, Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Churches

10:30 in the morning at La Chapelle de l’Assomption – Easter Holy Communion led by Revd Peter Jordan with the participation of the Choir

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Followed by our usual Easter Egg Hunt in the Assomption Gardens (children only!)

Ecumenical Easter Sunday 16th April at 07:17

Easter at the Anglican Church in Bordeaux

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On Good Friday evening, we were led in our meditations by members of the congregation reading/performing monologues by Frank Topping.  These are powerful aids, looking at the events of Good Friday from different witnesses’ points of view. We were grateful for the silences to focus our thoughts.

The Choir sang four anthems, giving us welcome breathing spaces in between the drama.

We finished with a brief Iona communion service.

Easter Day

We were delighted to welcome a church full of all ages, coming together to worship the living God. Again, the Choir were in fine voice and we were delighted to have the Children’s Choir also contributing to our worship with Give Thanks for the second hymn and Father we love you after the sermon.

Andrew had prepared a large screen showing the depressing picture of what could be seen on Good Friday evening and into Holy Saturday.  Then Alexandra mustered all the children who carried the very large wooden cross down the nave and ‘charged’ the screen, destroying the depressing picture, to show the power of the cross extending beyond what is seen into the realm beyond.

As it was pouring with rain, the Easter egg hunt organised by Anne Sharp took place indoors.  Everyone enjoyed helping the children find their trophies.

‘An Impossible God’  by Frank Topping


The book,  ‘An Impossible God’, is Frank Topping’s attempt to put flesh on the bones of the characters who appear in the Passion stories. He says “I am not a systematic theologian, but an extremely unsystematic pilgrim whose reason seeks answers to experience; who has found that his reason limits his exploration, and wishes, not unreasonably, to go beyond.

The monologues are an attempt to hear the voices of the first witnesses; to understand their thoughts, to come closer, in fear and trepidation, to an experience of the risen Christ. They are, in Topping’s words, ‘inadequate and ill-expressed devotional thoughts.’

Our Good Friday Order of Service – Readings and Anthems:

1.  A Servant of the High Priest – Read by Chris Rankin

Jesus is condemned to death

Prayer & Silence

2.  A Maid in the House of Caiaphas – Read by Alexandra Bullock

Jesus takes up his cross

Prayer & Silence

3. A Scribe – Read by Paul Dixon

Jesus falls for the first time

Choir Anthem: Lux Aeterna by Rutter

Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and may light eternal shine upon them. A hymn is raised unto Thee in Zion, and a vow paid to Thee in Jerusalem: give ear to my prayer, O Lord, unto Thee all flesh shall come at last. Lord, have mercy! Christ, have mercy! Lord, have mercy!

4. Simon of Cyrene – Read by Ian Couper

Simon helps Jesus carry his cross

Prayer & Silence

5.  Soldier – Read by Frederic Louchel

Jesus falls for the second time

Prayer & Silence

6.  A woman Pamela Prior

Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem

Choir Anthem: The Lamb by Tavener

Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Gave thee life, and bid thee feed By the stream and o’er the mead; Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing, woolly, bright; Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice?

Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee; He is called by thy name, For he calls himself a Lamb. He is meek, and he is mild. He became a little child.

I, a child, and thou a lamb, We are called by his name. Little lamb, God bless thee! Little lamb, God bless thee!

7.  Mary & Martha – Read by Adebode Macaulay & Ashley Ridley

Jesus falls for the third time

Prayer & Silence

8.  The Centurion – Read by Chris Bingham

Jesus is stripped of his garments

Prayer & Silence

9.  Mary – Read by Alexandra Bullock

Jesus dies on the cross

Prayer & Silence

Choir Anthem: Ave Verum by Mozart

Hail, true Body, born of the Virgin Mary, who having truly suffered, was sacrificed on the cross for mankind, whose pierced side flowed with water and blood: May it be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet] in the trial of death. O sweet Jesus, O holy Jesus, O Jesus, son of Mary, have mercy on me. Amen

10.  The Centurion – Read by Chris Bingham

Jesus is taken down from the cross

Prayer & Silence

11. Joseph of Arimathea – Read by John Salvi

Jesus is placed in the tomb

Prayer & Silence

Choir Anthem: The Lord’s my Shepherd by Rutter

The Lord is my shepherd; therefore I can lack nothing. He shall feed me in a green pasture, and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort. He shall convert my soul and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness, for his Name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk thro’ the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For thou art with me: Thy rod and thy staff comfort me.

Thou shalt prepare a table for me against them that trouble me:

Thou hast anointed my head with oil and my cup shall be full.

But thy loving kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the Lord, for ever

Easter Day – Sunday 27th March at 10:30




Good Friday 25th March at 19:00 - 'Meditations and Anthems'

Come along and bring your friends.

he Choir will be singing Rutter’s Lux Aeterna & The Lord’s my Shepherd, Tavener’s The Lamb and Mozart’s Ave Verum.
Frank Topping’s An Impossible God is a moving contribution for Good Friday.




An eventful Holy Week in Bordeaux


2015bdxeasterEaster in Bordeaux was lovely this year. Our fresh and energetic Palm Sunday service started outside with waving palm branches and a lively procession into the Church.

On the Wednesday of Holy Week, the choir, blessed with very talented soloists, led the congregation in the singing of Stainer’s “Crucifixion”, a very popular English standard. The choir gave its all, the music itself is wonderful and the emotional words were illustrated with images that have been produced throughout the centuries. The result in the dark Church that evening was potent and many were moved to tears.

On Easter day, the Church was full and exciting. The sermon concerned colours symbolizing various parts of the Gospel, the whole represented on ribbons which were gradually unravelled from two ostrich eggs and passed around from person to person.

The service ended with The Hallelujah Chorus in memory of Beryl Fairey, one of our former choir mistresses, a leading light in her time here with us and much loved by all.

Then, bathed in glorious sunshine, for a quarter an hour or so the children had great fun searching for the eggs hidden in the garden by the older ones and all (both the regulars and the new-comers) very obediently brought back their goodies so that each child could leave with a fair share of the findings. A lovely Easter week.

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