Special Services

Advent, Christmas and Epiphany 2021/2022

Full programme viewable here

Thursday May 13th, 7.30pm

A service will be held at 7.30pm for the Ascension.

Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2021

The Church of The Holy Innocents remains open under Tier 4 restrictions. Our Worship Services will happen as advertised. You do not need to book tickets to attend any of our services, but if you do not normally worship with us your details will be recorded for Track and Trace purposes.

Below is a simple list of the special services during Lent and Holy Week, ending with our great celebration of The Resurrection. Please consult the Lent Booklet 2021 for more detailed information.  You can download the HIC Lent Booklet 2021 here and Father David’s Lent message here.

Ash Wednesday, 17th February
8.00 am: Holy Communion (BCP)
7.30 pm : Parish Eucharist

St Joseph, 19th March
7.30 pm Vigil with Music  Service of Prayer & Music * from Loulla Gormon, members of South
West Brass, Clariphonics and friends

The Annunciation, 25th March
7.30 pm Vigil with Music Service of Prayer & Music * from Jonathan Dods and friends.

Passion Sunday, 21st March
10.10 am: Parish Eucharist
11.00 am: Annual meeting

Palm Sunday, 28th March
No 8.30am Mass
10.00 am The Liturgy of the Palms and Procession from St John the Evangelist, Glenthorne Road

Monday and Tuesday in Holy Week, 29th & 30th March
7.30 pm Holy Eucharist with Homily

Wednesday in Holy Week, 31st March
7.30 pm Tenebrae of Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday, 1st April
(Chrism Mass & renewal of ordination vows at St Paul’s Cathedral)
7.30 pm Institution of Holy Eucharist with the washing of feet; stripping of the Altar followed by prayer at the Altar of Repose.

Good Friday, 2nd April
11.00 am Stations of the Cross
12 Noon Liturgy of the Day with Reading of the Passion

Holy Saturday, 3rd April
10.00 am Morning Prayer
10.30 am Cleaning and Decoration of the Church
8.30 pm The Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Day, 4th April
No 8.30 am Mass
10.00 am Holy Eucharist of the Resurrection

* To mark the anniversary of the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the UK, our two special services of prayer and music are in aid of UNICEF.

Advent, Christmas and Epiphany 2020/2021

The Church of The Holy Innocents remains open under Tier 4 restrictions. Our Worship Services will happen as advertised. You do not need to book tickets to attend any of our services, but if you do not normally worship with us your details will be recorded for Track and Trace purposes.

December 23     19:30    O Emmanuel, A Service for the Last Evening of Advent [FULL MUSIC]                                                 Download the service sheet here

December 24     23:00    Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

December 25     10:00    The Nativity of Our Lord (Parish Eucharist)

December 27     10:00    The Feast of St John the Evangelist (Parish Eucharist)

January 3            10:00    Parish Eucharist

January 6        10:00    The Epiphany of Our Lord (Parish Eucharist)

January 10          10:00    Parish Eucharist

January 11       19:30    The Feast of The Holy Innocents (Parish Eucharist) [FULL  MUSIC]

We observe strict COVID-secure protocols. No mixing of households, socialising or conversation is allowed. Please use separate doors for entrance and exit as instructed. Masks and hand sanitising gel are mandatory for everyone. Please keep a 2m distance from all worshipers outside your household (and a greater distance where possible).

Please click for a  10-minute Christmas meditation on the theme of “God with us” and an episcopal Christmas blessing, both recorded by The Rt Revd Dr Graham​Tomlin, The Bishop of Kensington

There are also many other resources out there to be used At Christmas, especially for those who cannot make it to church, for example these created by the diocese of St Alban’s  and also the materials from the national church




Sunday, 14 June at 17:45

Outside The Church of The Holy Innocents

Have we failed to learn?
Have we refused to change?

Have we loved others as we have loved ourselves?
Have we forgiven others as we have been forgiven?

To mark the 3rd anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire we will hold a vigil of silent prayer. While we must be socially responsible and not congregate in large numbers, we invite you to come stand as the family of God (if 2m apart) surrounding our church building.

At 6pm our church bell (joining others across London) will toll 72 times to remember those who lost their lives in the fire.

We reflect on injustice and indifference. We remember those who sorrow and suffer.

Take a knee for change and in silent remembrance.

Please observe this silent Vigil of prayer outside the church or wherever you may be at 6pm.

This Vigil will also mark the eve of the re-opening of the church building for private prayer as ordered by the College of Bishops.


Holy Week at Home

CLICK HERE for our programme for Holy Week at Home.  

In Holy Week, time and space are distributed and stretched in an almost cinematic way. We start with the Entry into Jerusalem and the conflict at the Temple, but we return to Bethany before finding ourselves in the Upper Room, the Garden, the house of the High Priest, the Praetorium with Pilate, the streets of Jerusalem once again (the Via Dolorosa), the Foot of The Cross and finally the Tomb – yet all along the way we are firmly in the Kingdom of Heaven.

As we are not able to assemble in our usual way, we must reflect on the idea of Sacred Space and the Gathering of the People. We pray where we are and we connect with one another across time, joined by the Saints of every generation. There is no separation.

We will proclaim the joyful Easter Gospel: He is not here. He has been Raised!

Reflections for Holy Week

Click on the links below to download the days’ reflection.

Reflections for Holy Week from The Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly

Reflection video for Palm Sunday

Reflection for Monday in Holy Week

Reflection for Tuesday in Holy Week

Reflections for Wednesday in Holy Week
Orlande de Lassus: Psalmi Poenitentialis
Orlande de Lassus: Psalmi Davidis Pœnitentiales
Three Lamentations for Maundy Thursday: First Lamentation
Three Lamentations for Maundy Thursday: Second Lamentation
Three Lamentations for Maundy Thursday: Third Lamentation

Reflection for Maundy Thursday
Ubi Caritas – Ola Gjeilo
Ubi Caritas et Amor – Durufle
Thomas Tallis – If ye love me
Arvo Pärt, ‘Gloria’ (from ‘Missa Syllabica’)

Reflection for Good Friday
Stations of the Cross
Palestrina: Stabat Mater

Holy Saturday
Reflection for the Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday
Reflection for Easter Sunday
Piano music for Easter Sunday – Gary Peacock