HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES AT ST GILES’
Wednesday – 12th April
12:30 pm – Eucharist
MAUNDY THURSDAY – 13th April
12:30 pm – Eucharist
GOOD FRIDAY – 14th April
10:30 am – Matins and Litany
7:00 pm – Mozart Requiem
EASTER DAY – 16th April
5:30 am – Dawn Eucharist
8:00 am – Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
10:30 am – Holy Communion (Preacher: Canon Beau Stevenson)
6:30 pm – Evensong
WW1 Centenary: 6th April, was the anniversary of Victor Jessel’s death. Please remember him in your prayers on Palm Sunday. Victor was born Victor Albert Villiers Zacharias in Oxford on 24th January 1896, the youngest of the three sons of Joel and Rebecca Zacharias. In common with other Jewish families of the time and because of the antisemitism that an obviously Jewish name could attract, the family added the name Jessel to their surname by deed-poll in 1902. A number of references to the family use the hyphenated “Zacharias-Jessel”.
Victor’s father was a well-known Oxford business man, owning the specialised waterproof business, Zacharias & Co, at 26/27 Cornmarket with its advertising slogan ZACS FOR MACS (now Pret A Manger). He was the first Jewish councillor on the Oxford City Council. He died in 1905 when Victor was nine and his widow then moved, with her sons who were still at school, to 38 Banbury Road. This address no doubt explains why Victor, a Jew, is commemorated in St Giles’ – many Anglican parish churches acted as the focus for local commemoration for those who lived within the parish boundaries, even if the person concerned was not a member of the Anglican Church.
Victor was a pupil at the City of Oxford High School for Boys until 1905 (and he is commemorated on the School’s War Memorial). He went on to Magdalen College School in 1906 with an Exhibition. There he had a good academic record and was also an outstanding all round success as a sportsman, as Captain of Boats, a first team player in all the major sports and a supreme athlete in track and field events. He left school in December 1914 and enlisted in the Army as soon as he could in January 1915, joining the Inns of Court Officers Training Corps. In May 1915 he took up a commission of 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry and arrived in France on 10 July. On 25 February 1916 he was sent back from the front line suffering from shell shock and, being considered unfit for general service, returned to England and the 3rd Southern General Hospital based in the Oxford Examination Schools. He finally returned to front line duties in September 1916 and was attached to the 15th Battalion of the DLI. He was killed in no-man’s land, leading a reconnaissance patrol, on Good Friday, 6 April 1917. He was the youngest Lieutenant in the battalion and the first Oxford Jew to die in the War.
Victor’s body was never found and his name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He is also remembered on his father’s headstone in Wolvercote Cemetery. His mother went on living at 38 Banbury Road until her death in 1934. The house was demolished in the 1950s to accommodate new University buildings on the Keble Road Triangle.
Easter Flowers: Mary Whitlock writes – we will be very grateful forcontributions towards the cost of Easter flowers. Donations can be given to Maureen Chu. If your offering is given in memory of someone, please also give the name(s) to Maureen, for acknowledgment on Easter Day.
Electoral Roll revision: If you would like to be added to the Electoral Roll, please speak to the Vicar or Jim Smith.
Special Holy Week Services at St Margaret’s are listed on the fliers in church.
Mozart Requiem: on Good Friday, 14th April, at St Giles’ at 7:00 pm.
Easter Chess Tuition for Juniors: Free tuition at St Giles’ on Thursday 20th April and Friday 21st April from 10 am to 12 noon.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting: After the 10.30 am service on Sunday 23rd April, St Giles’ will hold its Annual vestry meeting and APCM. At the Vestry meeting the churchwardens for the coming year are elected and PCC members are elected at the APCM. PCC members serve for a period of 3 years so about a third of the elected members are voted onto the PCC in any year. The number of elected members on the PCC is governed by the size of the electoral roll. With over 100 members on our electoral roll, we are entitled to have 12 elected members; this is in addition to the ex-officio members. This year there are more vacancies than usual and the meeting can elect up to six PCC members. Every three years, the APCM also elects Deanery Synod members and 2017 is the year in which Deanery Synod elections are held. There are three representatives on the Deanery Synod. All members of the congregation who are on the electoral roll can attend and vote at the APCM. Members of the electoral roll who are communicant members of the church can stand as PCC and Deanery Synod representatives. The PCC meets six times a year, usually on a Wednesday evening. If you would be interested in finding out more about being a PCC member, please speak to Sarah-Jane White, the Vicar or one of the churchwardens (Maureen Chu or Joanne Russell).
London Marathon 2017: On 23rd April Andy Lewin and John Chelsom will be running the Marathon to raise funds for St Giles’ Project 900. Details of how to donate will be in next week’s pew sheet.
Concert at St Giles’: The Titanic House Band: Not Waving but Drowning! On Saturday 6th May at 7:30 pm. The return, by popular demand, of this dynamic big band, who will play music ranging from Vivaldi to Frank Zappa! An exhilarating, joyful evening. Tickets: £10/£8 concessions/£5 students.
Choir Tour: The choir will be visiting Bergamo from 21st-26th July.
SERVICES AND EVENTS AT ST GILES’ THIS WEEK
Monday 10th April 5:30 pm Evening Prayer
Tuesday 11th April 5:30 pm Evening Prayer
Wednesday 12th April 12:30 pm Eucharist
5:30 pm Evening Prayer
Thursday 13th April 12:30 pm Eucharist
(MAUNDY THURSDAY) 5:30 pm Evening Prayer
Friday 14th April 10:30 am Matins and Litany
(GOOD FRIDAY) 4:30 pm Rehearsal for Mozart Requiem
7:00 pm Mozart Requiem
Saturday 15th April (Easter Eve)
Sunday 16th April 5:30 am Service of Light/First Eucharist
(EASTER DAY) 8:00 am BCP Holy Communion
10:30 am Holy Communion
6:30 pm Evensong
Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 1
Sick: Andrew McLean, Heather Poole, George Pulford
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