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Eucharist – the remembering of Divine Presence
Whether you understand Eucharist as a commemoration of Jesus final supper with his closest followers or as a survival of an ancient ritual to reweave the covenant between the Divine and the human, between heaven and earth or as a communal space of contemplation or as the service of praise in which we stand as angels around the Throne of God singing hosannahs…
… it doesn’t matter. Yet it matters crucially. Eucharist is a mystery, endlessly generative of sacred meaning.
Each time we gather, we offer ourselves, our words, our love for each other, we listen, we pray out loud and in silence and we welcome the Presence as deeply as we’re able.
Each person makes their own sense of it. But we stand together in our practice of it.
Come. Give thanks and praise!
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The Parish of St Uriel the Archangel is based in Sydney, Australia and is the cathedral parish of the Diocese of New South Wales. The parish is part of the Apostolic Johannite Church and is served by Bishop Tim Mansfield as rector.
We are a gnostic, contemplative, inclusive, Christian community. We encourage freedom of thought, diversity of belief and we share a strong commitment to spiritual practice. Our community is small, intimate and welcoming. If you’re interested in pursuing your personal spiritual journey in community with others, perhaps you’re one of us. You might enjoy reading more about Johannite spirituality here.
Our parish extends a special welcome to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people. Read more here.
We encourage you to consider visiting, joining or volunteering. Mostly though, we’d like to meet you, just as you are.
Bishop Tim Mansfield is the rector of Saint Uriel’s. He was ordained a priest by Bishop +Shaun McCann in San Francisco in May 2008. He was consecrated as Bishop of New South Wales in May 2012 in Sydney.
If you have need of a priest for any reason, please get in touch using the contact form.
Other Local Johannite Communities
Mission Teresa de Ávila – Brisbane
We maintain a mission in Brisbane under the patronage of St Teresa of Ávila. The mission is a lay group which holds occasional meetings; Bishop Tim acts as pastor and visits at least twice each year.
For more information about the group contact Saint Uriel’s and we’ll put you in touch with the local folks.
Holy Sophia Narthex – Melbourne
The narthex – or lay-led community – in Melbourne is under the patronage of Holy Sophia, Divine Wisdom. The narthex holds regular services and discussions; Bishop Tim acts as pastor visiting at least twice each year.
Regular meetings are in a private home, so please contact us using the contact form if you are interested in attending and she will send you the address. We usually share a meal after a service or meeting and you are most welcome to join us for as much or as little of the program as you like.
We maintain a Mission in Auckland, New Zealand under the patronage of Notre Dame Des Lumieres (Our Lady of the Lights). The mission is a lay group which holds occasional meetings; Bishop Tim acts as pastor and visits when he can.
For more information about the group contact Saint Uriel’s and we’ll put you in touch with local Johannites.