Christmas Greetings from St Chrysostom’s!

Our Posada figures have entered Church, the First Mass of Christmas has been offered, the figure of Jesus has been placed in the crib. It’s Christmas!

At our first mass of Christmas, as a Communion reflection Fr Ian and Fr John read this poem by U A Fanthorpe (it’s a Christmas of Fanthorpe poems at St C’s this year)


After the frantic shopping
The anxious road 
After the office parties
The crowded inn
Before the quarterly bills
The stones gathered
Before the January Sales
And Stephen broken 
After the carols and lessons
The psalms, the prophets,
After the gifts are wrapped
The swaddling clothes 
Before the Queen’s speech
A baby’s cry 
Across the morning suburbs
The Light of the World.


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St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community where people of differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at
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