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About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/

A Spacious Place

Our Church often seems very empty in lockdown. Rarely are there flickering candles now, people are not coming in and out, our 5pm worship – so much a feature of our Church takes place on line now. The building is … Continue reading

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Closing the church doors?

Should we close church or should we not? I was asking myself this last week. In the first lockdown there was no choice. In the current one safe worship is permitted. A friend advised me not to consult too widely. … Continue reading

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Spinks and ousels sing sublimely

In a lovely short poem entitled Epiphany the poet and economist Jeffery Wheatley gives thanks for some of the added details of the Christmas story which we find in Christmas Carols. (The first two verses of the poem are illustrated … Continue reading

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20 + C + M + B + 21 Blessing our homes

We all probably spent more time at home in 2020 than we intended. Now it looks as though this will be true for at least the first months of 2021. We’ve found comfort and security at home in the face … Continue reading

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She crossed the gender line

The account of the life of St Apollinaria goes back to the 5th century, and is rather confused in parts. Nevertheless the curious story has within it lessons of acceptance and inclusion for the church today. So let’s commemorate Apollinaris … Continue reading

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2020 Veni Creator Spiritus: God Knows!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  In 1939 the then Princess Elizabeth gave to her father, King George VI, a copy of a poem. It became famous when the King quoted it in his 1939 Christmas Broadcast. The poem,  God Knows is by … Continue reading

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Te Deum Laudamus! The past year

So often the news seems to be disturbing or even upsetting, this has been so true in 2020.   It’s hardly surprising that some people wish this year to end. The blight of the Coronavirus has affected us all. However, … Continue reading

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Hark! The herald angels sing

Hark! The herald angels sing is a beautiful and majestic carol usually sung to a traditional tune by Felix Mendelssohn, but, the words first appear in 1739, written by Charles Wesley and adapted by George Whitfield. Later there is further … Continue reading

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O Holy Night

O Holy Night is one of the best loved of all Christmas carols. The words and music combine to create a rousing and beautiful carol. It also has an interesting history. The carol was originally written as a poem by … Continue reading

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Cornered

The story of the massacre of innocent children by King Herod (recalled especially by christians on December 28th) is a significant reminder of the innocence of children, and the way children suffer and are abused – not only in history … Continue reading

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