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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

‘Being’ in Christ’s Presence

When I was about 8 years old I went on a parish weekend with the Society of the Sacred Mission at Kelham in Nottinghamshire. The leader of the weekend introduced me to prayer before the Sacrament. We were encouraged simply … Continue reading

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Mapping Naughty Ritualists

Lighted candles, ringing bells, wearing coloured robes… and more have been subjects of great controversy in the Church of England. Just over a hundred years ago some campaigning Protestant bodies sent out spies to see what Anglo Catholic churches were … Continue reading

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Announcing Adorate!

Each year during Corpus Christitide at St Chrysostom’s we have a special time of silent prayer and worship as we give thanks for Holy Communion. The Mass is central to our life and worship at St Chrysostom’s so it’s really … Continue reading

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Dedicated to Mary

      It is well known that a large number of Anglican churches are dedicated to Mary. From a humble remote chapel, to splendid cathedrals such as Lincoln or Salisbury we find dedications to the Blessed Virgin. In England … Continue reading

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Mary, dragging down tyrants

Socialist politics and outlook have had a part in Anglicanism for many years. In the early years of the twentieth century a number of Anglo Catholic priests, no doubt influenced by the political rise of socialism and the social conditions … Continue reading

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Two Godrics

Godric Joseph Cockayne, my mother’s uncle, died of pneumonia aged 18 years, as a result of war injuries, as the First World War ended. Although those of my mother’s generation never knew ‘Uncle Godric’ his tragic death made a lasting … Continue reading

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What a debt we owe her! Anglican Archbishops on Mary

Archbishops of Canterbury have spoken or written about Mary. Our series on Mary in the Anglican Tradition continues with words from three different Archbishops of Canterbury, looking at Mary from three differing perspectives. First of all Edward White Benson, Archbishop … Continue reading

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