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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

Barbara Clementine Harris – a woman of immense courage

Mtr Kate contributes to our series on inspirational Black people: Barbara was born in Philadelphia in 1930 to Walter and Beatrice.  She was very musical and also developed an interest in writing and even had a weekly column in a local … Continue reading

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My Mother, My Role Model

Here’s a lovely little contribution for our series on black lives which influence us. Thank you so much to Alison George for helping is look to our own congregation and our own homes for inspiration! The older I get, the … Continue reading

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Mpho Tutu van Furth: A call to equality and inclusiveness

“I do not know the words to describe my grief”.  This is the final line of Mpho Tutu van Furth’s essay ‘Speaking Love to Power’ in The Book Of Queer Prophets published this year. The grief of which she speaks … Continue reading

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Music to raise the spirits – the clergy choose

The Roman Catholic Poor Clares sisters of Arundel in the south of England have produced a CD of spiritually uplifting music to share in the pandemic. What a lovely and kind thing to do. I thought about this and thought … Continue reading

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The Patron Saint of Troublemakers

I wish I had known about Saint Mary Mackillop, Australia’s only canonized saint in the RC church,  when I was drawing up a programme for Kharis ( children’s church) on saints  a couple of years ago. Sandra Palmer writes.  I … Continue reading

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Chi Rho at Chrysostom’s

Chi Rho is an exciting new initiative and we’re delighted to begin a branch for our area. Although based at St Chrysostom’s, the branch looks out beyond the local church. Chi Rho launched on August 6th 2020 and is being … Continue reading

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Shrine of Mary, Mother of Welcome and Hope

A shrine is a special place of prayer. We know of some of the great shrine sites in our world, such as Lourdes, Walsingham, or in other world faiths, Mecca, or the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. We also … Continue reading

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Having words about St Chrysostom’s

Isn’t this lovely? At the time of the 143rd Anniversary of our wonderful Church’s consecration we asked people to offer a group of words about our Church. Now, of course, our Church is more than a building it is also … Continue reading

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Why Mary, Mother of Hope?

Our statue of Mary at St Chrysostom’s is a beautiful focus for prayer. After Sunday Mass we have a particular focus of prayer as we turn to the statue and remember Mary’s ‘Yes’ as we sing the Angelus. Many people … Continue reading

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Be calm, be still

These are stormy and uncertain days. I suspect, like me, you may often ask yourself questions such as: What will happen next? Is it safe to do this? Can I go there? These are questions that show us how uncertain … Continue reading

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