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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/

King of the North – the story

In this first part of a two part blog entry Fred tells us of the life of St Oswald. (Feast day August 5th) Born in 604 with a claim to the mostly pagan Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Bernicia and Deira (jointly … Continue reading

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A Prayer Novena

Imagine a group of people, men and women, who have lost a definite sense of direction. They are very uncertain about what the future holds. Their guide, their leader has disappeared and they feel his absence, they wonder what to … Continue reading

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An Inspiration to Parish Clergy

When parish priests are welcomed to their parish the words used emphasise the role of the priest to the whole parish. This is also emphasised, usually, in the title of the parish priest, the ‘Vicar of Wilberfoss,’ the ‘Rector of … Continue reading

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Be Calm, Wise and Kind

We are living in strange and unpredictable days. The rhythm of life slowly seems to be returning to normal and then we find restrictions reappear and we hear of ‘spikes’ or ‘second waves’ of the Coronavirus and we wonder what … Continue reading

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The challenge of promoting racial harmony

A friend of St Chrysostom’s has pointed out to us an exchange on racism in the Questions and Answers of the recent General Synod. Not many will have easy access to the paperwork of this august body and so here … Continue reading

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We’re open!

The Coronavirus has affected life for us all in many ways. Church had to close for several weeks, and we couldn’t celebrate Easter together. At last, on Sunday (5th July) we were able to open for Mass. Obviously precautions had … Continue reading

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Black Saints Matter

A young girl seeing large billboards in the street asked her mother what they were. The mother explained that they are adverts, and what they were for. They then went into church and the little girl looked at the saints … Continue reading

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Oh, to that heart draw nigh

“He broke my heart.” Most people reading those words will know what the speaker meant. The person has suffered deep emotional pain as a result of the actions of another. Perhaps the speaker was susceptible to such pain, perhaps they … Continue reading

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O Sacred Heart

Two years ago walking the steep path up Beinn Lora, Argyll, Scotland I began to feel breathless and my heart began pounding. It was a surprise and an alert to be careful. After the holiday my doctor sent me to … Continue reading

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Sacred Heart – the ‘Heart of God’

One of the greatest independent Christian thinkers in the twentieth century was undoubtedly the French Scientist and Priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. His writings combine a deep life of prayer and spirituality with vision for the future and hope. For … Continue reading

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