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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/

My special stones

Stones are often uses to mark places, and for memory. After his life changing dream Jacob sets up a stone to mark the holy place, where he had felt at the gateway of God’s kingdom. Today I spoke to a … Continue reading

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O God our help in ages past

O God our Help in Ages Past has long been associated with Remembrance Sunday, a hymn to be sung when we remember the dead of war, a hymn to be sung when we are aware of the frailty of life … Continue reading

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Vocation through haberdashery

For most of my life, I’ve loved clothes, writes Fr David Warner, who offers this charming post for our church blog. Not everyday clothes, but uniforms and particularly vestments. As a child, I remember the sight of albs and surplices … Continue reading

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Bearded Ebor:

In a previous post on the beards of the clergy we commented that the bishops of the Church of England today are not giving the clergy a definitive lead on the style and use of beards. We therefore thought it … Continue reading

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Clothing an International Mass

  What we wear says a great deal about us. Clothing identifies, and connects us. It’s lovely on special occasions at Mass at St Chrysostom’s that several of our church members, coming from a wide variety of cultures celebrate their … Continue reading

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Martin de Porres

Born the son of a black freed slave and a Spanish knight, Martin de Porres (feast day 3rd November) began life in 16th century Peru greatly disadvantaged. His father disowned him because of his colour. At baptism he was named … Continue reading

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The repetition of the rosary

Judy Ford, a north west England author, kindly offers this extract from her novel Organ Failure . A group of young adults are discussing the repetitive nature of the rosary: ‘And reciting Hail Marys over and over again? What’s the point of … Continue reading

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