Category Archives: Anglican

Quietly dropped verses

A friend of Fr Ian kindly suggested a second round in Fr Ian’s quiz about hymns. (The first round of the quiz is here). For this round the questions is – From which hymns have the following verses been quietly … Continue reading

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Unusual lines from hymns

When we stop to look at what we are singing in hymns we can often find some unusual lines, or images. Fr Ian recently compiled a quiz for a priests’ gathering, asking which hymns the following unusual (or not so … Continue reading

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Mother N and Father M

“Hello, Ian” a voice boomed across St Ann’s Square, in Manchester. I looked round and couldn’t work out who had called to me. Then a large bearded man in a well worn thick coat, selling copies of┬áThe Big Issue waved. … Continue reading

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In our day of thanksgiving

We sing this lovely hymn, to the beautiful tune ST CATHERINE’S COURT, on the Feast of Consecration of our Church – our Church’s birthday. (There is a recording made at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral here) In our day of thanksgiving one … Continue reading

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1837 plans for a Victoria Park Church

The idea for having a church on the site of St Chrysostom’s came long before our church building. Dr Bosdin Leech, a noted local resident and historian of the area, wrote to the St Chrysostom’s Monthly Magazine in 1938 about … Continue reading

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Sharing smiles on World Smile Day

  World Smile Day may seem a bit ‘tacky’ or superficial to many, and I guess in some ways it is. However in our parish for World Smile Day we’ve developed a lovely tradition of going around our schools and … Continue reading

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St Galla

St Galla (feast day 5th October) has many similarities with St Olympias, the woman supporter of St John Chrysostom. Like Olympias, Galla was widowed at a young age and like Olympias she formed a community close to, and supportive of, … Continue reading

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