Category Archives: Anglican

2020 Veni Creator Spiritus: God Knows!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  In 1939 the then Princess Elizabeth gave to her father, King George VI, a copy of a poem. It became famous when the King quoted it in his 1939 Christmas Broadcast. The poem,  God Knows is by … Continue reading

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Te Deum Laudamus! The past year

So often the news seems to be disturbing or even upsetting, this has been so true in 2020.   It’s hardly surprising that some people wish this year to end. The blight of the Coronavirus has affected us all. However, … Continue reading

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Like children shouting…

When the House of Commons was first broadcast many people were surprised by what they heard. I remember a relative indignantly saying ‘It’s just like a bear garden.’ We’ve got used to hearing and seeing politicians ‘shouting’ at one another … Continue reading

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“Ain’t I a woman?”

Until I was tasked with producing prayers for November 26th I had never heard of Sojourner Truth. (c. 1797 – 26th November 1883). Yet, she is listed in the top 100 most influential Americans of all time. I realise that … 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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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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An Act of Kindness

What do you see here? I see an elderly gentleman doing an act of kindness to another man who is sitting on the ground. The man sitting seems in great need. The scene is gentle and has something of the … Continue reading

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Welcoming Fr Admos, our new Deacon at St C’s

Many congratulations to Admos who was ordained Deacon on September 23rd, to serve in our parish. Admos and his family have worshipped with us since arriving in the UK from Zimbabwe, and Admos has had a significant part in shaping … Continue reading

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