Category Archives: Anglo Catholic

A light, the light or the only light?

In a touching and moving scene in the Temple in Jerusalem the aged Simeon takes the infant Christ in his arms and proclaims him as “a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” (Luke … Continue reading

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Snowdrops of Candlemas

I have a very early memory of masses of snowdrops under a large tree. It must be a memory of before I was five years old as we moved from that house in Mainsforth, County Durham to another in Teesdale … Continue reading

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Anglican Stars: Two Dorothys

Who has inspired you in your faith? Most of us can give examples of people who have encouraged and inspired us. Some may be great names, some may be people we have met and talked to. In some cases the … Continue reading

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A saint of not very appealing appearance

“He was remarkably tough… of short stature, thin, white haired, no teeth and stooped” Who?  Born in 1809 to a poor Dutch family Peter Donders (feast day January 14th) and his brother Martin had a limited education – they had … Continue reading

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Bless the Four Corners of this House

I’ve a wonderful collection of old hymn books, many inherited from my dear friend Fr Mark Dalby. I haven’t room on the Rectory book shelves for them so they occupy two selves in the church office at St Chrysostom’s. Looking … Continue reading

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#FollowTheStar A former prisoner shares thoughts

John served a prison sentence of eight years. While he was in prison he met Fr Ian who was working as a Chaplain at the maximum security prison in which John was held. Recently Fr Ian contacted John and asked … Continue reading

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#FollowTheStar Encouragement to a teenager

The village in which I spent much of my childhood is in a remote part of County Durham in the north of England, Fr Ian writes. It stands about 1,000ft above sea level and in winter it can be very … Continue reading

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