Category Archives: Christian

Challenging indifference to modern slavery

Hundreds of victims of human trafficking (modern slaves) have come through the doors of St Chrysostom’s in the past two years. Our language classes set up to serve such victims, in partnership with the Medaille Trust, have grown and developed … Continue reading

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A weekend in a parish assistant’s work – Ye-Haw!

Have you ever wondered what exactly the Parish Assistants do? Hannah writes about a busy weekend… Besides making the perfect cuppa tea after worship and serving during mass, our duties vary each week. Every week we prepare and serve at … Continue reading

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You and Holy Week

Who are you this Holy Week? In today’s Gospel, the Gospel for the Monday in Holy Week,(John 12.1-11) we come into a homely scene. Jesus has dinner with friends – Lazarus and his sisters Martha and Mary, at Bethany. At … Continue reading

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Tangrams and a Holy Well

Encouraging, reassuring, experiencing God’s presence …..   A group of our young adults from St. Chrysostom’s travelled to Holywell, Wales for a retreat in Lent. We stayed at St. Winefride’s Guest House run by the Bridgettine Sisters. Their hospitality and kindness … Continue reading

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Venerating the Cross

Why do we venerate the Cross on Good Friday? During the simple yet moving Liturgy on Good Friday we carry into church a large crucifix – a depiction of our crucified Lord.  The procession stops three times, and the priest … Continue reading

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Our dreams, sweet dreams?

Have you dreamed lately? What do you think about your dreams? For centuries in the ‘West’ most people have ignored dreams and simply dismissed them as absurd. In many other cultures people have regarded dreams more significantly. My own experience … Continue reading

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To Gesima, or not to Gesima?

Septuagesima, Sexagesima, Quinquagesima … the names fascinated me as a boy. There they were in the Book of Common Prayer, the names of the Sundays before Lent. The priest at my boyhood church called them the ‘Gesima Sundays.’ For these … Continue reading

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