Category Archives: Christianity

2019 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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United by the Christmas Story

The first words spoken in our Carol Service are words of welcome, and encouragement. The words form what is called ‘The Preface’ of the service, and it’s our custom to vary the words slightly each year. Here is what was … Continue reading

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Embracing Inclusion

Inclusion is in the DNA of St Chrysostom’s. From it’s earliest days St Chrysostom’s church has served a parish of wide and constantly changing variety. The church has welcomed people from different backgrounds, countries and ethnicities. St Chrysostom’s was one … Continue reading

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A candle for Winnie, A candle for Keith

18th August, is the anniversary of the death in 2012 of Winnie Johnson. Winnie was known throughout England as the mother of Keith Bennett, the child victim of the moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. Despite extensive searching Keith’s … Continue reading

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Visiting the Archbishop of Canterbury

A small group of priests, female and male, members of the Society of Catholic Priests, recently visited Lambeth Palace. I was part of the group. We had been invited to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury who tries to meet, and … Continue reading

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Celebrate your Baptism anniversary

Celebrate the anniversary of your baptism like a birthday, says Pope Francis. Speaking recently to a large number of Christians the Pope encouraged them to hold dear to the importance of baptism in their lives. He said: “Baptism illuminates our … Continue reading

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Have a joyful Lent – think outside the box!

Each year you give us this joyful season  – says one of the prayers at Mass in Lent. Really, joyful? Well, for many people Lent  seems to be about giving up chocolate, gin or bacon sandwiches. Many Christians try a … Continue reading

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