Category Archives: Spirituality

Celebrate the 50 days

Alleluia! Christ is Risen Easter isn’t just one day – it’s a season of 50 days Campaign for a real Eastertide! Christians make a lot of Lent – giving up things, fasting, praying, and other worthy things – some of … 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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A shrine to St Aghill in Lancashire?

An extraordinary devotion to an ancient Christian woman martyr has broken out in a remote English valley – Rossendale in Lancashire. Local residents in the north end of the valley have named an area, and roads, after the saint whom … Continue reading

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Why Ash?

Ash Wednesday– most of us have heard the name, and many of us know the tradition of a priest “imposing” or putting ash on people’s foreheads.  Why do we do it? Fr Chris continues our series about why we do … Continue reading

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Don’t complain!

I learnt recently that Rabia Basri, the female Sufi saint of the eighth century, warned us not to complain. This advice spoke to my heart, but I had to think carefully about it. Did she want to stop us challenging … Continue reading

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Matushka Olga of Alaska

Matushka Olga Michael was born on February 3rd 1916 in  Kwethluk, Alaska, on the Kuskokwin River. She married the village postmaster and manager of the general store. The marriage was ‘arranged’ and at first was very difficult. Gradually her husband became … Continue reading

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Why light a candle?

“Look at how a single candle can defy the darkness” wrote Anne Frank. Continuing our series on why we do what we do at St Chrysostom’s Fr Ian considers lighting candles. We do that a lot at St C’s! Candles … Continue reading

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