Category Archives: Spirituality

Te Deum Laudamus! Give thanks for the past year

So often the news seems to be disturbing or even upsetting.   It’s hardly surprising that some people wish a year to end. However, let’s be careful in case we slip into being too negative. We’d not want to be … Continue reading

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Rules for living

Do you have rules that you live by? Foundations you have built your life around? Guidelines you try to stay close to in your everyday life? Madison, Parish Assistant, offers thoughts arising from the course Growing Relationships with God which … Continue reading

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Blake’s Jerusalem

Each year at the last night of the proms the orchestra plays, and the people sing, Jerusalem – the words of William Blake set to the memorable music of Hubert Parry. Union Jack flags are waved and a little earlier … Continue reading

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The joy of altar serving

How as an eight year old boy  was I to carry a heavy book on a metal stand from one side of the altar to the other without dropping it? This was my anxiety was about serving Mass for the … Continue reading

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Walsingham – joyful, spiritual, inclusive and fun!

We had a fantastic pilgrimage to Walsingham this year – probably our largest numerically, very inclusive and very varied – and very joyful, spiritual and fun! It is always a delight to meet up with our friends from St Peter’s, … Continue reading

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Watching for the Kingfisher at Easter Benediction

Here is an edited summary of the address given by Fr Ian at Benediction on Easter Day at the end of the Easter Triduum, St Chrysostom’s 2019 In my late teens I stood at the Abbey Bridge, Barnard Castle, looking … Continue reading

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Prayerways: Pray with music

Most people find that their worship in church is enhanced by the music they hear and the hymns they sing. – Canon Alma Servant writes in our Lent Prayerways series. Music calms the mind and feelings when people are praying, … Continue reading

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