Category Archives: Spirituality

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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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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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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