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The origins of Nine Lessons and Carols

In the late 1870s the Bishop of Truro, Edward White Benson, was discouraged at the high level of drunkenness and the lack of safety in the streets in Truro at Christmas time. He wished to counterbalance the night revelling with … Continue reading

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Once in Royal David’s City

In candlelight a solo voice sings Once in Royal David’s City. Of course, St Chrysostom’s is not the only church which usually begins their Carol service in this way. The tradition, no doubt, has been popularised from the King’s College … 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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Sleep and angels

Angel of God, my guardian dear to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this night be at my side to light, to guard, to rule and guide. Amen. My mother taught me this prayer when I was a small … Continue reading

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British Home Children – migrant children

Concerns are expressed today at the migration of children, many unaccompanied, in our world.  This is not a new phenomenon, nor is it something strange to the UK. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the first British Home Children … Continue reading

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O all ye things that grow in the earth, bless ye the Lord

The impending climate catastrophe that is about to engulf us is much in the news. Indeed, if you read all the stories that come along, despite having to trawl the lesser pages of a newspaper, you would learn that the … Continue reading

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Celebrating 25 years of the Society of Catholic Priests

On Thursday 12th September, the Society of Catholic Priests (SCP) celebrated the 25th anniversary of its foundation, and we were kindly hosted by Southwark Cathedral. There were over 200 priest members and at least eight bishops in attendance from all … Continue reading

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