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The trials and tribulations of Lent

The trials and tribulations of the Lenten fast – Fred, from St Chrysostom’s congregation reports on his Lent so far This week, I thought I’d update you on my own tribulations during my Lenten fast. I am going meat, sugary … Continue reading

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In relationship with God

Val, a member of our church reflects on the Gospel for the Tuesday of the First week of Lent. Originally from Brighton, Val lives in Manchester and is in his 2nd year of studying Anthropology at the University of Manchester. … Continue reading

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God creating: A reflection to begin Lent

Above the north door of Chartres Cathedral there is a small, but striking statue – God creating Adam.  The statue is part of a series of 13th century sculptures depicting the seven days of Creation. We see God, Jesus Christ, … 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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Burying the Alleluias

What is this suspicious group of people doing outside church. They were seen there after Vespers this Sunday? Well, let’s step back a few centuries. From the earliest days of Christianity the early Church took the Hebrew word Alleluia into … 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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To Gesima, or not to Gesima?

Septuagesima, Sexagesima, Quinquagesima … the names fascinated me as a boy. There they were in the Book of Common Prayer, the names of the Sundays before Lent. The priest at my boyhood church called them the ‘Gesima Sundays.’ For these … Continue reading

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