Tag Archives: Mary

Snowdrops of Candlemas

I have a very early memory of masses of snowdrops under a large tree. It must be a memory of before I was five years old as we moved from that house in Mainsforth, County Durham to another in Teesdale … Continue reading

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Our Assumption

Paintings of the Assumption into heaven of Our Lady can be very beautiful. Mary taken into glory often surrounded by angels. At the same time they can feel rather remote, and somewhat removed from Mary’s simple humanity. In this striking … Continue reading

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A Decade a Day in May

During May (Mary’s month) this year at St Chrysostom’s we’re encouraging one another in prayer in a simple and special way.   What are we doing? It’s really simple, and anyone can join in, wherever they are. Each day of May someone … Continue reading

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Mary’s YES: A painting, and a poem

for March 25th Feast of the Annunciation How do you picture in your mind Gabriel’s visit to Mary? Several members of St Chrysostom’s Church have said how much they appreciate the African American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner’s painting of the … Continue reading

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Looking for Luminosity with Mary

To inspire prayer and a sense of fellowship in prayer throughout May, we encouraged people to say part of the Holy Rosary on a particular day and so fill the entire month with thought and prayer based on the rosary. The … Continue reading

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Admire, Contemplate, Pray

Fr Ian reflects while on pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady, Roacamadour Landscape, layers of legend, the insight of religious people, devotion, all combine at Rocamadour in central France, to make a captivating sacred place between earth and sky, … Continue reading

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Regina Coeli

For over 270 years Christians have sung (or said) the Regina Coeli in place of the Angelus during the great Easter season. The joy of Easter breaks through time and space and we dare to encourage the saints and Mary, … Continue reading

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Angelus Domini

Singing the Angelus after 11am Mass on a Sunday is a very popular devotion at St Chrysostom’s. Children, parents and carers come forward to Mary’s statue and are joined by clergy and servers. The Angelus is introduced, often with a … Continue reading

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Simple gifts of Mothering

A thought for Mothering Sunday Few of us remember all the nurture and care we received in the earliest few years of our lives. Who fed you? Who changed your clothes? Who comforted you? Who, like Mary in the painting … Continue reading

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The Vulnerable, the Holy Family

Day 5 of Christmastide The Holy Family So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the chil lying in the manger. Luke 2.16 A man wraps his arms and his cloak around a woman and baby, as … Continue reading

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