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News from the Vicarage - June 2017

Dear Friends,

4th June Whit Sunday - Pentecost Pentecost took place on the well-established Jewish festival of Firstfruits, which was observed at the beginning of the wheat harvest. It was exactly 50 days after the Passover, the time of Jesus' crucifixion.

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News from the Vicarage - May 2017

Dear Friends,

1st May: May Day - unbridled merriment
May is the month when the ancient pagans used to get up to 'all sorts'! The Romans held their festival to honour the mother-goddess Maia, goddess of nature and growth. (May is named after her.) The early Celts celebrated-the feast of Beltane, in honour of the sun god, Beli. For centuries in Olde England' the people went mad in May.

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News from the Vicarage - April 2017

Dear Friends,

The new Bishop of Lichfield the Rt Rev'd Dr Michael Ipgave has launched a new strap line for this Diocese of 'Come follow Christ in the footsteps of S. Chad.' This replaces 'Going for Growth' and the Bishop is launching his new direction of travel at a special celebration at Lichfield Cathedral on 20th May at 11am followed by a picnic lunch afterwards.

Read more: News from the Vicarage - April 2017

News from the Vicarage - March 2017

Dear Friends,

Lent begins on March 1st with Ash Wednesday. It takes its name from the ashes which people who were sorry for what they had done used to pour over their heads as they tore off their smart clothes and put on garments made from shabby old sackcloth.

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News from the Vicarage - February 2017

Dear Friends,

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple/ Candlemas.

In bygone centuries, Christians said their last farewells to the Christmas season on Candlemas, 2 February. This is exactly 40 days after Christmas Day itself. In New Testament times 40 days old was an important age for a baby boy: it was when they made their first 'public appearance'.

Read more: News from the Vicarage - February 2017