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Views from the Vicarage - January 2018

Dear Friends,

1 January The naming of Jesus. It is Matthew and Luke who tell the story of how the angel instructed that Mary's baby was to be named Jesus - a common name meaning 'saviour'. The Church recalls the naming of Jesus on 1 January - eight days after 25 December (by the Jewish way of reckoning days). For in Jewish tradition, the male babies were circumcised and named on their eighth day of life.

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Views from the Vicarage - December 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems that Christmas is in full swing. The Christmas Decorations have been up in the shops for weeks and many homes have started putting up their Christmas Trees and decorations too. Many have got stuck into their Christmas shopping as well. But wait a minute!

Read more: Views from the Vicarage - December 2017

News from the Vicarage - November 2017

Dear Friends,

All Saints, or All Hallows, is the feast of all the redeemed, known and unknown, who are now in heaven. When the English Reformation took place, the number of saints in the calendar was drastically reduced, with the result that All Saints' Day stood out with a prominence that it had never had before.

Read more: News from the Vicarage - November 2017

News from the Vicarage - October 2017

Dear Friends,

Our Harvest Festival is on Sunday 1st October. Thinking of nature S. Francis has his feast day 4th October. S. Francis of Assisi (1181 - 1226) is surely one of the most attractive and best-loved of all the saints. But he began by being anything but a saint. Born the son of a wealthy cloth-merchant of Assisi, Francis' youth was spent in fast-living, parties and on fast horses as a leader of the young society of the town. Then he went to the war between Assisi and Perugia, and was taken prisoner for a year.

Read more: News from the Vicarage - October 2017

News from the Vicarage - September 2017

Dear Friends,

How time passes so quickly, especially as you get older! What happened to summer? One blink and it was over. Did I miss it? This coming September 13th is twenty-five years since I was made Vicar of Ellesmere. It seems like it was only yesterday. It has been wonderful to serve you and God here. I feel as young as when I first came.

Read more: News from the Vicarage - September 2017