News from the Vicarage - February 2016
- Published on Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00
Lent is early this year starting on Ash Wednesday 10th of February. There is, of course, a Sung Eucharist with Ashing at 7.30pm on that day. But what is Lent all about?
News from the Vicarage - January 2016
- Published on Friday, 01 January 2016 00:00
I hope that you have had a very happy Christmas and wish you a happy New Year.
The New Year begins with the Naming and Circumcision of Christ. 'After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.'
News from the Vicarage - December 2015
- Published on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 00:00
We prepare this December to joyfully celebrate Christmas. The four weeks before Christmas we call Advent, which is a solemn time to get ready for Christmas. When the colour in church is purple, there are no flowers, we don't sing the 'gloria' and we sing more solemn hymns. For the four Sundays of Advent we light a candle in the Advent Crown, one for each Sunday and the middle one at Christmas. Many will have Advent calendars marking down our days to Christmas. We don't over indulge. So we can build up a sense of excited anticipation, looking forward to celebrating the great feast of Christmas. In Church we explore the readings which show us why God sent His only Son into the world to be born in a stable in Bethlehem, to show his love for us.
News from the Vicarage - November 2015
- Published on Sunday, 01 November 2015 00:00
November starts with All Saints' Day when we celebrate the saints of the church, especially those who do not have a special saints' day. And in the evening we commemorate All Soul's, those the faithful departed and we read out names of those who have died recently.
News from the Vicarage - October 2015
- Published on Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00
At the end of August three of us from S. Mary's went to Taize, the Ecumenical Religious Community founded seventy-five years ago by Br. Roger to promote unity and solidarity and peace.