View from the Vicarage – Lent

View from the Vicarage – Lent

Ash Wednesday is a day of Holy Obligation that this year falls on the 1st of March. That’s to say that it is one of the principal dates in the calendar when a Christian ought to be in Church to make their Holy Communion and prepare themselves for the start of this...
View from the Vicarage – Advent

View from the Vicarage – Advent

“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” These words were written towards the end of the first century AD and form part of the Prologue to St John’s Gospel that is always read in Anglican liturgical celebrations on Christmas Eve. Advent...
View from the Vicarage – Oradour

View from the Vicarage – Oradour

“Down this road, on a summer day in 1944 … The soldiers came. Nobody lives here now. They stayed only a few hours. When they had gone, a community which had lived for a thousand years … was dead. This is Oradour-sur-Glane, in France. The day the soldiers...
View from the Vicarage

View from the Vicarage

My late Mother always believed that one of the most important things she ever did for her children was to teach them how to read. I still have the book that she taught me from. It’s a now somewhat tatty edition of Enid Blyton’s, Brer Rabbit Again. If I ever found a...