St Anne’s Church, Tottington

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Holy Cross Day

During September the Church celebrates “Holy Cross Day”, a day upon which we commemorate the dedication, in 335, of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, which was built over the supposed site of the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus. The cross on which Jesus...

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Saint Clare of Assisi

Saint Clare of Assisi is an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition. She wrote their Rule of Life which is the first set of monastic...

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A Man For All Seasons

One of my very favourite films is the adaptation of Robert Bolt’s play, A Man for All Seasons. It is set in Tudor England and is concerned with the final years of St Thomas More. I still have the copy that I bought when I was in the UVIth at School. I guess that the...

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Richard Moffatt to become Deacon

The Office of Deacon is one of three Orders that characterise not only the Church of England but also the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches too. St Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was also one of the first Seven Deacons appointed by the primitive Church that...

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Lady Julian of Norwich

In the corner of my study in the Vicarage is a small statue of a woman in medieval garb kneeling down and in hands of her crossed arms she is holding what is taken to be a hazelnut. Her gaze is heavenward and her face is sublime and serene. It is an image of Lady...

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Lectio Divina

The Abbott of the Benedictine Community in Norcia in Italy was once asked whether the wonderful chanting that they pray every day would in any way be different if it was sung by professional musicians. He replied that it probably would because the community where St...

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Lent

What! Lent Already! But we’ve only just finished Christmas! Yes indeed the season of Lent is upon us. It is a time for fasting, contrition, self examination and resolve. How we go about it is entirely up to us. No record is kept and no inquisitional interrogation made...

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Calling Card

Every year I have a calling card printed. On one side are my contact details and a greeting and on the other is a prayer that I hope people might find helpful and encouraging. Two that I have used for many years were written by St Teresa of Avilla and St Francis de...

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Worship Through Winter

According to my diary, British wintertime begins on Thursday the 21st of December. This is also the day on which many Anglicans (me included) keep the Feast Day of St Thomas the Apostle and Martyr. There is an old rhyme that goes, “St. Thomas Day, St. Thomas Gray, The...

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Remembering to Remember

Every day I make a list of things to do. At the very top of the list is prayer. Beneath that are an extraordinary variety of other things that make up the day that sometimes makes me feel a little be bi-polar!! These range from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the...

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In Quires And Places Where They Sing!

Ken Bayliss retired as Church Organist last week having carried out 40 years sat on the organ stool!! What I said about him can be found in my sermon here. We now have a rota of four organists with Alan Beedie taking the Choir for practice. It is planned that they...

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Pass On

A few days ago I made a very long and rather tedious journey by train to Bath. The overall journey took me about 12 hours from start to finish for a meeting that lasted not much more than twenty five minutes! “What”, I can hear you all say, “gripped the attention of...

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