Do Not Be Afraid

Do Not Be Afraid

Jesus turned to his disciples and asked them, “Why are you afraid?” The invocation of God “not to be afraid” is recorded throughout both the Old and New Testament. Depending on how you interpret the Greek and the Hebrew, which I’m sure you all have done, then it can...
Rites and Ceremonies

Rites and Ceremonies

One of my most prized books that is never likely to be thrown into a pulping machine is a 1946 edition of Ritual Notes: A Comprehensive Guide to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Book of Common Prayer. The first edition was published in 1894. The book came into my...
St Augustine of Hippo

St Augustine of Hippo

Have you ever considered just how central the continent of Africa is in the very roots of the Bible and indeed the Christian faith? The story of Joseph and his brothers is set in Africa as is, of course, the life of the prophet Moses. In our post-Christmas Gospel...
Community of St Mary the Virgin

Community of St Mary the Virgin

One of the oldest religious communities in the Church of England is the Community of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Oxfordshire. It was founded in 1848 by the local Vicar, William Butler during the spiritual revival of the Church of England in the mid nineteenth century....
The Vicar’s Easter Message

The Vicar’s Easter Message

I recently climbed into the clocktower of Church. We had discovered a leak and I went up with John Williams to have look. Thankfully, the leak has now been sorted out, but more about that some other time! Whilst I was snooping around, I made a great find. Underneath...