Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer

If you have a spare moment in church before a service your gaze may have alighted on occasions upon the very first page of the Green Order of Service booklet. The page contains an extract from the preface to the ‘Declaration of Assent’ which is made by Deacons,...
St Thomas Aquinas

St Thomas Aquinas

When we explore the writings of the Saints, it must be said that the collection of words and thoughts by some of the wisest men and women in Christian history, from it’s origins until the present day, will give some inkling to the enquirer of that life, which is...
Mary Slessor – Missionary

Mary Slessor – Missionary

Mary Slessor was born on 2 December 1848 to a poor working-class family, in the slums of Dundee. Mary’s father and two brothers died of pneumonia, leaving behind only Mary, her mother, and two sisters. By age fourteen, Mary had become a skilled jute worker,...
Saint Margaret of Scotland

Saint Margaret of Scotland

Saint Margaret of Scotland (c. 1045-1093, Feast Day 16th November), also known as Margaret of Wessex, was an English princess and a Scottish queen. Margaret was sometimes called ‘The Pearl of Scotland’. Born in exile in the Kingdom of Hungary, she was the sister of...
St Ambrose of Milan

St Ambrose of Milan

The Feast Day of St Ambrose is the 7th of December. He was born in 339 and died in 397 in Milan, Italy. He is a very important Father of the Church and is notable for his influence on Augustine of Hippo. Augustine, who was fifteen years his junior, heard Ambrose...
St Crispin and Crispinian

St Crispin and Crispinian

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me, Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition; And gentlemen in England now a-bed shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here, And...