Save Christmas?

Save Christmas?

Over the past nine months or so I have had to try and make sense of some pretty bizarre statements via the realm of 24 hour “news” and social media platforms, from whose respective clutches, I have thankfully been able to liberate myself! I have also, in my humble...
Clement of Rome

Clement of Rome

Many of you will know that over the years and from my privileged position in the pulpit I have made numerous references to the Church of San Clemente in Rome and the wonderful blue Cross that is the centrepiece in the apse. Ah, what a happy time it was gazing...
Give Your Heart To Jesus

Give Your Heart To Jesus

“A witness to Christ in a world seemingly on its way to faithlessness.” These words were written about the man who is the focus for our prayer for August. This former conscript to the revolutionary army of France was from peasant stock, did not take well to Latin and...
Get Your Finger Out!

Get Your Finger Out!

I was thinking the other day, in one of my more amusing moments, that I might rename the Vicarage Garden. A number of possibilities passed through my mind, which, on reflection and in the circumstances, seemed perhaps a little flippant. Be that as it may, it has to be...
Apostles’ Creed

Apostles’ Creed

I don’t suppose that many of you will have read the works of St Irenaeus of Lyon who figures in our prayer for the month of June. For those of you who may unfamiliar with him, he was one of the early Bishops of the Church who are referred to as the Apostolic Fathers....
Visitation of Mary to St Elizabeth

Visitation of Mary to St Elizabeth

The 31st of May is the Feast Day of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St Elizabeth, the mother of St John the Baptist. The account that is found in the Gospel according to St Luke continues the story of the Incarnation that the Church marks in March with...