St Anne’s Church, Tottington

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All Night Vigil

All Night Vigil

It was 5.30 am and three undergraduates slumbered on the Chapel floor of St Anselm Hall. Meanwhile the Chaplain and 37 years their senior (aka the Vicar of Totttington) paced about the place wrapped in his cassock and scapular; the heating had gone off and it was more...

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The East Window

The East Window

Heaton, Butler and Bayne were possibly one of the most distinguished stained glass firms of the 19th century operating out of Covent Garden, high in the School of Gothic revival, commissioned by many of the principal Victorian architects and whose creative genius...

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Imagination

Imagination

I am just embarking upon another great book by Timothy Radcliffe. It was a sort of Christmas present to myself and once again he does not fail to satisfy. Alive in God is an exploration into the importance of imagination in the Christian life. Radcliffe consoders the...

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Advent and The Nativity

Advent and The Nativity

I am very pleased to say that pupils from Tottington Primary School will once again be taking the Church Nativity figures around the parish this Advent. This year the figures of The Virgin Mary, St Joseph, the shepherds and a selection of stable animals will go to...

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Remembrance

Remembrance

Over the last year or so I have been involved in an interdisciplinary research project at the University of Manchester. As a team made up of just a very few people, we have, in the manner of a detective explored the lives of the men of St Anselm Hall who were killed...

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Faith

Faith

On the 22nd of September Mark Knight was licensed as an Authorised Lay Minister at Manchester Cathedral. Mark’s life and activity in St Anne’s has always been low key but deeply committed – a regular with his Son, Callum at the 8.00 am Prayer Book Holy Communion...

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Sieger Koder

Sieger Koder

I have always been interested in art. Of course I myself am useless and was always bottom of the class when it came to, “explorations into still life form” at School. What I created resembled Cameron’s breakfast - a complete mess. This was a great sadness as my...

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Facts

Facts

Remember this? Humpty Dumpty to Alice in Through the Looking Glass: ‘When I use a word,’ he said, in a rather scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.’ It’s no wonder Humpty ended up having a great fall. The point of language is...

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St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi

The brethren of the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield recently gave me a relief depicting St Francis of Assisi after the School Luca della Robbia. For those of you who may not realise, Luca was an Italian 15th century artist from Florence. He is particularly...

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The Saints Next Door

The Saints Next Door

St Teresa of Avila advises us to, “Try and keep a good conscience.” In order that we might be successful in this we need to be honest and to pursue the way of truth and to be honest in all things. It strikes me that the insights of the saints were born of their own...

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St Benedict of Nursia

St Benedict of Nursia

St Benedict of Nursia in Italy was born in the last quarter of the fifth century and died in the middle of the sixth. By the time of his death he had laid the foundation for Western Monasticism and was later canonised as the Patron Saint of Western Europe. He wrote...

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Vicar to take part in vigil for homeless

Vicar to take part in vigil for homeless

As we all know the 6th of February marks The Queen’s Accession Day in 1952. I am sure that we will all offer a special prayer of thanksgiving for her life and dutiful service of her people over the last 67 years. In 1953 these words spoken by The Queen to women in the...

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