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Advent

Advent

“Keeping Christ at Christmas.” I blinked and behold, it was Advent Sunday!!! Where did November go I ask myself? Remembrance whizzed through and before I knew where I was up went the ladder and as one banner came down another went up.  On the Monday after...

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We Will Remember Them

We Will Remember Them

This year, Alison and I are able to count ourselves alongside other parents in this Church whose children currently serve in the armed forces.  It’s a year since our Harry joined the Royal Navy and my brother’s youngest son, Sebastian, is currently undergoing somewhat...

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Edith Stein

Edith Stein

I am currently making my way through a biography of Edith Stein, otherwise known as, St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. To quote the author, Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda, it describes Edith’s journey from the depths of atheism to the heights of sainthood. The story of Edith...

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Put to Bed

Put to Bed

Sometimes in life our sense of equilibrium can find itself being easily shaken by some unexpected occurrence. It might be some throw away comment that we overhear, or it might be the reliving of a memory that we would prefer to forget.  I know of people, and I am sure...

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Restoration

Restoration

Believe it or not, and there’s no reason not to, one of my great interests is restoration. When we are in France we often go to car boot sales known as vide-grenier. It’s amazing what one comes across. A few years ago, I spotted an oval shaped, glassed fronted, oak...

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He Leadeth Me

He Leadeth Me

I’ve just finished reading the most wonderful book. It’s entitled, “He Leadeth Me” and is a testament of the faith of one man. The one man in question is Fr Walter J Ciszek who served as a Jesuit missionary priest. His missionary zeal took him to Eastern Europe during...

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Trooping of the Colour

Trooping of the Colour

I cannot recall how young I was when I first watched the Trooping of the Colour that ordinarily takes place on Horse Guards Parade in London each year to mark the official birthday of Her Majesty The Queen. This year, as it did last year, it will take place in the...

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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...

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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...

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Companionship with God

Companionship with God

This month’s prayer is taken from the writings of St Catherine of Sienna. Her words are greatly encouraging and point us all towards the importance of deepening our faith and our relationship with God. She uses the word “companion” (compagno in her native Italian) to...

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Silence

Silence

It may surprise some of our avid readers to know that one of the Vicar’s favourite authors is Shusaku Endo. He died in 1996 and is widely acclaimed as one of Japans greatest writers. In my opinion his novel, “Silence”, is a work of genius. Martin Scorsese, the...

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The Feast of the Epiphany

The Feast of the Epiphany

Joy and gratitude surround the birth of Jesus. The angels sang songs of joy to the shepherds as they kept watch over their flocks. The Blessed Virgin sang in praise of God at the Annunciation. Her cousin Elizabeth embraced her with gladness when she visited her and...

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