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The Great Beighton Bake Off

I am pleased to announce that S Mary’s is planning a cake baking competition to be held on Saturday, 14 October. (You may have seen the poster, below, elsewhere: if it’s too small, you may wish to try clicking on … Continue reading

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I won’t cry for yesterday….

Since the feast of Pentecost (15 May this year), the church is in ‘ordinary time’: this means that we are not marking any particular season of the church’s year, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter or (in the Church of England) … Continue reading

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And on the seventh day….

Some people seem to think that holidays and time off are frivolous or even unnecessary but the bible teaches us that ‘taking time off’ is one of the most important things we do. In the book of Genesis, when God … Continue reading

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What a difference a day makes….

Tomorrow is Christmas Day, the beginning of the forty-day season of Christmas, during which the church celebrates the birth of Jesus to his chosen people, his epiphany (showing) to the other nations of the world (represented by the magi), his … Continue reading

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And another thing…. (Part Four)

One of the main meanings of the mass is that it is a proclamation of the death of Jesus. We celebrate the mass in memory of God’s self-sacrifice on the cross for our sake: the words Jesus used when instituting … Continue reading

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And another thing…. (Part Three)

Another of the many meanings of the mass is that it is to strengthen and gladden us, our meat and drink, as it were, while we are in this life, without the fulness of God’s presence. It is our ration — … Continue reading

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And another thing…. (Part Two)

One of the meanings of the mass (whatever you call it) is that it is a physical encounter with God: Jesus — God the Son — who became human to save us, gave us the mass so that we could … Continue reading

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And another thing…. (Part One)

On the occasion of Corpus Christi, I wrote about the centrality of the mass (breaking bread, the eucharist, holy communion, the liturgy, the Lord’s supper, the sacrament) to the Christian life. Of course, one of the implications of this centrality … Continue reading

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Don’t you forget about me….

Today is The Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion, more commonly known as Corpus Christi (‘The Body of Christ’). It is a special festival at which we celebrate Jesus’ gift of the mass to his followers (Matthew … Continue reading

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When the music fades….

We are just over half way through Lent, a season for preparing ourselves for the most important Christian festival of the year, Easter. There are many traditions about how to keep Lent (the preface the Church of England provides for … Continue reading

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