Candlemas

For the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, our Cathedral Choir sing Stanford’s beautiful setting of the Song of Simeon, the Nunc dimittis, from his Service in G major.

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What shall we name it?

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name...

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The world we do not (yet) see

‘My soul magnifies the Lord,    and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me,    and holy is his name. His mercy...

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Light has come into the world

 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. … And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their...

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Preparation and expectation

Ember days Today, Wednesday, December 16th, is the first “Ember” Day of this new Christian year. Ember days are days when Christians are called to additional prayer and fasting. These days are celebrated four times a year, in Advent, Lent, Pentecost and Holy Cross Day. In each season the Wednesday,...

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Jesus’ Table

When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of...

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Of Advent, Zoom bombing and the new Jerusalem

  Luke 21.20-28 20 ‘When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those inside the city must leave it, and those out in the country must not enter it; 22 for these are days of...

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