St Stephen's Blog

August 26, 2019

I have the picture above as a postcard. A friend sent it to me a few years ago during a visit to Paris.

In the painting we see two French peasants pause in their work during the potato harvest. In the distance we see a church bell tower which presumably is sounding the Angelus bell.

The peasants pause to recite the Angelus as they hear the bell sound.

At 8.30am each Sunday, and after 10.30 am Sunday Mass at St Stephen’s and each day just before the Morning a...

March 4, 2018

Dear friends in Christ,

Not a letter as such this month. I hope you won’t mind. Rather I share a couple of prayers I have written and used these last few weeks. 

We give thanks for our church building. For the walls soaked with prayer, for all the beauty and artifice they contain and which lift our hearts to God. 
May this be a thin place where a world beyond this world can be glimpsed.

May this is be a place big enough and robust enough to contain our doubts...

February 20, 2017

What will you be giving up during Lent? What will you be taking on?

The three traditional ‘Pillars’ of Lenten observance are Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. These are the traditional disciplines recommended to Christians.

Prayer: More time given to prayer during Lent should draw us closer to the Lord. We might pray especially for the grace to live out our baptismal promises more fully. We might pray for the elect who will be baptized at Easter and support the...

February 1, 2017

A number of people have asked about my work at Westminster Abbey, so I thought I might use this article for just that.

I have been a Duty Chaplain at Westminster Abbey since 2004. The post is by invitation. There are around fifty of us to cover each week of the year, each Chaplain spending (usually) one week each year ‘in residence.’ The residence bit is literally true, as the Abbey provides a flat in the precincts, in Little Cloister, where we live from Sun...

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