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Helena – mother of Constantine

21st May:         Protector of the Holy Places Helena should be the patron saint of all mothers who help their sons achieve great things. Helena was born at Drepanum in Bithynia about 250. Although only a stable-maid or innkeeper’s daughter, she caught the eye and affections of a Roman general, Constantius Chlorus, while he was stationed in […]

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Rogation Sunday

14th May:       (Sunday before Ascension) In the Anglican Church, Rogation is celebrated on the fifth Sunday after Easter. Rogation means an asking of God – for blessing on the seed and land for the year ahead. It is appropriate in any emergency, war, plague, drought or foul weather. The practice began with the Romans, who invoked […]

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The Coronation of King Charles III

On 6th May His Majesty King Charles III will be crowned alongside Camilla, The Queen, in Westminster Abbey. How can we pray for him? Paul says: ‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all […]

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Walking with Jesus

Catherine of Siena, who was born on 29th April, 1347, should be the patron saint of anyone who has grown up in a large family, and mastered the two vital skills for survival: how to stand up for yourself, and how to make peace with others.    Catherine had siblings! At least 19 of them, and […]

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Our Patron Saint who isn’t English 

24th April:  St George’s Day          The English have a patron saint who isn’t English, about whom next to nothing is known for sure, and who, just possibly, may not have existed at all. But that didn’t stop St George being patriotically invoked in many battles, notably at Agincourt and in the Crusades, and of course it is […]

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Martyrs of the Early Church

13th April:   Carpus, Papylus & Agathonice, In the month of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice of Himself for us, the martyrdoms of Carpus, Papylus and Agathonice are well worth remembering. What they said as they died could be said by the many thousands of Christians who are facing persecution all over the world today. Carpus, Papylus and Agathonice lived […]

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He is risen!

9th April:  EASTER Easter is the most joyful day of the year for Christians. Christ has died for our sins. We are forgiven. Christ has risen!  We are redeemed! We can look forward to an eternity in His joy! Hallelujah!   The Good News of Jesus Christ is a message so simple that you can explain it to someone […]

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Jesus and the thieves on the Cross

This mosaic crucifixion is found on a wall outside a church in Pegaia Cyprus. Photo by Paul Judson. 7th April,  Good Friday Luke’s account of the crucifixion (Luke 23:32-43) emphasises the mocking of the crowd, ‘If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself’ (35,37,39). In their view a Messiah does not hang on a cross and suffer. […]