Scripture Verse

Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

— Isaiah xl:3, Opening Sentence for Morning Prayer [Advent]

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars

The Massacre of the Innocents

For the Victims of Genocide

The Massacre of the Innocentsby Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1525?–1569)

Almighty God, gracious Father: we remember before thee this day all those who have perished in genocides, especially those Tatars who were deported from the Crimea by the Soviet regime. Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to sear into our memories . . . → Read More: Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars

Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day

The Massacre of the Innocents

For the Victims of Genocide

The Massacre of the Innocentsby Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1525?–1569)

Almighty God, gracious Father: we remember before thee this day all those who have perished in genocides, especially those Tamils who died in the Sri Lankan Civil War. Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to sear into our memories the story . . . → Read More: Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day

Mishaps and miracles with a beastly Iron Pig

Fr Hawtin

Nostalgia, I’ve learned over the years, comes in unanticipated waves. In a recent downpour, for example, I was struck by an unexpected nostalgic twinge for the most abominable automobile it has ever been my misfortune to drive.

It was the office car of the Frankfurt Bureau of the Financial Times of London—a 1970 Renault 16 . . . → Read More: Mishaps and miracles with a beastly Iron Pig

The Latest Newsletter

The medieval scribe, by Edward Laning (1906–1981) as part of the WPA Federal Art Project (WPA-FAP). From The New York Public Library.

Here is the latest newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXX No 18

It’s God who decides what is sinful and what is not

Fr Hawtin

And while I am on the subject of the old ways versus the new, people today are increasingly approaching the business of finding a church in much the same way that they would go about buying a car or a house, or even the weekend’s groceries.

The consumer culture has been extending itself into the . . . → Read More: It’s God who decides what is sinful and what is not

Living life dangerously in an unmannerly world

Fr Hawtin

Autograph books were all the rage when I was a schoolboy. But, unlike girls who, in our opinion, tended to fill them with soppy, sissified sentiments, boys preferred witticisms and humorous rhymes.

For a typical example of schoolboy wit, one need go no further than my brother-in-law Robert’s old autograph book. An entry, chosen at . . . → Read More: Living life dangerously in an unmannerly world

The Third Sunday after Easter

Baptismal Font, Easter 2019

Almighty God, who shewest to them that are in error the light of thy truth, to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness: Grant unto all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s Religion, that they may avoid those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow . . . → Read More: The Third Sunday after Easter

Saint Joan of Arc

Joan at the Coronation of Charles VII

Joan at the Coronation of Charles VII, by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780—1867). From Wikipedia.

O God, who didst endue thy servant Saint Joan with singular courage to withstand her enemies in the evil day: Grant us grace that, enduring hardness and waxing valiant in fight, we may with her receive the crown of everlasting . . . → Read More: Saint Joan of Arc

The Conversion of Saint Augustine

Conversion of Saint Augustine

Conversion of Saint Augustine, by Fra Angelico (c. 1395–1455)

Renew in thy Church, we pray, O Lord, that spirit with which thou hast endowed thy Bishop Saint Augustine; that, filled with the same spirit, we may thirst for thee, the sole fount of true wisdom, and seek thee, the author of heavenly love; through . . . → Read More: The Conversion of Saint Augustine

2019 Garden Party Photos

Opening ceremony

Opening ceremony of the 2019 British Garden Party and Fete. Photo courtesy Carolyn Kerouac.

We have a wealth of photos from the 2019 British Garden Party and Fête. Check them out in our gallery.