Saint Peter

reni crucifixion of st peter

The Crucifixion of St Peter, by Guido Reni (1575–1642). From Wikiart.

O Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy Apostle Saint Peter many excellent gifts, and commandedst him earnestly to feed thy flock: Make, we beseech thee, all Bishops and Pastors diligently to preach thy holy Word, and . . . → Read More: Saint Peter

Saint Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons and Doctor

Martyrdom of Saint Irenæus

Martyrdom of Saint Irenæus

Almighty God, who of old through thy servant Irenæus didst hand on the faith and extend thy Church; Keep it true to the apostolical tradition and fervent to win new peoples for thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Or this:

Almighty God, who didst uphold thy servant . . . → Read More: Saint Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons and Doctor

The history behind our sundial

new church tower with weathercock

The refurbished church tower now has an angled roof (instead of the former flat roof), surmounted by an old-fashioned weathercock. Behind it, you can see the new Celtic cross at the west end of the nave.

Our English forebears were practical people and their church buildings traditionally served secular ends as well as spiritual . . . → Read More: The history behind our sundial

This Week’s Newsletter

new church tower with weathercock-bw

Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXIX No 24

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Jacopo Pontormo Nativity of John the Baptist

The Birth of John the Baptist by Jacopo Pontormo (1494-1557). From The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Almighty God, by whose providence thy servant John Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of . . . → Read More: The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for the . . . → Read More: The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

The Lamentations of Jeremiah: V

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn -Jeremia treurend over de verwoesting van Jeruzalem

A Prayer for Mercy

Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach.

Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.

We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.

Our necks are under persecution: . . . → Read More: The Lamentations of Jeremiah: V

I am the very model of a modern Vicar General

Not so long ago a parishioner asked me: “What exactly do you do as Vicar General of the diocese?” The answer: Officially, I administer the diocese’s affairs in the absence of the bishop.

And, indeed I had the opportunity to flex my quasi-episcopal muscle quite recently when Bishop Vaughan was on vacation in Ireland. However, . . . → Read More: I am the very model of a modern Vicar General

The Lamentations of Jeremiah: IV

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn -Jeremia treurend over de verwoesting van Jeruzalem

The Punishment of Zion Accomplished

How is the gold become dim! How is the most fine gold changed! The stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.

The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the . . . → Read More: The Lamentations of Jeremiah: IV

Saint Alban, Protomartyr of England

Martyrdom of Alban

The martyrdom of St Alban, from a 13th-century manuscript, now in the Trinity College Library, Dublin. From Wikipedia.

O God, in whose sight the death of thy saints is precious, and who gavest grace to thy blessed Martyr Saint Alban to glorify thee by his death: Grant that we, following his faith and . . . → Read More: Saint Alban, Protomartyr of England