Vicar’s Window – March 2017

Dear friends, S. David’s Day is overtaken by Ash Wednesday this year. This, of course, is the beginning of Lent and a time to take spiritual stock. We live in an amazingly complex world – very different to when I was ordained. Occasionally, I boor young people with stories about walking to a friend’s house two miles away, only to find that he had gone out. I would happily trudge back home or go somewhere else. His family didn’t have a telephone. We didn’t have one. Apart from the telephone box at the end of the road, I only had … Continue reading…

Vicar’s Window – February 2017

Dear friends, The second day of February brings the wonderful feast of Candlemass. This marks the fortieth day after Christmass and originates in the Jewish custom of presenting the first-born male child as an offering to God. In principle, the child would be handed over to the Temple authorities to be nurtured and trained for service in the temple. The first-born male was seen as belonging to God. When Mary and Joseph brought the child Jesus to the Temple they made an offering as a substitute for their son. The wealthy would sacrifice two doves. The poor would offer two … Continue reading…

Vicar’s Window – January 2017

Dear friends, As a concession to modernity, I switched the church flashing lights on for the schools’ carol service (which was lovely, as usual) and left them on throughout the last bit of Advent. Some of the neighbours have had theirs performing since November! Now we are among the few outdoor decorations still proclaiming that Christ was born in Bethlehem. What is it about our society that demands the celebration of an event before its due date? I even had a series of e-mails proclaiming “The first day of Christmas.” etc. This referred to December 1st (Which would make Christmass … Continue reading…