From the Vicar

A weekly reflection

Weekly reflections from the Vicar, the Revd Canon Adrian Daffern. You can also read Adrian's reflections by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, the eMag:

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From Revd Jon Sanders

'Lord, give us this bread for ever' Last Sunday the chalice was restored to our 10am Eucharist which means that we are now able to...

From the Associate Vicar

At 11.30am tomorrow the Platinum Jubilee Service from St Paul’s Cathedral will be broadcast onto a 13-foot screen in the Great St Mary’s...

Up, Up and Away!

If you ever have the chance to visit the Anglican shrine in Walsingham and enter the Chapel of the Ascension, you might at first be a bit...

From the Associate Vicar

Dunstan's Day Today is Saint Dunstan’s day. Dunstan was a silversmith, musician, abbot, artist, liturgist, leader, and Archbishop of...

From the Associate Vicar

The Common Cup Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood...

From the Associate Vicar

What an incredible journey last week, as hundreds of us accompanied Jesus and the women and men who walked with him, into Jerusalem, from...

From the Associate Vicar

During the first lockdown, I went on a lot of journeys. All of them, however, were via Google Earth. I’d engage the ‘street view’...

From Rev'd Shirley

Every moment is an opportunity for encountering God, if we look with the eyes of the heart, for there is a spiritual seeing through and...

From Rev'd Jon

In Hebrew folklore there is a story about a shepherd in the desert, who at the close of each day sets out a bowl of his ewe’s best milk...

Two big projects

There’ve been two big projects on my plate this week that I’m quite excited about: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations the first...

Responding with Love

Many members of the Great St Mary’s community have been in touch, asking about how we can respond to the war in Ukraine. Let me begin by...

On a journey

I have never been good at sitting still. But I do love to travel; I've been a teacher in Hungary and Mauritius, driven through all 50...

Fat Thursday

This week's reflection is from the Associate Vicar This week I received a promotional email from a local donut company, advertising 'Fat...

Praying for Peace

This week's reflection is from the Associate Vicar The last few weeks have seen a bellicose buildup of troops along the borders of...

Abiding Love

I have a daughter who is evidently allergic to Valentine’s Day. Also to paper hearts (her desire to be a cardiologist notwithstanding),...

Flying the Flag

On Tuesday, Great St Mary’s flew a rainbow flag from the top of our iconic tower to mark the beginning of LGBT+ History Month. We will do...

Merry Christmas

All together now: ‘On the 34th day of Christmas my true love sent to me …’ Yes, today is the 34th day of Christmas. Good, isn’t it? For...

Being Brim-full

Cana of Galilee was not quite what I’d expected – then again, I’m not quite sure what I had expected. A few palm trees dotted around,...

The Defenestration of Norbert

When do you take down your Christmas tree? Are you like me (5th January, Twelfth Night), or do you push into the 6th (Epiphany) – or...