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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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...

It was, you may say, satisfactory

A friend of mine and I were talking about Köln – Cologne if you prefer. I was perplexed, as he said he didn’t think very much of it. It...

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

I smile wryly at the dry humour on display in the face of the spread of the omicron variant. First lines of Christmas carols seem to lend...

The Shining

Jerusalem at dawn (Pixelchrome) The epistle we shall hear on Sunday morning invites us to ‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say,...

Back to our Roots

Advent is the season of the vocative. Last Sunday night reminded us of this, a liturgy shaped around the great O antiphons of Advent, and...

When you're near

I don’t much like the celebration of New Year, with its mixture of late night, enforced jollity, and a certain nervousness about what is...

Every inch a King

www.papalencyclicals.net may not be one of your regular online haunts, but, believe you me, it’s fascinating. Here is the place to find...

Devotion and Discipline

Today, as well as being Armistice Day, is St Martin’s Day. Martin was born in 316 AD in what we now know as Hungary. He was soldier who,...

The Month of the Dead

As descriptions of November go, it’s a pretty stark one. Perhaps more so when you know where I first heard it. Aged 19, with some fellow...

If not you, who?

For the last few weeks, you will have seen a picture of your beloved Vicar in this publication, grinning from ear to ear next to this...

Read Mark and Learn

The story goes that, aged 31, Augustine of Hippo was in a personal crisis. A distinguished young professor of rhetoric in Milan, he was...

Jesus bids us shine

Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England as shall never be...

Seasonal confusions

As servants of the message of hope, we are being asked to make autumn feel like spring. Andrew Read, Diocesan Director of Education &...

Be an angel

Yesterday, two angels began new ministries in the church of God. One angel (I can hardly believe I’m writing this), our very own Andrew...

Regathering the gathered

Last Saturday the Parochial Church Council (PCC) spent a happy and productive day together at Lucy Cavendish College. The day was made up...

Surprised by a stone

Today – as you perhaps know – is St Ninian’s Day. The primary sources for what we know of Ninian is Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis...