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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The Meaning is in the waiting

Psalm 40 expresses the longing of the heart for the coming of the God. I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and...

Blessed Cecilia

This coming Sunday, November 22nd, is many things. It is the feast of Christ the King; it is Stir-Up Sunday (from the Prayer Book Collect...

Father Forgive

80 years ago this coming Saturday, November 14th 1940, Operation Moonlight Sonata took place in the skies over Coventry. The town boomed...

The Endless Poetry

It’s widely acknowledged amongst fans of the TV comedy Blackadder that the 4th series, Blackadder Goes Forth, was the most brilliant. My...

Good Companions

I have been thinking a great deal this week about former Vicars of Great St Mary's. Two reasons: first, on Monday one came to preach;...

What the hell is wrong with me?

As Shirley and David will confirm (having been the latest of our lot to undergo the process) while ordination confers holy orders, it...

Sweet Reasonableness

Matthew Arnold could not be described as an orthodox Christian, or even, possibly, a Christian at all – but he was a significant...

Cathedral Thinking

All are Called It was great to be in Ely Cathedral on Sunday afternoon for David's deaconing. You don't need me to tell you what an...

All Are Called

The ordinations this weekend of Shirley Holder (to the priesthood) and David Bagnall (to the diaconate) are occasions of great rejoicing...

Speaking Truth to Power

I spoke to two members of parliament last week. One, unsurprisingly, was our very own MP, Daniel Zeichner. Daniel, not for the first...

Hope without Optimism

I am proud to be involved with Centre 33. Centre 33 is an amazing organization that supports young carers in this city, and throughout...

A testing anniversary

Some of you will know that this week sees our wedding anniversary, and I am so very touched that so many of you have sent us messages and...

Sacred Shade

Today - August 13th – the Church of England remembers someone you may well not have heard of: Jeremy Taylor. Taylor (1613-67) was born in...

The Long & Winding Road

Canon Adrian is on his annual leave; this week's reflection is from Revd Devin: Today the church remembers William Wilberforce...

Masquerade

Canon Adrian is on his annual leave; this week's reflection is from Revd Devin: By tomorrow, masks will be required for customers in...

Summertime…

While I was shaving this morning, Gershwin's 'Summertime' came on on Radio 3, in the classic recording by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis...

Home is where the heart is

I began my pastoral letter earlier this week with a Bible verse that often makes me cry (oh, not crying again, I hear you, er, cry) -...

Worth the Wait

I was expecting to be in Ely Cathedral this coming Saturday afternoon, sharing with the Bishop in the laying-on of hands as Shirley...