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Letter from the Rector – Dec / Jan 2015

We know that many of our ‘ancient’ Christmas and New Year traditions are less old than they might appear. The Christmas Tree arrived in Britain with Prince Albert in the middle of the Nineteenth Century, replacing what in larger houses was the Yule Log, known in Shropshire apparently as ‘the Christmas’, turkey on Christmas day is mostly a product of the last century, and even Father Christmas, or Santa Claus owes his modern appearance largely to a Coca-Cola advertising campaign just before the First World War. If you want to know what he really looked like, go and have a look at the icon of St Nicholas in the side chapel on the right in St Mary’s Cleobury, and you will see him as he was, a wonderworking and deeply charitable Greek-speaking Bishop from the Fourth Century after Jesus. (more…)

Letter from the Bishop – Dec / Jan 2015

Names are important – and I am trying to learn a whole lot of them at the moment.

But I have also been thinking about one of the names given to Jesus: Immanuel, as in, “They will call him Immanuel, which means God with us.” (more…)