Today is the third Sunday of Advent. Advent is a season of hope, expectation and preparation, for both the celebration of Jesus’ first coming in humility and His second coming in glory. The Latin adventus translates the Greek parousia, which has the sense of ‘arriving to be present’. Of the
The Jewish festival of Hanukkah, or the ‘Feast of Dedication’, started at sunset yesterday and continues for eight days, until 18 December. Christmas traditionally runs for twelve days concluding with the feast of Epiphany on 6 January. Both festivals take place close to each other in the middle of winter
In my post earlier today, I described how Little Gidding, the home of the Ferrar family in the 17C, remains a powerful symbol and inspiration to those of us seeking to live a life of prayer, community and service in our own time. However, although scholars of English church history
Today, the Church of England commemorates the life of Nicholas Ferrar (1592-1637) as a ‘minor festival’. Nicholas Ferrar was a scholar and businessman, briefly an MP, and a deacon in the Church of England. He was a close friend of the poet and hymn writer, George Herbert. In 1626, having
Following our two online prayer events earlier this month, we now plan to start 2021 with a ‘follow-up’ event on Saturday 30 January 2021, 9..00 – 10.30 AM. Please join with others to pray for the churches and communities of rural Britain. Find our more and sign up at
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