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Little Gidding (1)

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

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Seeds of Prayer – November & December 2020

Hope for the Countryside’s ‘Seeds of Prayer’ for November 2020 and December 2020 are available here and here. November’s Seeds was delayed until after our two online prayer gatherings at the beginning of the month, so it could reflect some of the content of those meetings. December’s Seeds focuses especially on

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Covid-19. A door of hope?

The article below was first published April 2020 in the Spring 2020 issue of Village Link, in the early days of  the Covid pandemic; its summarises many of the themes I have explored in greater depth in other articles. With the ‘second-wave’ of the pandemic well underway and as England

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The way of blessing

Last year, a friend introduced me to the Via Beata, the ‘way of blessing’. The Via Beata is a new pilgrim trail from Lowestoft to St David’s – the easternmost and westernmost points of Great Britain. The trail is interspersed with way-stations, consisting of biblically themed sculptures, sometimes inside wooden

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Covid 19. In your patience, possess your souls

As the ‘second wave’ of Covid-19 intensifies, nearly one quarter of the UK’s population is back under lockdown and much of the rest of the country is threatened with it. So far, rural areas are less affected, but everywhere is seeing the loss of jobs and businesses. For all of

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