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3rd February 2019


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 31 January 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

XXVI. [The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.] But certainly the Feast of the Purification is celebrated here with the greatest honour. On this day there is a procession to the Anastasis; all go in procession, and all things are done in order with great joy, just as at Easter. All the priests preach, and also the bishop, always treating of that passage of the Gospel where, on the fortieth day, Joseph and Mary brought the Lord into the Temple, and Simeon and Anna the prophetess, the daughter of Famuhel, saw Him, and of the words which they said when they saw the Lord, and of the offerings which the parents presented. And when all things have been celebrated in order as is customary, the sacrament is administered, and so the people are dismissed

 

So wrote the Nun Egeria, in the Fourth Century, when she went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. She is, of course, speaking about Candlemas Day, the 40th day after Christmas. To this day, some Christians still treat the time we call Epiphany as part of the Christmas season – and some have their houses decorated up to this time!

A significant day for us for two reasons: first it shows Jesus as fulfilling the Old Testament Law. Later Jesus says of himself that he came not to abolish the Law, but to fulfil it. But the second reason is that Candlemas is also the time when we see God fulfil his promises to us. After the Second Temple was completed, post the Exile, there was always an uneasy feeling that God’s presence was somehow missing. Prophets such as Malachi promise that the day would come when God’s presence would return – and today that is wonderfully fulfilled in Jesus. Thank God that he keeps his promises!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            426                              426

            Ps 8                             118

118                              148

288                              543/288

388                              33

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth, Richard Kempa, Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright

 

And for the departed:

Pat Mitchell, William Jackson, Frank Crowther, Val Howard

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 5th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café– St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 7th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

HOT POT SUPPER– Aston Village Hall 23rd February. More details to come. Tickets will be available from any member of Aston Social Committee. Please note the change of date

 

LADIES GROUPNames and money are needed ASAP for our visit to Middleport Pottery on Thursday 14th March. See mary at Aston and Nichola at Stone

 

HOLY DUSTERS NEEDEDAT St M&W. Currently a very small band meet once per month on a Thursday at 9am. Not everyone can attend at that time and age is catching up with some of us:- Can you help? Please see Glenda or Jean

 

ELECTORAL ROLL2019 is the year when our roll is legally started over again. Forms for every member of our Church to be registered will be available soon. Please see Glenda at St M&W and Mary at St Saviour’s




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