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December 2021


2nd January 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

If you look at this Sunday’s readings, you might be forgiven for being a little confused. This Sunday is actually the 9th day of Christmas, Ladies dancing and all. However, the lectionary readings published overleaf are for Epiphany

I’m old and grumpy enough to be slightly annoyed: strictly, when Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, the Sunday is not Boxing Day, but is the first Sunday of Christmas. That then pushes St Stephen until Monday 27th, St John Evangelist to Tuesday 28th, and Holy Innocents on to Wednesday 29th – poor old Thomas a Becket (29th) , being a less major Saint, then gets eclipsed altogether. The following Sunday is Christmas 2 – and then Epiphany falls on Thursday 6th as usual. Not according to our sheets, where they give us a pre-emptive strike at Epiphany!

In fairness, it’s not the Church of England’s fault. These days the lectionary is compiled between many of our different Christian denominations, thus the mix up with our readings. As the sheets had not arrived by the time we compiled the December-January magazine, the confusion arises. I think I am allowed my own version of UDI, though and we shall celebrate Epiphany on Thursday at 10.30am!

So this Sunday we are reminded it’s both Christmas – and a celebration of those Magi from long ago. Once again we are also reminded that our Lord was and is a threat to Society. Just as the wicked powers that were sought to get rid of Christ just as he was born, so Jesus demands of us an allegiance that seeks to do nothing less than overturn society. He may not be a King in the way that Powers and dominions understand to this day – but he asks us to embrace a wealth that has little to do with gold and silver – such trifles he asks us to give away. His Kingdom seeks to bring us back to God – and we are the ambassadors of a very different way to live

 

Happy New Year

 

Ian Cardinal

26th December 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

 

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

Thank youto all those who have greeted us with cards and gifts this Christmas: It has been very much appreciated

 

And thank youto all our Musicians, Church decorators, cleaners, duplicators, servers, Carol singers, you name them, for all the hard work to make Christmas special!

19th December 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

19th December            4pm     Parish carol service    

St Michael & St Wulfad

 

 

24th December            4pm Crib service         St Michael & St Wulfad

 

                                    6.30pm Parish carol service    St Saviour

 

                                    11.30pm Blessing of Crib

                             & First Mass of Christmas     

St Michael & St Wulfad

 

25th December      8am Holy Communion

St Michael & St Wulfad

 

25th December      9.15am Holy Communion                  St Saviour

 

                                    10.45am Christmas Family Communion

                                                                        St Michael & St Wulfad

 

To everyone in this last week of Advent, who cannot be with us at these services, we wish you a blessed and most happy Christmas

12th December 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

CHRISTINGLE SERVICEa BIG thank you to everyone who came to support us this last Sunday. It was delightful to see us able to hold this service again this year

 

CAKES & MINCE PIESwill be on sale at Aston Church This Sunday 12th December.

 

PARISH CAROL SERVICE:  NEXT SUNDAY 19th December at 4pm,at St Michael & St Wulfad.  Do come and join us

 

CAROL SINGING.As usual we shall be Carol singing as an act of witness in town from 11.45am to 12.30pm on Saturday 19th, followed by coffee in the Co-op Funeralcare, with grateful thanks. Do come and join us if you can

 

BEHOLD, the Bridegroom cometh: go ye out

With lighted lamps and garlands round about

To meet Him in a rapture with a shout.

It may be at the midnight, black as pitch,

Earth shall cast up her poor, cast up her rich.

It may be at the crowing of the cock

Earth shall upheave her depth, uproot her rock.

For lo, the Bridegroom fetcheth home the Bride:

His Hands are Hands she knows, she knows His Side.

Like pure Rebekah at the appointed place,

Veiled, she unveils her face to meet His Face.

Like great Queen Esther in her triumphing,

She triumphs in the Presence of her King.

His Eyes are as a Dove’s, and she’s Dove-eyed;

He knows His lovely mirror, sister, Bride.

He speaks with Dove-voice of exceeding love,

And she with love-voice of an answering Dove.

Behold, the Bridegroom cometh: go we out

With lamps ablaze and garlands round about

To meet Him in a rapture with a shout.

 

Christina Rosetti

5th December 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone