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November 2010

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 01 November 2010

Rectory Ramblings


            “Remember, remember The 5th of November” runs the old rhyme, but of course this is a relatively late tradition. In 1605 Guy Fawkes and other Roman Catholics were discovered trying to blow up King James I in the Houses of Parliament; Their subsequent trial and execution is remembered each year in our Bonfire Night. At the time it was a “No-popery” celebration, though I doubt that many will remember that as the rockets ascend this year

            So it’s worth having a think about what we value as traditions and why: as an intemperate teenager (yes, I was, once) I would happily have swept away all “old fashioned” traditions in the name of “reform” – but 26 years after having Episcopal hands laid upon me, I find I have more than a little sympathy with those who love a well turned phrase from the King James Bible or that the “rhythm” of the old Prayer book that has nurtured them for a lifetime & still hits a spot that modern liturgy doesn’t quite manage

            But there are two things that I must say. The first is that we, as Christians, must never find ourselves rooted to the spot. God is a God who calls us onwards to “what we might become” – and too many of us find it easy to settle into a comfortable rut. The question must always be: “what has the life in Christ taught me, and how have I grown in it?” If we find ourselves in the same place it is perhaps because we have lost our way and need new challenges

            And second, don’t forget how radical the Prayer Book was: originally it was desperately unpopular and people longed for the old Latin Mass! Neither was it the greatest word in liturgy: no proper structure of the Ministry of the Word, no formal prayer of Consecration. Indeed one of the criticisms that may be laid at its door is that it omits the sharing of the Peace. Former rites included it, and Cranmer’s liturgy does tend towards a rather “private” version of the Eucharist that was rather foreign to the Church of the Early Fathers.

Hymns have always changed – until 1965 it was technically unlawful to sing them at Prayer Book Communion! “Saviour if of Zion’s city, I through faith a member am” became “Saviour since of Zion’s city…” And what about “Praise My Soul” which has the lines “Saints triumphant bow before him” in older versions but has long since become “Sun & Moon bow down before him…” Not all change is good change, I would be the first to admit – but a good deal of it is more than worth embracing

            Tradition is important: in fact it is one of the three pillars of the Anglican establishment – “Scripture, Tradition and Reason.” That doesn’t excuse us from change of course – and the challenge of the time is one of how to transmit our values and faith to the next generation. In that task each of us has to be fully engaged – in fact, in Christian terms it is our duty



Ian Cardinal



The day after All Saints day is dedicated to the memory of the faithful departed, and we shall be holding a benefice service at St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church at 7.30pm on November 2nd. All those who have had a family funeral during the last year are invited – and we ourselves are invited to remember loved ones by lighting a candle in this service. (there are sheets at the back of each Church for the names of loved ones to be read out during the prayers). Please come and support us in the vital Ministry





8am Stone

9.15am Aston

10.45am Stone

7th November

Malcolm Clark

Bryan Fletcher

Nichola Abbott

14th November

Roy Ball

Berwyn Babb

Steph Cardinal

21st November


Mike Ducie

Sue Coles

28th November


Lin Davies

Bob Davies

5th December

Ted Pick


Andy King


Silver Jubilee

25th September was a tremendous night in Steph’s and my book! Not only was it wonderful to see so many friends in Church to celebrate my 25 years as a Priest, but we were deeply touched and honoured by the gifts that you gave to us. There is so little one can say to such generosity of spirit, but “Thank you” will have to do for now.


Christmas Tree Festival

The second weekend in December St Michael & St Wulfad will be holding a “Christmas Tree Festival” in Church – some of you may have come across this idea before. The notion is that different organisations will erect a small tree or display in Church, including their own emblems within it. Half the proceeds will then go to the Donna Louise Hospice – and we do hope that many will visit the Church over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday to see what has been wrought