All Saints Margaret Street | All Saints Parish Newsletter 2nd June 2017

All Saints Parish Newsletter 2nd June 2017

Dear Friend, 

My last attempt to send a parish email from Rome was held up somewhere in cyberspace, so Fr. Michael had to step into the breach, for which I am grateful. I’m hoping an earlier start this week will have a happier outcome.  

This morning, Tuesday,  I put on my pilgrimage walking shoes and set out early on a church and ancient history walk before the sun became too hot and the tourists too many.  After the Colosseum I set off for to St. John Lateran, the cathedral church of Rome. And on the way came across San Clemente, a lovely, simple 12th century church. You can have too much Roman baroque; it’s like eating too much chocolate cake.  On the site previously there was a 4th century church and a temple of Mithras, before that; both now being excavated.  A 12th century spiraling cosmati work paschal candlestick makes ours look quite modest. An industrial looking set of steps with not a hint of cosmati work stands next to it to allow the candle to be lit.  

St. John Lateran and the Lateran Palace beside make up a massive and imposing complex; even as the Bishop of Rome’s cathedral is overshadowed by St. Peter’s and the Vatican.  After passing the armed soldiers and through the, sadly inevitable, airport-style security, the interior was was cool and peaceful so early in the morning.  However, it was clear that things were not likely to stay that way as the cathedral was hosting a huge gathering to celebrate the Catholic Charismatic Movement in the days leading up to Pentecost.  

Delegates were beginning to arrive as I left for the next stop on my pilgrimage: Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.  St. Helena built this near her palace to house relics of the True Cross from Jerusalem, and it is one of Rome’s traditional pilgrimage churches.   It was reached through a small park which kept the Babel which is a Roman rush hour (much operatic use of the car horn) at bay.  

A long stretch then brought me to Santa Maria Maggiore.  This involved a number of “life-in-hands” moments at crossings. Italians drivers are getting better at stopping for pedestrians but they do tend to leave it until they see the whites of your eyes.  Santa Maria Maggiore is another vast edifice: a papal basilica and a pilgrimage church.  By this time things were getting busier and there was something of a pentecostal feel with pilgrim groups of different nationalities:  Chinese in one chapel with their young priest referring to his sermon notes on his smart phone; a group in another saying the rosary;  and yet another in the next chapel praying silently before the Blessed Sacrament. Then a French group assembled in a chapel on the other side began to sing unaccompanied. Experience has taught me not to expect too much from French congregational singing, but these people knew what they were doing and their mixture of plainchant and more contemporary music was a joyful sound to which a number of us were content to just sit and listen.  

Then it was back, via the Roman Forum to the Anglican Centre for the lunchtime Eucharist. The celebrant was from St. Peter’s Walworth and the congregation included an archbishop from Burundi, a bishop from Nigeria now working at Lambeth Palace, young people from Pakistan, Americans, Australians, New Zealanders, an organist from Chicago (who told me he had worshipped at All Saints in the late 90’s) and a large pilgrimage group from Holy Trinity, Eltham in Southwark Diocese, reinforced by a contingent from All Saints Clifton in Bristol.  

So, all in all, by lunchtime, I had had a day which was something of a reflection of that list of pilgrims in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost in the Acts of the Apostles who each heard the apostles “speaking about God’s deeds of power.”

Yours in Christ,


Fr. Alan Moses
Vicar, All Saints Margaret Street  

Please pray for those who have asked for our prayers:  Asia Bibi, John Hughes, Patricia Capon, Rosaria Trupea, Emma and Colin, Fr John Rick III, Bishop Geoffrey Rowell, Nancy Gardner, Andy O’Connor, Katie Marko, Andrew Evans, Sarah Payne, Rodney Bickerstaffe and Tony Hawkins.

Pray for the recently departed:  All the people of Manchester impacted by the terrorist attack on 22 May 2017, Russell Ingham (Priest), James Roach, Roy Jenkins, Teyah, Jeff Ezell (whose Funeral took place on 1 June), Bill Cullinan, Sue Hawes, Roger Goff, Stephen Goff and Carole Capel-Bradford. 

Remember past priests, benefactors, friends, and all whose year’s mind occurs this week including: Joan Arnold, Cyril Tomkinson (7th Vicar of All Saints), Tony Pulleyn, Margaret White-Cooper, Doris Daw, James Binnie, Denise Gerard, Kenneth Needham Ross (8th Vicar of All Saints), Andrew Blackband, Russell Miller, Mark Seymour-Taylor, Hilda Sheppard and Reginald Rawll.      
For full service information:


HIGH MASS, 11am 
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie 
Missa Brevis in F, K192 – Mozart 
Veni Sancte Spiritus – Rutter  

Sunday Lunch is being cooked by Robin Clutterham – the menu is Cretan Lamb Stew with potatoes and seasonal vegetables followed by Pentecost pie and coffee. £5/ticket, on sale at the Church shop before and after Mass (subject to availability). Please join us.

Fr Barry Orford
Canticles in G – Howells 
The spirit of the Lord – Elgar  

Preacher: Canon Ian Paton, Rector of Old St Paul’s, Edinburgh
Communion Service (Collegium Regale) – Howells 
Love bade me welcome – Vaughan Williams
Please do come to this special Mass and help the Vicar celebrate his significant anniversary. 

Saturday 10 June -Walsingham Devotions 11.30am and 12 noon Mass.

HIGH MASS, 11am 
Preacher: The Vicar, Prebendary Alan Moses 
Communion Service in F 
and B flat – Stanford 
Hymn of the Cherubim – Rachmaninov 


Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Collegium Regale – Wood
I saw the Lord – Stainer 


We are pleased to say that Gonzalo de Pablo Fernández, a Spanish project architect with Grimshaw Architects here in London, will be drawing and painting in the Church throughout the month of June 2017 – starting on Monday 5 June. Gonzalo plans to commence by doing a few charcoal sketches in the morning to help him decide the view, and move into actual painting in the afternoon. We look forward to seeing the results of his labours in the coming weeks.

As part of the consultation for the 133rd Bishop of London a public consultation will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 13 June at St Alban’s Church, 18 Brooke Street, London EC1N 7RD. Anyone who would like to share their views on the needs of the Diocese or the wider Church with the Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments and the Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretary would be most welcome to come along. Any person wishing to comment on the needs of the Diocese or the wider Church, or who wishes to propose candidates, can also email before 30 June to Any emails received will be shared by the two Secretaries.

Thursday 15 June, 6.30pm CORPUS CHRISTI HIGH MASS with Oxford Street Procession of the Blessed Sacrament
Preacher: Fr Aidan Platten, Vicar of St Mark’s Hamilton Terrace, Canon Precentor, Norwich Cathedral designate.
Missa Brevis in G – Mozart; O sacrum convivium à 5 – A. Gabrieli; Ave verum corpus – Mozart.
If anyone would like to assist with stewarding the procession or carrying the canopy, please get in touch with Cedric Stephens, Head Server or Dee Prior, Parish Administrator Tel: 020 7 636 1788. 

The ALL SAINTS PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM will take place from Friday 21 – Monday 24 July. Places are limited. So if you would like to book place and have not already done so or would like to know more, please also contact Ross Buchanan (Mob: 07905 863578 or email: as soon as possible.

Following on the success of the Parish Pilgrimage to the Isle of Iona a couple of years ago, Fr Gerald Beauchamp and Fr Michael Bowie are planning a pilgrimage to Italy next year. The itinerary includes San Giovanni Rotondo, Loreto, Ravenna & Assisi. Cost £1,400 (approx). If you are interested in joining the party please contact Fr Gerald ( or Fr Michael ( Thank you.

BEYOND ALL SAINTS and of interest…

You are cordially invited to join us for the Churches Together in Westminster Annual Ecumenical Pentecost Service which this year will be “Creative Evening Worship” kindly hosted by Hinde Street Methodist Church, Hinde Street, W1U 2QJ on Pentecost Sunday, 4 June 2017.  Refreshments will be available at the back of the church from 5.30pm, and the service begins at 6.30pm, and will be led by Rev’d Sue Keegan von Allmen and Rev’d Val Reid.

HUGH PRICE HUGHES 2017 LECTURES – “Speaking of God in Public”
All lectures at Hinde St Methodist Church, London W1. Admission is free. All welcome.
Tuesday 13 June at 7.30pm
What is the ‘Forward Movement’ today?
How would Hugh Price Hughes face the mission challenge of 2017?
Revd Steve Wild [President of the Methodist Conference, chair of the Cornwall District overseeing Fresh Expressions of Church]
The Methodist ‘Forward Movement’ aimed to reduce the distance between the Christian gospel and the poor working classes. In consequence, from the 1880s it opened many Wesleyan Missions as centres for reaching thousands of people. It was high risk, sacrificial gospel outreach marrying together Wesley’s emphasis on both personal and social holiness. This lecture explores how the principles of the Forward Movement might find form and tone today.

ST CYPRIAN’S SINGERS, ST CYPRIAN’S CHURCH CLARENCE GATE, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX. The famed choir will be giving a concert on Saturday 17 June at 7pm in the church. Tickets £15 in advance or £17 on the door. Please sign up at the back of church, contact a member of the choir or go to and search “st cyprian”. This year’s music features Walton’s ‘The Twelve’ as well as works by Part, Purcell, Gibbons and Sumsion. A buffet will be provided in the interval.

ST CYPRIAN’S CLARENCE GATE, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX – Saturday 1 July 2017
with Bishop Rowan Williams & Bishop Richard Harries. Tickets going fast so get in touch ASAP!
T S Eliot was baptized at Finstock, Oxfordshire. At the time and from 1920 – 1932 he lived successively at flats 9, 98, 177 and 68 Clarence Gate Gardens. St Cyprian’s was his parish church where he became a daily worshipper and where Viv, his first wife continued to worship after the marriage ended.

Programme for the Day:
10.30am Arrivals and Coffee. 11am Welcome and Introductions.
11.10am Poems read by Pupils of the Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park

11.40am +Rowan William: The Fire and the Rose: Eliot and the Incarnation

12.20pm +Richard Harries: T. S. Eliot’s Conversion and in Conversation with +Rowan
1pm Cold Buffet Lebanese Lunch with Wine
Church open to the public from 2.40pm. Donations are invited for tea & cake after:
3pm Evensong & Benediction with the Francis Holland School Choir

4pm Tea

The morning and lunch is by ticket only (limited to 150). Price £40 – available from Fr Gerald Beauchamp Tickets will be sent by post so please include your mailing address. Cheques to be made payable to ‘St Cyprian’s PCC’ or payment by BACS to 56-00-14/12138126 Ref ’T S Eliot’. Profits from the day will be shared equally between St Cyprian’s Church and Christian Aid. With regret, the church has no sound system or loop and neither are there toilets available for disabled people.  

ST CYPRIAN’S CLARENCE GATE, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX – Sunday 2 July 2017 – DEDICATION FESTIVAL combined with the licensing of Fr Michael Fuller to the Parish. Guest Preacher: Archdeacon of London, Fr Luke Miller. 

Men’s clothing
is needed by the Jesus Centre in Margaret Street and also by the Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, both of whom provide a daily range of services to homeless people. If you have women’s or men’s clothes to give away, please bring to Church and leave at the Parish Office so we can continue to help support our neighbours’ efforts. The Church Army is now also collecting women’s clothes for their Homeless Hostel so all donations can be found a good new home!

The Soup Kitchen specifically calls for: men’s trousers (sizes 32-36) and men’s sturdy/athletic shoes (sizes 9-12 especially) and say ‘we are also beginning to need men’s outerwear of all varieties and we always need rucksacks and duffle-bags to help our guests carry their belongings!’

The Soup Kitchen team (only part-time) asks: ‘Please drop me a line if you are planning to drop things off here. As always, many thanks for your support.’ Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, 79a Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TD T: 020 7580 2791 

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On major weekday feasts, High Mass is sung at 6.30pm 

SUNDAYS in Church 
Low Mass 6.30pm (Saturday), 8am and 5.15pm. Morning Prayer 10.20am
HIGH MASS and SERMON, 11am and   


Morning Prayer 7.30am
Low Mass – 8am, 1.10pm and 6.30pm
Evening Prayer 6pm
(Except Bank Holidays – 12 noon Mass only)

Low Mass – 12 noon and 6.30pm (First Mass of Sunday) 
Evening Prayer 6pm


A priest is available for confessions/counsel Monday – Friday from 12.30-1pm and at 5.30pm Monday – Saturday, or by appointment. (Special arrangements apply in Lent and for Holy Week.) and e-mail: