All Saints Margaret Street | All Saints Parish Newsletter 30th May 2014

All Saints Parish Newsletter 30th May 2014

Dear Friends

Fr Austin Farrer, while a college chaplain, imposed on himself the laudable discipline of preaching a sermon at the Sunday 8.00am said Mass in chapel which would contain no more words than the gospel of the day.

Of these ‘weekly paragraphs for the Holy Sacrament’, some of which were later published as ‘The Crown of the Year‘, one of the most memorable is that for the Ascension, which we’ve just celebrated as we begin to look forward to Pentecost, next weekend.

Here it is:


We are told in an Old Testament tale, how an angel of God having appeared to man disappeared again by going up in the flame from the altar. And in the same way Elijah, when he could no more be found, was believed to have gone up on the crests of flaming horses. The flame which carried Christ to heaven was the flame of his own sacrifice. Flame tends always upwards. All his life long Christ’s love burnt towards the heart of heaven in a bright fire, until he was wholly consumed in it, and went up in that fire to God. The fire is kindled on our altars, here Christ ascends in fire; the fire is kindled in the Christian heart, and we ascend. He says to us, Lift up your hearts; and we reply, We lift them up unto the Lord.

To which I find nothing more to say than Amen! Alleluia!

See you on Sunday or soon.


Fr Michael Bowie
Assistant Priest
All Saints Margaret Street

Please pray for those who have asked for our prayers: Harry Allan, Alan Bishton, Susan Beauchamp, Jean Brackston, Rachel Clayton, Rosamond Clayton, Kate Down, Jean East, Ursula Edwards, Arthur Fearns, Geoff, Yvonne & Philip Harland, Lewis Harvey, Kate Hickman, Jill, Juliet Jefferson, Katherine Lee, Molly Leng, Joshua Levy, Christine Loffty, Santa Luca, Kerry Manuel, Jonathan Mani-Weoki, Megan and Chantal, Norman Newby, Andrew O’Connor, Frances O’Neil, Malcolm Richards, Prebendary Tunde Roberts, Peter Royle, Marilyn Stansfield, Dilys Thomas, Mary Thomas and Joy Wright.

For the recently departed: Brenda Stather-Dunn, Gladys Harris, Robert Blott (former chorister of All Saints) and Neville Wilson. 

At the anniversary of their death (during the coming week):
Mary Bonar, Edna Hutt, Ammie Key, Ronald Self, Ada Tomlinson, Robert Terwilliger (Bishop), Vyvian Hall, Gwen Rice, Joan Arnold, Thomas Richards, Tony Pulleyn, Cyril Edric Tomkinson (Seventh Vicar of All Saints), Margaret White-Cooper, Doris Daw, James Binnie, Denise Gerard.  


SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (Sunday after Ascension) – HIGH MASS, 11am, Preacher: Prebendary Alan Moses
Missa in honorem Sancti Dominic
Coelos ascendit hodie – Stanford

[NB. There is no Sunday Lunch this week, as this is the weekend of the Parish Retreat to Ely. There will be a meeting of the Health & Safety Committee after Mass.]

CHORAL EVENSONG & BENEDICTION, 6pm Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Tertii toni – Palestrina
Ascendens Christus – Handl


ALL SAINTS PARISH RETREAT TO ELY – Friday 30 May to Sunday 1 June
This year’s Retreat is conducted by Father Julian Browning. 

Fr Michael Bowie
Messe Solennelle – Langlais
Holy Spirit, ever dwelling – Howells, arr. Malcolm Archer

After Mass in the courtyard a memorial bench will be dedicated to the memory of Barry Blacklock 1933 – 2009).


Preacher: Prebendary Alan Moses
Service in E – Murrill 
Dom complerentur dies Pentecostes – Palestrina

SPECIAL EVENTS IN JUNE at All Saints and Elsewhere

Choral Evensong & Benediction
Responses: Richard Shephard. Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: Charles Villiers Stanford: Evening Service in B flat. Anthem: God is gone up – Gerald Finzi. With the St Cyprian’s Singers directed by Julian Collings.  

CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION, Bryanston Street, nr. Marble Arch, London W1H 7AH – SATURDAY 7 JUNE 2014 at 7pm – Music in Honour of Our Lady A Concert for the Centenary of The Church of the Annunciation 1914 – 2014 to include SPEM IN ALIUM – THOMAS TALLIS, the famous 40-part motet. Together with plainchant and works by Lassus, Palestrina, Rachmaninov, Finzi and Gorecki. Performed jointly by ExColl, a choir of former Cambridge Choral Scholars & The Annunciation Singers under the direction of Christopher Saward and Simon Lovell-Jones. Please take your seat by 6.50pm. Tickets £20 to include a glass of wine. Available on the door or from NB. ExColl is also singing at the celebration of the Mass of Pentecost at The Annunciation on Sunday 8 June at 10.30am.

The Vicar and Churchwardens of ST MARK’S REGENT’S PARK request 
the pleasure of your company at a Festal Eucharist of St Mark on MONDAY 9 JUNE at 7pm to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Ninian Comper. Celebrant and Preacher: the Bishop of Edmonton. R.S.V.P.

The service will conclude with a short presentation on the significance of Comper’s oeuvre by the Comper scholar Fr Anthony Symondson SJ, who will be introduced by Dr Ayla Lepine (Nottingham University). Following the talks you are warmly invited to a strawberry reception in the church.

Sir Ninian Comper’s celebrated work on St Mark’s in the 1930s, with the rest of the church, was almost completely destroyed during the Battle of Britain The work of restoration was Comper’s last major project, in conjunction with the Vicar, Fr Hugh Stuckey, whose determination saw the work completed.

The Bishop is calling us to a week of prayer, both in the cathedral and in our parishes, in the days between Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. Capital Vision 2020 encourages us to be more Confident, Creative and Compassionate in our sharing of the gospel with the people of our city.  All Saints is known as a place and a community of prayer. That prayerfulness needs to be constantly renewed and deepened.  Part of our response to the Bishop’s call to prayer will be a Vigil of Prayer in church commencing after the 8am Mass and continuing through the day until midnight.  Outside service times, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the High Altar and there will be scriptural and prayer resources to help us focus our attention on Jesus.  There will be a list in church for people to sign up for particular times, so that the watch can be maintained throughout the day until midnight. Please give a little of your time to join in the watch of prayer.

CORPUS CHRISTI – All Saints – THURSDAY 19 JUNE, High Mass and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament in the streets around the Church at 6.30pm. The All Saints choir and congregational singing will be supported by brass players accompanying the procession. Preacher: Canon Dr. Angus Ritchie, the Director of the Centre for Contextual Theology based at the Royal Foundation of St. Katharine in the East End. Mass setting: Missa Brevis in B flat—Mozart and anthem O sacrum convivium—Guerrero. Refreshments will be served after the service.

THE ALBAN PILGRIMAGE – SATURDAY 21 JUNE 2014 at St. Alban’s Abbey – the Shrine of Britain’s First Martyr. Please aim to arrive by 10.30am, for procession set off 11am prompt. PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY:
11am Pilgrimage Procession begins through the City Centre

Route begins from St Peter’s Church, St Albans, continues to the Town Hall and then  will process to the West End of the Cathedral.
c. 12noon Festival Eucharist following the Procession) Preacher: The Most Reverend Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop & Primate of the Episcopal Church in the United States. Service sung by the Abbey Girls’ Choir.
12noon Children’s Worship and Activities – in the Abbey Primary School.
2pm Orthodox Service and Veneration of the Relic at the Shrine of Saint Alban Organised by the Ecumenical Chaplaincy and the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius – all welcome.
3pm Anointing for Healing in the Lady Chapel.
4pm Festival Evensong and Procession to the Shrine
Preacher: John Bell of the Iona Community. Service sung by the Cathedral Choir.
The Abbot’s Kitchen will be open 10-4.30 serving breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas, and a range of snacks and drinks. The Cathedral Shop & Bookstall will be open 10-5 selling pilgrimage merchandise, books, greeting cards, CDs.

Cathedral – Saturday 28th June 2014 at 3pm (doors open at 2pm, please be seated by 2.40pm).
We have an allocation of eight tickets to support All Saints’ Ordinand Michael Lynch. If anyone would like to attend the service, please contact the Parish Administrator Mrs Dee Prior on 020 7636 1788 to obtain a ticket. First come, first served!


ALL SAINTS PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM (Friday 18 – Sunday 20 July) will be led this year by Fr Michael Bowie. Please let Ross Buchanan (Assistant Secretary Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham, All Saints Margaret Street) know of your interest on Tel: 020 7221 1312.


Carola Groenewold and Anne-Louise Dekker are Nijmegen University students in their first year, studying Business Administration and Communication, with English as a foreign language. They met through the same Christian student association. They want to improve their fluency in English, and are hoping to stay with a family – perhaps with children of their own age. Both have experience with babysitting children of different ages, and would like it to be of use in families. Their main goals are to improve their English and have contact with native speakers, and they say they ‘would consider all options! We would very much appreciate it if you would pass on our message to your church members’. The period they hope to stay is: 4th – 23rd August. If anyone is able to help them: please email and

The Programme
The electrical scheme is progressing well. Preparations continue to advance each week, with the Butterfield designed lighting fittings now commissioned and in construction at the blacksmiths.  
We hope to have tenders returned for the work by Friday 20 June. After these have been reviewed a recommendation will be made to the PCC for approval.  Then the work of stripping out the existing installation can commence.  The earliest date for that is Monday 7 July, subject to sufficient funds being available.

As in previous phases of the restoration programme, weekday worship, except on major feasts, will take place in the Parish Room. This will enable to contractors to have more uninterrupted working time, keep costs down and speed the whole process.

The Fundraising Appeal
Fund-raising continues. Applications are in to a small number of charitable trusts we hope may be sympathetic. So far the extended family of All Saints has produced a total of £215, 465 towards our target of £250,000. This is over 86% of the sum required, an excellent result in a little over six months.
Our thanks to all who have so generously contributed to date. Further donations are of course welcome! Cheques should be made payable to: All Saints Church Restoration Appeal and be sent to the Parish Administrator. Please indicate where Gift Aid may be applied as it increases the value of your contribution by 25%. Thank you!

If you would like to encourage others to take an interest in All Saints/keep up with what is happening here, please forward this email on to them, or to people you would like to invite to services.

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If you would like any pastoral assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Vicar, Prebendary Alan Moses: Or Assistant Priest Fr Michael Bowie:

DAILY SERVICES (the Church is open every day of the week from 7am to 7pm except on Bank Holidays, when it opens for the lunchtime Mass only)

Low Mass at 6.30pm (Saturday), 8am and 5.15pm
Morning Prayer at 10.20am

Morning Prayer at 7.30am
Low Mass at 8am, 1.10pm and 6.30pm
(Except bank holiday – 1.10pm Mass only)
Confessions from 12.30pm -1pm and 5.30pm
(No Confessions on bank holidays)
Evening Prayer at 6pm


Morning Prayer at 7.30am
Low Mass at 8.00am and 6.30pm (First Mass of Sunday)
Confessions at 5.30pm
Evening Prayer at 6pm

On major weekday feasts, High Mass is sung at 6.30pm with Evening Prayer at 5.45pm.

A priest is available in church for confessions or counsel every weekday from 12.30-1pm (except Saturdays) and at 5.30pm, or by appointment. The clergy are always happy to see anyone for whatever reason. Please enquire at the Parish Office (to the right as you enter the church courtyard). and e-mail: