All Saints Margaret Street | All Saints Parish Newsletter 6th June 2014

All Saints Parish Newsletter 6th June 2014

Dear Friends,

Seventy years ago today allied armies landed in Normandy. The Queen, with other world leaders and survivors of that decisive stage in the struggle against Nazi Germany are in Normandy to mark this anniversary.

The battles in Normandy were not just between armies and nations but between ideas. An ideology based on racial superiority and the ruthless exercise of power and violence would be vanquished. Tragically, we know that the price of victory was to extend the grip of another totalitarianism across Eastern Europe until it too collapsed 25 years ago.

We will soon be commemorating the beginning of the First World War, in which lay the seeds of that second conflict. Those seeds were helped to germinate by economic depression and we have seen during the present economic troubles, the rise of political groups which espouse views similar to those of the Nazis.  Jean Marie le Pen’s gaffe about solving France’s immigrant “problem” with the Ebola virus, should not be written off as the ramblings of an old man.

On Sunday we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. Luke tells us that people from Jewish communities around the Roman world, and even beyond the Empire, understood what was being said by the apostles. This was a foretaste of the Church’s universal mission.

On my recent travels, I have attended two services with a multitude of languages.

First, in Rome at the Pope’s Wednesday morning general audience in St. Peter’s Square, pilgrims from almost “every nation under heaven,” from places Luke could not have imagined, were welcomed. Pope Francis’s brief homily was repeated in a series of languages in order that it might be understood by as many as possible of those present. Sitting next to me was a detachment from the Colombian National Police Academy and in front of me some young Muslim Arabs.  At the end, we were invited to sing the Lord’s Prayer together in Latin.  The congregation of All Saints would have recognised the chant as the one we use at Mass.

Then, in New York, at Fr. Allen Shin’s consecration as bishop, Spanish, French, Korean, Japanese and Tagalog were used in addition to English; reflecting the polyglot nature of that city and its churches.

So both occasions reflected something of Pentecost and of the nature of the Church Catholic as embracing people of all nations and languages.

Yesterday, the clergy of the Two Cities Episcopal Area were guests at the House of Commons for a study day on Faith and Politics. We heard excellent addresses by MPs from the three major parties who spoke movingly of their faith and their political engagement as part of it. In discussion more than one lamented the fact that debate about national and international identities, both within the United Kingdom and in Europe, was being conducted largely in financial terms when much larger issues than balance sheets are at stake. There are complex issues involved in balancing the local and the central, but the tragic events of a few years ago in the Balkans, where the First World War began, should remind us of the terrible cost of not working hard on ways we can live together in peace. 

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Alan Moses
Vicar of All Saints Margaret Street
Area Dean of Westminster – St Marylebone

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, 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: Robert Blott (former chorister of All Saints), Neville Wilson, Filipp Gramatica di Bellagio, Tony Stock, Arthur Ferns.   

At the anniversary of their death (during the coming week): Kenneth Needham Ross (8th Vicar of All Saints), Andrew Blackband, Mark Seymour-Taylor, Hilda Sheppard, Reginald Rawll, Douglas Huggins, Olwen Hajdu, Daphne Marsh, Norah Sweeney, Wilfred Jennings (Priest), Percy Rees, Philip Sparrow, Alison Hack (Priest), Naomi Shaw, Michael Keelan, Karl Bekker, Roy Foster (Pries and former Headmaster of the All Saints Choir School), Eric Johnson, Miriam Yates, John Gadney.

Preacher: 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



Fr Michael Bowie
Missa ‘Simile est regnum cÓ•lorum’ – Lobo
O beata et gloriosa Trinitas – Palestrina

Preacher: Prebendary Alan Moses
The Second Service – Gibbons 
I saw the Lord – Stainer

SPECIAL EVENTS IN JUNE at All Saints and Elsewhere

ST CYPRIAN’S CHURCH, NW1 6AX – SATURDAY 7 JUNE, 3pm 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.


The Vicar, Prebendary Alan Moses, will be preaching at this service. This parish was founded in 1865, as a “church plant” from All Saints, Margaret Street, in a densely-packed slum district, by Fr Richard Temple West, who was then a Curate at Margaret Street. The architect was George Edmund Street, a member of the Margaret Street congregation, and then at the height of his powers. Another Grade 1 Listed Building, like All Saints, St Mary Mags features a Ninian Comper designed Chapel. All welcome.

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.
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.

FRIDAY 27 JUNE, 6.30pm Evening Mass – Bishop Michael Marshall
will be with us for the celebration of Baptism and Confirmation at the Evening Mass. Please come and support those being baptised and confirmed.  

DIOCESE OF LONDON, PETERTIDE ORDINATION OF DEACONS, St Paul’s 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!


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 in 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, keeping costs down, speeding the whole process and minimising unavoidable disruption. 

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, 809 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. With some £34,000 still to find – 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!

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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: