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Rector's Message

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

The earth turns and our world moves on, into leaf-fall and Winter.  The natural world takes back into itself, life, to give itself again, next year.  All things withdraw, though we, contrariwise, go out: shopping, shooting, lighting up the night.  And some of it is tremendous and full of delight and skill and pleasure.  And some is empty and doomed to disappointment.  And into the Season’s Greetings steps the One who orders all.

Salvator Mundi, the Saviour of the world, who holds the orb, representing all things in one hand, and raises His other to bless, to determine good to all who acknowledge Him as such.

There is no run-up to Christmas. It is called the four weeks of Advent. There is no designer Christmas. It is called the yearly celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in a stable of an inn, of his virgin unmarried mother. And it is our hope and our joy; and it brings this man to his knees.

May I wish you a thoughtful Advent and a dashing Christmas!

Yours very truly,

Ian Whittle
The Rectory, Langham 01328 830246

He is so small the stars bow down
The fierce winds ease their breath,
And careful shepherds look upon
The one unsullied birth.
They kneel and stare while time seems gone
And goodness rules the earth.

The blight on man is all undone
And there will be no death,
For though this child will be nailed on
A cross, he’ll be so since
He is the jewel of untold worth,
For him all stars have shone.’

From: A Christmas Sequence by Elizabeth Jennings