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Rector's Message

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

Have you seen the first promises of Spring, green signs signalling newness; and before long slender, strong shoots of the Snowdrop will come up through the Winter’s litter in wood and copse and covert and the wilder bits of the garden. The flower who has the name Candlemas Bell, showing as they often do around the Feast of the Presentation of the infant Christ in the temple at Jerusalem. These little white beacons, strong and pure speak much to the open-minded of the persistence of goodness and the power of virtue in an ever-troubled and often littered world. Many of us know the wonderful Park at Walsingham, open to all for a small fee, with its millionfold snowdrops; and nearer to home the churchyards at Saxlingham and Gunthorpe are a white and green delight.?

On this Season of Feasts, Christmas, Epiphany, the Presentation; and our homely celebrations of friends and family may the gentle, strong love of the stooping down to earth of Almighty God in the birth of his Son, inspire and feed us to make every day our own celebration of acceptance, forgiveness, forbearance and active generosity. And when you see a snowdrop…

Yours very truly,

Ian Whittle
The Rectory, Langham 01328 830246