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Touching place

JAMES, BARTON-UNDER-NEEDWOOD, STAFFS   Barton church is a long and low building in the dark stone characteristic of churches in the area. The window tracery in the aisles is deceptive, as the aisles were rebuilt and widened in 1864. In [...]

2021-07-20T14:17:57+00:00June 2021 Articles|

Faith of Our Fathers

Arthur Middleton on after lockdown   With the ending of lockdown public worship will be restored as churches are reopened, but it will require a good deal of teaching by parish priests to restore in people’s minds the importance of [...]

2021-07-20T14:17:04+00:00June 2021 Articles|

The Angel of the Lord

John Gayford explores the beauty of the Angelus   The French artist Jean-Francois Millet completed his painting later entitled “The Angelus” between 1857 and 1859. It was commissioned by the American Thomas Appleton with the title Prayers for the Potato [...]

2021-07-20T14:16:06+00:00June 2021 Articles|

June Diary

Thurifer comes out of lockdown   One of the modern tropes that I do not understand, among many, is “my truth”. What does that mean? Does it mean perception? Opinion? Outlook? Interpretation of events? And why should I believe your [...]

2021-07-20T14:15:20+00:00June 2021 Articles|

In our day of thanksgiving

Owen Higgs gives thanks for 150 years of St Augustine’s Kilburn   I’d like to begin by saying two ‘thank yous.’ Thankyou Fr Colin for inviting me, and thankyou to the people of St Augustine’s for your welcome. I want [...]

2021-07-20T14:14:29+00:00June 2021 Articles|

Views, reviews and previews

Art   Pedro and Ricky come again Jonathan Meades Unbound, £30   As Miss Prism said, ‘Memory, my dear Cecily, is the diary that we all carry about with us.’ This month’s exhibitions piece is about the art shows which [...]

2021-07-20T14:12:07+00:00June 2021 Articles|

The way we live now

Christopher Smith falls down the linguistic rabbit hole again   Who’d have thought that calling a group of people ‘ladies and gentlemen’ would, in 2021, be considered offensive?  I really didn’t see that coming.  Some hapless guard on a train [...]

2021-07-20T14:10:49+00:00June 2021 Articles|

Editorial

One of the most beautiful moments during a Christian funeral is when the priest censes the coffin at the end of the service. A sign to those gathered that the person who has died was created in the image of [...]

2021-07-20T14:10:08+00:00June 2021 Articles|

LINCOLNSHIRE SPIRES

Lincolnshire’s churches are the most underestimated in England. The south-western part of the county, Kesteven, is especially rich in spires. An important factor in this is the abundance of limestone from the belt that slants up England from the southwest [...]

2021-07-20T14:09:22+00:00June 2021 Articles|
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