Third Sunday of Easter

Alleluia, Christ is risen. He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

Dear friends, what a very strange Easter it has been. I hope those of you who have access to the internet have managed to access the materials which have been posted on the St Alban’s or other websites, or have used the written material which I have provided.

Some of you may have preferred to return to using prayer books which have perhaps sat on a shelf for many years – I know I have found great solace and comfort in doing this, as I have searched for the reassurance to be found through something familiar during these very discomforting times.

We will all be reacting to the current lockdown in different ways. For some, the spring flowers and birdsong have brought joy in a renewed sense of gratitude for the beauty of God’s creation, and an appreciation of living in such a beautiful part of the country.

For others, especially for those who live alone, it has brought an increased sense of isolation and loneliness. In spite of organisations such as Age UK, or local volunteers bringing groceries to those who have to stay at home, it’s not the same as having a potter round the shops yourself.

Although we can’t meet for worship at the moment, please know that I continue to hold you all in my prayers and am here for you if you would like to have a chat (07775628593)

I am trying to ring a few people every day, just to say “hello”, starting with those who live alone, or who I know have extra challenges to deal with at the moment.

Each week there will be on the website a copy of the Gospel reading for the coming Sunday and a short reflection, written by various people. I will also write a short piece introducing the themes for each Sunday.

This Sunday’s theme is how Jesus explains the scriptures and is recognised in the breaking of the bread; and Fr Gregory Clifton-Smith will be providing the reflection on the Gospel the week.

May the joy of Easter be with you to sustain and guide you at this challenging time.

Blessings,
Dcn Corinne

Gospel Reading – Luke 24:13-35
They recognised him at the breaking of bread

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(Download the Gospel Reading)

A Reflection by Fr Gregory Clifton-Smith

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(Download the Reflection)

[Painting is the Supper at Emmaus, by workshop of Lambert Jacobsz circa 1630 (Kadriorg Art Museum)]

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