As Christmas will fall on Friday of next week, may I take this opportunity to wish you as merry a Christmas as is possible, given the circumstances!
Mass on Christmas Day will be at All Saints’ at 11.00, with Fr Alan Swanborough preaching and me deaconing.
On Sunday 27th December, Fr Alan has, again, kindly agreed to say mass and preach at All Saints at 11.00. Unfortunately, I cannot be with him that morning, as I am needed in my other churches.
Alan Philpott and Paul have been doing a great job preparing prayer resources for people at St Alban’s to use on Sundays when, sadly, it has not been possible to have a service. It has, unfortunately, not been possible to have any Christmas services there this year.
I will be taking some time off in the week immediately after Christmas. Needless to say, we will be staying on the island! If any emergencies crop up during that week, please do still feel free to contact me.
The first masses of the New Year will be on January 10th, the Baptism of Christ, with Fr Gregory at St Alban’s at 9.30 and All Saints’ at 11.00. I hope to be with him that morning, but it rather depends on what arrangements we’ve been able to put in place at my other churches.
I pray that, whatever arrangements you make for Christmas and New Year, you stay safe, well and have a blessed and peaceful time.
With my love and prayers,
The image above is a painting dated 1667 by Adriaen van de Velde (1636–1672). It is currently in the Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder collection Creative Commons CC0 License