All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 15th December 2017

Friday 15th December 2017

Dear Friends,

Advent 3 – Gaudete
Mark sees John as the prophet Elijah, his hour come again. Elijah, for Mark, was the promised herald of the great and terrible day of the Lord. But John himself will have none of it. He disclaims all titles save one. He is, as they might have said in South Wales, John the Voice.

St Augustine wrote a perfect sermon for the feast of John’s birth, and I can do no better than quote a little of it  as we contemplate John’s role and ours this Gaudete Sunday, with the Christmas horizon in view: 

When at last he was born and received his name, his father’s tongue was loosened. Consider the symbolic significance of what happened.  Zechariah fell silent and lost the power of speech until John, the Lord's precursor, was born and restored his speech. Is not Zechariah's silence a hidden prophecy, kept secret and, as it were, shut away, before Christ could be proclaimed? His speech was restored at John's birth, his voice was made clear when he came as had been foretold. The restoration of John's power of speech is like the rending of the veil of the temple when Christ was crucified. If John proclaimed himself, he could not have restored his father's speech. Zechariah's tongue was loosened because a voice was born. When John was announcing our Lord's coming he was asked: 'Who are you?' He replied: 'I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness.' John was a 'voice', but in the beginning the Lord was the Word. John was a voice for a time: but Christ, who in the beginning was the Word, is the Word in eternity.

We live in an age of insistently competing voices, some of them religious, many not. But even among the religious noise it is good to be reminded that the gospel is content, not style: in this case the medium is not the message, for the Word of God is a person, not a book.  

Yours in Christ, 

Fr Michael Bowie, Assistant Priest
All Saints Margaret Street


Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zhaghari-Ratcliffe, John Reddington, Maggie Durran, Eileen Prior, Jacob Lillie, Juliet Lavender, Martin Hale, Gordon Dickson, Jayne Forrester, Yvonne Craig, Thomas Vucetic, Joy Wright, Barbara Schiefer, Gwyneth Hopkins, Fr Philip Warner, Joao and Ivone Cavalcante, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis, Maria Magdalena Gedmanaite, Ken Hales, Nancy Gardner, Katie Marko, Beverley Ward, Catherine Paciullo and Sîan Evans.  

Those known to us recently departed: Graham Robinson, Stanley Kaire, Andrew Evans and Jonathan Lopez.  

Those whose year’s mind occurs this week: Edith Forsyth, Joan Gower, Philip Prain, Ena Knight, Lily King, Jack Monk, Charles Hillier, Adam Reddington, Harry Nuttall, Elizabeth Ross, Anthony Creek, Richard Routledge, Helen Turner, Harold Pobjoy Pr and Anne Scott.                                          


Saturday, 16 December (Church opens at 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday  

Sunday 17 December –Advent 3, Gaudete
8am Low Mass  
10.20am Morning Prayer

HIGH MASS & Sermon, 11am
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses 
Mozart Missa Brevis in B flat K 275 
Offertory Motet: Britten A Hymn to the Virgin  

The Vicar’s Ten-to-One Talk –about the significance of the Lady Chapel and Statue of Our Lady and the Child Jesus.  Please meet in Church. 

GAUDETE CHRISTMAS LUNCH - Sunday 17 December - Tom Leeman will, once again, be preparing a special celebratory Christmas Lunch. Norfolk Turkey, pigs in blanket, festive stuffing & bread sauce, Brussels sprouts with crispy smoked bacon, buttered baby carrots. Traditional Christmas plum pudding, vanilla crème Anglaise. Coffee and mints. The tickets for this lunch are £10, including a glass of wine or soft drink of your choice.  Numbers limited to 40. Tickets available from the Parish Shop before & after Mass.

5.15pm Low Mass

EVENSONG & BENEDICTION with SERMON, 6pm Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Canticles: Stanford in C
Gibbons This is the record of John 

This Week’s Services

Monday 18 to Friday 22 December
7.30am Morning Prayer 
 8am Low Mass
12.30-1pm Confessions
1.10pm Low Mass

5.30pm Confessions
6pm Evening Prayer

6.30pm Low Mass except Monday 18 December, 6pm FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS by candlelight
Followed by mince pies & mulled wine

Saturday 23 December (Church opens at 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 24 December – Advent 4
8am Low Mass   
10.20am Morning Prayer


HIGH MASS & Sermon, 11am
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning 
Palestrina Missa Ave Maria
Handl – Ecce concipies 

5.15pm Low Mass 

No Evensong & Benediction 

CHRISTMAS EVE - MIDNIGHT MASS & Blessing of the Crib, 11pm
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolai
In dulci jubilo – trad. arr Pearson 

Monday 25 December 11am
Haydn Missa Sancti Joannis de Deo 

High Mass is the only service on Christmas Day.

Tuesday 26 December 12 noon Mass only.

Wednesday 27 December – all services as every weekday.

All services sung by the Choir of All Saints - full details at


ALL SAINTS CLUB MEMBERSHIP – 2018 Membership Cards On Sale from 31/12/207 -
New All Saints’ Club annual subscriptions fall due from 31/12/2017 and the Annual Meeting agreed to an increase to £5. Buy your new annual membership on New Year’s Eve.

KEEPING WARM in the WINTER CHILL – Men’s coats, jackets, scarves shirts, trousers, warm sweaters, trainers/athletic shoes needed by the Jesus Centre in Margaret Street. 42 homeless people daily shower and eat and collect fresh clothing. If you have men’s clothes to give away, please bring to the Parish Office so we can continue to help support our neighbours’ efforts. Thank you to those who have recently brought in things during this cold weather.  

CHRISTMAS CARDS –stocks of the 2017 card of the Virgin and Child are available from the Parish Office in the week or the Shop before or after Mass on Sunday. Both versions - blank inside and with the greeting message.  Cash or cheque payable to Parochial Church All Saints please.

Many of you have already brought in items recently for our regular mission focus at the Marylebone Project – and these have been delivered, but they are appealing for small presents to go in their gift bags for their service users at Christmas. They suggest perfume, gloves, scarves, pyjamas, socks, notebooks, chocolates, make-up, purses and bags as great gifts. They ask that gifts be unwrapped and don’t include candles please. Deadline for receipt of gifts Monday 18 December 2017. 


FAITH MATTERS QUESTION TIME at Farm Street on Thursday 25 January, 6:45pm.  The latest in their series of popular panel discussions on matters of faith and life will address the topic of ‘Fake News: Faith in the Media’.    On the panel are:
Nancy Gifford (Global Media Director, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries)
Melanie McDonagh (Evening Standard)
Sarah de Nordwall (Poet, Bard School Director, and Catholic Voices)
Jo Siedlecka (Director, Independent Catholic News)
Brendan Walsh (Editor, The Tablet)  

All are welcome to an informative lively evening on how, as Christians, we might respond to the issues surrounding faith and the media.  Recommended donation: £10 on the door.  Online advance booking will be set up shortly via 

The Clewer Initiative has got together with homelessness charity Housing Justice, Caritas Westminster and Capital Mass to produce a video on modern slavery and homelessness. The video is very powerful, and especially pertinent at this time of year. Well worth a watch: 


Our year-round fundraising efforts go to support three charities:

The Church Army hostels and programmes in Marylebone empowering homeless women into independent living through providing a safe refuge, training and employment opportunities.
The USPG-led UMOJA, HIV Project in Zimbabwe, enabling people living with HIV and Aids to have positive lives, and
The Soup Kitchen (American International Church, Tottenham Court Road) feeding up to 80 vulnerable people daily in central London.

Men’s clothing especially is needed by the Jesus Centre in Margaret Street and also by the Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, both of whom provide a daily range of services to homeless people. If you have women’s or men’s clothes to give away, please bring to Church and leave at the Parish Office so we can continue to help support our neighbours’ efforts. The Church Army is now also collecting women’s clothes for their Homeless Hostel so all donations can be found a good new home! Thank you to those who have started recently to bring things in as the weather gets colder – those contributions of shirts, trousers, warm sweaters and blankets have been much appreciated.

The Soup Kitchen specifically calls for:
men's trousers (sizes 32-36) and men's sturdy/athletic shoes (sizes 9-12 especially) and say ‘we also need men's outerwear of all varieties and rucksacks and duffle-bags to help our guests carry their belongings!’

The Soup Kitchen team (only part-time cover) asks: ‘Please drop me a line if you are planning to drop things off here. As always, many thanks for your support.’ Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, 79a Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TD T: 020 7580 2791

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The Parish Church of All Saints Margaret Street, London W1 W 8JG
Vicar: The Revd Prebendary Alan Moses
T: 07973 878040 E: (Day off: Saturday)

Assistant Priest: The Revd Dr Michael Bowie
T: 07581 180963 E: (Day off: Wednesday)

A priest is available for confessions/counsel Monday – Friday from 12.30-1pm and at 5.30pm Monday - Saturday, or by appointment. (Special arrangements apply in Lent and for Holy Week.)

If you would like prayers offered, or amendments to the prayer list please contact:

Dee Prior, Parish Administrator (020 7636 1788).  E:

Or make use of the prayer request facility on the website at: 

Safeguarding Officers: Chris Self (Vulnerable Adults) and: Janet Drake (Children)



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