All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 22nd December 2017

Friday 22nd December 2017

Dear Friends,

Looking at the readings for this weekend, I am spoiled for choice, if I include those for Christmas as well as Advent 4. 

However, the Gospel on Sunday is Luke's story of the Annunciation, of God's call to Mary to be the mother of his Son and her obedient response; one which seems particularly appropriate given that, earlier this week, we had another announcement: the appointment of the Bishop of Crediton as the new Bishop of London. 

Bishop Sarah has been appointed after a long process of consultation, in the diocese and beyond, study of this material and then interviews and discussion among those charged with finding the right person for this demanding ministry. 

In her message to the Diocese, (which can be read in full on the Internet), Bishop Sarah says: 

“I know that there are some who will find the appointment of a bishop who is a woman difficult. I fully respect those who for theological reasons cannot accept my ministry as a priest or bishop. In a diverse city like London, it is right that the Church reflects the diversity of the tradition of the Church of England. I would hope that everyone can find a spiritual home within this diversity and working in partnership with the College of Bishops, I hope that this diversity will flourish and we can be a model to the rest of the Church of England of unity. We speak about being a compassionate church and we need to show that compassion to one another, even when we may disagree.”

Here at All Saints, we have tried for more than two decades to model that compassion in a way which reflects the diverse nature of our congregation. After the Church of England decided to ordain women to the episcopate, we engaged in a thorough process of consultation. Out of it came a renewed commitment to remaining together. It was clear that a majority did not wish to come under the pastoral care of the Bishop of Fulham, but at the same time, there is a significant minority of our people who, for a variety of reasons, cannot accept the ministry of women bishops and priests. Members of both groups make valued contributions to our common life.  In consequence, the PCC voted unanimously for a resolution which effectively maintained the status quo on the sacramental ministry at All Saints.  It was also clear that all other lay ministries would be open to women as well as men.

How does this apply to Bishop Sarah?  She will be both our Diocesan Bishop and our Area Bishop. We will come under her jurisdiction and pastoral care. While she will be unable to celebrate the Eucharist here, she will be able to visit the parish and preach here and, in the spirit of her message and our own resolution, it is my intention to invite her to do so.

All Saints is not a single-issue parish, or even a double-issue one; no prizes for guessing what the other one is.  In her message Bishop Sarah touches on some of the other challenges facing the Church in London. These should give us ample scope for working together in the service of the Lord who came to share in our humanity that we might share in his divinity.

With my prayers for a joyful Christmas, wherever you are celebrating it.

Yours in Christ,


Fr Alan Moses, Vicar
All Saints Margaret Street


Please pray for Fr Philip Sanneh, who will be saying his first Mass back home in the Gambia at 9am on Christmas Eve and preaching for the first time at Midnight Mass.

Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zhaghari-Ratcliffe, Michael Adam, Harry Bramma, John Reddington, Maggie Durran, Eileen Prior, 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, Katie Marko, Beverley Ward, Catherine Paciullo and Sîan Evans. 

Those known to us recently departed: Stanley Kaire, Andrew Evans, Jonathan Lopez, Edgars Lasmanovics, Julian Berry, Nancy Gardner and Evie Weir. 

Those whose year’s mind occurs this week: Cynthia Tucker, Miriam Smith, Augustus Thompson, Paul de Fortis Pr, Doreen Forde, Hugh Warren Pr, Lennox Berkeley, Desmond Berk, Kenneth Bond, Percy Fleming, Richard Williams, Paul Drake, Ernest Gaskell, Gordon Symes, Deacon Katherine Mundy, Brian Lee, Elsie Boyton, Mona Crompton, John Freebairn-Smith, Malcolm Melville Pr.                                               


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
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Haydn Missa Sancti Joannis de Deo
Victoria O Magnum Mysterium 

We wish all our readers a holy, peaceful and joyful Christmas wherever you are celebrating. 

High Mass is the only service on Christmas Day. 

Tuesday 26 December 12 noon Mass only. 

Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 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 

Saturday 30 December (Church opens at 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 31 December – Christmas 1
8am Low Mass
    10.20am Morning Prayer 

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie

Fauré - Messe Basse
Lemmens – Gloria (from Messe en Fa pour voix des soprani)
Hadley – I sing of a maiden

5.15pm Low Mass 
There is no Evensong & Benediction on New Year’s Eve.  

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


NINE LESSONS & CAROLS by candlelight – we had a remarkably successful evening earlier this  week, with record attendance – standing room was required once we ran out of even additional seats brought in for the occasion by a hard-working team of sidespeople. For images that reflect this capacity crowd (many of whom had never been to All Saints before and who thoroughly enjoyed the evening), see: Thank you to everyone who assisted with publicising the service, with the arrangements for it and for serving mulled wine and mince pies afterwards.  

MARYLEBONE PROJECT – thank you to everyone who contributed to the Christmas Gifts for the women of the project. All donated items were delivered to the Church Army hostel on Thursday this week.  

ALL SAINTS CLUB MEMBERSHIP – 2018 Membership Cards On Sale from 31/12/207 - £5 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 from New Year’s Eve. 


LAURENCE LONG (former All Saints’ John Birch Organ Scholar) would be pleased to have your support for his ORGAN RECITAL - Friday 5 January 2018, 12.30pm (45 mins) at St Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park (Bath Rd, Chiswick, London W4 1TT)

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 661 - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 659 - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 599 - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

In dulci jubilo BWV 729 - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern - Flor Peeters (1903-1986)

In dulci jubilo BuxWV 199 - Dietrich Buxtehude (c.1637/39-1707)

Good King Wenceslas - William Lloyd Webber (1914-1982)

Good King Wenceslas - Richard Elliott (b. 1957)

Noel X - Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645 - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

In dir ist Freude BWV 615 - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Prelude sur l'Introit de l'Epiphanie - Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Exite Fideles - Paul Ayres  

Resources may be found at: 

Friday, 19 January, 6:30pm Mount Street Jesuit Centre, 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AY after the 6pm Mass in the adjacent Jesuit Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Farm Street W1 -
FILM SCREENING: 'May they all be one' by the Society of St John Chrysostom.
For the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Alexia Veriter of KTOTV (French Catholic TV) has made a documentary about the Benedictine monastery of Chevetogne in Belgium, founded to promote Christian Unity, by mutual encounter, understanding, dialogue, prayer and worship. The Chevetogne community continues to be closely involved internationally in Catholic-Orthodox, Catholic-Anglican and Catholic-Reformed dialogue and friendship. Newly subtitled in English, the 52 minute film hears from the monks and their friends about their work in the monastery, their study and ecumenical engagement, and their spirituality and worship of the community in its two churches - Latin rite and Byzantine rite.
There will be a reception, a showing of the film, a well-known speaker to introduce the work of the Chevetogne Community, and a chance to ask questions, meet some of those featured in the documentary and purchase a copy. Admission is free but a donation is requested. More details here: 

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 during the cold weather – those contributions of shirts, trousers, warm sweaters and blankets continue to be 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

Further Communications or Assistance from All Saints Margaret Street:- 
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* If you would like any pastoral assistance, please do not hesitate to contact: 

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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