All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 9th February 2018

Thursday 8th February 2018

Dear Friends,

One of the pleasantest tasks which falls to a Vicar of All Saints, well pleasant to this one anyway, is speaking to visiting groups about our church building.  On Monday this week I spent much of the morning and afternoon in the church with visiting parties of primary school children.  They were visiting us and St. Paul's Cathedral as part of a project on Christian symbols and had to find as many as they could in each building. 

In contrast to Wren's vast St. Paul's, Butterfield's All Saints is both small and intimate. It is also a riot of colour and decoration; too much for anyone to absorb in one visit.  In addition to symbols like the cross and the Alpha and Omega, the decoration of All Saints is made up of representations of figures and events, mostly biblical, and designs taken from nature or geometry.  

Last Saturday, I was at St. Mary Magdalene's in Oxford for part of their Festival to mark the completion of their restoration programme. Like us, their building is now transfigured and “all glorious within” - and has a roof which no longer leaks. 

This Sunday our worship focuses on the Transfiguration; the revelation of Christ in glory in the presence of Moses and Elijah.  It is a scene of powerful visual imagery and impact.  

But in the midst of this we hear God the Father say to Peter, James and John, the disciples who witness this event, “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.” 

Much of what we see in a church like ours, however impressive the general effect, cannot really be understood without a knowledge of the stories which inspire it. The three panels beneath the Jesse Window and the west end, and that window itself, require knowledge of the Old Testament represented on the Mount of Transfiguration by Moses and Elijah.  

So sacred imagery needs to be interpreted and accompanied by reading Sacred Scripture and by giving our attention to it.   Whenever we come together to celebrate the Eucharist, we stand to listen to Jesus speaking to us in the here and now. 

This is the last Sunday before Lent. On Ash Wednesday, we will listen to Jesus as he addresses us in the Sermon on the Mount.  We will hear the Church calling us to the observance of a holy Lent.  One of the elements of this season is a renewal of our reading and meditation on the Scriptures. We do that not just in the liturgy of the Church, but in our personal prayers. 

The Church of England has produced a booklet of daily readings called “Live Lent: Let Your Light Shine.”  Each day has a short reading from John's Gospel, a reflection, a suggestion for prayer and for witness.  Copies are available in church. 

With prayers for a Holy Lent for us all. 

Yours in Christ, 

Fr. Alan Moses

Fr. Alan Moses
Vicar, All Saints Margaret Street


Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Wyn McHenry, Yvonne Burgess-Jones, Frances Goodchild, Dave Kynnersley, Sidonia, Clive Wright, Patricia Searle, David Webb, Stewart Lyon, Amy Eng, Patience Yartey, Jacqui Birt, Simon Ensor, Maggie Durran, Martin Hale, Jayne Forrester, Joy Wright, Barbara Schiefer, Fr Philip Warner, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis, Ken Hales, Beverley Ward and Sian Evans.                     

Those known to us recently departed: George Stokes, Kevin Harford, Mark Rittner, Peter Blackburn Priest, John Sunderland, Destiny Muirhead, Jean Brackston, Victoria Ankrah, Roy Brown Priest, Bill Shillito and Tony de Vere.

Anniversaries of death this week: Phyllis Woodcock, Frank Walker Priest, Winifred Bloomer, Victoria Nettey, Charlotte Druitt, Helen Buck, Sister Barbara ASSP, Charles Lethbridge, Nellie Chapman, Margaret McWilliam, Mary Dick, John Knight Priest, Charles Forker, Marion Clark, Constance Rivington, Henry Hewetson, John Bartle, Alec Rodger, Margaret Menzies, Frederick Howard, Letty Attlee and Jack Hope.


Saturday 10 February
(Church opens at 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

Sunday 11 February, Sunday before Lent
Preacher: Fr Barry Orford
Grayston Ives – Missa Brevis
Philips – Ave Maria à 5  

SUNDAY LUNCH – none today, but Daniel Fielden is cooking next week. 

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Canticles: Howells Setting in B minor
Vaughan Williams Lord, thou hast been our refuge  


Monday 12 February – Friday 16 February
7.30am Morning Prayer   8am Low Mass  

Confessions at the Beginning of Lent
Monday 12 February 12 – 1pm and 5 – 6pm

Tuesday 13 February 12 – 1pm and 5 – 6pm  

Wednesday onwards 12.30-1pm Confessions   1.10pm Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions   (except Ash Wednesday when 5 – 5.45pm)

6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm Low Mass (not on Ash Wednesday) 

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES, Wednesday 14 February

Low Mass with Ashing           at 8am
Confessions                             12 – 1pm

Low Mass with Ashing           at 1.10pm
Confessions                             5 – 5.45pm


Preacher:  The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Byrd Mass in Four Parts
Gibbons O Lord, in thy wrath 

Saturday 17 February (Church opens at 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

Sunday 18 February, 1st Sunday of Lent
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Victoria Missa Quarti Toni
Tallis Purge me, O Lord  

Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Byrd The Short Service
Byrd Salvator Mundi 

All Sunday services and weekday High Masses sung by the Choir of All Saints - full details at


Lenten Sermons at Evensong
The sermons at Evensong on the first four Sundays of Lent will be on the Lenten practices to which the Church calls us:

“Brothers and sisters in Christ, since early days Christians have observed with great devotion the time of our Lord's passion and resurrection and prepared for this by a season of penitence and fasting.

By carefully keeping these days, Christians take to heart the call to repentance and the assurance of forgiveness proclaimed in the Gospel, and so grow in faith and in devotion to our Lord. I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting and self-denial, and by reading and meditating on God's holy word.”            The Liturgy of Ash Wednesday, Common Worship

Lent 1Self-Examination & Repentance Fr. Julian Browning

Lent 2Prayer  Fr. Michael Bowie

Lent 3 Fasting and Self-Denial The Vicar

Lent 4 Reading & Meditating on God's Holy Word  The Vicar  

Late Night Praying on Thursdays from 22 February
In a new initiative this year, Church will stay open later each Thursday in Lent for anyone to participate in the ancient office of Compline (Late Night Prayer) at 8.30pm. Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning 'completion' (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. All welcome.  

Fridays:  Stations of the Cross 7pm, after the Evening Mass, starting on Friday 16 February

The PCC decided that the proceeds of our Lenten Collections will be shared equally between our three regular Mission Projects (the Marylebone Project, the Soup Kitchen at the American Church, Tottenham Court Road and USPG - UMOJA - HIV Project) and the Bishop’s Lent Appeal Tackling Homelessness Together (for a dozen small grass—roots church homeless projects). Two of our own projects already chime particularly well with the theme of the Bishop’s Appeal, as does our practical support for the neighbouring Jesus Centre through gifts of warm clothing. The collections gathered at the services of Tenebrae and Good Friday along with the contents of individual Lent boxes (to be available from Church on Ash Wednesday) will be shared equally between the four charities.


Weekly meetings until Easter (excluding 14 Feb & 28 March). Next meeting on Wednesday 21 February at 7pm (after Evening Mass) in the Vicarage. Bishop Stephen Platten will conduct the confirmations at the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil on Saturday 31 March.  

Sunday 4 March, 7.15pm (after Benediction) ORGAN RECITAL
TIM BYRAM-WIGFIELD, Director of Music All Saints 
Programme: Bairstow, Mozart, Franck and Harris.

Retiring collection to support the Choir and Music at All Saints (suggested donation £5).  

Saturday 24 March, 3pm POETRY TEA at PAMELA’S
The theme will be ‘Life’. You can bring poetry or prose. To attend, please speak to Pamela or Sandra in the church courtyard, or ring Sandra on 020 7637 8456, leaving your name and contact number. Charge £6 – proceeds to the All Saints Restoration Fund.


Swiss Church in London Art Exhibition - Mary Branson - "A Conversation with my Mother", 23 & 24 February 10am – 9pm. Admission free.
Her first large installation since the iconic New Dawn in the Houses of Parliament (a contemporary light sculpture celebrating Women's Suffrage. It is sited at the entrance to St Stephen’s Hall, Houses of Parliament and is a permanent addition to the Parliamentary Art Collection, as well as the first piece of abstract art commissioned for permanent display in the historic Palace of Westminster).

A Conversation with My Mother explores the notion of loss through dementia and the power of the subconscious to offer insights into the nature of grief.
Opening night: Thursday 22 February, 6-9pm. Artist’s talk and discussion: Sat 24 February, 6pm.
For further details about the artist click here. 

Monday, 12 March, 6.45pm Churches Together in Westminster - Meet the Neighbours, The Jesuit Church of the  Immaculate Conception (Farm Street) 114 Mount Street W1K 3AH
The Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception are opening their doors to all who would like to find out more about this fascinating church. The visit will include a welcome and introduction to 'Farm Street today', a talk on the Mount Street Jesuit Centre, as well as on the history of English Jesuits, a tour of the church, and a service of Evening Prayer in the Roman Rite. The evening will finish with a buffet, and there is a Roman Catholic Mass at 6pm to which all are also welcome. If you would like to attend, please contact Scott McCombe at  


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, which provides a regular drop-in and 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 also collects women’s clothes for their Homeless Hostel so all donations can be found a good new home! Thank you to those who have brought things in during the cold weather – those contributions of shirts, trousers, warm sweaters and blankets continue to be much appreciated.

Further Communications or Assistance from All Saints Margaret Street:- 
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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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