All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 16th March 2018

Thursday 15th March 2018

Dear Friends, 

Lent 5 is called Passion Sunday because Mark's account of the Passion used to be read or sung on this day every year (Matthew's was always heard on Palm Sunday, and John's on Good Friday, hence their importance to composers; Luke didn't get a look in). Roman Catholics have jettisoned this title, or rather transferred it to Palm Sunday, because we no longer read the Passion on this day. But, with us, they have retained the option of veiling of crufixes and images on Lent 5, a powerful visual remembrance of the ancient lectionary provision. 

And this year both Lent 4 and Lent 5 have piled up unmissable references to the Passion. Last week I preached about the confronting implications of Jesus being 'lifted up' on the cross like Moses' bronze serpent on a pole (so vigorously depicted on our west wall). This week, nine chapters on in John, Jesus reprises that prophetic statement about his impending death:

            And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself'.

But this time the emphasis is on the second verb, and the translation 'draw' is deceptively weak.  

There's a fresh translation of the New Testament by David Bentley Hart, an academic from the Orthodox community in the USA. He attempts to render the raw originality of the Greek without the doctrinal and cultural filters to which we have become accustomed. So the translation is 'literal', but without the usual associated and corrupting influence of dogmatic fundamentalism. His version is not always an easy read, because this principle sometimes leads him to use words reflecting the New Testament literary context which need further glossary for us: so in Sunday's gospel he translates what we shall hear as 'the ruler of this age' as 'the Archon of this cosmos'. But in the verse I've quoted above he introduces a new clarity: 

            'And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will drag everyone to me'

The verb translated  'drag' is that used of hauling in a net, forcing an unwilling defendant into court, or the effect of magnetic force on iron. The last of these is the least violent image. But even it describes an irrestible force, a sense smoothed out by our accustomed rendering, 'draw', which suggests something more like succesful advertising. 

The challenge for us is to recover that essential compelling attractiveness of the Gospel, of Christ, and to share it, especially when the institutional church, or even we, in our treatment of each other, fall short and devalue the currency. The cross is violent and brutal, as I was saying last week; the promise of new life meets that brutality head on and transforms it in a way that is intended to shake us up and 'compel us in', all of us. 

Think of the parable of the great banquet in Luke (14.15-24). The banquet of the kingdom is lavish, generous and glorious, yet we so often prefer our pressing mundane concerns (and model that prefence to others). The last words of the banquet-giver in the parable are

'Go out into the roads and lanes and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.'

God puts the cross before us as a wake-up call to reorder our priorities. 

Happy Passiontide! 

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 Zaghari-Ratcliffe, David Evans, Keith Bevan, Luiz-Antonio Neto, Judy Stewart, Jane Gadney, Sister Margaret Anne OHP, Roger Walker, David Eckland, Peter Brentnall, Hannah Laura, Yvonne Burgess-Jones, Frances Goodchild, Dave Kynnersley, Patricia Searle, David Webb, Stewart Lyon, Amy Eng, Patience Yartey, Jacqui Birt, Simon Ensor, Maggie Durran, Martin Hale, Jayne Forrester, Joy Wright, Barbara Schiefer, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis, Ken Hales, Beverley Ward and Sian Evans.                      

Those known to us recently departed: Caroline Farrer, Claire Cullinan Brown, Bill Cullinan, Harry Yardley, John Reddington, Joseph Goetz Pr, Hazel Gedge, Heather Humphrey Pr, Mark Moroney, Michelle Hanson, Matthias Winter, Janet White and Sr Marian Eva OHP.

Anniversaries of death this week: Evangeline de Fonseka, Jessie Thwaites, Edward Mann, Joan Mackintosh, Millie Cathcart, Christine Tagoe, Mary Steward, Hugh Wiley, Emily Pattisson, Margaret Baker, Charlotte Read, Olive Evans, Geoffrey Constable and Constance Kirk.


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

Sunday 18 March, 5th Sunday of Lent - PASSION SUNDAY
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Vivanco Missa Crux Fidelis
Poulenc Tristis est anima mea

SUNDAY LUNCH will be available – Frances O’Neil is cooking a main course and dessert, with coffee. Tickets £6 from the Parish Shop before and after Mass.

including Ave Verum Corpus – Byrd, The Crown of Roses – Tchaikovsky, Tenebrae factae sunt – Poulenc, Agnus Dei – Leighton (Missa Brevis),Stabat Mater – Wüllner, Magnificat: from the Short Service – Byrd and for organ Bach’s ‘O Mensch bewein dein Sünde gross' BWV 622.

Monday 19 – Friday 23 March
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

Thursday 6.30pm Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & 8.30pm Compline
Friday 7pm Stations of the Cross

Saturday 24 March (Church opens at 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday  

NB. British Summer time begins Sunday 25 March 

Sunday 25 March, PALM SUNDAY
Liturgy of Palms, Market Place, 10.45am and Procession to HIGH MASS, 11am
Preacher: Canon Hugh Wybrew
Hassler Missa Octo Vocum    
Poulenc Vinea mea electa 

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Tallis Latin Setting (Tone V111)   
Poulenc Timor et Tremor

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


If anyone would like to contribute to purchasing flowers for the Altar of Repose and to place in front of the statue of Our Lady at Easter services, please give your donation to Fr Alan Moses or Fr Michael Bowie. If you wish your gift to commemorate an anniversary or to remember a loved one, please let them know.

TONIGHT and all Fridays in Lent please join us in walking the way of the Cross:
Stations of the Cross 7pm,
after the Evening Mass at 6.30pm.  

Late Night Praying on Thursdays – please join us as weather warms up – new heating means Church is a very comfortable temperature! Church is staying open after Evening Mass each Thursday in Lent with an opportunity for Eucharistic adoration with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and private prayer. The evening concludes by participating in the ancient plainchant office of Compline (Late Night Prayer) at 8.30pm. Some fourteen people have been practicing with Tim Byram-Wigfield (Director of Music) and then enjoyed singing Compline in choir. Compline is a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. All welcome.  

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 our neighbours in Margaret Street – the 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 (now available in the Baptistery) will be shared equally between the four charities. If you can’t get to All Saints but would like to contribute to these very worthy causes, please donate by BACS to All Saints Nat West Account: 04559452, Sort Code 60-09-15, with APPEAL and your surname as the reference or make out a cheque to Parochial Church All Saints and send it to the Parish Office, 7 Margaret Street, London W1W 8JG in an envelope marked LENT APPEAL. If you are a UK tax payer and would like us to claim Gift Aid on your donation, please include a note to say that, supplying your full name, address and post code. Thank you.


Weekly meetings until Easter (excluding 28 March). Next meeting on Wednesday 21 March 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.  

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.  

This year the Parish Retreat will be from 11-13 May at Bishop Woodford House in Ely. It will be conducted by Fr Philip Bevan who writes: In our Parish Retreat this year we will explore the meaning of spirituality, and look at how we can mature in our spiritual life. In medieval England there was a great devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, we will take some time thinking about where this came from, and how this devotion can change the way we live.  

St Paul encourages us to “pray continually”, and we will look at how this can happen by studying and praying “The Jesus Prayer”. We will also take a look at “time”, and how the Church sanctifies it, and what this could mean for us in our own lives.  

If you want to come, or would like further information, please contact Martin Woolley on 07976 275383 or at Rooms will be allocated in the order in which bookings are received.  


'Keeping Faith at Work' ~ Lent Addresses 

St Matthew's Westminster is teaming up again with St Stephen's, Rochester Row to deliver a series of talks exploring faith in areas of public or professional life, including what it is like to practise a faith while working in various arenas, and how the two may inspire each other. The talks will take place every Wednesday through Lent at 7pm. Doors open for refreshments at 6.30pm.

Keeping Faith in Justice
21 March ~ St Matthew's Westminster
Brian Gill, former Lord Justice General of Scotland.  

Monday, 19 March, 6:45pm 
Democracy and the Common Good, St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's will be hosting a public debate with Michael Sandel - What has become of the common good? Is democracy in peril? Join Michael Sandel at St Paul's Cathedral for a lively discussion on how we might promote a national conversation to address current widespread economic and cultural insecurity. Michael Sandel will be available for a book signing at the end of this event. Books will also be on sale. The event is free, though a donation of £5 towards the cost of running the event would be welcomed. Further details here: 


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 STILL 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 already brought things in during the cold weather – those contributions of shirts, trousers, warm sweaters and blankets continue to be much appreciated.

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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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