All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 22nd March 2018

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Dear Friends,

“The house was filled with the fragrance of its perfume.”

At Evening Prayer on Wednesday we heard the passage from the Gospel of John (12.1-11) about the supper at the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus in Bethany at which Mary anoints the feet of Jesus with precious ointment. We will hear it again, at the Eucharist on Monday in Holy Week.

When Judas complains about Mary's extravagance, Jesus replies:  “Leave her alone.  She bought it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you.”

Earlier that afternoon, I was walking back to All Saints when a lady stopped me near the church and asked: “Is this your church?”  When I said that it was, she told me that she always goes into a church when she finds one open, but this was the first time she had found one where there were homeless people asleep at the back. “That's really good of you!” she said.

Then later in the afternoon, I went into church to wake up the remaining sleepers and get them on their way before Fr. David Paton, back with us from his retirement in France, arrived to hear confessions and celebrate the evening mass. Someone else, a priest from the North of England,  came in and said, “I do admire what you are doing, I have read about it in the Parish Paper.” 

After all this affirmation and getting the church tidied up, I went round with the air freshener; a brand advertised as ideal for coping with the malodorous socks of teenage boys. It seems to work for the feet of the homeless, too. Burning incense works, too, but while it may be more pious, it is also more time-consuming.   

The juxta-position of beauty and poverty also featured in an article which the art historian Dr. Ayla Lapine, who brings groups of students to see All Saints, has written for the University of Yale's Institute of Sacred Music.

She writes:

A short walk north from one of the world’s busiest and most lucrative shopping districts, Oxford Street in London, the spire of All Saints Margaret Street rises high above the buildings established for commerce and materialism.......its strident polychromatic brick exterior giving way to a glittering and stirring interior iconographic program in marble, tiles, painting, and stained glass. Its monumental reredos, painted across the whole of the east wall, vividly tells the tale of Christ’s Nativity, Crucifixion, and reign in heaven. Originally designed by the artist and church historian William Dyce, it was repainted by the designer Ninian Comper in the early twentieth century, when the sanctuary’s vaulted ceiling was also repainted deep blue with glittering stars and shields featuring instruments of the Passion. At the same time, a frieze of child martyr saints of the Early Church was inserted on either side of the reredos. Taken together, this iconographical program weaves together the life of Christ and the witness of Christians to the reality of suffering and hope.

Directly opposite, on wooden chairs at the back of the nave, on any day of the week, groups of homeless people are asleep. Each day the clergy offer the Eucharist to the sound of rhythmic snoring. Some are awake and sit drowsily through the services. Other visitors wander in to take in the radiant narratives of symbol and figurative art in the glass and on the walls, taking a moment or two in their schedule of meetings and shopping to breathe peace. These lives lived in parallel worlds come together in an uneasy yet authentic way, day by day, adjacent to the vast strip of luxurious shops and seemingly endless cash flow.

The church was designed to bring the beauty of holiness to life in liturgy and in the human heart. For now, in the midst of cuts to social services and challenging economic circumstances for so many, exhausted homeless people stretch out along the chairs in the warm, golden glint from the colorful reredos, the manger, the cross, and the angels of heaven surrounding them.

In Holy Week, as we are drawn into the drama of the passion, we will seek to fill our Bethany in Margaret Street, with the fragrance of devotion and prayer while not forgetting that of charity.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Alan Moses


Please give donations towards the decoration of the church at Easter: money can be sent to the Parish Office or given to one of the clergy. If your gift is a memorial or thank-offering, please let us know. 



Those who are sick or distressed and have asked for prayers
Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Keith Bevan, Judy Stewart,
Luiz-Antonio Neto, Jane Gadney, Sr Margaret Anne OHP, Roger Walker, David Eckland, Peter Brentnall, 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, Barbara Schiefer, Rose Smith, Ken Hales, Fr Graham Francis, Beverley Ward, Sian Evans & Roy Meadowcroft.


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

Anniversaries of death this week

Belle McCarthy, Beryl Williams, Ralph Ballard, Mary Montgomery, John Davies, Amy Burnett-Brown, Maya Dean, John Hozier, Diane Suzans, Georgina Carlton-Williams, Joseph Semlyon, William Ingarfill, Marie Blakew, Cecil Saltford-Beaman, Hilary Chadwick-Healey, John Hanvey, Holbrook Gaskell, Charles Gage-Brown, Pr, Robin Powis.

Joy Wright’s Funeral
will be at All Saints on Tuesday 10 April, at 11.00am



Weekly Notices & Events



10.45am      Liturgy of Palms in Market Place, W1
                    Procession to Church and HIGH MASS

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses

Canticles: Tallis           Anthem: Poulenc - Timor et Tremor


Please sign the sheet of hours on the lectern in the Baptistery if you can commit to keeping the Watch in Church at a particular time.



The Electoral Roll has to be revised before the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) on Sunday 22 April. Inclusion on the Roll is the qualification to attend, participate & vote at the Meeting, or to be nominated for office. The Roll will be closed for revision between Tuesday 27 March & Friday 6 April. No further entries may be made to the Roll between 28 March and the close of the APCM. Members of the Roll should please check their entries on the copy of the Roll available on the table in Church. Alterations should be notified to me, c/o the Parish Office. Anyone else who wishes to be included on the Roll, & who fulfils the qualifications, is welcome to apply. Forms (to be found on the table in Church) should be completed & returned via the Parish Office.                Catherine T Burling, Electoral Roll Officer




Monday 26 – Wednesday 28 March

7.30am Morning Prayer   8am Low Mass
12 noon - 1pm Confessions   1.10pm Low Mass
5.00pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer  

6.30pm Low Mass with homily


Wednesday 28 March 7.30pm

TENEBRAE for Maundy Thursday



5.00pm Confessions

6.30pm  HIGH MASS of the Lord’s Supper 

with foot washing & Watch  at the Altar of Repose



12 noon            The Preaching of the Passion


6.30pm  Stations of the Cross


HOLY SATURDAY 31 March (Church opens at 11am)

12 noon            Liturgy of the Day


9pm       HIGH MASS of the Easter Vigil, with Baptism and Confirmation


Procession, Blessing of the Easter Garden and HIGH MASS
Preacher: Canon Hugh Wybrew

Mozart Krönungsmesse, K. 317      Mascagni Easter Hymn

Preacher: Fr Julian Browning

Tippett  St John's Service        Tavener Dum transisset sabbatum

Full service information:


The proceeds of our Lenten Collections will be shared equally between our three regular Mission Projects (the Marylebone Projectthe 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. 


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.  



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. 

Further Communications or Assistance from All Saints Margaret Street:- 
* If you would like to encourage others to take an interest in All Saints/keep up with what is happening here
, please forward this email on to them, or to people you would like to invite to services or tell them about our, which has a full colour 360 virtual tour for viewing the wonderfully restored interior of the Church – see tour – before a visit or if unable to travel.  

If you know of others (near or far) who would like to receive this regular update on what’s happening at All Saints please encourage them to sign up for the email on the All Saints website – see the tab News & Events> Weekly Newsletter

* 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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