All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 20th July 2018

Thursday 19th July 2018

Dear Friends, 

A Case of Mistaken Identity 

This Sunday we take a break from Sundays after Trinity with the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. 

When Fr. Mackay asked Ninian Comper to design a Lady Altar, he wanted one which would be nearer weekday congregations. He also had a spiritual intention, which was to have a focus for the Guild of Prayer for the Conversion of London which he had founded. 

The figures which surround Mary and the Child Jesus in the altarpiece reveal something of his concerns for the city. The two largest are of St. Augustine of Hippo, holding a heart which symbolizes love. Before his conversion, he prayed, “Lord, make me chaste but not yet,” a sort of patron saint of men behaving badly, and St. Mary Magdalene, holding a jar of ointment.  There is also St. Mary of Egypt, who had spent years as a prostitute before her conversion in Jerusalem, and St. Vincent de Paul who is holding one of the foundling children he and the Daughters of Charity rescued.  

Mary Magdalene is there because, from the 6th century onwards, she was identified mistakenly with the woman who was a sinner in Luke Chapter 7.  There is no evidence to support this or the idea that she was a reformed prostitute, but it became so firmly lodged in tradition that we find it in All Saints a century ago.  

Then prostitution was a major problem in this part of London.  Things have not changed much, except that now the women abused and exploited by the so-called “sex industry” and its “clients” will probably have been trafficked from Eastern Europe, Africa or the Far East.  Often they are lured here by criminal gangs with promises of a good job and a better life, only to find themselves enslaved.  

No sooner  had biblical scholars rescued Mary Magdalene from this case of mistaken identity than they had found themselves having to deal with overheated but financially profitable speculation by the likes of Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code,  that she was married to Jesus. 

So, if she was neither a 'fallen women' nor the wife of Jesus, who was she and why do we celebrate her?  The Gospels tell us that she was one of a group of women who accompanied Jesus on his ministry. Luke tells us that she had been healed of seven demons by Jesus.  She is named as one of the women who watched loyally by the cross when the male disciples had fled in fear; who witnessed his burial and went early on the first day of the week to anoint his body. In Mark's account, which we will hear at Evensong on Sunday, they find the stone rolled away and are told by an angelic figure: “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples, and Peter that is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him as he told you.”   

In St. John's Gospel, which we will hear at Mass, we see her alone encountering the risen Lord who commissions her to tell the apostles of his resurrection and ascension. For this reason, we who are also called like her to be companions of Jesus, celebrate her as “the apostle to the apostles;” the one “sent” to those who were and are “sent” to proclaim the good news of the resurrection. 

Yours in Christ,


Fr Alan Moses, Vicar
All Saints Margaret Street


Within our community we pray for those who are sick or distressed and have asked for prayers – Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Fr David Paton, Abigail Green, Roy Bright, John Allan, Estelle Clark, Simon & Mary Edsor, Mary Goodman, Jason Dominic Chan, Brian Carr, Vallery Tchukov, Pauline Wayman, Sian Evans, Sara Vice, Elizabeth Lual, Mary Fast, Brian Prosser, Peter Brentnall, Jane Gadney, David Eckland,  Dave Kynnersley, Rose Smith and Fr Graham Francis. 

Those known to us recently departed - Raymond King, Robert Adams, Mary Johnstone, Lucy Lloyd, Francis Taylor, Gwen Gamack, Patricia Searle and Raymond Taylor, Adrienne Newson, Stephanie Epperlein and Paul Wigfield Pr.

Anniversaries of death this week – Anne Finlay, Edward Pressland Jones, Elizabeth Pressland, John Holden Pr, Jeffrey Tapley, Ada Rivington, Peter Jones, Audrey Crane, Edith Wallis, Muriel Williams, Enid Ingle, Edward Reader Pr, David Sparrow Pr, Jean Neighbour, Teresa Butler, and Roy Ellis. 

Saturday 21 July (Church opens 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer  
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

Preacher: Fr Daniel Dries
Mozart Missa Brevis in B flat K 275
Stanford When Mary thro’ the garden went

Due to the Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham, there is no SUNDAY LUNCH this week and now we take a break with summer holiday period underway, restarting Sunday Lunches in September. 

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Purcell Service in G minor
R. Nicholson When Jesus sat at meat 

Monday 23 - Friday 27 July
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 28 July (Church opens 11am)

12 noon Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer   
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

Preacher: Fr Barry Orford
Palestrina Missa Papae Marcelli
Parsons Ave Maria 

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Rubbra Setting in A flat 
Harris Strengthen ye the weak hands 

For full information about all services at All Saints – see



Our prayers and good wishes go with the group of pilgrims from All Saints travelling to Walsingham and led by Fr Julian Browning. We hope they return refreshed from their time spent at England’s Nazareth.

SUMMER POETRY TEA – Saturday 28 July 3pm at Pamela’s home
The theme will be Holidays, Adventures and Escapes. To attend the Poetry Tea, please speak to Pamela or Sandra in the Church courtyard after Mass, or ring Sandra on 020 7637 8456 leaving your name and contact number. Tickets: £6 with proceeds to the All Saints Restoration Fund. 

Wednesday 15 August - ASSUMPTION of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
HIGH MASS at 6.30pm
Preacher: Fr Simon Cuff, Tutor in Theology, College of St Mellitus
Mozart Spaurmesse K. 259        Victoria Alma redemptoris mater

The Feast of the Assumption is our major annual celebration of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. On this day, we thank God for Mary, the first Christian, and ask her prayers for all persecuted Christians.
Please join us for our special annual outdoor procession (with choir, brass & drum) of the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham along Oxford Street. The Rosary will be said in Church for those who wish to stay there. All welcome and refreshments are served afterwards in the Church courtyard.  

Looking ahead, we need people help with two events:  on Wednesday 15 August for the Feast of the Assumption (with Outdoor Procession) – where we need procession stewards and hospitality helpers (preparing, serving food & clearing up afterwards) and also on Saturday 22 September when USPG return for their Annual Reunion. Help is required from 10am onwards to welcome delegates; to serve coffee/tea; buffet lunch and drinks (which helpers are invited and welcome to share, as they are the Mass during the day). If you can offer assistance with either future event, please speak to Chris Self after Mass; or phone Dee in the Parish Office: 020 7 636 1788 or email her:

Revd Jonathan Evens, Associate Vicar, Partnership Development, St Martin-in-the-Fields has asked if we could share the following:  

Commerce, Compassion, Culture, Congregation … It’s All Church! - HeartEdge Annual Conference 2018 - 12 & 13 September 2018: St Martin-in-the-Fields and Lambeth Palace.

Commerce, Compassion, Culture, Congregation are essential – in our view, it’s all church! The September two-day HeartEdge intensive includes theology, ideas, resources, plus time to linger, build connections, make plans, develop practice, find encouragement, get involved and do HeartEdge! Programme: Including keynote speakers, workshops and panels on 'Church and Welfare', 'Enterprise Start-Ups', 'Art and the Crucifixion', with more to follow. Confirmed so far: Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes, urban theologian Ann Morisy, General Secretary of Churches Together in England Paul Goodliff, Chair in Christianity and the Arts at King's College London Ben Quash, Theologian and writer Professor Anthony Reddie, activist Russell Rook, Baroness Maeve Sherlock, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Rector of St James, Piccadilly Lucy Winkett, plus Revd Dr Sam Wells of SMITF - with more to come. Venue: Day 1 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, day 2 at Lambeth Palace. 

Cost: Early Bird rate £69 (until 20th July 2018); HeartEdge members rate - £79, non-members rate - £99. Tickets include conference programme, refreshments & lunch, plus complimentary Jazz on evening of 12 Sept. Registration: Book tickets at   

For latest information, please email Jonathan Evens at or call 020 7766 1127.


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 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! 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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