All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 17th August 2018

Friday 17th August 2018

Fr Michael writes: 

This Sunday we continue to hear from Jesus about himself as the bread of life. Last week
I suggested a couple of ways in which this teaching speaks directly to our Christian life: to remind us of the vital necessity of Jesus to us, and that we are called to live to the full, not just to exist. 

But this is not just about a fellowship meal; it feeds our understanding of the Eucharist as sacrifice and offering, something with which we’ve almost lost touch as a result of both reformation arguments and modern liturgical cosiness. The Mass is not just about fellowship, it is a sacrifice, and has been understood as such from the earliest days of the Church. 

We have come to think of sacrifice as loss, giving something up, or even death. But the orthodox understanding of the Mass as a sacrifice is not only about uniting us to the once-for-all offering of Christ on the cross (though it does that, sacramentally). Jesus gave us the Eucharist as the sacrament of his body and blood, a 'thanksgiving sacrifice', the night before he died on the cross. There were three types of sacrifice in Old Testament religion and only the first (the 'holocaust' or burnt offering) required the death of a victim, separating its body and blood. Anglican theologians have long drawn parallels with another type, the communion sacrifice or 'sacrifice of thanksgiving', which is related to the offering of bread and wine by Melchizedek in blessing Abraham (Genesis 14.18; also Psalm 110 and Hebrews 5 to 7, with reference to the priesthood of Christ), and Exodus 24, where we read that the elders went to the holy mountain with Moses 'and beheld God and ate and drank' (24.11). The Old Testament communion sacrifice consisted of offertory, mediation by the priest (compare the Eucharistic Prayer) and communion. This understanding of the 'sacrifice of thanksgiving' best illuminates the biblical lineage of the Blessed Sacrament. The work of Dom Gregory Dix and other less well-known Anglican theologians of the last century in unpacking this is now being drawn into Roman Catholic thinking about the Mass, a move that may prove helpful ecumenically. 

It is the Catholic faith that our relationship with God is based on sacrifice and we are united with him through the offering of this sacrifice at our altar, in which we offer bread and wine and receive holy communion, the bread of life, the guarantee of our relationship with God. 

Fr. Michael Bowie
Assistant Priest,
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, John Cragg, Maureen Fellows, Hugh Richards, Charlotte Levy, David Caplowe, Moraig Eagan, Bishop Michael Curry, Fr Bill Scott, Christopher Craig, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis Abigail Green, Roy Bright, Fr David Paton, Estelle Clark, Simon & Mary Edsor, Vallery Tchukov, Pauline Wayman, Sian Evans, Sara Vice, Elizabeth Lual and Mary Fast. 

Those known to us recently departed - Adrienne Newson, Stephanie Epperlein, Paul Wigfield Pr, Anthony Caesar Pr, Christopher Gibbs, Greg Hegarty, James Pitcairn, James Pitcairn, Roger Job Pr and Charles Blankenship Pr.

Anniversaries of death this week 
David Russell, William Cargill Pr, Harry Allan, George Jeynes, Leroy Lawes, Marion Ginger, Elsie Faithfull, John Hawkins Pr, Patricia Jones, Peter Vickers, Geoffrey Hughes, Lily Caplin, Madge Cunnington, Mary King, David Harris Pr, Linda Clarke, Irene Harford and Elvira Dibley.  


Sunday 19 August
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Victoria Missa Ave Regina Cӕlorum  
Franck Panis angelicus

Preacher: Fr Barry Orford
Wood Setting for double choir
Gardiner Te lucis ante terminum 

Monday 20 - Friday 24 August
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 25 August (Church opens 11am)
12 noon Low Mass 
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer   
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

Sunday 26 August
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Fauré Messe Basse
Lemmens Gloria      
Rheinberger Salve Regina 

With summer holiday time here, there is no SUNDAY LUNCH service now until September. 

Preacher: Fr Philip Bevan
Timothy Byram-Wigfield The Edinburgh Service
Lachner Abendlied 

Monday 27 August – Bank Holiday 12 noon Mass only

For full information about all services at All Saints – see


Organ Recital (following Benediction)
Sunday 9 September at 7.15pm -
Four-manual Harrison & Harrison (1910)
JEREMIAH STEPHENSON - Assistant Director of Music, All Saints
- Choral no. 3 in A minor; Prélude, Fugue & Variation
César Franck (1822 – 1890)


Elevation, Communion and Paraphrase-Carillon from L’Orgue Mystique Suite 35.
Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)

CDs of the organ & choir of All Saints are available to buy after the recital. Retiring collection to support the Choir and Music at All Saints (recommended donation £5)

The next recital is by Peter King at the earlier time of 3.30pm on Sunday 28 October. Please find more organ recitals at


will be shown at All Saints once again from Tuesday 11 until Sunday 23 September 12 – 6 daily in the Parish Room. Do come and visit – an early opportunity to purchase gifts (art, craft and jewellery) and cards for Christmas.

CHILD OF WAR – An Art Exhibition by Syrian Children presented by the charity Aid to the Church in Need (which provides art therapy to children of all faiths and none in Syria) follows on in the Parish Room from Tuesday 25 September to Sunday 30 September 12 – 6. This special exhibition has been made possible by the support of John Lewis and Waitrose Art Club. 

Tuesday 11 September 7.30pm
Continuing All Saints leading role in the Deanery of St Marylebone and the Diocese of London, in promoting the cause of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, we will be hosting a joint Churches Together in Westminster and Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East evening on the plight of Christians in Iraq and those who fled to Jordan, and the challenges facing those returning to their ancestral homes in the Nineveh Plains and Mosul. 

The evening will begin with a showing of the FRRME specially commissioned film “Voices from Iraq” which enables Christians from Northern Iraq to talk about what happened to them when ISIL came to the area, and also their hopes for the future. The film is a moving tribute to a brave and resilient people. After the film there will be an opportunity to hear from several key speakers about the situation for Christians in a post ISIL Iraq and the pastoral, educational and medical work St George’s is undertaking.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Our Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq urgently need the prayers and support of Christians and churches in the United Kingdom. They receive no international or government support and are dependent on the generosity of Christians around the world. Please come and support this important event.   


Thank you to everyone who contributed, in any and every way, to the success of our celebration of the Feast of the Assumption on Wednesday this week. We welcomed 200 people (25% more than 2017) to a splendid evening of devotion and festivity. We could not have done it without many people highly visible in Church/on Oxford Street (e.g. yellow-jacketed Stewards) and behind the scenes – especially preparing and serving food/drinks and clearing up afterwards. Thank you all!

We need people help on Saturday 22 September when USPG return for their Annual Celebration & 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 Prior: 020 7 636 1788 or email:


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.

You are all cordially invited to attend a “Meet the Neighbours” event on 19 September at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in Binney Street, W1K 5BQ.  Divine Liturgy is at 6.15pm and everyone is very welcome to attend the service (all Catholics, Eastern and Western Rites can receive Holy Communion) or you can just arrive at 7pm after the service for the event. 

During the visit we will hear a short history of the Cathedral, the Ukrainian Catholic Church, and the Ukrainian community in the U.K., followed by light refreshments in the Hall. These events are always interesting and provide an opportunity to see how others worship. Please do try to come along. 

MUSIC FOR AN AUTUMN EVENING - Thursday 20 September at 8pm, Holy Trinity, Stroud Green, London N4 4EL

Following the success of the fundraising concert to launch this series, which took place at All Saints at the end of July, the inaugural concert of MusicFor's first series, Music for an Autumn Evening features Daniel Collins conducting a programme of Romantic British choral music, sung by eight fantastic professional singers. At the heart of the concert is CHH Parry's own valedictory work, the 'Songs of Farewell', in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his death.
Full Programme:

Charles WOOD - Hail, Gladdening Light!

James MACMILLAN - Dominus Dabit


William HARRIS - Faire is the Heaven

Arthur SULLIVAN - The Long Day Closes

Herbert MURRILL - O Mistress Mine

Gerald FINZI- My Spirit Sang All Day 

Hubert PARRY - Songs of Farewell

Future concerts:

Thursday 27 Sept - Soprano Charlotte La Thrope (RAM 2018) and the Comalli Consort (viol, lute and violin) perform music from the Renaissance period.

Thursday 4 October - Talented baroque violinist Dominika Fehér performs music for solo violin, including JS Bach's Chaconne.

Thursday 11 October - The up-and-coming string quartet Bloomsbury Quartet perform a programme of Beethoven, Schubert and Britten.

Tickets (£10/£5 students), and full programme, now available at

Details of other concerts in the series can be found 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 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: 

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Safeguarding Officers: Chris Self (Vulnerable Adults) and: Janet Drake (Children)



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