Trinity and the Rublev icon

At the end of this morning’s streamed service we were afforded a closer look at a copy of the Rublev icon which had formed part of the background in the video.

As it happens, Malcom Guite had also used the icon with his Trinity sonnet post which, if you haven’t yet read it, is  available here.

Further thoughts about the interpretation of the icon and questions to ponder can be found here.
The website is slightly clunky; the best way through is to click on the ‘next’ button and ignore the ‘back to the picture’ links.
Once on the third figure in the icon, click on the ‘back’ button to go to the concluding page.

Comments are open- share your insights.

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Message for Trinity Sunday

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On-line liturgy update

The new liturgy for use in Ordinary Time is now available for download here
It will remain in use for the continuing streamed services until the end of Ordinary Time at the beginning of November.

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St Paul’s learning

The title of the post is shorthand for resources made available by St Paul’s in London;
resources that explore Christian life, ethics and spirituality; thoughtful reflections, captivating music and worship, support for children’s learning, and more.

A recent example of spiritual support is a video that includes bishop Stephen, in which he and others confront the ‘hard questions‘ thrown up by the pandemic – my God, where are you in all this?

This is the link to the video.

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Introduction to Pentecost

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Consultation re next bishop of Chelmsford

We wrote back in April about the consultation that would be opened to help identify the next bishop of Chelmsford.
This is now underway and will end on 4 July.

Erwin has invited comments from St Mary’s parishioners to be sent to him before 28 June so they can be collated for the submission on behalf of St Mary’s.
These are the questions posed by the diocese, to reflect on when you consider any comments you may wish to contribute.

  1. Can you tell us what you value most about the Church in your commmunity, Essex and East London?
  2. What wider issues would you like our next bishop of Chelmsford to be passionate about?
  3. What qualities, skills or leadership characteristics will our next bishop of Chelmsford require?
  4. What kind of person will our next bishop of Chelmsford need to be (particularly as we emerge from the Corona virus pandemic)?
  5. What else would you like to tell us?


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Introduction to seventh Easter Sunday

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Remember those who died from COVID19

Perhaps you have heard on the news today that a virtual Book of Remembrance for the victims of the pandemic has been opened by St Paul’s cathedral in London.
This post may help you find the site after the verbal references have vanished from memory.

The Very Revd Dr David Inson, Dean of St Paul’s, said in his welcome message

St Paul’s Cathedral in London has been for centuries a place where significant national events have been prayed for and remembered, from the outcomes and losses of war to the tragedy of Grenfell Tower – events which have touched the lives of many or all communities across the country.

This on-line book of remembrance continues that tradition in a changing world, and makes it available across the country, as together we remember and pray for one another.


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Ascension Day video

Presented by Elle Vanner, at the start of the Thy Kingdom Come period of prayer.

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TKC, with support from Chelmsford Cathedral

Chelmsford Cathedral is supporting Christians in the region to participate in the Thy Kingdom Come cycle of prayer so we can join together from Thursday 21st May until Sunday 31 May 2020 to pray Thy Kingdom Come.
Everyone from every denomination is invited to participate – individuals, families and churches.

Each day there will be morning prayer, a lunchtime reflection from different clergy and then evening prayer based on the theme and resources produced by Thy Kingdom Come live streamed from the Cathedral’s Facebook page  and on their YouTube channel.

7:45am Morning Prayer
12 noon – Short reflections in a range of different styles from different church leaders
5.15 pm Evening Prayer
On Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday there will also be a simple communion and reflection at 10.30am.

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